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Cover of Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

Pay the Piper

This short novel has a long and complicated history. My agent was phoned by an editor at Scholastic wanting to know if I had any interest in a new series they were starting called HORRORS! It was to be novels based on old fairy tales brought up to date, with a frisson of terror

Cover of Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories by Jane Yolen and Heidi E Y Stemple

Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories, The

So there I was, walking around the halls of the International Reading Assn conference, and I stopped at the small but elegant display of Barefoot Books. I was immediately struck by their distinctive style. One in particular was The Barefoot Book of Opera Stories.

Cover of Mightier Than the Sword by Jane Yolen

Mightier Than the Sword

So many people wrote to me asking that I write a book for boys to pair with my collection Not One Damsel in Distress: Folk Tales for Strong Young Women, that I decided to try it.

Cover of Atalanta and the Arcadian Beast by Jane Yolen and Robert J Harris

Young Heroes: Atalanta and the Arcadian Beast

This third book in our Young Heroes series began with my vision of a girl and a bear roaming the woods together. In the old stories about Atalanta it was said that as an infant she’d been set out on a hillside to die, and was discovered and nursed by a bear.

Cover of Roanoke, The Lost Colony by Jane Yolen and Heidi E Y Stemple

History Mystery: Roanoke, The Lost Colony

In many ways this book was the hardest of all to write so far of the Unsolved Mysteries, because it had three separate stories of travel to America by boat, with slaughters on all sides, and then a missing colony. Also, because it dealt in part with

Cover of Odysseus in the Serpent Maze by Jane Yolen and Robert J Harris

Young Heroes: Odysseus in the Serpent Maze

The idea of a Young Heroes series came from my editor at HarperCollins, but choosing to work with Bob Harris–already my co-conspirator from Queen’s Own Fool who had a degree from St Andrews University in Classics–that was my idea.

Cover of The Wolf Girls by Jane Yolen and Heidi E Y Stemple

History Mystery: The Wolf Girls

This book, about two feral children found in India in the 1920s and brought to an orphanage, is the second in a series of real-life unsolved mysteries for kids which I have written with my daughter Heidi Stemple. The first,