I’m traveling in some fine company these days! I’m the kind of reader that discovers an author (new to me) and sort of falls in love … with his/her books, style of writing, subject matter, or all of the above! I’ll often go on to read everything I can get my hands on by that author. I’m obsessed, driven, or just don’t want to leave the worlds that author creates. It would be quite a feat to read everything that Jane Yolen has written, but after reading Briar Rose recently, I find myself wanting to read more and more by her.
She wasn’t a totally unknown author to me. She’s written over 200 books and won many awards. Her Owl Moon was published shortly after I started teaching, and it’s been a book I’ve used with students since 1987 (any age group). And I read The Devil’s Arithmetic years ago when I taught a unit on the Holocaust to my 6th graders. Last week at the library I found a lovely little book by her called Child of Faerie, Child of Earth, a story of two unusual friends that remain friends throughout their lives. And right now I’m in the middle of her Young Merlin Trilogy, and just want to keep reading her books — picture books, novels for young and old, essays, collections, poems. I love it when I find such an author … it’s a pleasure traveling in her company for awhile!