Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel

By: Lisa Pliscou

Illustrator: Jen Corace

This is the story of the groundbreaking female novelist Jane Austen, one of the most important and influential writers of all time. Further information about Jane Austen. Quotes from Jane Austen and quotes about Jane Austen. Further resources. Sources. Full-color illustrations done in gouache, ink, acrylic, and pencil.

ISBN: 9781627796439

JLG Release: May 2018


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Jane Austen (1775–1817) , Nineteenth-century English novelists , Biography , Authors

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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2017 marked the two-hundredth anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. Though much has been written about Austen’s work, fewer details are known about her life; however, these two picture-book biographies provide readers with overviews of her writing and personality and provide historical context. Hopkinson’s has a narrow focus: Austen 2017 marked the two-hundredth anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. Though much has been written about Austen’s work, fewer details are known about her life; however, these two picture-book biographies provide readers with overviews of her writing and personality and provide historical context. Hopkinson’s has a narrow focus: Austen’s mostly uneventful life was spent observing those around her, and she combined this knowledge with her voracious love of reading—and the gift of a mahogany writing box from her father—to pursue a writing career, an extraordinary one in which she invented “a new kind of story” to “hold up a mirror to the ordinary world so readers could recognize (and laugh at) themselves.” Accompanying Hopkinson’s pithy text are Leng’s loose, delicate, ink and watercolor illustrations, which fittingly accentuate Jane’s youthfulness and the playfulness of her writing. Pliscou’s lengthier text, for slightly older readers, relates all the small details of Austen’s biography (descriptions of her childhood home, expected gender roles at the time, etc.) to emphasize the bravery it took to go against the norm and still achieve success. The decorative folk-art aesthetic of Corace’s colorful gouache, ink, acrylic, and pencil illustrations evokes styles common amongst the gentry during Regency England, nicely complementing Pliscou’s account. Hopkinson includes a timeline, brief descriptions of Austen’s six major novels, relevant websites, and a bibliography, while the back matter in Pliscou’s book contains quotes by and about Austen as well as additional information and resources. cynthia k. ritter
NOTE: This was reviewed with Ordinary, Extraordinay Jane Austen by Deborah Hopkinson, which is not a JLG selection.

Book Details

ISBN

9781627796439

First Release

May 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 720L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Henry Holt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Jane Austen (1775–1817), Nineteenth-century English novelists, Biography, Authors,

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