Briar Rose (The Fairy Tale Series)

Briar Rose (The Fairy Tale Series)

by Jane Yolen
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Briar Rose (The Fairy Tale Series) by Jane Yolen

A powerful retelling of Sleeping Beauty that is "heartbreaking and heartwarming."

An American Library Association "100 Best Books for Teens"

An American Library Association "Best Books for Young Adults"

Ever since she was a child, Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma's stories about Briar Rose. But a promise Rebecca makes to her dying grandmother will lead her on a remarkable journey to uncover the truth of Gemma's astonishing claim: I am Briar Rose. A journey that will lead her to unspeakable brutality and horror. But also to redemption and hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765342300
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 03/15/2002
Series: Tor Fairy Tale Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 1.11(w) x 1.11(h) x 1.11(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jane Yolen is one of the most distinguished and successful authors for young readers and adults in the country. She is the author of more than 200 books—including Sister Light, Sister Dark, Owl Moon, and the immensely popular The Devil's Arithmetic. Her books have won awards including the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Jewish Book Award, and two Christopher Medals. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts.

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Briar Rose 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you look at the true fairy tales, they were often horrible and scary. The children's stories were often sanitized, friendly versions of much darker tales. Using that model, Jane Yolen has created a masterpiece of Holocaust literature. Very seldom does an author use the vehicle of a children's story to tell an important tale such as this. Yolen should be commended for having the courage to create characters we feel for. It also shows us that the Holocaust was not just a Jewish event, that other groups were murdered by Hitler's madmen. And that is why we must not forget. This novel goes a long way toward helping keep this message alive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book as an Honors English 10 student. A lot of people in my class didn't like it (so I don't know what their problem is) but it was a very good book, easy to read, and the story opens your eyes to a few of the horrors of the Holocaust. I know it isn't really a possibility, but I would love to read a sequel :)
Brinakoch More than 1 year ago
I read this book in Jr high twice. Both times on my own for myself. I love the tale and the play on the fairy tale and the Holocaust. I bought it once and looking tout buy again.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Rebecca and her sisters were always fascinated by their grandmother's stories. Especially Sleeping Beauty. Although her sisters eventually lost interest, Rebecca never did. Years later, when Gemma is dying, Rebecca is the one who sits and listens to her tales. Rebecca is the one who hears Gemma claim that she was Briar Rose. And it is Rebecca--now a twenty-three-year-old journalist--who will follow her grandmother's claims from their home in the US to Poland. Yolen delivers an unlikely retelling of Sleeping Beauty in this haunting novel that blends fact with fiction. The story of Sleeping Beauty weaves together with details of the Holocaust and the brutality and horrors suffered by so many in Nazi Concentration Camps. Originally published in 1988, parts of this novel are dated with outmoded technology and pre-Internet research. The tense and tone of Briar Rose build distance into the story as well effectively keeping readers at a remove for most of the novel. Although ultimately a story with a happy ending, Briar Rose is also imbued with sadness from the beginning even as Gemma tells her Sleeping Beauty story in flashbacks. This isn't a story for everyone and not a conventional retelling although elements of Sleeping Beauty do come into play with Gemma's history as Rebecca investigates it. Recommended for readers who enjoy historical fiction or are interested in World War II.
ElyasMom More than 1 year ago
still a book that is on my book shelf more then 10 years after reading it for the first time. one i would still pick up and would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good read.
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I absolutely loved this book. At first I wasn't sure because it seemed to little to contain much of a story, but I was very much wrong. The story really captivated what it was like during the Holcaust. It definetly made me want to find out more about the depressing subject. I would reccomend the book to anyone.
jessythebookworm More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! I would recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction, especially of the WWII era. I loved how she intwined the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty with the story. The story line was good--surprises are in store.
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Goddess_Librarian More than 1 year ago
This introduces the horrors of the Holocaust without being too graphic. The mystery of "Briar Rose" is revealed like peeling an onion one layer at a time. After investigating, Rebecca finds out that the castle was, of course, not a castle but an extermination camp. Her grandmother's way of coping with the horror was to change it in her mind to a fairy tale - to become Briar Rose. This would be a great "chat and chew" book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in High School and could not put it down and now I remember why. It's a mix of history and fantasy blended together to form the mysterious past of a departed loved one. The subplots are ordinary and predictable but the storyline is quite beautiful and consuming.
ckgc More than 1 year ago
This was a selection of my book club and we all really liked this book. It's a quick but good read and seems to be based on the actuality of life in WWII vis-a-vis the Nazis. It gave us a different perspective of the effect on Germany even years after the war. We'd all recommend this one.
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angelosdaughter More than 1 year ago
In "Briar Rose", Jane Yolen retells the story of "Sleeping Beauty" with the Holocaust as its backdrop. The tale is at once heartbreaking and ultimately, heartwarming. The Prince is a most unusual hero, and many of us who are family historians and work with geneaology will identify with Rebecca's quest to discover the truth behind her grandmother's fairytale story of her early life.