Briar Rose: A Novel of the Holocaust

Briar Rose: A Novel of the Holocaust

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ISBN-13: 9780765382948
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 132,218
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen attended Smith College and then received a Master's in Education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 200 books-including Sister Light, Sister Dark, Owl Moon, and The Devil's Arithmetic-has won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Jewish Book Award, and two Christopher Medals. SFWA named her the 2017 Damon KNIGHT MEMORIAL GRAND MASTER for her contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Yolen composes songs and is a professional storyteller on the stage. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and St. Andrews, Scotland.

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Briar Rose

A Novel of the Fairy Tale Series
By Yolen, Jane

Tor Books

Copyright © 1993 Yolen, Jane
All right reserved.




CHAPTER 1
 
 
"Gemma, tell your story again," Shana begged, putting her arms around her grandmother and breathing in that special smell of talcum and lemon that seemed to belong only to her.
"Which one?" Gemma asked, chopping the apples in the wooden bowl.
"You know," Shana said.
"Yes--you know," Sylvia added. Like her sister, she crowded close and let the talcum-lemon smell almost over-whelm her.
Baby Rebecca in the high chair banged her spoon against the cup. "Seepin Boot. Seepin Boot."
Shana made a face. Even when she had been little herself she'd never spoken in baby talk. Only full sentences; her mother swore to it.
"Seepin Boot." Gemma smiled. "All right."
The sisters nodded and stepped back a pace each, as if the story demanded their grandmother's face, not just her scent.
"Once upon a time," Gemma began, the older two girls whispering the opening with her, "which is all times and no times but not the very best of times, there was a castle. And in it lived a king who wanted nothing more in the world than a child.
" 'From your lips to God's ears,' the queen said each time the king talked of a baby. But the years went by and they had none."
"None, none, none," sang out Rebecca, banging her spoon on the cup with each word.
"Shut up!" Shana and Sylvia said inunison.
Gemma took the spoon and cup away and gave Rebecca a slice of apple instead. "Now one day, finally and at last and about time, the queen went to bed and gave birth to a baby girl with a crown of red hair." Gemma touched her own hair in which strands of white curled around the red like barbed wire. "The child's face was as beautiful as a wildflower and so the king named her..."
"Briar Rose," Sylvia and Shana breathed.
"Briar Rose," repeated Rebecca, only not nearly so clearly, her mouth being quite full of apple.
 
Copyright 1992 by Jane Yolen

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Briar Rose: A Novel of the Holocaust 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Briar Rose is heart touching amazing story about a young girl's adventure to figure out the story of her passed grandmother’s life. She travels across the world and speaks with many people to figure it out. She looks through her grandmother’s belongings to figure out her story, because she didn’t tell anyone anything while she was alive. I would definitely recommend this book, especially to people who enjoy a good story about a calm, but interesting, adventure. I wouldn’t recommend this book to people who enjoy horror books or thriller books. This book was very good and I would suggest buying it.