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Brave Jane Austen

Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel

Lisa Pliscou, Jen Corace (Illustrator)


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Brave Jane Austen, a picture book biography of the groundbreaking female novelist. Perfect for Women's History Month.

Born in the late 1700s, Jane Austen was a smart, creative girl in a house full of boys, all of whom could aspire to accomplish many things as adults while girls were raised primarily to become good wives. Jane didn’t have much opportunity to go to school but she read everything she could, including all the books in her father’s study. And before long, she began to write her own stories, filled with funny, clever, and inventive characters.

Today, Austen’s novels (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma . . .) are widely read by all ages. She is recognized as one of the most important and influential writers of all time.

"Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all authors aspire."—J. K. Rowling

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Praise For Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel

A Junior Library Guild Selection
An Amelia Bloomer List Selection
A Magnolia Book Award Nominee

"This thoughtful book would surely have pleased Austen, and readers enchanted by the way she graciously forged a way for women writers will appreciate the back matter. A beautifully crafted package to add to the growing list of biographies about women pioneers in art."--Booklist, starred review

An appealing, lively portrait."--Kirkus Reviews

This story of quiet courage is emphasized by Corace’s watercolor illustrations. . . . An eye-catching primer for appreciating literature and a remarkable woman."--School Library Journal

In Corace’s mixed-media artwork, Jane and other figures resemble rosy-cheeked ragdolls; A tender portrayal of an author whose ordinary circumstances led to an extraordinary legacy."--Publishers Weekly

"A neatly balanced biography that skillfully contextualizes just how remarkable Austen’s hard-won status as a published author was for her time.
. . .Fluid and engaging, and aptly selected quotes from Austen and her admirers succinctly capture her enduring appeal."--The Bulletin

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9781627796439, 48pp.

Publication Date: January 30, 2018

About the Author

Lisa Pliscou is the author of Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer and Higher Education, which David Foster Wallace praised as "an authorial coup." She lives in Washington with her family.

Jen Corace is the award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including Telephone by Mac Barnett and the Little Pea series by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.