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Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen: The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of our greatest writers. But before that, she was just an ordinary girl. In fact, young Jane was a bit quiet and shy; if you had met her back then, you might not have noticed her at all. But she would have noticed you.

Jane watched and listened to all the things people around her did and said, and locked those observations away for safekeeping. Jane also loved to read. She devoured everything in her father's massive library and before long, she began creating her own stories. In her time, the most popular books were grand adventures and romances, but Jane wanted to go her own way... and went on to invent an entirely new kind of novel.

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen includes a timeline and quotes from Austen's most popular novels. Parents and grandparents, as well as teachers and librarians, will enjoy introducing children to Jane Austen through this accessible, beautifully packaged picture book.

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"Writing in a warm-humored, matter-of-fact tone, Hopkinson traces Jane Austen’s path from a curious and shy childhood into a quiet adulthood as a practiced and determined author. Hopkinson clearly emphasizes how Austen’s work was, in many respects, revolutionary, despite the 'simple life' she led... It’s a charming account of pride and persistence that concludes by wondering 'if Jane would be surprised to learn that her books are still read and loved by people all over the world? Maybe. Then again, maybe not.'" — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrator Qin Leng
ISBN 0062373307
Publication Date Jan 23, 2018
Publisher Balzer + Bray
Language English