Ordinary, extraordinary Jane Austen : the story of six novels, three notebooks, a writing box, and one clever girl / by Deborah Hopkinson ; illustrations by Qin Leng.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of our greatest writers. But before that, she was just an ordinary girl.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Hopkinson, Deborah, (Author)
Other Authors: Leng, Qin, (illlustrator.)
Format: Book
Published: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Edition:First edition.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

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: "Jane went her own way, inventing a new kind of story about real people, and sisters (like Cassandra and herself), who longed to follow their dreams." Leng's watercolors combine light, blushing shades of color with delicate ink outlines, bringing a fitting lightness to the story of a writer who wanted readers to "recognize (and laugh at) themselves" in her books. 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." Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. Illustrator's agency: Shannon Associates. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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