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Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen

Written by Deborah Hopkinson & illustrated by Qin Leng
Published by Balzer + Bray
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A gorgeous and inspiring picture book biography of Jane Austen, one of the most beloved writers of all time, from award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson. 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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Beautifully illustrated in dreamy watercolor, this is a well-written and engaging tale of Jane Austen’s life that not only gives her life’s history in an approachable way, but also explains how she broke conventions to write about the ordinary rather than the dramatic, making it extraordinary in the way she wrote about it.

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Who Wrote Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen

Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of numerous critically acclaimed picture books, middle grade fiction, and nonfiction. She lives in Oregon with her family and menagerie of pets.

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Who Illustrated Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen

Qin Leng

Qin Leng illustrates children’s books and magazines and designs backgrounds for animated television series. She has illustrated numerous books that have been published in many countries around the world. She currently lives in Toronto with her twin sister.

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Publication Date:
January 23, 2018

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