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

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Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
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7.7 X 11.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of numerous award-winning books for children, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, winner of the International Reading Association Award, A Band of Angels, winner of the Golden Kite Award, Under the Quilt of Night, winner of the Washington State Book Award, Girl Wonder, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award and a Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book, and Shutting out the Sky, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book, a Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book, and a James Madison Book Award Honor. Deborah Hopkinson lives in Corvallis, Oregon, where she serves as director of foundation relations for the Oregon State University Foundation.

Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China and lived in France before moving to Montreal. She always loved to illustrate the innocence of children and has developed a passion for children's books. She now works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto.


"A charming account of pride and persistence."--Publishers Weekly
"Hopkinson's light, conversational tone and obvious appreciation for her subject combine with Qin's lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations to create an engaging portrait of this talented writer. A perfectly pitched celebration of an esteemed author."--Kirkus Reviews
A lively take on a woman who, despite publishing conventions that favored male writers, refused to let her authorial voice remain mute. This manages to successfully introduce Austen's characteristic wit and social commentary to an audience who would otherwise be too young to digest the original works. A delightful read.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This is an up-close introduction to Austen...[and] a story of a girl's empowerment."--Booklist