The Emerald Circus: Stories

The Emerald Circus: Stories

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Overview

Where is Wendy? Leading a labor strike against the Lost Boys, of course. In Jane Yolen's first full collection in more than ten years, discover new and uncollected tales of beloved characters, literary legends, and much more.

A Scottish academic unearths ancient evil in a fishing village. Edgar Allan Poe's young bride is beguiled by a most unusual bird. Dorothy, lifted from Kansas, returns as a gymnastic sophisticate. Emily Dickinson dwells in possibility and sails away in a starship made of light. Alice's wicked nemesis has jaws and claws but really needs a sense of humor.

Enter the Emerald Circus and be astonished by the transformations within.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982650377
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jane Yolen has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She has written over three hundred books, including Owl Moon and The Devil's Arithmetic. She splits her time between Massachusetts and Scotland.


Holly Black, acclaimed author of contemporary fantasy novels, is the author of the Newbery Honor-winning novel Doll Bones and the coauthor, with Tony DiTerlizzi, of the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award.



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Read by Lisa Flanagan, Derek Perkins, Marisa Calin, Henrietta Meire, James Foster, Lucy Rayner, Tim Campbell, Helen Lloyd, and Esther Wane


Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. Augmented by a knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents, he has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.


Marisa Calin is an actress, novelist, and Earphones Award-winning narrator born in England and educated in New York at the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts. An artist with a flair for everything literary, she has written a young adult novel, You & Me, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.


Henrietta Meire is a full-time voice-over artist and actress. In addition to narrating audiobooks, she has voiced numerous commercial and charity campaigns, as well as video game and animation characters. As an actress, she has appeared on stage, on television, and in a number of popular films.


Lucy Rayner is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and award-winning British actress. She has starred in numerous short and feature-length films, including English20 and Total Retribution. For her performance in Bolero, she was named Best Supporting Actress at the 2013 Madrid International Film Festival. She has worked on both sides of the Atlantic in a number of theater productions and films, many of which have screened at festivals around the world. She has a master's degree in history from the University of Edinburgh and is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City.


Tim Campbell, winner of AudioFile Earphones Awards, is a narrator and actor based in Los Angeles, California. He studied at the University of California and earned a BA in music and theater and a certification from the prestigious Great Books program at Pepperdine University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is also a classically trained singer and performs regularly with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Los Angeles Opera Chorus, as well as on studio soundtracks for film and television.


Helen
Lloyd
is a British actor and voice artist who recorded her first voice-over at the age of fourteen. Since then, she has spent much of her life interpreting other people's words and bringing characters to life. A
classically trained actor, she has performed with many of Britain's leading repertory theaters, as well as at the Edinburgh Festival, the Roundhouse,
and on the West End.


Esther Wane is a British actor and voice-over artist. After a career in finance, she fulfilled a childhood dream of going to drama school in London, and her life as an actor began at age forty. She has a lifelong passion for literature and can often be found browsing bookshops during any spare moments. Wane enjoys taking her listeners on a journeys in time and space and bringing the characters on the page to life in their imagination. She lives with her family and collection of books in Hertfordshire, just outside London.

Table of Contents

IntroductionAndersen's WitchLost GirlsTough AliceBlown AwayA Knot of ToadsThe Quiet MonkThe BirdBelle Bloody Merciless DameThe Jewel in the Toad Queen's CrownThe Gift of the Magicians, with Apologies to You Know WhoRabbit HoleOur Lady of the GreenwoodThe Confession of Brother BlaiseWonder LandEvian SteelSister Emily's LightshipStory Notes and Poems

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“The Hans Christian Andersen of America”

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“The Aesop of the twentieth century”

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"Jane Yolen is a gem in the diadem of science fiction and fantasy."

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“The book's simplicity is its strength; no comment is needed because the facts speak for themselves. This brave and powerful book has much it can teach a young audience.”

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"A triumphantly moving book."

Kirkus

[STARRED REVIEW] “[Yolen] adds much to understanding the effects of the Holocaust, which will reverberate throughout history, today and tomorrow."

School Library Journal

Praise for Sister Emily’s Lightship

“This is [Yolen’s] first collection of genre stories for adults and it has been worth the wait."

Publishers Weekly

"An outstanding collection."

Voice of Youth Advocates

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“Terrifically moving.”

The Washington Post

“Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, Yolen's novel is a compelling reminder of the Holocaust as well as a contemporary tale of secrets and romance.”

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"[STARRED REVIEW] This story provides a wonderful addition to materials about World War II and the Holocaust, and is appropriate for even the gentlest of readers."

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Praise for Jane Yolen

“The Hans Christian Andersen of America”

Newsweek

“The Aesop of the twentieth century”

The New York Times

"Jane Yolen is a gem in the diadem of science fiction and fantasy."

Analog

Praise for The Devil’s Arithmetic

“The book's simplicity is its strength; no comment is needed because the facts speak for themselves. This brave and powerful book has much it can teach a young audience.”

Publishers Weekly

"A triumphantly moving book."

Kirkus

[STARRED REVIEW] “[Yolen] adds much to understanding the effects of the Holocaust, which will reverberate throughout history, today and tomorrow."

School Library Journal

Praise for Sister Emily’s Lightship

“This is [Yolen’s] first collection of genre stories for adults and it has been worth the wait."

Publishers Weekly

"An outstanding collection."

Voice of Youth Advocates

Praise for Briar Rose

“Terrifically moving.”

The Washington Post

“Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, Yolen's novel is a compelling reminder of the Holocaust as well as a contemporary tale of secrets and romance.”

Booklist

Praise for Stone Angel

"[STARRED REVIEW] This story provides a wonderful addition to materials about World War II and the Holocaust, and is appropriate for even the gentlest of readers."

School Library Connection

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The Emerald Circus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
CaptainsQuarters More than 1 year ago
Ahoy there mateys! While I have read many of Jane Yolen’s works, most have been her novels. It has only been recently that I have been reading her short stories. And I have been missing out. I was saving this collection for a day when I needed a pick me up. So when I was stuck in rain and fog and feeling under the weather, I picked this up to be transported to a more magical time and place. This collection has 16 varied tales. Like any collection, I liked some better than others. But all show Yolen’s skill and love of storytelling. In addition this book also had something I wasn’t expecting. The end of the book has author reflections on how the stories came to be along with some of her poetry. I don’t really know much about the author’s life but she sounds like one awesome lady and this look into her writing process was lovely. I don’t want to spoil the magic of the stories and can’t really do them justice with me own paltry words but I will try to give ye an idea of the bare bones of the stories and me thoughts on me favourites: “Andersen’s Witch” – a Snow Queen retelling with a wonderful twist; poignant and lovely start to the book “Lost Girls” – a Peter Pan novelette where girls take over; this be me favourite of the collection by far and won the 1998 Nebula. I want to rave about how clever it is but can’t cause spoilers! “Tough Alice” – the first Alice in Wonderland retelling wherein Alice has to fight her own battle and is entertainment for the Wonderland gang; there are three Wonderland stories in this collection. This was me favourite but it was wonderful to read and compare the differences between the three. “Blown Away” – a tale of what really happened after Dorothy was sucked up by a tornado; this piece is where the collection title comes from. It is told from an awesome perspective that I wasn’t expecting. I also will never look at Toto the same way. “A Knot of Toads” – a women goes back to her hometown for her father’s funeral and discovers the real reason behind her father’s death and also some truths about his life; witches and toads and Scotland. I loved it. “The Quiet Monk” – a story about what actually happened to Lancelot; I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of Arthurian tales but I loved the feel of this one and the fabulous ending. “The Bird” – a story about Edgar Allan Poe and his wife Virginia. Oh and a raven of course; bittersweet and wonderful. “Belle Bloody Merciless Dame” – this is about a treacherous elf on midsummer’s day; this was the weak link for me even though it was well written. I just didn’t love it. “Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown” – fun piece about the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prime Minister Disraeli with magic of course! “A Gift of Magicians” – a Beauty and the Beast story; my other favourite piece of the collection. The ending! “Rabbit Hole” – what happens when Alice goes back down the rabbit hole at 80; such a cool concept. “Our Lady of the Greenwood” – a Robin Hood origin story; because surely he had to come from somewhere; I particularly loved how he got his name. And four other stories! I had to admit that I was immensely cheered up by reading this collection and will be thinking about me favourites for quite some time. If ye be a Jane Yolen fan, this should tickle yer fancy. If ye aren’t familiar with her work then this might be a good place to start. Arrrr! I received a copy of this collection from the publisher in exchange for me honest musings.
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
**Thank you NetGalley for another winner!** This is absolutely as much fun as the cover implies. Jane reimagines so many stories that we are familiar with. She takes sometimes real people, and adds something fantastic. How did Has Christian Anderson become such a beloved author of children's tales? She has one about Queen Victoria and even Edgar Allen Poe. Then she has ones like The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and even Peter Pan. The Peter Pan one was my favorite. She takes these stories and carves out a little piece and makes it her own. Her use of language was so enjoyable. She clearly can weave a story. I will be looking for more from her when my own must-be-read list finally dwindles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked these intelligent, literary, feminist versions of old fairytales. They are engaging and surprising.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
EMERALD CIRCUS by Jane Yolen My head is spinning and mind reeling from the many adventures in THE EMERALD CIRCUS. This book is for adults (and mature younger readers), thought-provoking interpretations of old tales, Arthurian, Wonderland, Peter Pan, and perhaps my favorite, Emily Dickinson. The notes in the back of the book help with interpretations and additional insights; I discovered them when more than halfway through, still good, but I wished I’d been reading each along with its story — maybe next time through. This is a book worth a second reading. Words of wisdom (post-its marking them as reminders): “What a clutter the world would be if none of us ever died.” “Griffins and mock turtles and caterpillars. And rabbits. Men all seemed to fall so easily into those categories.” “Of course there’s plenty of time.” “I dwell in possibility —“ “she quite liked the tidiness of her cocoon. She doubted she had the capacity for wings or the ability for flight.” “she was religious without that great Eclipse, God.” “I find it hard to deliver magic on demand.” — thanks for delivering, Jane Yolen, on whatever schedule you wish.