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Jane Yolen Jane Yolen is one of America’s most well-known contemporary authors.  She is prolific and profound.  She writes for small children (Owl Moon, the This is How Dinosaurs series), middle grade, young adults, and adults.  She writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and fantasy.  And she has a strong Scottish connection.  She lives half of the year in Massachusetts and the other half in St. Andrews, Scotland.  She has immersed herself in Scottish history and lore, and I highly recommend her quartet of books drawn from Scottish history:   They are written for young people, but are great reading for adults, too.  As we know, the very best way to absorb history is through the stories of the people who lived it.  Girl in a Cage tells the story of Marjorie Bruce, the daughter of Robert the Bruce, and is woven from a snippet of history that Edward of England had planned to put Marjorie in a cage he had specially built for that purpose.  Queen’s Own Fool is the story of Nicola, a girl who served as court fool for the woman who became Mary Queen of Scots.  Prince Over the Water is, of course, a novel about Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the quartet concludes with The Rogues, a tale of a legendary brooch and the devastating Highland Clearances.   Another series, called Tartan Magic, includes The Wizard’s Map, The Pictish Child and The Bagpiper’s Ghost.  Several of her other works draw on her love of and experience with all things Scottish.  One of her poems, for example, was inspired by an old Scottish saying, “As even as the bones of the herring on either side of the spine.”  She loves her Scottish place, Wayside, which she sometimes calls “my heart’s home.” Here is a very short poem about dragons and storytelling.  At its heart is the idea that storytelling is something that has always provided an almost-magical defense against the dangerous unknown. “Story, the Old Man said, looking beyond the cave to the dragon's tracks. "Story is our wall against the dark." He told the tale: the landing, the first death, the second. They heard the rush of the wind, the terrible voice, a scream, then another.  Beyond the wall, the dragon waited but could not get in. (1993 copyright, Jane Yolen, all rights reserved, used by permission)
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San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of Clans (760)726-3691 / 619-884-2940 / 619-884-3157/ 760-505-5254 PO Box 3682, Vista, CA 92084 Email: sdshgchief@sbcglobal.net
San Diego Scottish Highland Games Scottish Highland Games of San Diego
San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of Clans (760)726-3691 / 619-884-2940 / 619-884-3157/ 760-505-5254 Email: sdshgchief@sbcglobal.net PO Box 3682, Vista, CA 92084
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Jane Yolen Jane Yolen is one of America’s most well-known contemporary authors.  She is prolific and profound.  She writes for small children (Owl Moon, the This is How Dinosaurs series), middle grade, young adults, and adults.  She writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and fantasy.  And she has a strong Scottish connection.  She lives half of the year in Massachusetts and the other half in St. Andrews, Scotland.  She has immersed herself in Scottish history and lore, and I highly recommend her quartet of books drawn from Scottish history:   They are written for young people, but are great reading for adults, too.  As we know, the very best way to absorb history is through the stories of the people who lived it.  Girl in a Cage tells the story of Marjorie Bruce, the daughter of Robert the Bruce, and is woven from a snippet of history that Edward of England had planned to put Marjorie in a cage he had specially built for that purpose.  Queen’s Own Fool is the story of Nicola, a girl who served as court fool for the woman who became Mary Queen of Scots.  Prince Over the Water is, of course, a novel about Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the quartet concludes with The Rogues, a tale of a legendary brooch and the devastating Highland Clearances.   Another series, called Tartan Magic, includes The Wizard’s Map, The Pictish Child  and The Bagpiper’s Ghost.  Several of her other works draw on her love of and experience with all things Scottish.  One of her poems, for example, was inspired by an old Scottish saying, “As even as the bones of the herring on either side of the spine.”  She loves her Scottish place, Wayside, which she sometimes calls “my heart’s home.” Here is a very short poem about dragons and storytelling.  At its heart is the idea that storytelling is something that has always provided an almost-magical defense against the dangerous unknown. “Story, the Old Man said, looking beyond the cave to the dragon's tracks. "Story is our wall against the dark." He told the tale: the landing, the first death, the second. They heard the rush of the wind, the terrible voice, a scream, then another.  Beyond the wall, the dragon waited but could not get in. (1993 copyright, Jane Yolen, all rights reserved, used by permission)
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San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of Clans (760)726-3691 / 619-884-2940 / 619-884-3157/ 760-505-5254 Email: sdshgchief@sbcglobal.net PO Box 3682, Vista, CA 92084