Brave Jane Austen
Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel

Coming January 30, 2018
Available for preorder

A picture-book biography of the groundbreaking English novelist. 

Born in the late 1700s, Jane Austen was a smart, creative girl in a house full of boys, all of whom could aspire to accomplish many things as adults while girls were raised primarily to become good wives. Jane didn’t have much opportunity to go to school but she read everything she could, including the books in her father’s study. And before long, she began to write her own stories, filled with funny, clever, and inventive characters.

Today, Austen’s novels — including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma — are widely read around the world. She’s recognized as one of the most important and influential writers of all time.

A Junior Library Guild selection

Starred Review Booklist “Pliscou points out how very revolutionary Austen was as a forerunner to all female writers who came after. . . . This thoughtful book would surely have pleased Austen . . . Beautifully crafted.” —Booklist, starred review

“Pliscou paints a vivid picture of the world Jane was born into, from the physical environment of home and village to the strictures on women’s accomplishments and experiences. . . . An appealing, lively portrait.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all authors aspire.”―J. K. Rowling