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Sarah Emsley on “Young Jane Austen”

“A charming book,” says Sarah Emsley about Lisa Pliscou’s recently published biography, Young Jane Austen, “of interest to readers of all ages in its imaginative retelling of central events in Austen’s life and its exploration of questions over which she must have puzzled.”


Read the full review here.

More about Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer here.



Quadrapheme on “Young Jane Austen”

Quadrapheme’s Georgina Parfitt discusses with author Lisa Pliscou the process of recreating Jane Austen’s early life in Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer. 

“The book is a stocking-filler size,” notes Parfitt, “with a heavily decorative style, the pages adorned with curleque borders and floral backdrops, but don’t let its gift-worthiness fool you. Just as Young Jane was a profound wit in a small package, so the book surprises.”

More about Young Jane Austen here.

VOYA on “Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer”

Says Deborah L. Dubois in the June 2015 edition of VOYA: “This is a ‘speculative biography’ as the author notes in the introduction. Pliscou uses extensive sources to recreate Jane Austen’s childhood, sharing vignettes of her early life, each beginning with a drawing illustrating that aspect of her life. Jane’s story is told as through the eyes of a child with the limited understanding a young girl might have of the world around her. Specific events in Jane’s life — such as being sent away to school and becoming deathly ill, and having one brother adopted by a wealthy family while another is sent away due to mental illness — may have later shaped her novels. Pliscou shares these events in the context of the time in which Jane lived. The narrative ends as Jane turns twelve and begins to write in earnest.

“The second half of the book is annotated with extensive notes showing how Pliscou created Jane’s story from information gathered from many sources, including quotes from Austen’s books that give insight into her thinking. Background information on Jane Austen’s life and work, and the era in which she lived is included, as well as a timeline of the events in the narrative. This is a beautifully crafted book with an old-fashioned style that almost feels like the diary of a young girl of the eighteenth century. This would be a good companion to a unit on Jane Austen’s novels. Fans of Austen’s work will enjoy this peek into her life as a young girl.”


More about VOYA here.

More about Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer here.


Lisa Pliscou Participating in “Support the Troops”

Lisa Pliscou is proud to be participating in the 2015 “Support the Troops” event by offering signed copies of three of her books: Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, David’s Discovery, and Dude: Fun with Dude and Betty.

To learn more about the “Support the Troops” event, and to place a bid, click here.

To learn more about Lisa’s books, click here.



‘Luxury Reading’ on “Young Jane Austen”

“Delightful,” says Christen Krumm of the Luxury Reading blog about Lisa Pliscou’s recently published biography Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer. “I am really excited about getting to pass this book down to my daughter. To pass along my love of Austen. . . . And with its beautiful illustrations, it will appeal to the young and old. I can see this being a book enjoyed for years to come—both for me and my daughter.”

More about Young Jane Austen here.

‘vvb32 reads’ on “Young Jane Austen”

“A small cute gem of a book,” says Velvet of the ‘vvb32 reads’ blog about Lisa Pliscou’s just-published biography Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer. “I really like how this story is presented. Sprinkled throughout the book are illustrations with an old classic vibe. The pages are also outlined with a pretty floral background which brings about a cozy feeling while reading.”

Read the full review here.



‘More Agreeably Engaged’ on “Young Jane Austen”

“A virtual feast for the eyes,” says Janet T. of the More Agreeably Engaged blog about Lisa Pliscou’s just-published Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer. “Enchanting . . . It is obvious that much research went into the writing of this biography. The book is unique in both approach and appearance. Anyone that is devoted to Jane Austen would be delighted to own this book. It is truly a treasure.”

Read the full review here.




Publishers Weekly Announces Lisa Pliscou’s Next Book

Publishers Weekly has announced Lisa Pliscou’s forthcoming book: Jane Austen, the Girl Who Wrote, a picture-book biography to be published in 2017 by Christy Ottaviano Books. Jen Corace will illustrate.

Read the announcement here.

More about Christy Ottaviano Books here.

More about Jen Corace here.


Austenprose on “Young Jane Austen”

“Delightful and infinitely readable,” says Lisa Galek of Austenprose about Lisa Pliscou’s just-published biography Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, rating it as 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

“The most enjoyable part of the entire book — and there were many — was the annotations that the author included to go along with her short imaginings of Jane’s life. She uses various sources to draw a picture of Jane Austen’s early years and then goes through, chapter by chapter, giving us little snippets of background information. I was impressed with her ability to take vast volumes of Austen scholarship and research and distill those down into a series of very clear, easily digestible paragraphs that really helped to illuminate Austen’s life story.”

Read the full review here.



Lisa Pliscou at Sacramento Public Library event

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 2 to 4 pm, the Sacramento Public Library and the Jane Austen Society of North America are hosting an event called “Jane Austen: From Childhood to Daily Tea.” Lisa Pliscou will be in conversation about her just-published biography, Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, and two signed, print copies are being offered as door prizes, along with a set of Austen-inspired jewelry custom-made by Jenna Palmisano Perfetti of Sea Glass Chic. In addition, Lynn Ossolinski will talk about Jane Austen’s daily ritual of making tea and the role tea plays in her novels.

Lisa Pliscou's Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer and Sea Glass Chic

Photo by Adam Perfetti.

Details about the event are available here (link no longer exists).

More about the Sacramento chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America here.

More about Sea Glass Chic here.