Is what Richard saw in the woods really a unicorn?
Heather and Richard have little in common. A voracious reader growing up in a large house filled with books, Richard is a sickly child that spends most of his time alone or surrounded by adults. Heather is comfortable in a crowd, but nonetheless sneaks away on her appaloosa pony for lone adventures in woods.
One evening after dinner, Richard spies a strange, white deer in the fading light of the woods. It leaps away into the thick brush, but Richard is certain of what he's seen: a unicorn. And Heather-out for a ride on her pony-has also spotted the unusual hart.
When Heather and Richard meet, they cannot agree on what they've encountered, and they definitely do not want to share their secret. But they will soon discover that their mutual help is indeed much-needed.
Beloved, award-winning author Jane Yolen has created a magical tale of coming of age yet still believing in the seemingly impossible. The Transfigured Hart bounds into the wonderful in-between world where adults rediscover childhood wonder, and children can enjoy the fantastic tale right along with them.
Praise for The Transfigured Hart
"Jane Yolen will always be a lyrical superstar and a moment spent reading her stories is never a moment wasted."
"A lovely, evocative tale, juxtaposing fairy-tale-like fantasy and a contemporary rural setting . . . Readers who are fond of classic fantasy like Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn are likely to enjoy The Transfigured Hart."
"This is a very simple and sweet story about two kids who discover a white hart they mistake for a unicorn in the woods. Yolen is able to evoke strong characters for these kids with very little effort . . . They are interesting and sympathetic and their growth by the end of the story cheers the heart (or hart? -- the title, at least, definitely can be understood on both levels)."
"With compelling descriptions of the forest, nature, and the animal in question, this book took me on a short journey into imagination and even left me wondering if those kids hadn't indeed seen a unicorn."
"I was delighted by Yolen's brevity and lyricism, two devices that are often at loggerheads but that Yolen marries effortlessly. . . .I also appreciated the subtlety of the magic . . . so that when the reader arrives at the fantastical climax, they rely on their power of belief to carry them through the magic."
-Book Banshee Reviews
"Magical, full of lush imagery and description."
-Lost in a Good Book
Praise for Jane Yolen
"The Hans Christian Andersen of America."
"The Aesop of the twentieth century."
-The New York Times
"Jane Yolen is a gem in the diadem of science fiction and fantasy."
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."
"A triumphantly moving book."
"Adds much to understanding the effects of the Holocaust, which will reverberate throughout history, today and tomorrow."
-School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for Sister Emily's Lightship
"[Yolen's] first collection of genre stories for adults and it has been worth the wait."
"An outstanding collection."
-Voice of Youth Advocates
Praise for Briar Rose
-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."