Briar Rose
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Briar Rose

by Jane Yolen
Release date: 1992
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Tags: mythopoeic awards

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature: Best Novel winner (1993). World Fantasy Award: Best Novel nominee (1993). Nebula Award: Best Novel nominee (1993).

Briar Rose was originally published for adults.

A powerful retelling of Sleeping Beauty that is "heartbreaking and heartwarming."

An American Library Association "100 Best Books for Teens"
An American Library Association "Best Books for Young Adults"

Ever since she was a child, Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma's stories about Briar Rose. But a promise Rebecca makes to her dying grandmother will lead her on a remarkable journey to uncover the truth of Gemma's astonishing claim: I am Briar Rose. A journey that will lead her to unspeakable brutality and horror. But also to redemption and hope.

(updated 2015-01-20)

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