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Macmillan, November 2019
Hardcover, 288 pages
17cm × 10.8cm

Briar Rose A Novel of the Holocaust

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In the heat of midsummer 1942, deep in a forest in the heart of Poland, Briar Rose arrives at a castle that has fallen into the hands of an evil army.

Ever since she was a child, Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma's stories of Briar Rose. Becca would have sworn the stories were made up, but on her deathbed Gemma extracts from Becca a promise to fulfill three impossible requests: find the castle, find the prince, and find the spellmaker. Her vow sends Becca on a remarkable journey to uncover the truth of Gemma's astonishing claim: I am Briar Rose.

Jane Yolen's graceful retelling of the Germand folktale Briar Rose-known to some as Sleeping Beauty-sets the story amid forests patrolled by the German army during World War II.

Recommended by Amy

Amy Hotz is the Direct Sales Consultant at Boffins, and also specialises in Children's fiction. She loves Dystopian fantasy and Young Adult Fiction.

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen – a retelling of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) with a twist. This one is set in WWII in the army swamped forests of Poland. Part fantasy, part realism, it will be an interesting one for discussion as well as a great read. 13+

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