The Transfigured Hart

Jane Yolen

A Golden Kite Honor Book

Is what Richard saw in the woods really a unicorn? Beloved, award-winning author Jane Yolen (Sister Light, Sister Dark) offers the unexpected answer in this perfect jewel of a coming-of-age story. The Transfigured Hart bridges the wondrous in-between world where adults rediscover childhood wonder and children discover new favorite tales.


The Transfigured Hart

by Jane Yolen

ISBN: 9781616961626

Published: February 2018

Available Format(s): Digital Books Only

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 who prefers to spends most of his time alone.  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.”
Cinders Magazine

“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.”
Fantasy Literature

“Magical, full of lush imagery and description.”
Lost in a Good Book

“The mythology of unicorns is cleverly interwoven with the modern elements. This, combined with a strikingly beautiful and simple style, leave the reader with the feeling of having experienced something magical. And the real magic lies in the mastery of Yolen’s storytelling.”
SF Site

“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. . . the subtlety of the magic, and  . . . Yolen sets a precedent for the power of belief (“Believing. It takes practice” [Yolen, 65]), 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

About the Author

Jane Yolen has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She is the author of over three hundred and fifty books, including children’s fiction, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, nonfiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Her publications include Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, Briar Rose, Sister Emily’s Starship and Sister Light, Sister Dark. Among her many honors are the Caldecott and Christopher Medals, multiple Nebula World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Golden Kite, and Jewish Book awards; the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Science Fiction Poetry Grand Master Award. Yolen is also a teacher of writing and a book reviewer. She lives in Western Massachusetts and St. Andrew, Scotland.

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 Emerald Circus

“The best book I’ve read in a long time.”
—Brandon Sanderson, author of Mistborn

[STARRED REVIEW] “VERDICT: These highly entertaining retellings are perfect for teens fans of fairy tales and classic literature, though they are easily enjoyed without any background knowledge.”
School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW] “VERDICT: These delightful retellings of favorite stories will captivate newcomers and fans of Yolen as she once again delivers the magic, humor, and lovely prose that has attracted readers for years.”
Library Journal

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.”
Publishers Weekly

“A triumphantly moving book.”

[STARRED REVIEW] “[Yolen] adds much to understanding the effects of the Holocaust, which will reverberate throughout history, today and tomorrow.”
School Library Journal

Praise for Sister Emily’s Lightship

“This is [Yolen’s] first collection of genre stories for adults and it has been worth the wait.”
Publishers Weekly

“An outstanding collection.”
Voice of Youth Advocates

Praise for Briar Rose

“Terrifically moving.”
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.”

Praise for Stone Angel

[STARRED REVIEW] This story provides a wonderful addition to materials about World War II and the Holocaust, and is appropriate for even the gentlest of readers.”
School Library Connection

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