I remember the first time I picked up a book by Jane Yolen. It was at that moment that I stopped going outside for recess and lunch. For the rest of the year. I’d had a pretty big love affair with books before I first read Dragon’s Blood, but when I found it in my school library and discovered there were books there that were not related to researching the life of a dead artist (non-fiction took a lot longer to grow on me), any moment not spent in class, I was wedged between shelves of books reading. Jane Yolen’s Pit Dragon Chronicles absolutely put me there. I only read the first three–that’s all my school had, but Alex has read up to four. We want to complete our collection, but we’re both unhappy with the new cover design, and if possible, we want to get them with the original covers. There’s something about the cartoonish covers that doesn’t mesh right with the theme of the books.
Anyway, The Pit Dragon Chronicles isn’t the only thing I’ve read by Yolen, nor the only books I plan to read by her. I’ve had her book Encounter on my wishlist for ages, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the series of books, How Do Dinosaurs… which we bought for our more Jurassically minded students was also co-written by her. She is a fantastically imaginative writer, capable of pulling a reader deep into her words. She is one of the first writers to really solidify a love of reading in me and I’m very grateful.