01 July 2011

Jane Austen; Catherine Reef

Jane Austen: A Life RevealedJane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jane Austen isn't just for adults, particularly with the recent rash of movie adaptations. So how perfect is it that there's a readable middle-grade-level biography of the author? Unfortunately, the subtitle is misleading: because of the dearth of actual evidence (even what Miss Austen looked like is in question), this is hardly a life revealed. More about the times in which she lived would also help put the stories, and her life, in context; the synopses of the various books were good, if a little overlong. However, any student interested in learning more about Miss Austen's life was like will find this a good starting point.

ARC provided by publisher.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm, well, maybe I'll take a look at this. My daughter is just getting in to Austen. But she's 15 and if this is geared to middle grade, it might be too basic for her. Still, as a starting point...
    Thanks for bringing the book to my attention!