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Today’s Way Back Wednesday post is dedicated to a novel I read while in middle school, Sister Light, Sister Dark, by Jane Yolen.
This novel left such an impression on me, that I still think of it TO THIS DAY! Unfortunately, my copy eventually fell apart, and I still need to replace it!
Raised on a mountainside, Jenna learned the arts of the warrior, and from the mountain women the magic of the ancient lore. But the greatest magic of all was her ability to call forth her dark sister from the depths of the mirror of the land of light and shadow.
Skada was the dark one, able to exist only when the moonlight cast a shadow or lamplight flickered in a darkened room.
This is the story of Jenna and Skada. Sister Light and Sister Dark.
Sister Light, Sister Dark was nothing short of magical for me. I loved the strong warrior women theme of this novel. My 12 year old mind was mesmerized by sisters Jenna and Skada, and the incredible world building cleverly crafted by Author Jane Yolen.
My middle grade self was extremely interested in feminist views, and this novel found me at a perfect time. I wanted to be Jenna! I totally and completely lived cathartically through her as I turned the pages.
I don’t only want to replace my copy of this novel, I NEED to.
I would recommend this fantasy novel to pre-teen girls and up, and men who can appreciate a strong, warrior female protagonist.
About The Author:
Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Born and raised in New York City, the mother of three and the grandmother of six, Yolen lives in Massachusetts and St. Andrews, Scotland.– Goodreads Author Bio