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Janet Taylor Lisle

Author of Afternoon of the Elves

20+ Works 4,256 Members 87 Reviews

About the Author

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Works by Janet Taylor Lisle

Afternoon of the Elves (1989) 1,208 copies
The Art of Keeping Cool (2000) 812 copies
Black Duck (2006) 742 copies
The Lost Flower Children (1999) 274 copies
Highway Cats (2008) 213 copies
Forest (1993) 196 copies
The Lampfish of Twill (1991) 147 copies
The Gold Dust Letters (1994) 94 copies
The Crying Rocks (2005) 77 copies
Quicksand Pond (2017) 55 copies
Sirens and Spies (1985) 42 copies
The Great Dimpole Oak (1987) 38 copies

Associated Works

Ribbiting Tales: Original Stories about Frogs (2000) — Contributor — 109 copies
Second Sight : Stories for a New Millennium (1999) — Contributor — 42 copies
Don't Give Up the Ghost: A Book of Ghost Stories (1993) — Contributor — 29 copies
Funny You Should Ask (1992) — Contributor — 18 copies


Common Knowledge



Gave it 4 stars due to childhood nostalgia, growing up I was a bit of a book nerd (still am obviously) but I remembered this book being one of my childhood favorites. Rereading it now, I can see the issues with this book when it came to scene jumping to another scene out of no where but eventually I got use to it,I suppose that was normal for a children/ young adults book during the 1980’s, who knows really. I still enjoyed the story though and I relate a bit to Sara-Kate’s character a bit even as an adult and I felt sorry for her in the end of the book.… (more)
clstrifes | 20 other reviews | Nov 10, 2023 |
In her ragged clothes and oversized boots, Sarah-Kate is a figure of ridicule at school. However, she has a magic elf village in her neglected back yard, as Hillary discovers one day when Sarah-Kate invites her over to see it. The two girls spend the fall "helping" the elves by making tiny improvements to their village, and Hillary hopes, more than anything, to see an elf for herself, if she is careful and quiet and looks deeply at the natural world as Sarah-Kate instructs. Sarah-Kate can be strange and temperamental, but Hillary is completely taken with this new friendship . . . until the day Sarah-Kate disappears.

There are hints of magic to this story, which is what I think I gravitated toward when I read this as a child (I'm pretty certain I read this as a child?), but as an adult it's a darkly bittersweet book about child neglect and a family in need to help. It feels a tiny bit dated now, but there's still the lovely allure of the elf village and the compelling character of Sarah-Kate to give the story its appeal.
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foggidawn | 20 other reviews | Sep 15, 2023 |
vashonpatty | 20 other reviews | Aug 1, 2023 |
The Interview parts had confused me with the perspective, I understand why Lisle did it, but it would be better if it was just Ruben's point of view. The story is great though, I've never seen a book about prohibition before, not many kids know about this subject.
katzuo | 27 other reviews | Apr 5, 2023 |



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