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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jane Kurtz  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1952 in Portland, Oregon

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Illinois Connection

Jane Kurtz was a teacher then director of Carbondale New School in Carbondale, Illinois from 1975-1981.

Biographical and Professional Information

When Jane was two years old her family moved and she grew up in a remote corner of Ethiopia, living there until she came back to the United States to attend college.Jane currently lives in Kansas with her husband.

Published Works

  • Ethiopia, Roof of Africa, Macmillan/SilverBurdett, 1991
  • Fire on the Mountain, Simon and Schuster, 1994
  • Miro in the Kingdom of the Sun, Houghton Mifflin, 1996
  • Trouble, Harcourt , 1997
  • Only a Pigeon, Simon and Schuster, 1997
  • The Storyteller`s Beads, Harcourt, 1998
  • Home Again, Harcourt, 1999
  • River Friendly/ River Wild, A Flood Diary, Simon Schuster, 1999
  • Terrific Connections, Teacher Ideas Press, 1999
  • I`m Sorry, Almira Ann, Holt, 1999
  • Water Hole Waiting, Greenwillow Books, 2008
  • Lanie, Plesant Co'', 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

Ethiopia :
ISBN: 0875184839. OCLC Number:

Dillon Press ;. New York :. ©1991.

Describes the geography, history, culture, economy, and people of the mountainous country in northeastern Africa troubled in recent years by drought, famine, and civil unrest.

Fire on the mountain.
ISBN: 0613049748. OCLC Number:

Sagebrush Education,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1999.

Miro in the kingdom of the sun /
ISBN: 0395691818. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. Boston :. 1996.

A young Inca girl succeeds where her brothers and others have failed, when her bird friends help her find the special water that will cure the king's son.

Trouble /
ISBN: 0152002197. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace,. San Diego :. ©1997.

A retelling of a traditional Eritrean tale in which a young goatherd disobeys his father by inadvertently trading away the board game that was supposed to keep him out of trouble.

Only a pigeon /
ISBN: 0689800770. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1997.

Ondu-ahlem carefully trains his pigeons and prepares them for the day when he and other Ethiopian boys test the homing instinct and loyalty of their precious birds.

The storyteller's beads /
ISBN: 0439155096. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Inc.,. New York :. [2000], ©1998.

During the political strife and famine of the 1980's, two Ethiopian girls, one Christian and the other Jewish and blind, struggle to overcome many difficulties, including their prejudices about each other, as they make the dangerous journey out of Ethiopia.

River friendly, river wild /
ISBN: 1416934871. OCLC Number:

Aladdin Paperbacks,. New York :. 2007.

A family experiences a renewed appreciation for home and community after they are evacuated during a spring flood and then return to survey the damage.

Terrific connections with authors, illustrators, and storytellers :
ISBN: 1563087448. OCLC Number:

Libraries Unlimited and its division Teacher Ideas Press,. Englewood, Colo. :. 1999.

Water hole waiting /
ISBN: 0060298502. OCLC Number:

Greenwillow Books,. New York :. ©2002.

A thirsty monkey waits as the larger animals drink from the water hole on the African savanna.

Lanie /
ISBN: 1593696825. OCLC Number:

American Girl Pub.,. Middleton, WI :. ©2010.

Ten-year-old Lanie of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who loves nature and the outdoors, wants to go camping with her family but her favorite aunt teaches Lanie to find the wonders of nature anywhere, even in her own backyard.


Golden Kite Award and others, including the PEN West Literary Award

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