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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jane Kurtz  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; 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.


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

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Ethiopia :
ISBN: 0875184839. OCLC Number: 23870506

Dillon Press ;. .

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: 039578123X. OCLC Number: 43461971

Houghton Mifflin,. .

A clever young shepherd boy uses his wits to gain a fortune for himself and his sister from a haughty rich man.

Fire on the mountain.
ISBN: 0613049748. OCLC Number: 228271223

Sagebrush Education,. .

I'm sorry, Almira Ann
ISBN: 0439206456. OCLC Number: 48528160

Scholastic,. .

Eight-year-old Sarah's high spirits help make her family's long journey from Missouri to Oregon more bearable, though they do cause both her and her best friend Almira Ann some problems. Sarah Benton and her family set off on a journey westward, following the Oregon Trail. Sarah's best friend, Almira Ann, is on the trail, too. But the journey sours when Sarah unintentionally scares Almira Ann, causing her to fall out of the wagon and break her leg. As Sarah tries to mend her friendship with Almira Ann, she learns a valuable lesson about difficult, yet rewarding, jouneys.

ISBN: 9781338197327. OCLC Number: 1013541362

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Lanie is an outside girl who is stuck with an inside family. She longs to go camping, explore the outdoors, and have real adventures, but no one else in her family is interested. To make matters worse, Lanie's best friend is far away and living out their dreams of becoming wildlife biologists---without her! When Lanie's aunt comes to stay with them, Lanie finds a kindred spirit and embarks on an exciting project--planting a wild garden---but she faces competition with her younger sister Emily for their aunt's attention. Then her aunt leaves, and Lanie again feels alone & abandoned once again. Gradually, after a blowup with her younger sister, she finds support for her interests where she least expects it--within her own family. Likewise, she discovers the beauty and wonder of nature where she didn't expect to find it--right in her own backyard.

Lanie /
ISBN: 1593696825. OCLC Number: 424558780

American Girl Pub.,. .

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.

Miro in the kingdom of the sun /
ISBN: 0395691818. OCLC Number: 31740513

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. .

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.

Only a pigeon /
ISBN: 0689800770. OCLC Number: 33281999

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

River friendly, river wild /
ISBN: 1416934871. OCLC Number: 86080460

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

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: 43803261

Libraries Unlimited and its division Teacher Ideas Press,. .

The storyteller's beads /
ISBN: 0439155096. OCLC Number: 44893992

Scholastic Inc.,. .

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.

ISBN: 9780980148329. OCLC Number: 501040753

Ethiopia Reads,. .

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.

Trouble /
ISBN: 0152002197. OCLC Number: 33407778

Harcourt Brace,. .

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.

Water hole waiting /
ISBN: 0060298502. OCLC Number: 45958185

Greenwillow Books,. .

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