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Jean Marie Auel

Born: February 18, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Auel was born in Chicago.

Biography: Jean M. Auel wrote the Earth's Children books, a series of novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores human activities during this time, and touches on the interactions of Cro-Magnon people with Neanderthals. Her books have sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

  • Jean M. Auel has received several awards, including an American Book Award nomination for best first novel and Friends of Literature Award for The Clan of the Cave Bear (1981).

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children

Jean Marie Auel on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  The clan of the cave bear
ISBN: 9780616451328 OCLC: 1012179426

CNIB, Toronto : 2008.

Ayla is adopted by a group of Neanderthals 25,000 years ago. At first she inspires surprise, then wariness and finally acceptance by the clan. Ayla is cared for by the medicine woman, but makes an enemy of the group's leader, who will do anything to destroy her. Descriptions of sex. Followed by The Valley of horses (DC29722). 1981. (Earth's children ; 1).

The Clan of the Cave Bear :
ISBN: 0517542021 OCLC: 6277166

Crown, New York : ©1980.

The Neanderthal world is portrayed reconstructing primordial daily life and beliefs.

The mammoth hunters /
ISBN: 0517556278 OCLC: 12371377

Crown Publishers, New York : ©1985.

Ayla and Jondalar meet the Mamutoi-the Mammoth Hunters--people like Ayla. Ayla finds herself torn between the wildly jealous Jondalar and the master carver Ranec.

  The plains of passage
ISBN: 0616256205 OCLC: 1012162565

CNIB, Toronto : 2005.

Ayla and Jondalar journey back to his people, the Zelandonii. With them are two horses that Ayla has trained and a wolf she has reared. Explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Sequel to Mammoth hunters. Followed by Shelters of stone. 1990. (Earth's children ; 4).

The plains of passage /
ISBN: 0517580497 OCLC: 21873762

Crown Publishers, New York : ©1990.

As Ayla and Jondalar travel across Ice Age Europe they encounter savage enemies and brave friends in their search for a place they can call home.

The shelters of stone /
ISBN: 0609610597 OCLC: 48892350

Crown, New York : 2002.

After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

The valley of horses :
ISBN: 051754489X OCLC: 8389418

Crown, New York : ©1982.

In this sequel to The Clan of the Cave Bears, Jean Auel continues the story of Ayla. Ayla sets out on a journey to meet others like herself during which she encounters a herd of horses and rescues a young man from death.

  The valley of horses :
ISBN: 9780616445372 OCLC: 1012170117

CNIB, Toronto : 2008.

Leaving the safety of the clan who raised her, the beautiful Ayla sets out alone on an epic journey of discovery. She survives glacial cold, terrifying beasts and intense loneliness. But in the Valley of Horses she finds refuge and contentment, and an awakening to a desire she could not imagine. Descriptions of sex. Sequel to The clan of the cave bear (DC30808). Followed by The mammoth hunters (DC29827). 1984. (Earth's children ; 2).