Briar Rose #1


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  • "Once upon a time which is all times and no times but not the very best of times, there was a castle" (4).
  • "Promise me you will find the castle. Promise me you will find the prince. Promise me you will find the maker of the spells"(16).
  • "I said I promise, Gemma"(16).
  • Briar Rose By Jane Yolen
  • "'Gemma, what can you have been thinking of! And did you live happily ever after?'"(39).
  • When Becca was little her grandmother always told her the story of Briar Rose. It was like the the story of Sleeping Beauty but with Gemma's twist on it.
  • "'What do you mean?'"(71).
  • "'You and I are going to visit Fort Owsego'"(71).
  • "'And you've gotten almost as much as you can from this, as far as I can tell. Time for some foot work'"(71).
  • Fort Oswego
  • Gemma is becoming very old and fragile, she does not remember much and she only speaks of the story Briar Rose. Soon after Becca visits her in the nursing home she passes away but before she does she makes Becca promise that she will find the castle, the prince, and the maker of spells. 
  • "'Can't you remember? Anything? Did she go to school? Did she talk about the past? Did she...?'"(83).
  • "'That's me. That's the only photo, of all the ones we have in the museum, that has me in it. It makes the old nightmares real. And that's Księżniczka'"(82).
  • While cleaning out Gemma's room they come across a wooden box with a rose and briar engraved onto the top of it. Inside the box is papers and photographs. The entire family is confused by the box, but it intrigues Becca she spends countless hours that night trying to connecting the papers and pictures together.
  • Becca is confused by the contents of the box because most of the items do not connect. Becca asks a co-worker for help in connecting the pieces and they eventually end up in Fort Oswego looking for some answers.
  • While in Fort Oswego they meet a few people who were at the camp around the same time as Gemma. Becca shows them the papers and the photographs hoping someone recognizes Gemma. One man recognizes himself in a picture and tells Becca that Gemma was known as 'princess' around the camp.
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