Saturday, April 3, 2021

A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice Virtual Book Tour


Enter for a chance to win a glorious Jane Austen-themed picnic basket, including a hardcover copy of A Most Clever Girl autographed by Jasmine A. Stirling!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A picnic basket filled with:

    • A copy of A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice, signed by author Jasmine A. Stirling

    • A vintage teacup

    • 1 oz of tea From Adagio Teas

    • Truffles from Moonstruck Chocolates

    • Gardenia hand cream

    • A set of Jane Austen playing cards

    • A $15 gift certificate to Jasmine A. Stirling’s Austenite Etsy Shop, Box Hill Goods

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A copy of A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice, signed by author Jasmine A. Stirling

The giveaway begins March 16, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT, and ends April 16, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.


A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Found Her Voice

Written by Jasmine A. Stirling

Illustrated by Vesper Stamper

Ages 4-12 

48 Pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

ISBN-13: 978-1547601103

Publisher’s Synopsis: Witty and mischievous Jane Austen grew up in a house overflowing with words. As a young girl, she delighted in making her family laugh with tales that poked fun at the popular novels of her time, stories that featured fragile ladies and ridiculous plots. Before long, Jane was writing her own stories-uproariously funny ones, using all the details of her life in a country village as inspiration.

In times of joy, Jane’s words burst from her pen. But after facing sorrow and loss, she wondered if she’d ever write again. Jane realized her writing would not be truly her own until she found her unique voice. She didn’t know it then, but that voice would go on to capture readers’ hearts and minds for generations to come.





Jasmine A. Stirling is the debut author of A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice, a picture book biography of Jane Austen about persistence and creative mastery. Jasmine lives on a cheerful street in San Francisco with her husband, two daughters, and their dog. From a young age, she loved to write poems and stories and worked her way through nearly every children’s book (and quite a few for grownups, too) in her local library. When she’s not writing, Jasmine can be found hiking in the fog, singing songs from old musicals, and fiddling with her camera.

Jasmine first fell in love with Jane Austen as a student at Oxford, where she read her favorite of Jane’s six masterful novels, Persuasion. A Most Clever Girl is her dream project, done with her dream team—award-winning illustrator Vesper Stamper and Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing. Jasmine also has a YA/New Adult history of the women's suffrage movement out soon, titled We Demand An Equal Voice.

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Young readers interested in famous writers will enjoy this picture book biography of Jane Austen. Her personality comes to life as we learn that she didn't care for "pale stories with delicate ladies," "gloomy stories with orphans on doorsteps," or "sticky-sweet stories where people fell in love at first sight. (EWW!)" The image of her sprawled out on the rug laughing at such "fluff" is sure to have everyone joining in with their own "EWW!" The details as she grows up and observes the world around her not only work their way into Jane's writing, but appear in the illustrations. Vivid colors for dinner parties and drab grays for life in a rough dock town support the text and help set the mood for the experiences of Jane's life. Back matter includes a listing of all the Austen quotes worked into the narrative, more information about her life, and a list of resources for young readers (among other bonuses). This is perfect for a unit on famous writers and where they found their inspirations. And, of course, it is a great book for anyone who would enjoy a story about a girl looking for "a style that was uniquely hers."


The Fairview Review is participating in the virtual tour in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Jasmine A. Stirling


  1. I love your review! Thank you very much for taking the time and for your thoughtful words. : )

  2. This is so cute. I am adding the book to my to-read, it looks like fun!