(1947- ) US writer, mostly of YA fantasy, beginning with The Dancing Cats of Applesap (1984), whose young protagonist must save magical dancing Cats from the loss of their home. In The Great Dimpole Oak (1987) a big Oak draws around it, from near and far, those who are sensitive to its myth-laden resonance. JTL remains best-known for Afternoon of the Elves (1989), which plays with Crosshatch expectations that Elves, whom only a child can see (see Perception), may genuinely exist. In The Lampfish of Twill (1991) a maelstrom carries humans into a deathly world Under the Sea. In Forest (1993) a Wainscot relationship exists between upper and lower levels of a great Forest: squirrels above, humans below. [JC]
other works: The Investigators of the Unknown sequence: The Gold Dust Letters (1994) and Looking for Juliette (1994).
Janet Taylor Lisle