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Shelters of Stone
In this 5th book by Jean Auel, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home. Ayla works at fitting in and finding out what she is meant to do, whether it be serving the mother or simply having Jondalar and her child. She has to deal with rejection from a few select people, but also has the first real feeling of acceptance and family as well....
Shoshone Woman
The main character is Morningstara dwarf Shoshone woman flintknapper who travels pursuing her craft throughout her life. It is the story of her struggle and survival and eventual death, possibly in southern Alberta. I believe she had a child whom she trained in the craft of making stone tools (flintknapping.) ...
The Clan of the Cave Bear
During the evolution of humanity there may have been a brief moment in time when neanderthals and cro-magnons (modern man) coexisted. This is the subject of this novel that takes place in prehistoric Europe. The novel opens with a terrible earthquake, in which a five year old cro-magnon girl is orphaned. Alone, young Ayla wanders the countryside sleeping in a cave, until one day she is attacked by a cave lion. The injured Ayla is discovered by the "c...
The Mammoth Hunters
The third book of the Earth's Children series opens on Ayla and Jondalar joining a tribe of cro-magnons called the mamouth hunters. They are welcomed and Ayla catches the eye of a mamouth hunter named Ranec. Because of her clan (neanderthal) upringing, Ayla believes that she has no choice and when a man shows interest in her she must submit to his will. Ranec is a good man and Ayla cares for him, but she is in love with Jondalar. Meanwhile, a brokenheart...

Auel booklist

The Plains of Passage
The fourth novel in the Earth's Children series is largely a travel book. It begins as Ayla and Jondalar leaves the Mamouth hunters with whom they have been staying and journey across Europe to make their home with Jondalar's tribe. As they travel, the couple face many challenges, including the natural elements, and an encounter with clansmen, like those who have raised Ayla. As they draw closer to their destination Ayla begins to wonder if she will be a...
The Shelters of Stone
Fifth in Jean Auel's acclaimed "Earth's Children" series, this is the story of Ayla, the prehistoric woman reared by The Clan continues as she arrives at the home of her mate, Jondalar after a long journey. Ayla is unusual - raised by The Clan, who are actually Neanderthals called "Flatheads" and hated by Jondalar's people. They - "the Others" - are Cro-Magnon, including Ayla. She arrives with her mate, riding a horse, with a wolf companion and frig...
The Valley of Horses
In this continuing sequel of Clan of the Cave Bear, Ayla was cruelly tossed out by the Clan members, (mainly Broud). She was told to go find the "Others," and she wanders about trying to find a place to settle in. As she continues her hunting as in the book before, Ayla meets a foal, whom she names Whinney. And interestingly, later a baby cub, who she calls Baby. These are her friends. But Ayla is still very lonely without human companionship. On ...
Valley of the Horses
After becoming an outcast from the Neanderthal clan, Ayla begins her search for her own kind, but arrives in a lush valley, and finding all the resources she needs decides to stay. Her trials and struggles included such discoveries as learning a simple way of creating fire and raising wild animals, specifically a baby horse and an injured lion cub, to be her friends. In a parallel story line the Cro-Magnon Jondalar begins a journey with his brother, but ...