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Earth's Children Series By Jean Auel

Updated on January 8, 2015

Lifetime Adapting ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ With Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Allison Shearmur


Lifetime has given a pilot order to an adaptation of Jean M. Auel’s prehistorical-set books “The Clan of the Cave Bear.”

The project is a co-production of Fox 21 and Lionsgate in association with Imagine Television and Allison Shearmur Productions. Exec producers are Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Allison Shearmur, Linda Woolverton, Francie Calfo and Auel. Woolverton, whose credits include children’s and young adult-focused films “Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Lion King,” will pen the pilot.

“I’ve always admired Jean M. Auel’s timeless work,” said Rob Sharenow, Lifetime’s exec VP and general manager. “With the visionary creative team of Ron Howard, Linda Woolverton, Brian Grazer, Alli Shearmur, Jean M. Auel and Francie Calfo behind it, this project has it all — epic storytelling, great characters and a unique world that’s never been explored on television before. This is exactly the type of top-tier creative talent and great stories we embrace at Lifetime.”

The adaptation of the six-book series, which centers on a young girl who fights for survival in a world where Neanderthals share the Earth with the first early modern humans, is in line with Sharenow’s mission to elevate Lifetime’s brand. The cable channel gained social media buzz earlier this year with adaptations of the first two books in V.C. Andrews’ “Flowers in the Attic” series. Last winter, it simultaneously broadcast the movie biopic “Bonnie & Clyde” with sister cablers A&E and History. Upcoming scripted projects include dystopian thriller series “The Lottery” from “Children of Men” co-writer Timothy J. Sexton and a movie adaptation of the Stephen King novella “Big Driver” that will star Maria Bello.

“Clan of the Cave Bear” is targeted for a potential 2015 launch.

Earth's Children Series By Jean Auel

Jean Auel Sixth Book "Land Of the Painted Caves" is now out.

Jean started this series over 30 years ago. I started reading these books in high school. And the wait in between books grew larger with each book, but in my opinion the wait was always worth it.

Here's a list of All The Books in the Earth's Children Series By Jean Auel

The Clan Of The Cave Bear

The Valley of the Horses

The Mammoth Hunters

The Plains of Passage

The Shelters Of Stone

The Land of The Painted Caves

Jean Auel Discusses The Land of Painted Caves

The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, Book One)

The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, Book One)

Book Description

Series: Earth's Children | Publication Date: June 25, 2002 This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear.

A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly--she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book Two)

Cruelly cast out by the new leader of the ancient Clan that adopted her as a child, Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark, open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself. The short summer gives her little time to look, and when she finds a sheltered valley with a herd of hardy steppe horses, she decides to stay and prepare for the long glacial winter ahead. Living with the Clan has taught Ayla many skills but not real hunting. She finally knows she can survive when she traps a horse, which gives her meat and a warm pelt for the winter, but fate has bestowed a greater gift, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a unique kinship. One winter extends to more; she discovers a way to make fire more quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals don’t fulfill her restless need for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a man screaming in pain. She saves tall, handsome Jondalar, who brings her a language to speak and an awakening of love and desire, but Ayla is torn between her fear of leaving her valley and her hope of living with her own kind.

The Mammoth Hunters (Earth's Children, Book Three)

Riding Whinney with Jondalar, the man she loves, and followed by the mare’s colt, Ayla ventures into the land of the Mamutoi--the Mammoth Hunters. She has finally found the Others she has been seeking. Though Ayla must learn their different customs and language, she is adopted because of her remarkable hunting ability, singular healing skills, and uncanny fire-making technique. Bringing back the single pup of a lone wolf she has killed, Ayla shows the way she tames animals. She finds women friends and painful memories of the Clan she left behind, and meets Ranec, the dark-skinned, magnetic master carver of ivory, whom she cannot refuse--inciting Jondalar to a fierce jealousy that he tries to control by avoiding her. Unfamiliar with the ways of the Others, Ayla misunderstands, and thinking Jondalar no longer loves her, she turns more to Ranec. Throughout the icy winter the tension mounts, but warming weather will bring the great mammoth hunt and the mating rituals of the Summer Meeting, when Ayla must choose to remain with Ranec and the Mamutoi, or to follow Jondalar on a long journey into an unknown future.

The Plains of Passage (Earth's Children, Book Four)

With her companion, Jondalar, Ayla sets out on her most dangerous and daring journey--away from the welcoming hearths of the Mammoth Hunters and into the unknown.Their odyssey spans a beautiful but sparsely populated and treacherous continent, the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe, casting the pair among strangers. Some will be intrigued by Ayla and Jondalar, with their many innovative skills, including the taming of wild horses and a wolf; others will avoid them, threatened by what they cannot understand; and some will threaten them. But Ayla, with no memory of her own people, and Jondalar, with a hunger to return to his, are impelled by their own deep drives to continue their trek across the spectacular heart of an unmapped world to find that place they can both call home.

The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children, Book Five)

The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal friends, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, complete their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar’s people: the Zelandonii. The people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla. Their clothes, customs, artifacts, even their homes—formed in great cliffs of vertical limestone—are a source of wonder to her. And in the woman Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of the Ninth Cave (and the one who initiated Jondalar into the Gift of Pleasure), she meets a fellow healer with whom to share her knowledge and skills.

The Land of Painted Caves(6th Book Earth's Children Series)

From Publishers Weekly

Thirty thousand years in the making and 31 years in the writing, Auel's overlong and underplotted sixth and final volume in the Earth's Children series (The Clan of the Cave Bear; etc.) finds Cro-Magnon Ayla; her mate, Jondalar; and their infant daughter, Jonayla, settling in with the clan of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonaii. Animal whisperer and medicine woman Ayla is an acolyte in training to become a full-fledged Zelandoni (shaman) of the clan, but all is not rosy in this Ice Age setting; there are wild animals to face and earthquakes to survive, as well as a hunter named Balderan, who has targeted Ayla for death, and a potential cave-wrecker named Marona.

Jean Auel, author of The Earth's Children series, talks to Chris Stringer | Natural History Museum

Interview With Jean Auel June 2009

 Written by N. Gallego / J. Oliva

Wednesday, 24th of June, 2009

American writer and author of 'Earth's Children' series Jean Marie Auel visited the La Cabilla archaeological site yesterday, in the neighbourhood of Benzú. Auel is making her researching study to start writing the 7th book of the series, which will be the last. 'El Faro' [newspaper] talked with her to know more about her visit and what impressions she has got from Ceuta.

- You have been visiting several sites in Spain and now Benzú's. What have you found in them?
- In Bezú's site, the fist thing we have done is watching the panoramic view of the sea, where we have been able to gaze the beauty of the [Gibraltar] Strait. Besides, the materials are very ancient there and you can see pieces of tools and devices embedded in rock. So all of this can give us an idea of how the human beings used to live there so long ago and how they were. It's something unique.
- Something of all the things that you have seen in Bezú has inspired you enough to use it for your next book?
- I don't know yet. Perhaps I count on it in some way but not for the book that I'm writing now. I'll have to think about it and evaluate it and maybe I could use something for the next book. I've found here a very interesting material to work on
- It's well known that you are really interested in the Gibraltar Strait. Why?
- I'm interested because I think that it's possible that the Neanderthals had crossed through there in their way towards Africa or in the other way round. Maybe. Even though these extremes are not archaelogically proved I'm just a fiction-writer, which means that I don't write about anything official or technical. Sometimes archaeologists don't agree with some of the things that I write, but I must insist that it's only fiction despite I use some historic elements and facts. Personally, I like to add some magical elements in my stories. I use some actual facts and then I give them a special touch. About the Strait, I think that it's a fascinating place because the north of Africa and the south of Europe are really closed. The Mediterranean Sea is all around, and also because of the weather, and also because it has a very important historical remark.

- Will you ever finish the 'Earth's Children' saga?
- Actually there will be seven books. I'm finishing the 6th now and it'll be soon in my agent's hands. It'll be available probably through next year. For the final book, I have to start writing it when I come back home. It's for it why I am making all this current researching study.

- You are an expert on Ancient societies, in fact you are an anthropologist. Do you really think that we have changed so much as we have been told?
- [Laughs] I think that we are still very similar, actually. For instance, if you take the example of the Neanderthal man who died over a stone, who lived all his life blind of an eye and who had serious injuries on his bones, you'll see that he was a man who was driven by love. Actually he didn't hunt for himself, but for the people he took after. For that reason, I really think that even in the Ancient societies people love and take care of each other. We are more similar than we are used to think, probably they loved one each other too.
- Your books are quite educational because they summarise some of the most important moments in the human evolution. Do you think that they should be used to teach Prehistory at schools?
- I write for adult people. I speak about the overall experience of the human being, about the inner feelings and sexuality. Apart from this, yes, I think that my books are very useful because, especially in some educational systems, like the Scandinavian, some parts of my books are used for this purpose and brought to the schools and included in their textbooks.
- Did you ever think about becoming rich and famous as a book writer?
- I haven't earned so much money writing books, but for me it's more important the proud of being read in so many countries rather than money. My books have been translated into 35 languages, more or less, like Hebrew, Spanish or Catalan.
- Have you tried reading your own books in another language?
- I can't read in other languages. Anyway, some of my readers have sent letters to me explaining if the translations were good or bad. In the cases where the translations were bad, I had to change of publisher in order to not distort the literary work.


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      Robin 18 months ago

      I started reading these books in high school. Couldn't wait for the next book to come out. I love that Jean Auel takes her time and researches to get it right the first time. I have two sets of this series because they are my all time favorites. I have the first three in Leather bound and the last three in hard copy because they are not in Leather bound yet. I hope they will be though. I also have a set in paper back. I lend them to my friends who want to read them. I love to share Jean Auels work with as many people as I can and they love to read the books as well. Thank you Jean for the GREAT Series. I sure hope you do have a 7th book coming out. I'll be the first in line to get it.

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      Michelle 22 months ago

      I would love to see a seventh book.. I love this author's work!!

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      easyshares 3 years ago

      Cindy ,,, I check every Month or so and have had No word one way or the other yet :(

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      Cindy 3 years ago

      Is there a 7th book?? I love the series and I'm trying to find out if the 7th one is out yet and if so what's the name?

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      Blinky 4 years ago

      I really don't understand why the hell all of you people are insisting that Ms Auel bring back Durc. He is long in Ayla's past so why don't you just let him go. I must admit that I too was a little disappointed in Jondalar's actions in The Land of

      Painted Caves; however, I would most definitely not trade in my hard copy on another book for my children, as one writer did above.

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      Bobbie 4 years ago

      I am 62 years old and just purchased my set of 6 on Ebay. I had seen these books through the years and as a voracious reader had considered that I would one day see if they were my reading fortay. I just finished the first book....Clan of the Cave Bear. My chemo brain kept failing me on the names thing with remembering who was who when the name were a lot alike except for one letter or so and sometimes I had to reread paragraphs, but I am really in to the story now and want to continue on. I was so disappointed with the rules that let Broud beat up on Ayla and that after being such a good leader Brun would let Broud mess things up so badly in one day, but like to think he gets his....even if the books never tell us he does. I will read all 6 and would like to think there will be a final, especially after reading all the comments on here. If they finally figure out how they get babies...that would be nice and if they finally appreciate women that would be nice also. Must be my age group...seeing these things. Anyway...I always love history & reading about it and I have to say....this is the fartherest I have ever gone back in history and really give thought to. Enjoy your reading everyone.....and dont be quite so critical!

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      JazzNGrace 4 years ago

      Do you not remember that Ayla too was unfaithful with Ranec? Did you stop reading Jean's books then?? No, because somehow you found a way to justify her being tempted by another man. A&J rose above that and stayed together and became stronger so they could carry on this amazing journey. There is no way I would take one of these beautifully written books back to the store. I am so proud and happy to have this collection.

      As for Land of the Painted Caves, I too, was expecting something more on that last page BUT, I saw it as a definite inroad to the 7th book. Do you REALLY think Jean would leave us hanging like that? Please, this is a lady of great compassion and appreciation and would not do that to us. Keep in mind that she is also in her 70's, and to pump out books such as the Earth's Children series, at the rate some of you are expecting just is not possible. She spends so much time researching and meeting with others to ensure that we are given quality material to while away the hours it takes to read and engulf ourselves into this wonderful world of Ayla and Jondalar. Please, give her a break. One book should not destroy the experience. For those naysayers. You're the ones that will not finish this journey.

      Peace Jean and Thank you.

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      kaye 5 years ago

      I just finishwd Land of Painted Caves and I enjoyed it.The personal problems and reactions of Alya and Jondalar are no diferent then the way we react.I to was betrayed by one I loved deeply and under stand their pain.I so hope there will be another book as I hate losing my friends and I would love to see a movie or TV series done if they follow the books faithfully.Thank you Jean Auel for many hours of enjoyment and for sytimulating the old gray matter.

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      ciaparker 5 years ago

      Art is not life, but should be more satisfying. Auel should certainly reunite Ayla with Durc in the last volume of the series and tie up loose ends. It would be extremely interesting if she were to see the surviving members of her former clan again, as well as Durc. Since travel over great distances is so easy for her and Jondalar, they should certainly travel back to her old home.

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      MudPie 5 years ago

      Book 7 was an incredible disappointment after waiting so long for it to be finished and published. I thought it was going to tie up loose ends and finally tell us what happened to Durc. But no--instead we get lengthy and boring sociology discussions and find out that Jondalar is as shallow as a mud puddle when we all thought he was a sea of loyalty and love for his woman. And then Ayla defiles herself with a Cretan to get even----argggh! Miss Auel has torn down her image as a wonderful writer with this drivel. I gave my expensive hard copy to my grandchildren to take to the second hand book store to trade in for stuff to read. It does not belong on the shelf with the rest of the Earth's Children series and it is certainly not on mine! For the first time I regret spending money for one of her books.

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      Sandra 5 years ago

      I have read the first 5 books 3 times while waiting for the 6th and I regret to say that I am very disappointed in the "Land of Painted Caves". I did not read any reviews before I read the book because I don't trust other peoples opinions regarding book or movies and I still don't agree with some of the reviews. I agree that parts were boring, there was a lot of repetition, but that can be skipped if you have recently read the previous books, and descriptions of her knowledge of flora and fauna gets boring. I feel she left out some of the most important things, such as more contact with the Clan which was part of her visions in the previous books.

      Personally, I was expecting her to have a son who was to meet with Durc and I did not feel her explanation of that vision was satisfactory. Maybe I was expecting too much from this series!

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      beebz 5 years ago

      Mac, have you not thought that maybe the betrayel of Jondalar sleeping with Ayla was an important aspect of the story to show how strong their love actually is? Although i suppose you may not know this as you didn't bother to read on. i suggest you do

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      homegirl 5 years ago

      Folks, Do you have libraries where you? I waited a few weeks and check ed it. Yes, the 6th book is repetitive, but just for a moment think that the early humans found comfort in repetition and chants in their daily struggle for survival, when they aren't sure where their next meal is coming from. The hope that Ayla sees her son is just too tidy. A & J have made journeys that killed most of their peers. It is simplistic to wish Ayla sees Durc again. How many times did A & J avoid death? The 6th book is not her best but it continues a most enjoyable journey that we can all hope the Jean will continue and gift us a 7th book....and who could blame her for not writing a 7th book with all the whinny and trash talk that has been thrown her way. If she chooses not to write a 7th book and you wonder why re-read all the comments above. Jean, thank you for writing 6 books and we would be grateful if you once again found the strength and courage to write a 7th book. Thank you for A & J. Good night

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      easyshares 5 years ago

      Re: Sandra Andersen

      There is just the six that are on the Hub.. I am almost jealous that you get to read some that you haven't read yet. Enjoy!!!!

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      Sandra Andersen 5 years ago

      No, have a missed a book with all of my medical transplants etc. I have not heard of the "Shelters of the Stone" nor "The land of Painted Caves". Help. Is that all I have missed? I would have to look but I think my last book was "Valley of The Horses".

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      easyshares 5 years ago

      Don't give up hope ,, In one of her interviews last year she said there a chance for a 7th book..... keeping our fingers crossed

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      shaanii 5 years ago

      hey im 12 i started reading these books last year and i cannot stop im up to the last one and im devostated she isn't writing anymore :(

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      Rachel 5 years ago

      My mum got me into these books and I'm only 17! I read them in a heart beat, they were just so amazing! I just love how much information there is about the ice age world. Man oh man am I excited for number 7! Pleeeease come quickly! Thanks for these breath taking books Jean!

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      Rachel 5 years ago

      My mum got me into these books and I'm only 17! I read them in a heart beat, they were just so amazing! I just love how much information there is about the ice age world. Man oh man am I excited for number 7! Pleeeease come quickly! Thanks for these breath taking books Jean!

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      Sérgio 5 years ago

      Will the books 5 and 6 be translated to portuguese language.? I asked the EuropAmerica editors several times about book 5 and they say that there is no date for that, so should i have no hope for that to happen?!

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