Search Results: "Karen Hesse"


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OUT OF THE DUST by Karen Hesse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

Billie Jo tells of her life in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl: Her mother dies after a gruesome accident caused by her father's leaving a bucket of kerosene near the stove; Billie Jo is partially responsible—fully responsible in the eyes of the community—and sustains injuries that seem to bring to a halt her dreams of playing the piano. Read full book review >

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A TIME OF ANGELS by Karen Hesse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"An absorbing story with strongly drawn characters and a convincing sense of time and place. (glossary) (Fiction. 11-15)"
An intense, vivid tale of the devastating influenza epidemic of 1918. Read full book review >

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WITNESS by Karen Hesse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"What Copeland created with music, and Hopper created with paint, Hesse deftly and unerringly creates with words: the iconography of Americana, carefully researched, beautifully written, and profoundly honest. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this stunning piece of little-known American history, Hesse (Stowaway, 2000, etc.) paints small-town Vermont on the brink of self-destruction circa 1924. Read full book review >

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LETTERS FROM RIFKA by Karen Hesse
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Told with unusual grace and simplicity, an unforgettable picture of immigrant courage, ingenuity, and perseverance. (Fiction. 10+)"
Beginning in Russia in 1919, this epistolary novel, based on experiences of the author's great-aunt, tells how 12-year-old Rifka Nebrot and her family fled the anti-Semitism of post-revolutionary Russia and emigrated to the US. Read full book review >

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SAFEKEEPING by Karen Hesse
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Hesse offers some of her best in lavish descriptions of nature and mood, all overlaid with a social message, but this might be of more interest to adults than to teens. (Speculative fiction. 14 & up)"
Billed as "a novel of tomorrow," this account of a privileged teenager who returns from a goodwill trip in Haiti to a changed America disappoints. Read full book review >

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ALEUTIAN SPARROW by Karen Hesse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"At the end, readers will be haunted by a hope-filled love that has grown between Vera and Alfred in the camp and by a government that says, 'We are moving you to save you.' (Historical fiction. 10-15)"
The historical facts are as starkly unforgiving as the Aleutian landscape, but not as beautiful. Read full book review >

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THE MUSIC OF DOLPHINS by Karen Hesse
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A probing look at what makes us human, with an unforgettable protagonist. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Her mind and spirit shaped by the dolphins who raised her, a feral child views herself and her human captors from a decidedly unusual angle in this poignant story from the author of A Time of Angels (1995). Read full book review >

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PHOENIX RISING by Karen Hesse
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"The answer is almost inevitable; yet Hesse portrays her characters' anguish and their growing tenderness with such unwavering clarity and grace that she sustains the tension of her lyrical, understated narrative right to her stunning, beautifully wrought conclusion. (Fiction. 12+)"
A massive nuclear accident has just occurred in southern Vermont. Read full book review >

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WISH ON A UNICORN by Karen Hesse
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Adequate fare for middle readers. (Fiction. 8-10)"
``Kids at school...they won't talk to me because of Hannie, even though sometimes I think Patty Jo wouldn't mind being friends. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"In the interim, however, this serves as a fine introduction to a stimulating thinker whose influence continues to rise as therapy becomes more pragmatic and less dogmatic."
Eminently useful, although somewhat contradictory, this admiring intellectual biography of an iconoclastic psychoanalyst recapitulates the strengths and weaknesses of its subject's thought. Read full book review >

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KAREN MEMORY by Elizabeth Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Supplies all the Bear necessities: strong female characters, existential threats, intriguing developments and a touch of the light fantastic."
Steampunk: Something of a new venture for Bear, whose previous output (Steles of the Sky, 2014, etc.) has ranged from heroic fantasy to science fiction, often with an embedded murder mystery.Read full book review >

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Karen Lost and Found by Karen Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"An unforgettable memoir about a lesser-known legacy of domestic violence."
Wilson's first-person account of living with a traumatic brain injury. Read full book review >