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Out Of The Dust

by Karen Hesse

|January 1, 1999

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This gripping story, written in sparse first-person, free-verse poems, is the compelling tale of Billie Jo's struggle to survive during the dust bowl years of the Depression. With stoic courage, she learns to cope with the loss of her mother and her grieving…
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In this unique introduction to the Holocaust for younger readers, Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse tells a powerful story about life in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II - and about one Jewish girl's involvement in the Resistance. At once terrifying and soulful,…

Witness

by Karen Hesse

|March 1, 2003

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This is a year in the life of a small American town. The year is 1924, and a town in Vermont has been invaded by an insidious menace: the Ku Klux Klan. Although the story is told through the voices of many characters, two young girls -Leanora Sutter and Esther…

Just Juice

by Karen Hesse

|November 1, 1999

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Letters and numbers don't make any sense to Juice Faulstich. She'd rather skip school and help her father in his workshop. But when the bank threatens to repossess her family's home, Juice faces her first life-size problem and is determined to find a way out.

Safekeeping

by Karen Hesse

|January 5, 2016

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Radley's parents had warned her that all hell would break loose if the American People's Party took power. And now, with the president assassinated and the government cracking down on citizens, the news is filled with images of vigilante groups, frenzied…
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In June 1942, seven months after attacking Pearl Harbor, the Japanese navy invaded Alaska's Aleutian Islands. For nine thousand years the Aleut people had lived and thrived on these treeless, windswept lands. Within days of the first attack, the entire native…

Sable

by Karen Hesse

|January 19, 2010

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Tate is overjoyed when a scrawny mutt turns up in the yard one day. She even persuades Mam and Pap to let her keep Sable, named for her dark, silky fur. But before long, the dog begins to cause trouble with the neighbors and Mam and Pap decide the dog must go.…

Come On, Rain

by Karen Hesse

|March 26, 1999

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Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse recreates the body and soul-renewing experience of a summer downpour after a sweltering city heat wave.

Music Of Dolphins

by Karen Hesse

|February 1, 1998

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A girl raised by dolphins must choose between two worlds in this critically acclaimed novel about what it means to be a human being.

My Thumb

by Karen Hesse

|July 26, 2016

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I love my thumb, I truly do, it tastes of pears and carrot stew. It's like a hug, an "I love you." My mom hoped in a year or two there'd be some things that I outgrew, and some I have, but never you. Kids who suck their thumbs know there's nothing better.…

Stowaway

by Karen Hesse

|June 1, 2002

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It is known that in the summer of 1768, Captain James Cook sailed from England on H.M.S Endeavour, beginning a three-year voyage around the world on a secret mission to discover an unknown continent at the bottom of the globe. What is less known is that a boy by…

Phoenix Rising

by Karen Hesse

|February 17, 2009

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Nyle's life with her grandmother on their Vermont sheep farm advances rhythmically through the seasons until the night of the accident at the Cookshire nuclear power plant. Without warning, Nyle's modest world fills with protective masks, evacuations,…