Green Heart

Paperback | January 1, 2012

byAlice Hoffman

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A twofold tale of grief and hope, loss and love, told as only Alice Hoffman can

When her family is lost in a terrible disaster, fifteen-year-old Green is haunted by loss and the past. Struggling to survive in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green relearns the lessons of love and begins to heal as she tells her own story.

As she heals, Green lives every day with feelings of loss. Her family is gone, the boy she loves is missing, and the world she once knew has been transformed by tragedy. In order to rediscover the truth about love, hope, and magic, she must venture away from her home, collecting the stories of a group of women who have been branded witches for their mysterious powers. Only through their stories will Green find her own heart's desire.

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A twofold tale of grief and hope, loss and love, told as only Alice Hoffman canWhen her family is lost in a terrible disaster, fifteen-year-old Green is haunted by loss and the past. Struggling to survive in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroyi...

Alice Hoffman is the highly acclaimed author of over twenty novels for readers of all ages, including Illumination Night, Seventh Heaven, Practical Magic, Here on Earth, The Foretelling, Incantation, and, most recently, The Story Sisters and The Red Garden. Her previous novels for Scholastic Press are Aquamarine, which was made into a ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.01 × 5.27 × 0.52 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545141966

ISBN - 13:9780545141963

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Green Heart A very compelling story that is written to appeal to the young adult as well as adults. Thank you.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting and Lyrical Tale of Grief and Hope The Good Stuff The writing is absolutely beautiful and lyrical as with most of Hoffman's works Descriptions of grief are so honest and realistic Fabulous character development especially for Green A nice message of hope and being able to make it through the grief of losing so much Hauntingly beautiful Unique take on the whole dystopian / post apocolyptic (people please simply explain the difference to me) genre - honestly I was imagining a 9/11 sort of devestation had happened Thinly veiled disgust for those that commit devestating acts of terrorism in the name of religion So many beautifully written life lessons weaved throughout the two stories Has a sort of dreamy fairy tale feel to it The Not So Good Stuff Second story was a little uneven in terms of style - it didn't mesh as well with the first story A wee bit repetitive for my pace (but I find that with Hoffman -- still love her work though) Still not sure what the disaster was as it is very vague Favorite Quotes/Passages "There were good people in town who were helping out their neighbors and others who saw an opportunity for greed. Some people were busy cleaning the ashes out of the schoolhouse, while others were selling overpriced lanterns and oil and counting their profits." "If it were nothing more than mist I could neither touch nor hold, formed into the shapes of those I loved, so be it. As long as I could see my sister, my mother, my father, I would pay any price. Accept any answer." "But my sister, Aurora, was there in the city that day, selling vegetables from our truck, and I know she hadn't sinned. She was a globe of light, a white dove. Heaven would have never burned her alive." "We hear the Horde speaking in a language we don't understand, just as we never understood how they could be so certain that heaven is on their side, that they alone have the right to chart what is a sin. For them, the past is the only marker. The future is nothing but dangerous territory. The death of innocent people is a price they're willing to pay in order to build their vision of heaven on earth. There is no language that can give a reasonable voice to that." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Not for those who need a fast paced violent story I would recommend for the more sophisticated YA reader as it is very introspective and thoughtful Anyone who has suffered the tragedy of losing someone especially to a violent act will understand the story - The stories have a 9/11 feeling to them 4 Dewey's I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-02-08

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Praise for Green Witch*"Haunting, philosophical, and filled with poetic imagery this book will leave an indelible mark." - Publishers Weekly, starred review"Hoffman writes in lyrical, stripped-down poetry that distills both magic and elemental experience into essential, unforgettable words." - Booklist"This small yet strongly affecting volume offers profound thoughts on life, love, and loss." - Voice of Youth AdvocatesPraise for Green Angel*"Achingly lovely... In lean, hypnotic prose, Hoffman constructs a post apocalyptic fairy tale leavened with hope." - Publishers Weekly, starred review*"Beautifully written...this is both a survival story and an homage to the need to cherish life's every moment." - School Library Journal, starred review"Spare, haunting." - Kirkus Reviews