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Karen Hesse

Karen Hesse

Karen Hesse is the author of many books for young people, including Out of the Dust, winner of the Newbery Medal, Letters from Rifka, Brooklyn Bridge, Phoenix Rising, Sable and Lavender. In addition to the Newbery, she has received honors including the Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award, the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award and the Christopher Award, and was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.

Karen Hesse

Q & A

Hometown:
Born in Baltimore, Maryland. Has lived in Vermont since 1976.
Favorite book:
Karen says, "I love so many books and authors...but when I'm pushed to answer this question I have to say I'm extremely fond of Tuck Everlasting."

Books by the Author

My Thumb

My Thumb

Karen Hesse; Illustrated by Rich Deas
Feiwel & Friends
Feiwel & Friends

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...

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Safekeeping
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Safekeeping

Karen Hesse
Square Fish
Square Fish

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...

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Brooklyn Bridge
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Brooklyn Bridge

Karen Hesse; Illustrated by Chris Sheban
Square Fish
Square Fish

From the incomparable Karen Hesse comes a powerfully evocative and accessible family story, set at the turn of the century, by turns serious, funny, and with a touch of magical realism.

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Lavender
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Lavender

Karen Hesse; Illustrated by Andrew Glass
Square Fish
Square Fish

Will Codie have her gift ready in time for the new baby?

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Sable
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Sable

Karen Hesse; Illustrated by Marcia Sewall
Square Fish
Square Fish

Can Tate convince her parents that the stray dog should stay?

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Wish on a Unicorn
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Wish on a Unicorn

Karen Hesse
Square Fish
Square Fish

Mags has a lot to wish for, but can a stuffed unicorn really make her wishes come true?

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Phoenix Rising
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Phoenix Rising

Karen Hesse
Square Fish
Square Fish

An accident at a nuclear power plant ignites a story of loss, love, and courage.

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Letters from Rifka
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Letters from Rifka

Karen Hesse
Square Fish
Square Fish

A deeply felt, deeply personal story of immigration from beloved Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse.

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