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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.

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  • Karen Hesse Interview

    Karen Hesse speaks about her new book, Brooklyn Bridge.

  • Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to an audiobook excerpt from Karen Hesse's children's book Brooklyn Bridge, read by Fred Berman. It's the summer of 1903 in Brooklyn and all fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom wants is to experience the thrill, the grandeur, and the electricity of the new amusement park at Coney Island. But that doesn't seem likely. Ever since his parents—Russian immigrants—invented the stuffed Teddy Bear five months ago, Joseph's life has turned upside down.

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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."

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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

Lavender

Karen Hesse; Illustrated by Andrew Glass

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

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Sable

Karen Hesse; Illustrated by Marcia Sewall

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

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Wish on a Unicorn

Karen Hesse

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

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Safekeeping

Karen Hesse

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...

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