Phoenix Rising

Karen Hesse

Henry Holt and Co.

Download Image Karen Hesse Phoenix Rising

Available Formats

BookeBook
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, contaminated food, disruptions, and mistrust.

Nyle adjusts to the changes. As long as the fallout continues blowing to the East, Nyle, Gran, and the farm can go on. But into this uncertain haven stumble Ezra Trent and his mother, "refugees" from the heart of the accident, who take temporary shelter in the back bedroom of Nyle's house.

The back bedroom is the dying room: It took her mother when Nyle was six; it stole away her grandfather just two years ago. Now Ezra is back there and Nyle doesn't want to open her heart to him. Too many times she's let people in, only to have them desert her.

Karen Hesse's voice and vision are grounded in truth; she takes on a nearly unharnessable subject, contains it, and makes it resonate with honesty. Part love story, part coming of age, this is a tour de force by a gifted writer.

Connect with the Author

Karen Hesse

Official Sites


Related Links


Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Book Excerpts

Read an Excerpt

PHOENIX RISING (Chapter One)

Snapping my arm forward, I winged a stone toward the woods. It fell short of Ripley Powers's dog, Tyrus. I meant it to fall short. I had no wish to hurt the dog, only to chase him off.

"Get on home!" I yelled through the gauze mask that had covered my face for nearly a week now. I shook my fist at the dog. "Get on home, Tyrus!"

Even after he'd run into the woods, Tyrus's barking cut through the crisp November air, echoing down the valley.

Back across the field, in a corner of the front pasture, the yearling sheep crowded together, except for one,

Read the full excerpt

Back

Reviews

Praise for Phoenix Rising

"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."--Kirkus, pointer

"Hesse has displayed considerable skill in creating a contemporary tale of hope and love rising, like a phoenix, from destruction and despair."--School Library Journal, starred review

"After a catastrophic accident at a nuclear power plant not far from their small New England sheep farm, 13-year-old Nyle Sumner and her grandmother slowly discover they have been spared from direct radiation.... The author’s understated approach heightens the emotional impact of her searching and memorable tale."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

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, Sable and Lavender. She has received honors including the Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award, the Christopher Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award, making her only the second children's book author to receive this prestigious grant. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.

Karen Hesse

Karen Hesse

Official Sites

Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

Phoenix Rising
Karen Hesse

Award

American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, IRA Teachers' Choices, IRA Young Adult Choices, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Arizona Young Readers' Award, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, South Carolina Children's Book Award, Texas Lone Star Reading List

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
February 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466801332
ISBN10: 1466801336
Middle-Grade Fiction192 pages
Age Range: 11 to 13
Grade Range: 6 to 8
$5.70

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
February 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312535629
ISBN10: 0312535627
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: 610LL
F&P Level A-Z: W
AR Quiz Number: 11733
AR Points: 6

$7.99
Back

From The Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back