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Karen Hesse

USA flag (b.1952)

Karen Hesse is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults, often with historical settings. Her novel Out of the Dust was the winner of the 1998 Newbery Medal and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. In 2002, Hesse was a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship.

Genres: General Fiction, Children's Fiction
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Non fiction
Newbery Medal Best Novel winner (1998) : Out of the Dust

Karen Hesse recommends
Like Water On Stone (2014)
Dana Walrath
"A heartbreaking tale of familial love, blind trust, and the crushing of innocence. A fine and haunting work."
The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep (2020)
Allan Wolf
"Meticulously researched, increasingly more compelling with every page, and stunningly imagined, this journey with the Donner party details the grim reality endured by eighty-plus souls from April 1846 to April 1847 during their tragic attempt to reach the west coast. The reader is drawn in, becomes a member of the party, and endures the hardships and desperation along with the struggling travelers. As we face challenges in a contentious world rife with illness, suspicion, and fear, we should look to this book to illuminate the struggle to retain our hard-won humanity."

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