Karen Hesse


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in Baltimore, Maryland, The United States
August 29, 1952

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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.

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“I have embarked on a project to write a book where every page was a self contained chapter. In writing workshop, feedback was that scenes felt fragmented and readers struggled with time and space. I was thrilled when my son told me about Witness. It showe

It’s always tricky to make your work feel authentic and organic when you’re imposing a rigid “literary device” on it.  I wrote hundreds of poems that never made it into the final cut of WITNESS. That gave me many options while cutting and moving poems around to shape the narrative into something with both flow and internal logic.  I also had poems that extended over several pages. And sometimes a

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Average rating: 3.78 · 112,511 ratings · 9,525 reviews · 42 distinct worksSimilar authors
Out of the Dust

3.75 avg rating — 72,513 ratings — published 1997 — 38 editions
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Letters from Rifka

3.90 avg rating — 10,110 ratings — published 1992 — 27 editions
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The Music of Dolphins

3.83 avg rating — 6,495 ratings — published 1996 — 20 editions
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Witness

3.72 avg rating — 5,225 ratings — published 2000 — 20 editions
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A Light in the Storm: The C...

3.69 avg rating — 3,422 ratings — published 1999 — 11 editions
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Safekeeping

3.54 avg rating — 2,376 ratings — published 2012 — 9 editions
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Come On, Rain!

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Stowaway

3.49 avg rating — 2,146 ratings — published 2000 — 20 editions
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Phoenix Rising

3.95 avg rating — 1,581 ratings — published 1994 — 20 editions
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The Cats In Krasinski Square

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More books by Karen Hesse…
“the way i see it, hard times aren't only about money, or drought, or dust. hard times are about losing spirit, and hope, and what happens when dreams dry up.”
Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust

“And I know now that all the time I was trying to get
out of the dust,
the fact is,
what I am,
I am because of the dust.
And what I am is good enough.
Even for me.”
Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust

“The way I see it, hard times aren't only about money,
or drought,
or dust.
Hard times are about losing spirit,
and hope,
and what happens when dreams dry up.”
Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust

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