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Karen Hesse

Biography

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

Books by Karen Hesse

Written by Karen Hesse with illustrations by Rich Deas - Children's 2-4, Fiction, Humor, Picture
by Karen Hesse - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Radley comes back from volunteering abroad amid the crisis following the president’s assassination. Travel restrictions and delays are worse than ever, and when she finally lands in New Hampshire, she heads outside to discover her parents aren’t there to take her home to Vermont. Out of money and options, Radley starts walking…