Karen Hesse
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Karen Hesse

Karen S. Hesse (born August 29, 1952) is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults, often with historical settings.

She won the Newbery Medal for Out of the Dust (Scholastic, 1997).
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    • Out of the Dust

    • By: Karen Hesse
    • Narrated by: Marika Mashburn
    • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 226
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 192

    Billie Jo has much to forgive: her father for causing the accident that killed her mother; her mother for leaving when Billie Jo needed her; and herself for being the cause of her own sorrow....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story! Fast read!

    • By Rebecca on 10-08-12

    Regular price: $13.27

    • The Music of Dolphins

    • By: Karen Hesse
    • Narrated by: Michele McHall
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    A girl raised by dolphins must choose between two worlds in this critically acclaimed novel about what it means to be a human being....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I have lived this story since I was young.

    • By kimi on 04-06-15

    Regular price: $14.60

    • Brooklyn Bridge

    • By: Karen Hesse
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    On that day in 1903, 14-year-old Joseph Michtom's life changed irrevocably when his parents - Russian immigrants - created the first teddy bear....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Teddy Bears and poor children living under...

    • By Wayne on 12-20-17

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Letters from Rifka

    • By: Karen Hesse
    • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    Rifka knows nothing about America when she flees from Russia with her family in 1919....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story & narrator

    • By Jen on 08-07-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Aleutian Sparrow

    • By: Karen Hesse
    • Narrated by: Sarah Jones
    • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Vera, an Aleut girl who lives on a larger island so she can attend school, returns home for the summer of 1942 to visit her mother and friends. But when the Japanese launch an air attack on the Aleutian Islands, the US government "evacuates" most of the Aleut population....

    Regular price: $9.73

    • Stowaway

    • By: Karen Hesse
    • Narrated by: David Cole
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    In 1767, 11-year-old Nicholas Young stowed away on Captain James Cook's "Endeavour".....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Journal format made enjoyable by great narration!

    • By Alia on 06-28-16

    Regular price: $20.93

    • Witness

    • By: Karen Hesse
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Leanora Sutter, Esther Hirsh, Merlin Van Tornhout and Johnny Reeves are among the unforgettable cast inhabiting a small Vermont town in 1924....

    Regular price: $12.53

    • Phoenix Rising

    • By: Karen Hesse
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    If Nyle lets herself care for Ezra, she knows he’ll end up leaving her, too....

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Come On, Rain

    • By: Karen Hesse
    • Narrated by: Leila Ali
    • Length: 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse recreates the body and soul-renewing experience of a summer downpour after a sweltering city heat wave....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great for bedtime

    • By Carol on 08-22-16

    Regular price: $9.07

    • Safekeeping

    • By: Karen Hesse
    • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
    • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Radley’s parents had warned her that all hell would break loose if the American People's Party took power....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoayable

    • By Loïc Thomas on 03-11-15

    Regular price: $17.49

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