Karen Hesse, born August 29, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, is an author of children's literature and literature for young adults. She is best known as a writer of historical fiction. She has received many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002, and the 1998Newbery medal for her book Out of the Dust, a story of a girl living through the dust bowl of the depression. The central character accidently injures her pregnant mother by throwing a bucket of flaming kerosene on her. After the mother dies, Billie Jo and her father try to go on with their lives. Hesse tackled a more disturbing subject in her book Witness. Here, the newly invigorated Klan of the 1920's tries to take over a small Vermont town. In Witness Hesse continues the distinctive poetic/prose style she pioneered in "Out of the Dust." She also wroteThe Music of Dolphins, about a girl who was raised by dolphins, and Stowaway, based on the true story of an 11-year-old boy who stowed away on Captain James Cook's ship Endeavour in 1768. August 29 is the 241st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (242nd in leap years), with 124 days remaining. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: Monument City, Charm City, Mob Town Motto: The Greatest City in America, Get in on it. ... Jane Frank: illustration from Thomas Yoseloffs The Further Adventures of Till Eulenspiegel (1957). ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... A historical novel is a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, where the time the action takes place in predates the time of the first publication -- distinguish and contrast the genre of alternate history. ... The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. ... Out of the Dust(1997) was written by Karen Hesse. ... Young adult to childrens book that follows the story of Mila (spanish for miracle), who was raised by a pod of dolphins around the Florida Keys and Caribbean. ... This article is about the dolphin mammal. ... James Cook, portrait by Nathaniel Dance, c. ...
Autobiography and interview with Karen Hesse
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Karen attended Towson State College as a theater major, but transferred after two semesters to the University of Maryland, where she eventually earned a B.A. in English with double minors in Psychology and Anthropology.
KarenHesse lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenaged daughters.
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