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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 (1997). Karen Hesse was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She studied poetry at nearby Towson State College and married Randy Hesse in 1972 before completing her studies. She attended college at Towson University, the University of Maryland and College Park.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. An intricately woven story of prejudice, poverty, hope, and absolution details a small town in Vermont in 1924 that is ruled by the Ku Klux Klan.

Witness by Karen Hesse is a book written in poetry form telling the story of different people through different perspectives. I find this book very interesting and fun to read because of its description and syntax. The book tells one story told by different people and what they think about it. It shows how diverse people can be. The poetry form of this book gives it a different style making it easier for the story to flow.

Voices include those of Leanora Sutter, a 12-year-old African American girl; Esther Hirsh, a 6-year-old girl.

Karen Hesse (born on August 29, 1952 Baltimore, Maryland) is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults

Karen Hesse (born on August 29, 1952 Baltimore, Maryland) is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults. She studied theatre at Towson State College, and finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland in English, Psychology, and Anthropology. In 1998 she won the Newbery Medal for her young adult novel, Out of the Dust. Hesse lives in Vermont with her husband and two teen-aged daughters. Библиографические данные.

Witness (disambiguation) - The word witness can mean:Legal Witness in a legal court A person who views a legal execution at a prison. Religion and spirituality To publicly affirm religious faith (similar but not identical to evangelising). A forensic witness in th.

Witness tells the story of the Klan's attempt to recruit members in a small town in Vermont in 1924. Leanora Sutter, a young black girl, feels isolated by racial prejudice and her mother's recent death

Witness tells the story of the Klan's attempt to recruit members in a small town in Vermont in 1924. Leanora Sutter, a young black girl, feels isolated by racial prejudice and her mother's recent death. She is befriended by Esther Hirsh, a younger Jewish girl, whose innocence and natural optimism provides a sharp contrast to the other characters. Revived in the early years of the 20th century, the Klan expanded its campaign of hate and violence to include newer immigrants, particularly from Eastern Europe, and especially Jews and Catholics

Leanora Sutter. Esther Hirsh. Merlin Van Tornhout. Johnny Reeves . . .These characters are among the unforgettable cast inhabiting a small Vermont town in 1924. A town that turns against its own when the Ku Klux Klan moves in. No one is safe, especially the two youngest, twelve-year-old Leanora, an African-American girl, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish.In this story of a community on the brink of disaster, told through the haunting and impassioned voices of its inhabitants, Newbery Award winner Karen Hesse takes readers into the hearts and minds of those who bear witness.

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I only read this book as my 12 year old grandson was assigned to read it and remembered the day before it was due, so he ordered it on my Kindle. I liked the pictures in the front. I found the book a little confusing as it went back and forth between characters. I actually read it twice, which was a good thing. I felt it was pretty high level reading for a 12 year old. The topic was interesting. I had no idea that there was a Klan in Vermont. It had some excellent insights into human character.
I purchased this for my grandson. It was on his summer reading list. The set up is different in that it has a different speaker on just about every page and it is presented in a poetic manner. The message is powerful and I'm sure that this will lead to interesting discussion in his 7th grade English class.
The book is a historical fiction that is written almost like a collection of diary entries, featuring a group of characters who speak throughout the book in the form of memories and accounts.
The book is very creative, and though it is a work of fiction, it does represent many true acccounts of human experience.
The setting focuses on the arrival of the KKK in Vermont (yes, in the American Northeast) and how different people react; events that occur; and glimpses into people's reasoning and beliefs.
With guidance from a grown-up, young readers will be able to appreciate the matter of the book, while older readers should certainly appreciate the authors interesting means of conveying the information and insight.
melody of you
Would love to see this performed..... Loved all the characters. Good and bad.... Aren't we all a little of both? I wonder if people could see the parallels to what is happening in the world today?
I was expecting more of a punch from this story, especially considering some of Hesse's other works. I enjoyed the New England, rural setting and different characters' perspectives, but was waiting for more of an impact from the action. This would be a good text to use for learning more about points-of-view, inferring, and characters, and also to show racial tension in places other than the Civil-War South.
Rich Vulture
Happenings in a small Vermont town in 1924 from the perspective of a kaleidoscope of very human characters. Could be incredible as a staged reading.
Gr. 5-9. As the Klu Klux Klan begins to take hold in a small 1924 Vermont town, its reality is slowly revealed through the observations of a diverse and colorful set of characters. Hesse uses clear and uncluttered free verse to convey the voices of 11 very different citizens who serve as our witnesses to this poignant and timeless story. Two little girls, Leonora Sutter, a 12-year-old black girl, and Esther Hirsh, a 6-year-old Jewish girl, are both new to town, and feel both the sting of the growing racism and the love of supportive friends. Adult characters vary from a preacher filled with fear and self-righteousness, to an 18 year old man who transforms rage to regret. Other characters, including a married couple, demonstrate realistic complications. Using humor at first, the couple half-heartedly argues because the man wants to join but the woman does not. As the situation grows more serious, the couple, and the rest of the town, must take an honest look at the violent and evil things that are beginning to take place. Within the fear and darkness of this book resides hope though, represented by a woman who refuses to send away Esther and her father, even after being threatened, a skinny old white man who stands up to the Klan at the courthouse, and a newspaper man who will not be bullied into whitewashing the Klan's activities with secrecy or lies. This is an excellent look at a very complicated issue that deals with real people.
Karen Hesse won my heart with her novel Out of the Dust, so I was disappointed to realize the lack of character development in Witness. To Hesse's credit, the story does a fantastic job of carrying the reader into the middle of a small community's crisis as it faces the development of the KKK within its town limits. The poetic verse conveys the story beautifully, and the novel's structure is compelling. Unfortunately, the characters come in and out with such little development that the reader is unable to become emotionally attached to the outcome. Glimpses of what "could have been" come in the form of Sara and the young Jewish girl she cares for.
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Growing Up & Facts of Life
Author: Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0439272009
Category: Children's Books
Subcategory: Growing Up & Facts of Life
Language: English
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 1, 2003)
Pages: 176 pages