Karen Hesse (Author of Out of the Dust)
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Karen Hesse biography
Karen S. Hesse born August 29, is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults , often with historical settings. Karen Hesse was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She studied poetry at nearby Towson State College and married Randy Hesse in before completing her studies. She earned a B.
American author of juvenile novels, chapter books, young adult novels, juvenile biographies, and picture books. The following entry presents an overview of Hesse's career through For further information on her life and career, see CLR, Volume
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Author Karen Hesse has garnered an impressive list of awards for her work, including a prestigious Newbery award, the Scott O'Dell Award, and two Christopher awards. Hesse was the second children's author ever to receive a MacArthur fellowship, granted to people who, as Debra Lau Whelan noted in School Library Journal, "lift our spirits, illuminate human potential, and shape our collective future. I just hope that this brings recognition to the entire field of children's literature, where such extraordinary work is being done. This "sense of place" encompasses not only landscape—physical locations from Russia to Vermont to Oklahoma—but also spaces in the heart and mind. Whether taking on questions of death and hope in Phoenix Rising, of the meaning of being human and its relationship to language in The Music of Dolphins, or of the tenacity of the human spirit in her Newbery Medal-winning Out of the Dust, Hesse explores her chosen emotional terrain with a sure hand.