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Karen Hesse

Karen Hesse

  • 4 stars across 10 books
Karen Hesse is the author of numerous books for young people, including the ground-breaking novel Out of the Dust, which won the 1998 Newbery Medal. Karen Hesse and her husband live in Vermont, USA. Find her online at

G. Brian Karas has illustrated more than 90 children's books, including Anywhere Farm, written by Phyllis Root, and the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Are You Going to Be Good? written by Cari Best. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley, USA. Find him online at and on Twitter as @gBrianKaras.
1st November 2018

Nights with Dad

A luminous and lyrical tribute to the enduring, everyday sort of love between a boy and his father. When the su... MoreNights with Dad

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5th January 2016


Radley's parents warned her that all hell would break loose if the American People's Party took power. The news is fille... MoreSafekeeping

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1st August 2007

Out of the Dust

Told in free verse in the spare and haunting voice of 14-year-old Billie Jo Kelby, Out of the Dust is a journey to the h... MoreOut of the Dust

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1st January 1993

Poppy's Chair

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13th September 2016

My Thumb

I love my thumb, I truly do. It tastes of pears and carrot stew. It's like a hug, an "I love you." My mom hoped in a ye... MoreMy Thumb

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1st April 2008

The Cats in Krasinski Square

The cats in Krasinski Square once belonged to someone...and so did a young girl, whose family has been destroyed by war.... MoreThe Cats in Krasinski Square

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1st January 2019

Witness (Sharp Shades)

Witness tells the story of Todd, who sees his ex-teacher Jason Ripley attacking a mild-mannered shopkeeper he knows from... MoreWitness (Sharp Shades)

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1st June 2015

Phoenix Rising

Sail. Salvage. Survive. Toby's father is a wanted man. For as long as Toby can remember, they've been on the run. Th... MorePhoenix Rising

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