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Karen Hesse Message Board 1/1/2012
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Author Hesse's Book Reviews

A Time of Angels
When influenza virus hits Boston and Hannah Gold is separated from her family, she must find a way to recover and to return to her family. In September of 1918, Hannah lives in Boston's West End with her two younger sisters Libbie and Eve, her Tanta Rose, and her aunt's sharp, critical, but honest friend Vashti, known for her skills with herbs and healing. Hannah's mother has been trapped in Russia for four years as World War I has raged. Her father had ...
Out of the Dust
This story broke my heart and is very recomended. Hesse narrates Out of the Dust in the first person, allowing Billie Jo Kelby, the protagonist, or main character, to describe her life from the winter of 1934 through the fall of 1935. Hesse writes the novel in free-verse poems, from firsthand fictionalized events, in the form of journal entries. The novel is historical. Hesse depicts the harsh reality of the Oklahoma Panhandle during the Great Depression...
The Music of Dolphins
Mila is a young female who was found in the Anguila Cays just off Miami. She is not like other children, as she had been raised by dolphins. She was found dirty and naked, and spoke no human language. After she is put in an institution, Mila goes through a range of emotions as she learns to speak and write English, meets another child in the hospital, becomes friends with a female doctor, makes music on a recorder, and is attracted to a teenage boy....