Phoenix Rising

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Macmillan, Feb 17, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
18 Reviews

Pulling my radiation mask out of my pocket, my rough hands snagged the fine gauze. How could such a thin weave protect me from death? You can't see radiation, or smell it, or feel it. Could a mask stop it so easily?

Nyle's life with her grandmother on their Vermont sheep farm advances rhythmically through the seasons until the night of the accident at the Cookshire nuclear power plant. Without warning, Nyle's modest world fills with protective masks, evacuations, contaminated food, disruptions, and mistrust. Things become even more complicated when Ezra Trent and his mother, refugees from the heart of the accident, take temporary shelter in the back bedroom of Nyle's house. The back bedroom is the dying room: It took her mother when Nyle was six; it stole away her grandfather just two years ago. Now, Ezra is back there and Nyle doesn't want to open her heart to him. Too many times she's let people in, only to have them desert her. If she lets herself care for Ezra, she knows he'll end up leaving her, too.

 

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User Review  - Julia Brumfield - Goodreads

I remember reading this child when I was younger but at that time it didn't really do any fireworks for me. The majority that I could remember was that there was a dying room and the cover, which is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Poop1 - Goodreads

Snyle lives in a nice place until the accident happened. She is gets ready for school by putting her radiation mask on. Her world he lives in is cruel and harsh conditions. Snyle family is her just ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
103
Section 2
111
Section 3
120
Section 4
125
Section 5
130
Section 6
136
Section 7
142
Section 8
147
Section 16
Section 17
Section 18
Section 19
Section 20
Section 21
Section 22
Section 23

Section 9
160
Section 10
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Section 11
172
Section 12
182
Section 13
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Section 14
Section 15
Section 24
Section 25
Section 26
Section 27
Section 28
Section 29
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Karen Hesse is the author of many books for young people, including Out of the Dust, winner of the Newbery Medal, Letters from Rifka, Brooklyn Bridge, Sable and Lavender. She has received honors including the Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award, the Christopher Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship "Genius" Award, making her only the second children's book author to receive this prestigious grant. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.