Phoenix Rising

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Macmillan, Feb 17, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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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.

Nyle adjusts to the changes. As long as the fallout continues blowing to the East, Nyle, Gran, and the farm can go on. But into this uncertain haven stumble Ezra Trent and his mother, "refugees" from the heart of the accident, who 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.

Karen Hesse's voice and vision are grounded in truth; she takes on a nearly unharnessable subject, contains it, and makes it resonate with honesty. Part love story, part coming of age, Phoenix Rising is a tour de force by a gifted writer.

 

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loved it. But it was very disappointing at the end because its leaving you wondering so much! I was hoping for some love connection between Nyle and Ezra but it didn't happen. Just holding hands.... I wish Karen Hesse made a sequel!

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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
164
Section 11
172
Section 12
182
Section 13
190
Section 14
Section 15
Section 24
Section 25
Section 26
Section 27
Section 28
Section 29
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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.