Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising

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The accident at Cookshire changed Nyle; s life, but not in the way she expected...

Nyle and her grandmother live peacefully on their farm - until the night of the accident at the Cookshire nuclear power plant. Suddenly there are protective masks, evacuations, contaminated food. Nyle has barely adjusted when Gran decides to take in Ezra Trent and his mother, two of the accident's survivors. While Ezra fights off death in the back bedroom, Nyle forces herself to stay away. For what will happen if she comes to care for Ezra - only to lose him?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 132.08 x 190.5 x 17.78mm | 158.76g
  • Palgrave USA
  • Square Fish
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312535627
  • 9780312535629
  • 698,848

Review quote

"Hesse transcends the specific to illuminate universal questions of responsibility, care, and love. . . . Hesse portrays her characters' anguish and their growing tenderness with such unwavering clarity and grace that she sustains the tension of her lyrical, understated narrative right to her stunning, beautifully wrought conclusion."--"Kirkus Reviews," Pointer
"The characters overcome adversity, not through heroic deeds of epic proportions, but through simple acts of kindness. The message is poignant, but not overpowering. Hesse has displayed considerable skill in creating a contemporary tale of hope and love rising, like a phoenix, from destruction and despair."--"School Library Journal," Starred Review
"The author's understated approach heightens the emotional impact of her searching and memorable tale."--"Publishers Weekly," Starred Review
"Hesse in "Phoenix Rising" deals with the effects of a leak at a nuclear plant, a young girl's awakening sexuality, the meaning of friendship, the strength of family ties, and the courage to love--and she does this with a grace and power that could make her novel 'a favorite' with younger teens."--"Voice of Youth Advocates"
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About Karen Hesse

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.
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Rating details

1,341 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 33% (439)
4 36% (483)
3 24% (324)
2 5% (70)
1 2% (25)
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