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Karen Hesse (1952-)

Awards, Honors

Children's Book of Distinction, Hungry Mind Review, 1992, for Wish on a Unicorn; poetry awards from Writer's Digest and Poetry Society of Vermont; Best Books, School Library Journal, "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" selection, New York Public Library, International Reading Association (IRA) Children's Book of the Year, National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor Award, and Best Books for Young Adults and Notable Books selections, American Library Association (ALA), all 1992, and Christopher Award, 1993, all for Letters from Rifka; Golden Kite award shortlist, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and ALA Best Books for Young Adults, all 1996, all for The Music of Dolphins; IRA Young Adults' Choice, 1997, for A Time of Angels; Newbery Medal, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Jefferson Cup Honor Book, Virginia Library Association, all 1998, all for Out of the Dust; Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 1998, for Phoenix Rising; Christopher Award, 2002, for Witness; MacArthur fellowship, 2002.

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