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Karen Hesse
Birth date: August 29, 1952
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EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it 1 month ago
A terrible accident has transformed Billie Jo's life, scarring her inside and out. Her mother is gone. Her father can't talk about it. And the one thing that might make her feel better -- playing the piano -- is impossible with her wounded hands. To make matters worse, dust storms are devastating th...
YA Fanatic
YA Fanatic rated it 4 years ago
One of the more enjoyable Newberry winning books but still quite forgettable. This is a re-read and I really didn't remember the majority of it. The poetry flows well (and it was refreshing to read something different in that sense). Billie Jo is fourteen living during the depression and the dust ...
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it 4 years ago
Today I was tired of all the reading I haven't been doing so I picked this book from my shelf and read it in one sitting. It's very short and not a difficult read though it covers some difficult topics. I didn't find the writing as beautiful as Hesse's other books but that makes sense for an epist...
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it 4 years ago
This is my favorite Karen Hesse novel. I haven't read it in years, but certain phrases jumped out at me as I was rereading it. As with Hesse's other novels her descriptions are the best. There were a few times I wanted a little more details though, and I didn't quite feel the passing of time as the ...
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it 4 years ago
Hesse's descriptive language is great as always (disclaimer: I've only read three of her books). I remember finding the poems about Biilie Jo's hands unreadably graphic as a kid, and they're even more unreadably graphic as an adult. But other than that and a few of the more experimental poems the wr...
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