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This biocritical review focuses on Karen Hesse, whose work, Out of the Dust, won the Newbery Medal in 1998, and was awarded a "Genius" fellowship by the MacArthur Foundation - one of only two such fellowships ever given to writers for children or adolescents. It includes interviews with Hesse and her publisher, as well as considerable detail on how she writes, researches, creates book topics and characters, and weaves real-life experiences into all of her stories.
Rosemary Oliphant-Ingham is associate professor and coordinator of secondary education at the University of Mississippi where she teaches courses in children's and adolescent literature as well as secondary English methods. She has served on the Board of Directors for ALAN (Adolescent Literature Assembly Network of NCTE), SIGNAL (Special Interest Group Network on Adolescent Literature), and has been an active member of NCTE, IRA, and their state affiliates.
Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Chronology Part 3 Introduction: Karen Hesse Is a Genius Chapter 4 1 Karen Hesse: The Person Chapter 5 2 Writing for Children and Young Adults Chapter 6 3 Books: Friends Forever Chapter 7 4 Themes Chapter 8 5 Books for Younger Readers Chapter 9 6 Conclusion Part 10 Bibliography Part 11 Index Part 12 About the Author
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