Karen Hesse

Karen  Hesse

Karen Hesse is the author of numerous books for children, including the Newbery Medal-winning Out of the Dust, Letters from Rifka, Phoenix Rising, Sable and Lavender. She has won awards such as the Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Prize, the Christopher Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship Genius Award, making her only the second children's book author to earn this accolade. Hesse was born in Baltimore and attended the University of Maryland. Her spouse Randy and she live in Vermont.