Karen Hesse

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Young Adult Author
Date of Birth August 29, 1952
Place of Birth Baltimore, Maryland
Age 68 years old
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Karen S. Hesse is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults, often with historical settings.

Born: 29, 1952, Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality: American
Education: Towson State College
Alma mater: University of Maryland, College Park
Notable awards: Newbery Medal, MacArthur Fellow
Spouse: Randy Hesse

About Karen Hesse

Award-winning young adult author who is best known for Out of the Dust (1997) and The Music of Dolphins (1996). Her other popular works include Letters from Rifka (1992) and Phoenix Rising (1994).

Before Fame

She graduated from the University of Maryland with majors in psychology, English, and anthropology. She subsequently moved to Vermont and published her first novel, Wish on a Unicorn, in 1971.


She won both the Newbery Medal and the Scott O'Dell Award for Out of the Dust.

Family Life

She had two daughters-- Kate and Rachel-- with her husband, Randy Hesse.


Like Lois Lowry, Hesse is a Newbery Medal-winning author.

Information related to Karen Hesse

  • Newbery Medal winners
  • Writers from Vermont
  • Towson University alumni
  • Writers from Baltimore
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Latest information about Karen Hesse updated on October 24, 2020.

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