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Karen Hesse

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Birthday ***, 1952
Place of Birth Baltimore, Maryland
Age 68 years old
Zodiac Sign Virgo
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Karen S. Hesse is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults, often with historical settings. She won the Newbery Medal for Out of the Dust.

BornAugust 29, 1952, Baltimore, Maryland
NationalityAmerican
EducationTowson State College
Alma materUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Notable awardsNewbery Medal, MacArthur Fellow
SpouseRandy 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).

Karen Hesse 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.

Achievement of Karen Hesse

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

Karen Hesse family life

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

Associations of Karen Hesse

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

Top Facts You Did Not Know About Karen Hesse

  • Newbery Medal winners
  • Writers from Vermont
  • Towson University alumni
  • Writers from Baltimore

Latest information about Karen Hesse updated on May 07, 2021.