Witness (Scholastic Gold) (Paperback)

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MIDDLE-GRADE FICTION

Based on a real, little-known piece of history, Hesse’s book tells the story of the Ku Klux Klan trying to establish a foothold in a small Vermont town in 1924. Eleven people tell their truths in a series of free-verse poems. Two of those voices belong to newcomers to the town: Leonora, a 12-year-old African American girl, and Esther, a 6-year-old German Jewish immigrant. Accompanying voices belong to people of various ages and circumstances, those who welcome the Klan, some who distrust it, some who are outright opposed. The stories are nuanced and moving; readers are left with insight and hope.

-Banna

— From Banna's New Recs

Based on a real, little-known piece of history, Hesse’s book tells the story of the Ku Klux Klan trying to establish a foothold in a small Vermont town in 1924. Eleven people tell their truths in a series of free-verse poems. Two of those voices belong to newcomers to the town: Leonora, a 12-year-old African American girl, and Esther, a 6-year-old German Jewish immigrant. Accompanying voices belong to people of various ages and circumstances, those who welcome the Klan, some who distrust it, some who are outright opposed. The stories are nuanced and moving; readers are left with insight and hope.

-Banna

— From Books for Middle Grade Readers

Description


Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse immerses readers in a small Vermont town in 1924 with this haunting and harrowing tale.

Witness joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!

Leanora Sutter. Esther Hirsh. Merlin Van Tornhout. Johnny Reeves...

These characters are among the unforgettable cast inhabiting a small Vermont town in 1924. A town that turns against its own when the Ku Klux Klan moves in. No one is safe, especially the two youngest, twelve-year-old Leanora, an African American girl, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish.

In this story of a community on the brink of disaster, told through the haunting and impassioned voices of its inhabitants, Newbery Award winner Karen Hesse takes readers into the hearts and minds of those who bear witness.

About the Author


Karen Hesse is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children. Her titles include Witness, The Cats in Krasinski Square, and the Newbery Medal winner Out of the Dust, among many others. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenaged daughters.

Praise For…


Distinctions and Praise for Witness:

Christopher Medal Award
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
An ALA Notable Children's Book
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year


* "This lyrical novel powerfully records waves of change and offers insightful glimpses into the hearts of victims, their freinds and their enemies." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Remarkable and powerful... a thoughtful look at people and their capacity for love and hate." --School Library Journal, starred review

* "What Copland created with music, and Hopper created with paint, Hesse deftly and unerringly creates with words." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781338359671
ISBN-10: 1338359673
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: April 30th, 2019
Pages: 192