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Witness af Karen Hesse
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Witness (udgave 2003)

af Karen Hesse (Forfatter)

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A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.
Medlem:theDunnFamily
Titel:Witness
Forfattere:Karen Hesse (Forfatter)
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2003), Edition: Reprint, 176 pages
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
This book has eleven characters. Eleven. It is set in the year 1924 and revolves around two girls who have lost their mothers and the Ku Klux Klan takes notice. The story is told in verse, but it will take an astute reader to notice the different voices. It is set in Vermont, out of the typical southern setting you would expect. There is a theme of hope in this short (100-page book). ( )
  hjbush | Jul 28, 2018 |
This is a year in the life of a small American town. The year is 1924, and a town in Vermont has been invaded by an insidious menace: the Ku Klux Klan. Although the story is told through the voices of many characters, two young girls -Leanora Sutter and Esther Hirsh - lie at the heart of the novel. One is black, the other Jewish; neither is welcome in their provincial Vermont village. Their struggle to maintain a normal childhood in the midst of poverty and prejudice is threatened by the arrival of the Klan.
As support for the Klan grows, so does the potential for violence. The aura of impending crisis draws out the villains and heroes that lie hidden in this sleepy town and reveal each character's surprising capacity for growth and change. With her breathtaking poetry, Karen Hesse has captured the spirit of a town on the brink - the brink of disaster, the brink of redemption.
  unsoluble | Jun 4, 2018 |
Written in verse. Told from the perspectives of various townspeople both for and against the KKK that has taken residence in Vermont. A black family and Jewish family are the object of their ridicule. Grades middle school and up. ( )
  valorrmac | May 15, 2018 |
A verse novel, Witness by Karen Hesse tells the stories of residents of a Vermont town in 1924. Each section is written in first person from the point of view of one of a variety of characters. Divided into five acts, Witness crosses genres - from poetry to novel, verse to monologue. I enjoyed reading this book, though I faced the same difficulties I face when reading plays: with no visual or context clues, I struggle to keep the characters straight. About halfway through I gave up remembering the individual story life of each person and focused on enjoying the book as a whole. I read this as a paired reading with The History of the K.K.K., and Witness does what any good narrative does - lends humanity to events that are otherwise too shocking to be true. Listening to the horrific effects of the K.K.K. voiced in the monologues of this book was striking; I imagine any realistic story involving the K.K.K. is striking. This is a good book to keep in a classroom library, and I would recommend it to readers interested in verse novels or in historical fiction. I found that reading it alongside a nonfiction selection was especially powerful and I would suggest - but not require -
that other readers do the same. ( )
  cskaemmerling | May 7, 2017 |
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It is in that ability to affect...that hope can be found in this novel set against the backdrop of racism and complacence.
tilføjet af ArrowStead | RedigerCCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices) (Jul 9, 2020)
 
In this stunning piece of little-known American history, Hesse (Stowaway, 2000, etc.) paints small-town Vermont on the brink of self-destruction circa 1924....What Copland created with music, and Hopper created with paint, Hesse deftly and unerringly creates with words: the iconography of Americana, carefully researched, beautifully written, and profoundly honest.
tilføjet af ArrowStead | RedigerKirkus Reviews
 
The author of Out of the Dust again turns language into music in her second quietly moving novel written entirely in verse....Easily read in one sitting, this lyrical novel powerfully records waves of change and offers insightful glimpses into the hearts of victims, their friends and their enemies.
tilføjet af ArrowStead | RedigerPublishers Weekly
 
Using real events, Hesse tells a story of the Ku Klux Klan in a small town in Vermont in 1924 in the same clear free-verse as her Newbery winner, Out of the Dust...Hesse's spare writing leaves space for readers to imagine more about that time and about their own.
tilføjet af ArrowStead | RedigerBooklist
 
This lyric work is another fine achievement from one of young adult literature's best authors.
tilføjet af ArrowStead | RedigerVOYA
 
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