Karen Hesse is the author of many books for young people, including Out of the Dust, winner of the Newbery Medal, Letters from Rifka, Brooklyn Bridge, Phoenix Rising, and Sable. She has received honors that include the Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award, the Christopher Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant.” She is only the second children’s book author to receive this prestigious award. Her newest book is Night Job about a boy who spends the night cleaning with his father.
Karen was born in Baltimore and graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.