Phoenix Rising

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By Karen Hesse
Publisher Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Phoenix Rising
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Nyles life with her grandmother on their Vermont sheep farm advances rhythmically through the seasons until the night of the accident at the Cookshire nuclear power plant. Without warning, Nyles modest world fills with protective masks, evacuations, contaminated food, disruptions, and mistrust.Nyle adjusts to the changes. As long as the fallout continues blowing to the East, Nyle, Gran, and the farm can go on. But into this uncertain haven stumble Ezra Trent and his mother, refugees from the heart of the accident, who take temporary shelter in the back bedroom of Nyles house.The back bedroom is the dying room: It took her mother when Nyle was six; it stole away her grandfather just two years ago. Now Ezra is back there and Nyle doesnt want to open her heart to him. Too many times shes let people in, only to have them desert her.Karen Hesses voice and vision are grounded in truth; she takes on a nearly unharnessable subject, contains it, and makes it resonate with honesty. Part love story, part coming of age, this is a tour de force by a gifted writer.

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39816 words39,816 words
192 pages192 pages
Lexile 610LLexile 610L
Grade 5 to 9Grade 5 to 9
Published 1994Published 1994

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