Karen Hesse Young Adult Author

Birthday August 29, 1952
Birthplace Baltimore, MD
Age 65 years old
Birth Sign Virgo


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).

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.


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

Family Life

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

Associated With

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


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