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Phoenix Rising
Contributor(s): Hesse, Karen (Author)

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ISBN: 0312535627     ISBN-13: 9780312535629
Publisher: St. Martins Press-3PL
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2009
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Annotation: Thirteen-year-old Nyle learns about relationships and death when fifteen-year-old Ezra, who was exposed to radiation leaked from a nearby nuclear plant, comes to stay at her grandmother's Vermont farmhouse.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Adolescence & Coming Of Age
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - General (see Also Headings Under Social Themes)
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 10-13
Grade Level: 5-8
Lexile Measure: 610(Not Available)
Guided Reading: W (Grade 6)
Physical Information: 0.6" H x 4.9" W x 7.9" (0.50 lbs) 182 pages
Themes:
- Topical - Adolescence/Coming of Age
- Topical - Death/Dying
- Catalog Heading - Language Arts
- Curriculum Strand - Language Arts
Features: Ikids, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 11733
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 6.0
 
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"Pulling my radiation mask out of my pocket, my rough hands snagged the fine gauze. How could such a thin weave protect me from death? You can't see radiation, or smell it, or feel it. Could a mask stop it so easily?"
Nyle's 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, Nyle's modest world fills with protective masks, evacuations, contaminated food, disruptions, and mistrust. Things become even more complicated when Ezra Trent and his mother, refugees from the heart of the accident, take temporary shelter in the back bedroom of Nyle's 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 doesn't want to open her heart to him. Too many times she's let people in, only to have them desert her. If she lets herself care for Ezra, she knows he'll end up leaving her, too.

Contributor Bio(s): Hesse, Karen: - 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, Sable and Lavender. In addition to the Newbery, she has received honors including the Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award, the MacArthur Fellowship "Genius" Award and the Christopher Award, and was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.
 
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