- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; First edition (Feb. 17 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312535627
- ISBN-13: 978-0312535629
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #612,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Phoenix Rising Paperback – Feb 17 2009
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“After a catastrophic accident at a nuclear power plant not far from their small New England sheep farm, 13-year-old Nyle Sumner and her grandmother slowly discover they have been spared from direct radiation.... The author's understated approach heightens the emotional impact of her searching and memorable tale.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Hesse transcends the specific to illuminate universal questions of responsibility, care, and love. . . . Hesse portrays her characters' anguish and their growing tenderness with such unwavering clarity and grace that she sustains the tension of her lyrical, understated narrative right to her stunning, beautifully wrought conclusion.” ―Kirkus Reviews, Pointer
“The characters overcome adversity, not through heroic deeds of epic proportions, but through simple acts of kindness. The message is poignant, but not overpowering. Hesse has displayed considerable skill in creating a contemporary tale of hope and love rising, like a phoenix, from destruction and despair.” ―School Library Journal, Starred Review
“Hesse in Phoenix Rising deals with the effects of a leak at a nuclear plant, a young girl's awakening sexuality, the meaning of friendship, the strength of family ties, and the courage to love--and she does this with a grace and power that could make her novel ‘a favorite' with younger teens.” ―Voice of Youth Advocates
About the Author
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, Sable and Lavender. She has received honors including the Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award, the Christopher Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship "Genius" Award, making her only the second children's book author to receive this prestigious grant. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.
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This was a pretty good book. It got a little boring in the middle because it was mostly Nyle's emotions. That's the only thing I didn't like. Phoenix Rising is great for those who don't like a ton of action, but like a little bit. Phoenix Rising was different because all the action was at the beginning (the nuclear explosion) and the end (the fight with Ripley Powers).
Phoenix Rising will break your heart! I could have cried a river reading about a boy so sick with so much will and heart! He couldn't have done it without Nyle. She truly was a hero On a scale of 1-5, I rate this book a 4 because of the emotional effect. You'll rate it the same. Maybe even higher! :)
This book was very moving and well-written. It really opens the reader's eyes to the dangers of our world today. Perhaps the most alarming aspect of this story is that the situation described could easily happen to of us today; a horrible life in a book could easily become a nightmare of reality. Imagine a world where you can't leave your house without wearing a gauze mask to prevent breathing in radiation. Where the thousands of people living within a 5 mile radius around a nucleur power plant are infected with a deadly disease instantly, and have to leave everything they own behind, and seek refuge with total strangers. Where hospitals are filled to capacity with patients waiting to die. This was where Nyle and Ezra had to live, and where we could easily live, too. It's scary to think about the seriousness of this novel.
I personally liked the author's writing style. The action moves quickly, and the relationships between the characters are well-developed. The author's vivid descriptions help to convey a sense of urgency to the audience.
I recommend this book to anyone, no matter what kind of book you like, because this book can be classified as a romance, a sciens fiction, and even a tear-jerker. It's a quick, easy read, and everyone should receive the lessons this story teaches. This book will leave you thinking, and you may even feel compelled to try to make a difference in our world.
This book is well-worth the time and money to read, and I hope you'll heed my advice and read it.
This book sheds light on what all would happen to the natural enviornment and to people's lives if there really was a nuclear power plant explosion.
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