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ISBN13: 9780439272001
ISBN10: 0439272009
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Leanora Sutter. Esther Hirsh. Merlin Van Tornhout. Johnny Reeves . . .

These characters are among the unforgettable cast inhabiting a small Vermont town in 1924. A town that turns against its own when the Ku Klux Klan moves in. No one is safe, especially the two youngest, twelve-year-old Leanora, an African-American girl, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish.

In this story of a community on the brink of disaster, told through the haunting and impassioned voices of its inhabitants, Newbery Award winner Karen Hesse takes readers into the hearts and minds of those who bear witness.

Synopsis:

Leanora Sutter. Esther Hirsh. Merlin Van Tornhout. Johnny Reeves . . .These characters are among the unforgettable cast inhabiting a small Vermont town in 1924. A town that turns against its own when the Ku Klux Klan moves in. No one is safe, especially the two youngest, twelve-year-old Leanora, an African-American girl, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish. In this story of a community on the brink of disaster, told through the haunting and impassioned voices of its inhabitants, Newbery Award winner Karen Hesse takes readers into the hearts and minds of those who bear witness.

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When a small Vermont town turns against its own in 1924 as the Ku Klux Klan moves in, no one is safe--especially 12-year-old Leonora, an African-American girl, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish.

About the Author

Karen Hesse is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children. Her titles include WITNESS, THE CATS IN KRASINSKI SQUARE, and the Newbery Medal winner OUT OF THE DUST, among many others. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenaged daughters.

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LillyW, December 16, 2013 (view all comments by LillyW)
"The Witness" a novel by Karen Hesse, has eleven important characters. Leanora Sutter, a 12 year old black girl who had lost her mother from harsh winters, must fight her way through the KKK and segregation. With the help of Esther Hirsh, Iris Weaver, Fitzgerald Flitt, and (sometimes) Percelle Johnson, on her side, she could potentially make it through all the extreme racism and lynching. This book is tear jerking and dramatic. It is an interesting and informative novel that uses poetry and extensive description to paint a picture of 1924 life. I would most definitely recommend this book. I certainly enjoyed it.

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poohtigger72, April 14, 2008 (view all comments by poohtigger72)
The Date: 1924
The Setting: Vermont
Amongst the many interesting and emotionally conflicted characters that exist in this story, the most memorable are 6 yr. old Esther Hirsh and her best friend, 12 yr. old Leanora Sutter. In the time when the Ku Klux Klan was attempting to dominate a small town in Vermont, the non-members of the KKK were determined to find a way to bring peace and diversity back into their community. Esther is a young Jewish girl who is strong willed and has the heart of an angel. Her childhood innocence is what takes the reader to a place of serenity in a time of emotional and social upheaval. Leanora is a young, black girl whom has a close attachment to Esther. They are a source of comfort for each other and they are not afraid to show the compassion they share for one another. Although Leanora saves Esther from an untimely death, the threats from the KKK to move out of town do not cease and her family's freedom is still at risk. This story takes a realistic look at the lives of members of the KKK and the victims of their 'ultimate' power.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439272001
Author:
Hesse, Karen
Publisher:
Scholastic Paperbacks
Location:
New York
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Sociology
Subject:
Social Situations - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Prejudices
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Sociology
Subject:
Vermont
Subject:
Ku klux klan
Subject:
Situations / General
Subject:
Situations / General
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Novels in verse
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Prejudice and Racism
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
00-486
Publication Date:
20030331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
09-12

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"Synopsis" by ,
Leanora Sutter. Esther Hirsh. Merlin Van Tornhout. Johnny Reeves . . .These characters are among the unforgettable cast inhabiting a small Vermont town in 1924. A town that turns against its own when the Ku Klux Klan moves in. No one is safe, especially the two youngest, twelve-year-old Leanora, an African-American girl, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish. In this story of a community on the brink of disaster, told through the haunting and impassioned voices of its inhabitants, Newbery Award winner Karen Hesse takes readers into the hearts and minds of those who bear witness.
"Synopsis" by , When a small Vermont town turns against its own in 1924 as the Ku Klux Klan moves in, no one is safe--especially 12-year-old Leonora, an African-American girl, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish.
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