Witness

Witness

Book - 2001
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This is a year in the life of a small American town. The year is 1924, and a town in Vermont has been invaded by an insidious menace: the Ku Klux Klan. Although the story is told through the voices of many characters, two young girls -Leanora Sutter and Esther Hirsh - lie at the heart of the novel. One is black, the other Jewish; neither is welcome in their provincial Vermont village. Their struggle to maintain a normal childhood in the midst of poverty and prejudice is threatened by the arrival of the Klan.

As support for the Klan grows, so does the potential for violence. The aura of impending crisis draws out the villains and heroes that lie hidden in this sleepy town and reveal each character's surprising capacity for growth and change. With her breathtaking poetry, Karen Hesse has captured the spirit of a town on the brink - the brink of disaster, the brink of redemption.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2001.
ISBN: 9780439272001
0439272009
9780439271998
0439271991
Branch Call Number: HESSE
Characteristics: 161 p.

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TSCPL_LissaS Nov 15, 2016

Reading and discussing this book with others, about 48 hours after the 2016 elections, was timely, challenging and worthwhile.

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agustinargentina1
Jun 03, 2013

Really good because if you really wan't to read about the 1920's and how people were treated differently and how this (mean) group called the Ku Klux Klan even went to kill African Americans, Jews, and people who were not Prodistans (African Americans or Jews or whites).

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kesha1123
Feb 18, 2013

This is a tremendous, powerful read that manages to share a troubling side of history through courageously crafted verses. I love that the heroines are young women ages 12 and 6. Hesse has an uncanny way of making sorrowful stories entertaining and enlightening simultaneously.

Tulips13 Jul 30, 2012

I had to read this book for a school project, so I read it a few times. Each time I read it I had a new understanding of the book. This book has such depth, and each time you read it you will discover something new about the plot, characters, conflict, and setting even. This book will never get old.

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Grade 6 - 12

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KarenW
Jun 10, 2003

Told in several voices, this book relates the arrival of the K.K.K. in a small Vermont town in the 1920''s. As several of the townsfolk are singled out for persecution, others are struggling with resistance. All the entries are written as poetry which might deter some readers, and there are better depictions of this same issue in fiction, like To Kill A Mockingbird, but the author has given us a genuine portrait of the time period.

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Tulips13 Jul 30, 2012

Tulips13 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Tulips13 Jul 30, 2012

Other: Suicide, murder, violence

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