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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (279 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Hesse Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Late at night, while her sisters and Tanta Rose sleep, Hannah Gold sees angels. She sees them soaring over the Boston streets in their shimmering robes, with eyes shining and wings outstretched. The angels inspire Hanna, for it is 1918, and her mother and father are fighting the Great War in Europe. But Boston is fighting a war of its own. A devastating epidemic of influenza is sweeping through the town, killing nearly everyone in its path. Overwhelmed, Hannah aimlessly wanders the streets until a mysterious girl leads her onto a train. When Hannah awakens much later, she is ill, in a strange place, and the girl is gone. It will take the remarkable kindness of a stranger to help Hannah fight her sickness and somehow find her family again--if they're alive. Newbery Award-winner Karen Hesse weaves a wondrous, sensitive tale of one girl's involvement with both earthly and heavenly angels. Suzanne Toren's lyrical narration captures both the desperation and hopefulness of a family's fight to survive. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/13/2014

    " Have you ever seen an angel? This girl living in Boston during the influenza epidemic that killed over 20 million people across the world thinks she can see them. Since I love reading historical fiction this book was a good one for me. It has a happy ending too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 1/24/2014

    " This book took me a year and three months to read. It's a shame because I think I probably forgot some of the details over the course of a year...it was deep, well-written, symbolic...I think the symbolism and the relationships between the characters was my favorite part of the book. It's not a book that is really exciting, but it left me reflecting a lot on the shortness of life, on how we don't appreciate things while we're in the moment, but then when the moment is gone, we miss the moment we didn't appreciate while it lasted. (I'm probably a dork and maybe other people don't think this deeply!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/23/2014

    " I liked this book very much. It is a wonderful thing to help people see that there are always two sides to any conflict. I gave it four stars only because the sections about the angels are a little strange and confusing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 1/20/2014

    " One of my favorites. A beautiful book about....well alot of things "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 12/13/2013

    " Normally I'm thoroughly impressed by Hesse's work. This one just didn't work. I think maybe because it's straight narrative - she does better with poems, journals, picture books.... Interesting, though - I've never read about the influenza pandemic at the end of WWI before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Ethington | 12/12/2013

    " YA fiction--flu epidemic of 1918 in Boston & Vermont. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 11/29/2013

    " This is a touching book about influenza and World War I. It is written well, of course, because it is by Karen Hesse. I like the way other perspectives and prejudice are brought into the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 11/11/2013

    " An interesting period piece about a young girl growing up in Boston during the time of World War I. This was a good read to see how life with both an epidemic and a world war was like. It was a very moving story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. | 11/3/2013

    " An early favorite of mine. A touching look at the influenza epidemic that also examines the racism that builds during a war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/31/2013

    " I liked this book. It is a great juvenille fiction. Best for a tween or very early teen. Simple and heartfelt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 6/28/2013

    " One of my favorite authors! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avery Everdeen | 3/15/2013

    " Very good book, I also recommend Out if the Dust by this author. Some if my favorite historical fiction books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/2/2013

    " This was an interesting book set during WWII but focusing on the influenza which killed more people than most battles did. I didn't think there was a good development of characters, but enjoyed the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leina | 10/19/2012

    " I don't remember why I liked this book, but I read it a bunch of times "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann | 8/31/2012

    " This must have been a scarey time in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kassie K. | 8/19/2012

    " At first I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book. I don't usually like historical fiction but it was so good! I couldn't put it down until I finished it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/14/2012

    " I really enjoyed reading this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 7/9/2012

    " As usual Karen Hesse delivers a great story. I love her books. Not only do you learn a lot because it is set during a historical time, but you really fall in love with her characters. 4th grade advanced and up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maren | 6/10/2012

    " It was interesting, with sweet relationships, but there were just a few bizarre things that were a little out there. I liked the historical context, although it was pretty simple. Overall I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maeve | 6/2/2012

    " AMAZING OMG BEYOND AMAZING "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsey Meador | 3/15/2012

    " One of my favorite books growing up! I must have read it 10 times. I love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/11/2012

    " I loved this book. It kept my up all night reading. What a cute story about a girl and her family during WW1. She is a jew and trying to do what is right by her family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/29/2011

    " This was a good read. I love books for young people when they can learn something about history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaela | 8/30/2011

    " This book is choppily-written for the most part, but I think the story itself is something worth taking a look at. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 5/10/2011

    " An interesting period piece about a young girl growing up in Boston during the time of World War I. This was a good read to see how life with both an epidemic and a world war was like. It was a very moving story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maren | 5/4/2011

    " It was interesting, with sweet relationships, but there were just a few bizarre things that were a little out there. I liked the historical context, although it was pretty simple. Overall I enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaela | 3/3/2011

    " This book is choppily-written for the most part, but I think the story itself is something worth taking a look at. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/15/2011

    " This must have been a scarey time in history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 3/26/2010

    " Normally I'm thoroughly impressed by Hesse's work. This one just didn't work. I think maybe because it's straight narrative - she does better with poems, journals, picture books.... Interesting, though - I've never read about the influenza pandemic at the end of WWI before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shoshana | 12/29/2009

    " Observations while still reading:
    1. It is pure coincidence that I followed up Fever 1793 with a book about the influenza epidemic of 1918.
    2. The dedication is to Frank Hodge, erstwhile owner of Hodge-Podge Books in Albany, which makes me happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/29/2009

    " I liked this book. It is a great juvenille fiction. Best for a tween or very early teen. Simple and heartfelt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 2/17/2009

    " I liked this book very much. It is a wonderful thing to help people see that there are always two sides to any conflict. I gave it four stars only because the sections about the angels are a little strange and confusing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 2/2/2009

    " YA fiction--flu epidemic of 1918 in Boston & Vermont. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. | 1/6/2009

    " An early favorite of mine. A touching look at the influenza epidemic that also examines the racism that builds during a war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kassie | 12/25/2008

    " At first I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book. I don't usually like historical fiction but it was so good! I couldn't put it down until I finished it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/11/2008

    " I loved this book. It kept my up all night reading. What a cute story about a girl and her family during WW1. She is a jew and trying to do what is right by her family. "

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About the Author
Author Karen Hesse

Karen Hesse is the author of some fifteen books for children, and was recently awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” for her contribution to literature for children and young adults. Her many novels have garnered considerable success, including the Sydney Taylor Award, the IRA/YA Award, 5 Notable Books for Children, 4 Best Books for Young Adults, and the Newberry Medal. Hesse has spent many years promoting her books to the school market, and is well-known in classrooms throughout the country. She and her husband, Randy, live in Brattleboro, Vermont.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded hundreds of audiobooks and has earned twenty-nine Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has received the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.