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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (751 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Hesse Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Arlie | 2/4/2014

    " Hesse remains one of my favourite young adult authors. Her books are full of hope and deep emotion; they are original and approachable. Hesse's writing is often beautiful (in 'Out of the Dust' she writes in lovely free verse.) 'Phoenix Rising' follows a young girl after the area south of her has suffered a nuclear meltdown. The effects of the radiation are devastating to the area both economically (the entire area more or less shuts down) and personally. Not only is Nyle's cousin very sick from radiation poisoning, but she and her gran also take in two radiation evacuees. Hesse gently pushes the reader to think about the choices we and our governments are making. Are we using power responsibly? Are we risking too much? And yet the book is far from a political or environmental story: it is about courage and hope; about letting people into our lives and hearts and about saying goodbye. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Morgan | 2/4/2014

    " I loved this book. It was moving and touched my heart. I would reccomend this book to people who love realistic fiction books that have you wraped up in its emotional story. However, people who favor action packed books should back away from this one. This book was inspiring and had me turning its pages as fast as i could. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emily | 2/2/2014

    " This is probably one of my most favorite books ever. It's a hope-inspiring story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 1/31/2014

    " This book reminded me how much I love Karen Hesse. Great read- strong and really well developed characters. Extremely moving ending. I loved it. "

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