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Byline: The Register-Guard

"Witness"

By Karen Hesse

Scholastic Press, 2001

Ages 11 to adult

"Witness" is a treasure of a book, written by award-winning author Karen Hesse.

The book is written in a journal format, with the novel's cast of characters each telling the story of events from their particular point of view. Set in Vermont in 1924, the story is centered around a friendship between two young girls - Leanora, an African-American, and Esther, a Jew. Their friendship sets off a series of events that brings disaster and distress to their community as the Ku Klux Klan moves in.

"Witness" offers an insightful, poignant and haunting glimpse into a difficult chapter of history. It is well worth reading during February, when we celebrate Black History Month. By learning about one another's history and culture, hopefully we can make the world a better place to share and live in peace.

- Melinda Warburg, librarian, Roosevelt Middle School
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Feb 23, 2004
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