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Green Angel

Green Angel

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by Alice Hoffman

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The startling, universally acclaimed breakthrough YA novel from master bestselling author Alice Hoffman, now in paperback.

Left on her own when her family dies in a terrible disaster, fifteen-year-old Green is haunted by loss and by the past. Struggling to survive physically and emotionally in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green


The startling, universally acclaimed breakthrough YA novel from master bestselling author Alice Hoffman, now in paperback.

Left on her own when her family dies in a terrible disaster, fifteen-year-old Green is haunted by loss and by the past. Struggling to survive physically and emotionally in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself, erasing the girl she'd once been as she inks darkness into her skin. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green can relearn the lessons of love and begin to heal enough to tell her story.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Aquamarine author Alice Hoffman creates a work of literary art with this halcyon fairy tale about loss and renewal.

In lyrical words that "unfold like white flowers, petal by petal, each in its own time and season," Hoffman introduces us to Green, a gentle teen whose name reveals her connection to the earth and a peaceful beauty that contrasts with her sunny sister, Aurora. Yet when Aurora and her parents perish in tragic, fiery events in town, a solitary Green transforms herself into Ash: hard and closed, cropped hair, thorns on her sweater, with ink roses and ravens drawn on her skin. Facing an apocalyptic future of looters visiting her garden and suspicious looks from townsfolk, Green has only the family dog to keep her company. But when a ghostly greyhound and a hooded boy suddenly appear for companionship, she slowly realizes that "Ash" is only temporary, while "Green" is her soul, her life, healing all this time inside, waiting to be reborn.

Weaving magical words into images that caress the spirit, Hoffman's Green Angel is no less remarkable and awe-inspiring than nature itself. The author has not only told a life-affirming story about a girl who must survive on her own, she's captured emotion itself by using language to enchant and teach. Readers will be absorbed by the book's transcendent power, and as Green begins a new future that takes shape at end of the book, readers will come away feeling rejuvenated and uplifted themselves. Shana Taylor

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
3.64(w) x 7.34(h) x 0.23(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Alice Hoffman is the highly acclaimed author of over twenty novels for readers of all ages, including Illumination Night, Seventh Heaven, Practical Magic, Here on Earth, The Foretelling, Incantation, and, most recently, The Story Sisters and The Red Garden. Her previous novels for Scholastic Press are Aquamarine, which was made into a major motion picture, Indigo, and Green Angel, which Publishers Weekly, in a boxed, starred review, called "achingly lovely." She lives with her family outside of Boston. Visit her at www.alicehoffman.com.

Brief Biography

Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
March 16, 1952
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974

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Green Angel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 281 reviews.
Nuthinbutreadin More than 1 year ago
Green Angel was so incredible to me, it was so real. My heart was aching for nearly the entire book. Ms. Hoffman has created a truly unique character, and a very realistic one at that. Green's story is incredibly sad and yet just incredible for the fact that she pulls through, she overcomes the most terrible situation for a teenager, and she comes out stronger than before. I loved the fact that Green found comfort in taking care of others and how just simply hearing someone hum or sing began to mend Green. This book is so emotionally heart wrenching that it's a huge blow to you when something good happens, and you just smile and sigh out a "yes". This is a wonderful book, i would recomend it to everyone I know!
J.R._BookWorm More than 1 year ago
I got this book at the libary one day 'cuz I thought the cover was different... Green Angel was a short, easy read, that I really liked. It's about a girl who loses her whole family... I would recommend this to any of my friends...go read it!!!
Amaya713 More than 1 year ago
This is such an amazing and emotional book. Unlike many others I've read, it's not an action or an adventure story. Instead, it is a harrowing tale of loss and the things Green, the main character, must do to overcome it.
I loved the character(s) in this book. Green was so developed, you could practically feel her pain. I loved Green herself-- her personality, her quirks, etc. Reading about her pain was heartbreaking. It was so satisfying to read about Green healing.
Overall, this is definitely a book worth your time. It's short-- it doesn't take that long to read-- but it packs a powerful punch. I'd especially reccommend it to teens, say, 14 up.
Bailey Hembree More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in fifth grade. It gave me courage to keep oiving, even when i was being put down by everyone else. I loved every moment of ths book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story really helps you find yourself. In the process of reading this book I found myself comparing my life to Green's. How I have it so easy.
And when Diamond comes it's changes everything. I wondered the whole time he was there if he could have started the fire.It keppt me reading, just like the Twilight series. I wish it would have been longer, so I could have kept reading the heartbreaking tale. It made me think. This book made me feel differnet about things. I know, I'm crazy, right? Sure I am, but the boks I read don't usually ever give me that feeling. It's most of the time 'Yes. It's over . I know what happens, time for another book.' But I didn't want to just go on to another book. I wanted to stay there and read it over and over again. Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite writers. She's keeps me on the edge, wanting to know what happens. I really wanted to just flip through to the end, yet something kept me from it and the more I read the book I was glad I hadn't flipped back. It seemed like one of the best books Alice Hoffman has written. I hope she keeps up the great stories!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book! i have read it 6x and it never gets old. its phenomenal! i loved the way the author wrote about the main characters feelings. you could feel the emotion!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book -at all-. It seemed like the author skipped the whole editing process, along with providing decent dialouge. I have to atleast give it this: I have never read a book with all the dialouge in italics. Woo. *rolls eyes* The main character was relatively believable, but not connectable. As in, you can have the best character imaginable..but if the reader cant connect with him/her, then the book will go right back to the shelf 'or in my case, the library'. The story dragged oonnnnn and ooooonnnnn without going anywhere. We get it. She's depressed. Move on with the story. Not to sound uncaring--but as the title of this review says, I would not recommend this story for anyone. There was a point where the only character was the MC 'main character' for FIFTY PAGES. Thats not exciting. Not holding the readers attention. Thats too darn repetitive for me. Not enough went on in this story, imho.
blonde_bookworm13 More than 1 year ago
The historic effect is a little bit sketchy which makes a great hook for readers even though we never really find out what disaster really befell the silver city (I do have a few theories of my own). Green herself is a very compelling character and her heart break in the book almost becomes your own. She faces so many odds against her and still she discovers life must go on. It makes a great book for reflecting on your self and is a very short read. Even though it is short those few pages pack a punch I as a reader have not felt in some longer books in the last year or so and the last book I read that made me feel this way about people was also a Alice Hoffman book. To say the least the book is extremely DEEP.
MarionMarchetto_author More than 1 year ago
This is one of the shortest books I've read in the past few years. I was able to finish it in under two hours. A young girl (of unknown nationality) goes about her complacent routine until one day a tragedy befalls a nearby city and she loses her entire family. Told by the girl herself, it tells of her hope that her family will return, her denial that they won't return after time passes, her fears at being alone, her grief at losing those dear to her. We learn how she copes with being alone in a time of turmoil; her acceptance that there are others worse off than she; and of how she learns that life goes on regardless of what happens around us. A compelling, gripping story; packs a lot of punch into a few pages.
josh-correa More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting. It grabbed my attention and held it there. Once i picked it up I could'nt put it down. I would definetely recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book. It's about someone who's lost her family and trys to survive (or see if she wants to survive) and find herself in a world where everything's darkness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book of alice hoffman is one of my favorites.Being a teenager turning to adult hood may be a little scare for some of us but when i read this book made me change the way i think of the future(the future is not a book that you can write in of good fortune and that you can get it when ever you want cause you will never know when or how life my turn)in this book i could relate to it in many ways i loved it an i read it for al least 20 times or more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Only centain people will be able to understand and enjoy this book. It is not for everyone, It has alot of strong emotions through out the whole book. Dark almost, but under neath it all I found a peace to it that was hard to find at first but it's there. I promise it wont be a waste of time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the BEST books I have evr read!!!! :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the words are magical and, like all of Alice Hoffman's books, it holds your interest, B&N should let theur readers know it is only 51 pages and the reader needs ti buy the sequel, Green Witch, for another $6 and change and another 55 pages. Really not worth the money for a 106 page fable.  Disappointed!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i was told to think of a book that i adored in my youth today- i have not read this book in nearly 10 years but it was the first book that came to mind and i got the urge to comment on it. i will be re-reading this book shortly. the story is lovely and emotional. 
FlowerBird92 More than 1 year ago
As a college student, I found this book to be very easy to read, which I loved. The beginning was very optimistic. The main character’s name is Green. At the beginning she talks about her family with much love and admiration. It soon turns into a very sad, melancholy book because as a young teenage girl who has lost her family in a fire, she slowly goes into a depression like state. During her depression she explains how she is changing. This could be predicted by looking at the front and back cover of the book. Even though it was very sad, I loved the book. I feel that books like these help me appreciate what I have in my life. The only thing I would beware of is that sometimes it can feel like it’s dragging on, as if its never going to end. But also keep in mind that it is very poetic and there’s a lot of symbolism in this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For school I had to pick a book and I picked this one, and I'm glad I did. Im 11 and it entertained my youthful mind. Then again, I'm not like most kids my age. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Green angle and the sequal, Green witch
Damselfly9 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Alice Hoffman, but I wanted more. What happens next with Green? She was surrounded by people and animals to help her get through the loss of everything, but then everyone leaves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have ever read, this book changed me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont het sad. I wa tryin to avoid this subjecy
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