Green Heart

Green Heart

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by Alice Hoffman
     
 

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A two-fold tale of grief and hope, loss and love, told as only Alice Hoffman can. When her family is lost in a terrible disaster, 15-year-old Green is haunted by loss and the past. Struggling to survive 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…  See more details below

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A two-fold tale of grief and hope, loss and love, told as only Alice Hoffman can. When her family is lost in a terrible disaster, 15-year-old Green is haunted by loss and the past. Struggling to survive 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. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green relearns the lessons of love and begins to heal as she tells her own story. As she heals, Green lives every day with feelings of loss. Her family is gone, the boy she loves is missing, and the world she once knew has been transformed by tragedy. In order to rediscover the truth about love, hope, and magic, she must venture away from her home, collecting the stories of a group of women who have been branded witches for their mysterious powers. Only through their stories will Green find her own heart's desire.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Green Witch:

* "Haunting, philosophical, and filled with poetic imagery this book will leave an indelible mark." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Hoffman writes in lyrical, stripped-down poetry that distills both magic and elemental experience into essential, unforgettable words" - Booklist

"This small yet strongly affecting volume offers profound thoughts on life, love, and loss."
- VOYA

Praise for Green Angel:

* "Achingly lovely...In lean, hypnotic prose, Hoffman constructs a post-apocalyptic fairy tale leavened with hope." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Beautifully written...this is both a survival story and an homage to the need to cherish life's every moment." - School Library Journal, starred review

"Spare, haunting." - Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This novel is actually the combination of the two "Green" books Hoffman previously published in 2003 and 2010. In the first novel, 15-year-old Green must deal with loneliness and despair after her parents and younger sister Aurora are killed, along with most of the townspeople in the village where they went to sell vegetables. Green is haunted by their deaths and by the fact that she wasn't nice to her family before they left; her guilt impacts everything she does until she meets and befriends Ash, a young man horribly impacted by the bombs that killed so many. Book two, Green Witch, picks up with Green after Ash has gone to look for his own people and Green realizes that there are people in her own community who need her help. As she works to help them regain their voices and their hope, all of the survivors begin to realize that the only way to beat back the enemy is to act together. Spun throughout both texts is a lyrical, magical element that brings together the force of love with the elements of nature. The combined novels are an excellent way to keep reader's experiences with Green connected and vivid. Hoffman is one of the best in creating lyrical prose/poetry, and these two stories are no exception. This text is a must for middle and high school libraries. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545392594
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
217,238
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
12 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

Hometown:
Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
March 16, 1952
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974
Website:
http://www.alicehoffman.com

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Green Heart 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
This slim volume contains the two novellas Green Angel and Green Witch which tell a story of one girl's survival after the apocalyptic destruction of all she loves. Green is the shy sister, the one who can whisper to the earth and have it bloom...a handy and necessary talent after the downfall of civilization. In spare and haunting prose rife with poetry and magic, Hoffman weaves a tale of familial love lost and new love found as a young girl strives to rise from the ashes of personal loss to rebuild a stricken and barren world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by hoffman. Enjoyed Green's adventure and how she's developed and healed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alice Hoffman is in my top ten favorite authors. She never disappoints. Have been reading cheap or free vampire/ mystical creature love story series for so long, was delightful to read 99 pages and have a complete story. BrynnS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not buy this. It is only 99 pages and makes no sense. Where is the story B&N?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luvd this book i am a huge book geek (not really) i just get exited when i find a book i like read it heart kelly
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Romeo. You. Ethan. And Tyler. It was a lie. My parents never said i couldnt date. I just need a break.
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Didn't like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where is everybody?? Oh well. Im going exploring. See u at res twentytwo of blue. Also once u find me post something there. Camp is so boring. Walks out.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'VE NEVER READ IT?