Green Heart [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

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: 2/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 111,508
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 10 MB

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.

Biography

Born in the 1950s to college-educated parents who divorced when she was young, Alice Hoffman was raised by her single, working mother in a blue-collar Long Island neighborhood. Although she felt like an outsider growing up, she discovered that these feelings of not quite belonging positioned her uniquely to observe people from a distance. Later, she would hone this viewpoint in stories that captured the full intensity of the human experience.

After high school, Hoffman went to work for the Doubleday factory in Garden City. But the eight-hour, supervised workday was not for her, and she quit before lunch on her first day! She enrolled in night school at Adelphi University, graduating in 1971 with a degree in English. She went on to attend Stanford University's Creative Writing Center on a Mirrellees Fellowship. Her mentor at Stanford, the great teacher and novelist Albert Guerard, helped to get her first story published in the literary magazine Fiction. The story attracted the attention of legendary editor Ted Solotaroff, who asked if she had written any longer fiction. She hadn't -- but immediately set to work. In 1977, when Hoffman was 25, her first novel, Property Of, was published to great fanfare.

Since that remarkable debut, Hoffman has carved herself a unique niche in American fiction. A favorite with teens as well as adults, she renders life's deepest mysteries immediately understandable in stories suffused with magic realism and a dreamy, fairy-tale sensibility. (In a 1994 article for The New York Times, interviewer Ruth Reichl described the magic in Hoffman's books as a casual, regular occurrence -- "...so offhand that even the most skeptical reader can accept it.") Her characters' lives are transformed by uncontrollable forces -- love and loss, sorrow and bliss, danger and death.

Hoffman's 1997 novel Here on Earth was selected as an Oprah Book Club pick, but even without Winfrey's powerful endorsement, her books have become huge bestsellers -- including three that have been adapted for the movies: Practical Magic (1995), The River King (2000), and her YA fable Aquamarine (2001).

Hoffman is a breast cancer survivor; and like many people who consider themselves blessed with luck, she believes strongly in giving back. For this reason, she donated her advance from her 1999 short story collection Local Girls to help create the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA.

Good To Know

  • Hoffman has written a number of children's books, including Fireflies: A Winter's Tale(1999), Horsefly (2000), and Moondog (2004).

  • Aquamarine was written for Hoffman's best friend, Jo Ann, who dreamed of the freedom of mermaids as she battled brain cancer.

  • Here on Earth is a modern version of Hoffman's favorite novel, Wuthering Heights.

  • Hoffman has been honored with the Massachusetts Book Award for her teen novel Incantation.
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      1. Hometown:
        Boston, Massachusetts
      1. Date of Birth:
        March 16, 1952
      2. Place of Birth:
        New York, New York
      1. Education:
        B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974
      2. Website:

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    • Posted May 22, 2012

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      This slim volume contains the two novellas Green Angel and Green

      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.

      6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 21, 2012

      Green heat

      Another great book by hoffman. Enjoyed Green's adventure and how she's developed and healed.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 13, 2013

      Love

      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

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 26, 2013

      Luv it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      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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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 21, 2014

      Try

      Do not buy this. It is only 99 pages and makes no sense. Where is the story B&N?

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      Posted February 3, 2014

      Grace

      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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      Posted December 27, 2013

      Didn't care or it.

      Didn't like it.

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      Posted March 15, 2013

      Lexi

      Hey

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      Posted September 26, 2012

      I LOVE THIS BOOK

      I'VE NEVER READ IT?

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