Karen Hesse was born August 29, 1952 in Baltimore MD. She published her first book in 1991 and came out with Witness on September 1st, 2001.
Witness takes place in the 1920s in a small Vermont town. During this time the KKK was going around the country trying to recruit people for their group.
The main character is Leanora Sutter, a 12 year old African girl who lives with only her dad because her mother just died. She is a good kid and does good in school.
She, and her dad are in conflict with the KKK and since they moved into town they've been in danger. But even though this is happening, she still goes to school and doesn't let it affect her.
Throughout the book Leanora meets another girl, Esther Hirsh. Esther is a 6 year old jewish girl and is kinda immature but shes also very loveing too. Esther has also been discriminated against from the town so her and Leanora both know how it feels. Throughout the book they grow and learn to stand up for themselves.
What I like about the book is that the writer showed everything through the views of 11 different people. You also could see what the people were thinking. There isn't anything I didn't like about the book.