Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust

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Ages 9-12
Paperback Books
ISBN 13: 978-0-59-037125-4
240 Pages
Dimensions: 7.6L x 5.3W x 0.6H inches
Weight (lbs): 0.4
English Language
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Subject & Themes: Homelessness and Poverty, Extended Family, Communities and Ways of Life, Coping with Death, Grief, and Loss, Determination and Perseverance, American History
Genres: Historical Fiction, Poetry and Rhymes
Awards: Newbery Medal Winners


In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.<p>This gripping story, written in sparse first-person, free-verse poems, is the compelling tale of Billie Jo's struggle to survive during the dust bowl years of the Depression. With stoic courage, she learns to cope with the loss of her mother and her grieving father's slow deterioration. There is hope at the end when Billie Jo's badly burned hands are healed, and she is able to play her beloved piano again.<br><br><b>Contributors:</b><p><b>Karen Hesse</b> is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children. Her titles include WITNESS, THE CATS IN KRASINSKI SQUARE, and the Newbery Medal winner OUT OF THE DUST, among many others. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenaged daughters.

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