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Out Of The Dust (Newbery Medal Book) Hardcover – October 1, 1997
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Meanwhile, Billie Jo's silent, windblown father is literally decaying with grief and skin cancer before her very eyes. When she decides to flee the lingering ghosts and dust of her homestead and jump a train west, she discovers a simple but profound truth about herself and her plight. There are no tight, sentimental endings here--just a steady ember of hope that brightens Karen Hesse's exquisitely written and mournful tale. Hesse won the 1998 Newbery Award for this elegantly crafted, gut-wrenching novel, and her fans won't want to miss The Music of Dolphins or Letters from Rifka. (Ages 9 and older) --Gail Hudson
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Billie Jo's poems span a period of years filled with difficult experiences: poverty, unemployment, her mother's death in an accident, her own maiming in the same accident, her trouble communicating with her father. Her life is certainly not easy, her path almost never smooth. Yet, the poems radiate such a hope, even a joy at times, that the book never becomes depressing.
I think some of the images of this book will stick with me for a long time -- the family chewing their dust-laden milk, her mother's tent of pain, her father's smile at the dance, Billie Jo's first concert after recovering from her burns. Billie Jo is a survivor whose story is both thought-provoking and uplifting.
Billy Joe's dad is a quiet guy that is just trying to grow some wheat. But, because of the dust no wheat will grow. Then, to make matters worse, a horrible accident happens. Her dad had left a bucket of kerosene on the stove, which her mom mistook for water. When she begins making coffee with it the pot bursts into flames. Billy Joe's mom quickly runs out of the house screaming for help. Billy Joe throws the kerosene out of the back door and it lands directly onto her mom. This was a complete accident which results in both Billy Joe and her mom being badly burnt. It is a very sad story, but a really good book. I also like how the words are written like a poem. Every one should read this book!
I am an 11 year old boy that plays the guitar, piano and baseball, and I love to draw. I would also recommend The Giver, Number the Stars, and The Hatchet.
Let me say first off that I personally found this to be a wonderful book. I think it is interesting and moving. Though not generally a fan of the free verse/prose poem style Hesse uses in this "novel," I found that her words generated an emotional response that straight prose might have lessened. I was also surprised by how detailed this world became for me while reading what is a very sparse book. This shows real talent and stylistic strength.
On the other hand, though I believe strongly that the best books for children and young adults are equally readable by adults, sometimes an author shoots a little high for the primary readership. Hesse's book is wonderful for adults but a little difficult for younger readers. I was able to let myself be carried away by the beauty of this book because I already have a strong sense about the Depression, life on a farm, the Dust Bowl. A child, however, will struggle with this book because, though strong on feeling, it's short on background.
This is not to say that this book is without merit even for younger readers. Its style and emotion are worth a read for anyone, particularly since it is short enough to be read in very little time. In combination with a more historically oriented book or other background on the Depression, a young reader could get even more from this book. Without this, though, many younger readers will struggle with this book.
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A girl who loves the piono and is in the great deppretion is finding a good thing in life to hold on to because her mother died and her brother becausen of her which adds on stress... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kindle Customer
Beautifully simple, poignant and so real! I felt right in the middle of the Panhandle in layers of oppressive dust and mud. And with a sweet and positive ending.Published 24 days ago by Miriam de Schweinitz
I try to read most of the books my kids get assigned as required reading. This book is not written in straight book style - it's more poetic in nature. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Bill
Overall I thought it was a great book and it kept me wanting to read more every time I opened it up. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bo Latham
I loved this book so much! The only reason it isn't 5 stars is because there was confusing parts. But, other than that, I Would recommend this book to everyone!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I actually read this book once as a fifth grader. My teacher read it to the class every snack time and it was so gripping for me then, that I had to look it up online. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pen Name
It wasn't something I thought I would like, but the quick poetry roped me in and made me keep going. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. S. Terrell