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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
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 5 days 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 7 days ago by K. S. Terrell
This book just pulls me in. It is so intricate but it works. With so many different stories throughout the whole thing and yet it's all one big story. Read morePublished 14 days ago by CJs Thoughts
Recommended by friends who are reading teachers, but I later found out it is a depressing story--too old for my almost 9 and 10 year old grandchildren. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Cook
o lordy day. my poor 6th grader had to read this for the summer. in all fairness, the book articulates well the plight of this young girl during such an awful time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amy O
Beautifully written! Such an unusual find in children's literature. I'm using this in my middle school literature circle. The imagery is just amazing.Published 2 months ago by Pooped Out Mommy