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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Billie Jo Kelby and her family live in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Great Depression.
This is an excellent story about a girl who suffers so much yet learns to strive and make the best out of her sad family life.
I thought that is was very interesting that Karen Hesse could tell the entire story in free verse poems.
American children will certainly learn about the Dust Bowl, but it could seem such an isolated problem. A drought and famine that surely could be solved with food rationing? Read morePublished 6 days ago by Dione Basseri
7th Grade Student
I thought that this book was sad and very depressing in certain parts. I don’t think that there is a lot of action and suspense in the story. Read more
My 4th grade granddaughter has to read and write on this book. It is totally inappropriate for that age and maybe even middle school. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Charles P. Bennett
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse is told in free verse. This was a powerful way to tell this story. Fewer words were needed, but they packed a punch. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The DMS
This is great read. We don't hear too much about the dust bowl years in the United States and this book really gets into the loss, frustration and misery of that time and region of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Francisco
I like the book and the meaning it was very good. There was nothing about this book I did not like.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is such a wonderful book - all middle school students should read it! Out of the Dust is a beautifully written book about the Dust Bowl that is presented in a free... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Plonka