Out Of The Dust

Paperback | January 1, 1999

byKaren Hesse

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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. The 1998 Newbery Medal winner.

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Billie Jo is a young girl living on the otherwise fertile land of the Bread Bowl, which is now the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Her valiant struggle to help her family cope during these extremely lean years makes Out Of The Dust a wonderful tale of strength and courage. Karen Hesse’s lyrical poetry brings readers deep into th...

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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 b...

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"DUST PILES UP LIKE SNOW ACROSS THE PRAIRIE..".A terrible accident has transformed Billie Jo's life, scarring her inside and out. Her mother is gone. Her father can't talk about it. And the one thing that might make her feel better -- playing the piano -- is impossible with her wounded hands.To make matters worse, dust storms are devas...

KAREN HESSE won the Newbery Medal for Out of the Dust, and was recently named a MacArthur Fellow. Ms. Hesse and Ms. Watson previously collaborated on the picture book, The Cats in Krasinski Square, whichreceived three starred reviews as well as numerous awards and Honours. She lives in Vermont with her husband.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.57 × 5.26 × 0.62 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0590371258

ISBN - 13:9780590371254

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Billie Jo is a young girl living on the otherwise fertile land of the Bread Bowl, which is now the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Her valiant struggle to help her family cope during these extremely lean years makes Out Of The Dust a wonderful tale of strength and courage. Karen Hesse’s lyrical poetry brings readers deep into the trials and tribulations of this young girl, dealing with poverty and her mother’s tragic death.