240 pages, 7.57 × 5.26 × 0.62 in
January 1, 1999
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0590371258
ISBN - 13: 9780590371254
About the Book
A poem cycle that reads as a novel, this Newbery Medal winner tells the story of Billie Jo, a girl who struggles to help her family survive the dust bowl years of the Depression.
From the Publisher
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.
From the Jacket
"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 devastating the family farm and all the farms nearby. While others flee from the dust bowl, Billie Jo is left to find peace in the bleak landscape of Oklahoma -- and in the surprising landscape of her own heart.
About the Author
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.
From Our Editors
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.