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Out of the Dust

Karen Hesse



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01 January 2000
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.
By:   Karen Hesse
Imprint:   Scholastic
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   159g
ISBN:   9780590371254
ISBN 10:   0590371258
Pages:   227
Publication Date:   01 January 2000
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Primary & secondary/elementary & high school ,  English as a second language ,  Children's (6-12)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Reviews for Out of the Dust

Awards and Praise for Out of the Dust Winner of the Newbery Medal Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award An ALA Notable Children's Book An ALA Best Book for Young Adults A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Booklist Editors' Choice A Book Links Lasting Connection A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection * Hesse's spare prose adroitly traces Billie Jo's journey in and out of darkness.... With each meticulously arranged entry she paints a vivid picture of Billie Jo's emotions, ranging from desolation.... to longing... to hope. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review * Hesse uses free-verse poems to advance the plot, allowing the narrator to speak for herself much more eloquently than would be possible in standard prose. The author's astute and careful descriptions of life during the dust storms of the 1930s are grounded in harsh reality, yet are decidedly poetic... Hesse's ever growing skill as a writer willing to take chances with her form shines through superbly... -- School Library Journal, starred review * The story is bleak, but Hesse's writing transcends the gloom and transforms it into a powerfully compelling tale of a girl with enormous strength, courage and love. The entire novel is written in very readable blank verse, a superb choice for bringing out the exquisite agony and delight to be found in such a difficult period lived by such a vibrant character. Booklist, starred review

  • Short-listed for Buckeye Children's Book Award (Grades 6-8) 2001
  • Short-listed for Virginia Readers Choice Award (Middle School) 2001

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