Out of the Dust

Karen Hesse

Published by Frances Lincoln
ISBN 10: 1845078357 / ISBN 13: 9781845078355
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Synopsis: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A poem cycle that reads as a novel narrates the story of 15-year-old Billie Jo and her battle against the elements during the Oklahoma Dust Bowl of 1934.

Review: Like the Oklahoma dust bowl from which she came, 14-year-old narrator Billie Jo writes in sparse, free-floating verse. In this compelling, immediate journal, Billie Jo reveals the grim domestic realities of living during the years of constant dust storms: That hopes--like the crops--blow away in the night like skittering tumbleweeds. That trucks, tractors, even Billie Jo's beloved piano, can suddenly be buried beneath drifts of dust. Perhaps swallowing all that grit is what gives Billie Jo--our strong, endearing, rough-cut heroine--the stoic courage to face the death of her mother after a hideous accident that also leaves her piano-playing hands in pain and permanently scarred.

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

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Title: Out of the Dust
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Binding: Hardcover
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Book Description Frances Lincoln, 2007. Hardcover with dust jacket. Condition: Very good. Told in free verse in the spare and haunting voice of 14-year-old Billie Jo Kelby, "Out of the Dust" is a journey to the heart of a family caught in the Oklahoma dust-bowl. It is the story of Ma, who sees the idea of herself burn away with every parched day, until she herself is consumed by fire. It is the story of Bayard, her husband, who cannot comes to terms with his failure to produce, to provide. But most of all, it is the story of Billie Jo who must find a way to get out of the dust, even if it means leaving behind everything she has ever loved. 230 pages. 20 x 14 x 2.4 cm. Seller Inventory # 5310

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