Out of the Dust
A poem cycle that reads as a novel, "Out of the Dust" tells the story of Billie Jo, a girl who struggles to help her family survive the dustbowl years of the Depression. Fighting against the elements on her Oklahoma farm, Billie Jo takes on even more responsibilities when her mother dies in a... show more
A poem cycle that reads as a novel, "Out of the Dust" tells the story of Billie Jo, a girl who struggles to help her family survive the dustbowl years of the Depression. Fighting against the elements on her Oklahoma farm, Billie Jo takes on even more responsibilities when her mother dies in a tragic accident. A testament to the American spirit, this novel is an instant classic. Awards include Newbery Medal, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of the Year, "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year, "Booklinks" Best Book of the Year, 1998 ALA Notable Children's Book, and a 1998 ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
Publish date: April 11th 2006
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Edition language: English
, Read For School
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
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 th...
One of the more enjoyable Newberry winning books but still quite forgettable. This is a re-read and I really didn't remember the majority of it. The poetry flows well (and it was refreshing to read something different in that sense). Billie Jo is fourteen living during the depression and the dust ...
Hesse's descriptive language is great as always (disclaimer: I've only read three of her books). I remember finding the poems about Biilie Jo's hands unreadably graphic as a kid, and they're even more unreadably graphic as an adult. But other than that and a few of the more experimental poems the wr...
I needed a book for my challenge on my group. And this one turned out to be the one, and what a crap book it was. This mostly is due the way this book is written. Since people are offended when I get it wrong, I will just call it some form of poetry and leave it at that.I don't mind poetry that much...
This is a really sad book. I would not recommend to those who dislike depressing books. I read this when I was in 4th or 5th grade for school, and I just remember really disliking it. I don't know why, something about it I just disliked. It was kind of boring, and it was sad too. It just wasn't my k...