Out of the Dust
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... show more
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.
Publish date: January 1999
Publisher: Scholastic Books
Pages no: 227
Edition language: English
, Read For School
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
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...
Out of the Dust one the 1998 Newbery Medal, and I can totally see why. It's set in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, and Billie Jo tells her story through poetry, which means a lot of white space on each page, which means that the pages just fly by. I loved her voice, and--novels in verse can seem contrived...
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