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Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
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Feb 28, 09

bookshelves: verse-novels
Read in October, 1999

How I feel about this book depends on how I look at it. As historical fiction, it does a great job of capturing the ache of the Dust Bowl and the life of a poor farming family. As a verse novel, it is so-so, although an early title in what has become a common format, so Hesse gets credit for being on the leading edge. As a Newberry, it holds up well but isn't at the top (The Giver and Holes are both more delightful and moving). My biggest complaint is that the second half moves a bit slowly for my taste. But worth reading.
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