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Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
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Aug 14, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: eng-420

Poetry/ Historical Fiction

This was a fascinating and beautiful book written in verse about a young girl named Billie Jo who is growing up on the farm during the dust bowl. To me this had all the quality of The Grapes of Wrath while being a far more enjoyable read. Dust is everywhere and is unavoidable, the crops don't look promising, but they are happy until one day a tragedy strikes and the house catches on fire and her pregnant mother is killed in the flames. Also, Billie Jo's hands are severely burned and she is no longer able to find comfort in her piano playing. All seems to have gone from bad to much worse. I, being a fan of poetry, realy enjoyed the format and felt that it added much to the telling of the story. I would definitely recommend this for middle school readers.

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Karen Hesse
“the way i see it, hard times aren't only about money, or drought, or dust. hard times are about losing spirit, and hope, and what happens when dreams dry up.”
Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust

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