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Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
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Sep 27, 2009

did not like it

In Out of the Dust Billie Jo is talented at playing the piano living on a struggling farm during the Oklahoma Dust Bowl. One day Billie Jo's dad left a bucket of kerosene by the stove. The bucket then caught fire. In an act to save the house Billie Jo threw the bucket of kerosene out the door unknowingly her mother was standing right outside of the door. The burning kerosene hits her pregnant mother leaving third-degree burns on her mother. Billie Jo tried to beat out the flames but only burnt her hands. Her mother soon died and so did the baby. Billie Jo could not play the piano due to the burns on her hands. Billie Jo thought that she was useless so she ran away. She then thought that running away is not the answer to anything. She then went back to her father. They each forgave each other for the roles they played in their family members death. From this point many good things has happened to the family. Billie Jo started to play the piano again even though her hands hurt a lot. Her father met a woman. The farm got a grant to plant crops. Rain also finally came to town.

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