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Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
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Oct 25, 07

bookshelves: newbery, middle-grade, poetry, historical-fiction, death, sad
Read in October, 2007

This is Billie Jo's story. She lives on a farm in Oklahoma during the Depression, doing her best to deal with the constant dust and the hard times that have befallen her entire community. Her dream is to become a pianist, but a tragic mistake puts that future in jeopardy and changes her family forever.

It's hard to sell a book of poetry about a girl growing up during the Dust Bowl. Historical fiction and free verse just don't seem to pique the interest of most kids, probably because those genres are often considered either boring or difficult (or both). But, believe me, this book is amazing. It's more than compelling. It's gorgeously written and heart-wrenching. Highly, highly recommended, especially for kids who may have lost a family member.
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