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Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
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Dec 09, 09

bookshelves: historical-fiction, ya-lit, coming-of-age
Read in November, 2009

Billie Jo is coming of age in Dust-torn Oklahoma, where things like playing piano and occasionally glimpsing an art exhibit brighten a lifestyle otherwise constantly browned by layers of dust. Her life changes drastically when an kerosene accident scars her piano-hands and kills her mother and soon-to-be baby brother. Through the filter of dust and hardship around her, Billie Jo comes to terms with her new life, learning not to let go of dreams and that you can stay in one place and still grow. A powerful look at the Dust Bowl in one family's life, movingly narrated in fragmented lines of beauty and depth.
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