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Out Of The Dust
Out Of The Dust
Author: Karen Hesse
A terrible accident has transformed Billie Jo's life, scarring her inside and out. Her mother is gone. Her father can't talk about it. And the one thing that might make her feel better--playing the piano--is impossible with her wounded hands. — To make matters worse, dust storms are devastating the family farm and all the farms nearby. While othe...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780590371254
ISBN-10: 0590371258
Publication Date: 1/1/1999
Pages: 240
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 198 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
Written as a free style poem, this book is heart wrenching and compelling. Vivid imagery effectively forces the reader to go through the same sorrows and joys that Billy Joe experiences. I could not put it down until I was finished.
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Helpful Score: 6
Although this is classified as a children's book, both my mother and I enjoyed it very much. Not just for kids!
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Helpful Score: 6
Excellent book about the dust bowl. Hesse is a great writer and this story is very captivating.
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Helpful Score: 4
Newbery Medal Winner - unique format, sort of like a diary in blank verse.
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Helpful Score: 4
This book made me cry and I LOVED it!
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Great book for kids to get an idea of the Dust Bowl! Well done!
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I've never been the fondest of novels-in-verse or historical fiction. I suppose OUT OF THE DUST was alright. It has all the qualities of a book that make it appeal to the awards committees: grievous troubles, a protagonist mired by obstacles, family troubles, yadda yadda. But I never really felt a connection to...what's her name? I can't even remember. Oy.

Also, the novel-in-verse format has to contribute something to the story; it cannot be an arbitrary. And I didn't really see why Hesse chose to write this book in this way.
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Very compelling book; one that stays with you long after you read it. Believable as a young person's emotional experience through tough life experiences.


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