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 »rs flee from the dust bowl, Billie Jo is left to find peace in the bleak landscape of Oklahoma - and in the surprising landscape of her own heart.
Winner of: Newberry Medal
Scott O'Dell Award
ALA Notable Children's Book
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A School library Journal BEst Book of the Year
A Booklist Editors' Choice
A Book Links "lasting Connection"
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
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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.
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.