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Out of the Dust
Out of the Dust
Author: Karen Hesse
Like the Oklahoma dust bowl from which she came, 14-year-old narrator Billie Jo writes in sparse, free-floating verse. In this compelling, immediate journal, Billie Jo reveals the grim domestic realities of living during the years of constant dust storms: That hopes -- like the crops -- blow away in the night like skittering tumbleweeds. That tr...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780590376198
ISBN-10: 0590376195
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 227
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4.2 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, 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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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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