Out Of The Dust by Karen Hesse

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This gripping story, written in sparse first-person, free-verse poems, is the compelling tale of Billie Jo's struggle to survive during the dust bowl years of the Depression. With stoic courage, she learns to cope with the loss of her mother and her grieving father's slow deterioration. There is hope at the end when Billie Jo's badly burned hands are healed, and she is able to play her beloved piano again. The 1998 Newbery Medal winner.

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Karen Hesse (born on August 29, 1952 Baltimore, Maryland) is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults. She studied theatre at Towson State College, and finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland in English, Psychology, and Anthropology. In 1998 she won the Newbery Medal for her young adult novel, Out of the Dust. Hesse lives in Vermont with her husband and two teen-aged daughters.
Published September 1, 2012 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 244 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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In a starred review of the 1998 Newbery Medal winner, set during the Depression, PW said, This intimate novel, written in stanza form, poetically conveys the heat, dust and wind of Oklahoma. With ea

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How did Billie Jo's relationship with her father change in the wake of her mother's death?.

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