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Out of the Dust

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Out of the Dust  by Karen Hesse

This gripping story, written in first-person free-verse poems, is the compelling tale of Billie Jo's struggle to survive during the dust bowl years of the Great 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.

This historical fiction book rightfully won the prestigious Newbery Medal for excellence in children's literature.  It's a fantastic example of books in prose.

Grade Level:    6th grade     7th grade     8th grade 

Reading Level:   Guided Reading Level X      DRA Level 60

Book Type:   chapter book

Related Lists:   Dust Bowl / Great Depression     historical fiction     history     Newbery Medal    poetry


Condition:  This book is used but it is in good condition.  Occasionally there's the previous owner's name or inscription on the inside front cover.  Overall though, we are very proud of the quality of our books!