Out Of The Dust
Out Of The Dust
Out of the Dust joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!"Dust piles up like snow across the prairie. . . ."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 others 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.From Publishers WeeklyIn 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 each meticulously arranged entry Hesse paints a vivid picture of her heroine's emotions." Ages 11-13.Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.ReviewAwards and Praise for Out of the Dust:Winner of the Newbery MedalWinner of the Scott O'Dell AwardAn ALA Notable Children's BookAn ALA Best Book for Young Adults A School Library Journal Best Book of the YearA Booklist Editors' ChoiceA Book Links ?Lasting Connection?A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection* "Hesse's spare prose adroitly traces Billie Jo's journey in and out of darkness.? With each meticulously arranged entry she paints a vivid picture of Billie Jo's emotions, ranging from desolation?. to longing? to hope." --Publishers Weekly, starred review* "Hesse uses free-verse poems to advance the plot, allowing the narrator to speak for herself much more eloquently than would be possible in standard prose. The author's astute and careful descriptions of life during the dust storms of the 1930s are grounded in harsh reality, yet are decidedly poetic? Hesse's ever growing skill as a writer willing to take chances with her form shines through superbly?" --School Library Journal, starred review* "The story is bleak, but Hesse's writing transcends the gloom and transforms it into a powerfully compelling tale of a girl with enormous strength, courage and love. The entire novel is written in very readable blank verse, a superb choice for bringing out the exquisite agony and delight to be found in such a difficult period lived by such a vibrant character."Booklist, starred reviewFrom the Back Cover"DUST PILES UP LIKE SNOW ACROSS THE PRAIRIE..".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 others 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.About the AuthorKaren Hesse is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children. Her titles includeWitness,The Cats in Krasinski Square, and the Newbery Medal winnerOut of the Dust, among many others. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenaged daughters.
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