Out of the Dust

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Scholastic Press, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 227 pages
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A Newbery Medal-winning Author, A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, An ALA Best Book for Young Adults...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.

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User Review  - wintersdoor - LibraryThing

Wasn't sure about a novel told in verse, but found this compelling. The heart of the story is still there, the extraneous details stripped away. Some fine moments of insight; some excellent lines ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stahl-Ricco - LibraryThing

I read this over 13 years ago, and I liked it as much this time as I did then! A really quick read, but really powerful too! Oklahoma in 1934 - the dust bowl! The way the author describes the dust is ... Read full review

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KAREN HESSE won the Newbery Medal for Out of the Dust, and was recently named a MacArthur Fellow. Ms. Hesse and Ms. Watson previously collaborated on the picture book, The Cats in Krasinski Square, whichreceived three starred reviews as well as numerous awards and Honours. She lives in Vermont with her husband.

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