Out of the Dust

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Out of the Dust
Author: Karen Hesse
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1930–1936
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Great Depression Great Depression,Dust Bowl
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 1998

American History > Modern Age > The Dust Bowl

Acclaimed author Karen Hesse's Newbery Medal-winning novel-in-verse explores the life of fourteen-year-old Billie Jo growing up in the dust bowls of Oklahoma.

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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.

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