In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
A Newbery Medal winner, this book is interesting, poignant, and inventive. I read this book as a child and found myself fascinated and touched. The form of the book - long-form poetry - was a new experience for me and helped me grow as a reader. It’s a great way to learn about the dust bowl and Depression.
Karen Hesse is the author of numerous books for young people, including Out of the Dust, winner of a Newbery Medal and a Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction; The Cats in Krasinski Square; and Letters from Rifka. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellows Grant in 2002, Karen Hesse lives in Vermont.View Author