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Out of the Dust

Written by Karen Hesse
Published by Scholastic
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In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family鈥檚 wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

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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鈥檚 a great way to learn about the dust bowl and Depression.

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Who Wrote Out of the Dust

Karen Hesse

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鈥橠ell 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.

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Publication Date:
October 1, 1997