The Definitive Guide to

Out of the Dust

Written by Karen Hesse
Published by Scholastic
- Bookroo Rating
Goodreads Rating - 3.8 / 5.0
List Price
Target Age
Book Type

What's Out of the Dust About

Publisher Summary

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.

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader

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.

Kids Book Club
Monthly. Curated. Delivered.
Get Started
As low as $16.95 / mo

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’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

What Has Karen Hesse Said About Out of the Dust

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Karen Hesse know that we want more details from them about Out of the Dust!

Did Out of the Dust Win Any Awards

You bet it did. Check it out below!

What does Billie Jo's father start working on after her Ma dies?
  1. Planting more wheat
  2. Digging a pond
  3. Fixing the tractor
  4. Learning to read
Take the Full Quiz!

More Books From These Creatives

Come On, Rain book
rain · weather
Come On, Rain
Night Job book
jobs and careers · motorcycles · shyness · dads
Night Job
The Night Job book
hard work · dads
The Night Job
My Thumb book
picture book
My Thumb

Book Details

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Publication Date:
October 1, 1997