Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust

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"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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 1997
ISBN: 9780590371254
Branch Call Number: HES
Characteristics: 227 p


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Mar 18, 2015

This book won the 1998 Newbery Medal, and I reread it for the first time since elementary school as part of my ongoing project to read all the Newbery winners in chronological order. I liked it more this time around than I did as a kid, even as I struggled with certain elements of it -- I'm not at all a fan of novels in verse, and while I love historical fiction, Depression-era Dust Bowl is not really my cup of tea. And yet I could still appreciate the merits of this, even if it's not something I would normally enjoy; it's a lovely story and very moving, in a quiet sort of way. Not for everyone, but I can actually begrudgingly understand why this won the Newbery.

pirates_class_of_2018 Sep 11, 2013

one of the most emotional books I have ever read

Sep 11, 2013

This is a young adult novel written as poetry and at first I thought I wouldn't like it, but such was far from the case. The author uses few words but the result is a story rich with feeling. Billy Joe, a fourteen-year-old girl living with her mother and father in the dustbowl of Oklahoma, shares her thoughts and feelings as we follow the events of 1934 and 1935. Her father stays on the land fighting for a wheat crop that never really materializes. We battle the dust with them and the imagery brings home the dry pervasive unrelenting grittiness of it. This is a story of persistence, forgiveness, love, and optimism. Grim but uplifting at the same time.

Nov 27, 2010

I love how this author writes a novel in poetry. Going back and reading it again as an adult, I realized there are multiple themes in the book, but the one that still makes the greatest impression on me is that of forgiveness and accepting accidents as accidents.

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