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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.
Awards and Praise forOut of the Dust:
Winner of the Newbery Medal
Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award
An ALA Notable Children's Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
ASchool Library JournalBest Book of the Year
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APublishers WeeklyBest Book of the Year
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* Hesse's spare prose adroitly traces Billie Jo's journey in and out of darkness.& With each meticulously arranged entry she paints a vivid picture of Billie Jo's emotions, ranging from desolation&. to longing& to hope. --Publishers Weekly, starred review
* Hesse uses free-verse poems to advance the plot, allowing the narrator to speak for herself much more eloquently than would be possible in standard prose. The author's astute and careful descriptions of life during the dust storms of the 1930s are grounded in harsh reality, yet are decidedly poetic& Hesse's ever growing skill as a writer willing to take chances with her form shines through superbly& --School Library Journal, starred review
* The story is bleak, but Hesse's writing transcends the gloom and transforms it into a powerfully col3