Item description for Out Of The Dust (Apple Signature Edition) by Karen Hesse...
Overview 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
Publishers Description This gripping story, written in sparse first-person, free-verse poems, is the compelling tale of Billie Jo's struggle to survive during the dust bowl years of the Depression. With stoic courage, she learns to cope with the loss of her mother and her grieving father's slow deterioration. There is hope at the end when Billie Jo's badly burned hands are healed, and she is able to play her beloved piano again. The 1998 Newbery Medal winner.
Awards and Recognitions Out Of The Dust (Apple Signature Edition) by Karen Hesse has received the following awards and recognitions -
Virginia Readers Choice Award - 2001 Nominee - Middle School category
Buckeye Children's Book Award - 2001 Nominee - Grades 6-8 category
Citations And Professional Reviews Out Of The Dust (Apple Signature Edition) by Karen Hesse has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1039
Booklist - 06/01/2000 page 1875
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 477
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 471
Publishers Weekly - 01/11/1999
School Library Journal - 04/01/2005 page 56
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 630
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 690
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 868
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Studio: Scholastic Paperbacks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1999
Publisher Scholastic Paperbacks
ISBN 0590371258 ISBN13 9780590371254 UPC 078073005994
Availability 0 units.
More About Karen Hesse
Karen Hesse is the author of many books for young people, including Out of the Dust, winner of the Newbery Medal, Brooklyn Bridge, Phoenix Rising, Sable and Lavender. She has received honors including the Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award, the Christopher Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship "Genius" Award, making her only the second children's book author to receive this prestigious grant. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.
Karen Hesse currently resides in Williamsville, in the state of Vermont.
Reviews - What do customers think about Out Of The Dust (Apple Signature Edition)?
One of my favorites. May 14, 2008
The first time I read this book was in fourth grade, and it has been a favorite ever since. Like previously stated, it is not the most uplifting of stories, but you can't expect everything to be pleasant and delightful all the time. I honestly would reccommend this to someone of any age to read atleast once.
Out of the Dust May 11, 2008
I read this book for the first time this year and wondered why I didn't have to read it in when I was in school. The main character Billi Jo has to over come a lot and does a wonderful job of it. This could teach so much to young readers. I strongly believe that this book be in the schools as a required read.
Don't let this book collect dust! May 11, 2008
Out of Dust is a book every young reader in American needs to read. Written in poetry form, Karen Hesse's book reveals the year long evolution of fourteen year old Billie Jo. Set in Oklahoma's Dust Bowl during the Great Depression, the story exposes the raw emotions of a young girl as she struggles to survive the most haunting experience of her life. This story will help experienced young readers, ages 11-13, understand the complexity of life for children their own age during a historical era of our Nation's history. Whereas most recollections of the Great Depression are depicted through adult views, Out of Dust is told through the eyes of Billie Jo which will allow children to make a connection between the issues of the time and the ones they are dealing with today. This beautifully written book is an excellent introduction to the Great Depression and offers multiple opportunities for exploration of the era.
Not exactly uplifting, but certainly an important novel May 10, 2008
This is one of the most powerful books written in quite some time for kids. It is not a happy book, but it holds so much hope, necessary for a piece written about the Great Depression, namely about those people stuck out in the Dust Bowl. The story is not written traditionally, but through a series of poems and journal entries hat take us through a section of life of a young girl and the personal tragedies and joys she experiences. I guarantee, it is a tissue book--while it's too depressing for me, the kind that prefers something cheerful, many should appreciate the rough heart that the story puts out.
Fantastic! Apr 16, 2008
I read this book for a child lit class. Normally I am not a fan of historical American fiction, especially if it has to do with the west. This book was different. It made no mention of Native American mythology, cowboys or other common themes in books related to this genre. The characters and situations are not far fetched and any adult or child reading this can easily relate to the main characters. I think teachers should be make this required reading, rather than teaching John Steinbeck who often alienates teen readers.