Out of the Dust
Author: Karen Hesse
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
Historical Fiction, Verse Novel
American History, Determination and Perseverance, Death, Grief, Loss, Communities and Ways of Life, Extended Families, Homelessness and Poverty
A poem cycle that reads as a novel, Out of the Dust tells the story of a girl named Billie Jo, who struggles to help her family survive the dust-bowl years of the Depression. Fighting against the elements on her Oklahoma farm, Billie Jo takes on even more responsibilities when her mother dies in a tragic accident. A testament to the American spirit, this novel is an instant classic.