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Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust

by Karen Hesse

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.

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 7
Grade Level Equivalent
Guided Reading
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
Verse Novel, Historical Fiction

About the Author

Karen Hesse Karen Hesse lives in Vermont with her husband and two teen-aged daughters. Her book Out of the Dust was awarded the Newbery Medal for 1998.

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