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A poem cycle that reads as a novel narrates the story of fifteen-year-old Billie Jo and her battle against the elements during the Oklahoma Dust Bowl of 1934. By the author of The Music of Dolphins. Reprint. Newbery Medal SLJ. AB. PW.
About The Author
Diana Kidd is a published author of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Diana Kidd include Two Hands Together, Onion Tears, I Love You, Jason Delaney (Bluegum).
Awards and Praise for Out 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
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Editors' Choice
A Book Links "Lasting Connection"
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection
* "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 compelling tale of a girl with enormous strength, courage and love. The entire novel is written in very readable blank verse, a superb choice for bringing out the exquisite agony and delight to be found in such a difficult period lived by such a vibrant character." Booklist, starred review
ISBN: 9780590371254 ISBN-10: 0590371258 Series: Apple Signature Edition Audience:
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old For Grades: 7 - 9 Format:
Number Of Pages: 227 Published: 1st January 1999 Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 13.34
Weight (kg): 0.17