Out of the Dust (Scholastic Gold) by Hesse, Karen

Out of the Dust (Scholastic Gold)

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Acclaimed author Karen Hesse's Newbery Medal-winning novel-in-verse explores the life of fourteen-year-old Billie Jo growing up in the dust bowls of Oklahoma.

Out of the Dust joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!"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.

Author: Karen Hesse
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: 12/01/1998
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.38lbs
Size: 7.50h x 5.20w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780590371254
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.3
Point Value: 3
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 18783 / Out of the Dust

Award: Buckeye Children's Book Award - Nominee
Award: Virginia Readers Choice Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 06/01/2000 pg. 1875
Publishers Weekly 01/11/1999
School Library Journal 04/01/2005 pg. 56

About the Author
Karen Hesse is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children. Her titles include Witness, The Cats in Krasinski Square, and the Newbery Medal winner Out of the Dust, among many others. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenaged daughters.