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Out of the Dust
Contributor(s): Hesse, Karen (Author)

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ISBN: 0590371258     ISBN-13: 9780590371254
Publisher: Scholastic
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: December 1998


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.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Classics
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical - United States - 20th Century
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 9-12
Grade Level: 4-7
Guided Reading: X (Grade 6)
Series: Apple Signature Edition
Physical Information: 0.7" H x 5.2" W x 7.5" (0.38 lbs) 227 pages
- Theometrics - Secular
- Chronological Period - 1930's
- Cultural Region - Heartland
- Demographic Orientation - Rural
- Geographic Orientation - Oklahoma
- Topical - Death/Dying
- Catalog Heading - Classics
- Curriculum Strand - Language Arts
- Cultural Region - Mid-South
- Cultural Region - South
Features: Ikids, Price on Product
Awards: Buckeye Children's Book Award, Nominee, Grades 6-8, 2001
Virginia Readers Choice Award, Nominee, Middle School, 2001
Review Citations: Booklist 06/01/2000 pg. 1875
Publishers Weekly 01/11/1999
School Library Journal 04/01/2005 pg. 56
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 18783
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 3.0
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Publisher Description:
A poem cycle that reads as a novel, "Out of the Dust" tells the story of Billie Jo, a girl who struggles to help her family survive the dustbowl 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.
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