Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust

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When Billie Jo is just fourteen she must endure heart-wrenching ordeals that no child should have to face. The quiet strength she displays while dealing with unspeakable loss is as surprising as it is inspiring. Written in free verse, this award-winning story is set in the heart of the Great Depression. It chronicles Oklahoma's staggering dust storms, and the environmental--and emotional--turmoil they leave in their path. An unforgettable tribute to hope and inner strength.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Listening Library, 2007.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780739359907
Additional Contributors: Mashburn, Marika


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Jan 11, 2019

Both Karen Hesse’s writing and Marika Mashburn’s narration proved award-worthy, much to the delight of each reader selecting ‘Out of the Dust’ from the shelf.

1930’s Oklahoma begins with the birth of Billie Jo, the book’s protagonist, described as: ‘a long-legged girl with a wide mouth and cheekbones like bicycle handles; a red-headed, freckled-faced, narrow-hip girl with a fondness for apples and a hunger for playing fierce piano.’
What an opening! I was hooked.

“The way I see it, hard times aren't only about money, or drought, or dust.
Hard times are about losing spirit, and hope, and what happens when dreams dry up.”

Much tragedy and sadness in Hesse’s award-winning novel, but a delight to the reader privileged to read it and pray for a better future.


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