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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

cover of Out of the Dust

This is a story written entirely in poems, about a young girl named Billie Jo who lives in the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma. The poems are written simply and straightforwardly – but still with considerable beauty in the images and words. A young girl who's life is changed for the worse by events beyond her control – but she still finds joy in simple pleasures and in being aware of the world around her. Life is not easy, but it is still worth living. She delights in playing the piano and themes related to that play throughout the book. This is a story written with careful attention to form and words, about a girl who takes delight in the arts and finding beauty in the world around her -- a story of hope in the midst..

Title:Out of the Dust
Author: Karen Hesse
Date published:1997
Genre: Historical Fiction, Poetry
Number of pages: 227
Notes: Borrowed from Miriam


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