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Out of the Dust
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse
This gripping story, written in sparse first-person, free-verse poems, is the compelling tale of Billie Jo's struggle to survive during the dust bowl years of the Depression. With stoic courage, she learns to cope with the loss of her mother and her grieving father's slow deterioration. There is hope at the end when Billie Jo's badly burned hands are healed, and she is able to play her beloved piano again. The 1998 Newbery Medal winner.
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elijahsmith
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse

I enjoyed the descriptive language of this story.

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elijahsmith
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse

“I hear the first drops. Like the tapping of a stranger at the door of a dream”

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elijahsmith
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse
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This author does a great job of using descriptive language and making the reader feel as if you are right there. It feels as if you are experiencing the dust bowl right with this girl. You can tell this book comes from authentic experiences.

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Abby_Karagory
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse

“Each day after class lets out, each morning before it begins, I sit at the school piano and make my hands work. In spite of the pain, in spite of the stiffness and scars. I make my hands play the piano. I have practiced my best piece over and over till my arms throb.”

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Abby_Karagory
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse

I appreciated that even though the book showed how Billie had a positive outlook- it was still honest about the tragedies that occurred. This is a great real-life depiction, and how child can approach even the worst issues.

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Abby_Karagory
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse
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Published in 1997, this is a story of a 14-year-old girl named Billie Jo Kelby who has a passion for music. This story takes place in Oaklahoma during the famous dust bowl (which took place from 1930-1936). The book shows how Billie can take the most tragic situations and let her positive spirit shine through. Really great read for children- as I can even remember focusing on the dust bowl at one point in class as a student.

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ev844718
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse

“That‘s a way I‘ve found of gaining what I want, by catching Ma off guard, especially when I‘m after permission to play piano.”

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ev844718
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse

I like this book because it tells a story about a family dealing with a natural phenomenon. It teaches children about the importance of helping out and working hard.

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ev844718
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse
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Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse was published in 1997. The book is about a family who lives in Oklahoma and is dealing with a big dust storm. The crops are struggling to grow and the buildings are filling with dust. Each of the families in the state are working to keep growing different crops and making money so that they can live and support their families.

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BookishMarginalia
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I‘m reading through the books of our new k-8 ELA curriculum #WitAndWisdom — I knew only that this book was set in the Dust Bowl, so I was quite shocked by what happened to the protagonist and her mother. I think the students will be quite engaged too.

Butterfinger I loved this book. So pitiful. And, I think it was my first novel that was written in poetic form. 6mo
Librarybelle I really liked this one 6mo
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wmaxflowers
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#lae3414sp19 Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse is a John Newberry Medal winning piece of historical fiction (HF). A story about a young girl and her family as they make their way through the 1930‘s with the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Written as poem entries from Billy Jo‘s point of view, this story is a beautiful, but also somber story which is probably better suited for older students (4th-5th grade). This would be a great LC book

wmaxflowers I liked this lesson plan for this book: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/out-dust-vocab...
UDL 2.1 and ESOL 5 are both applied in this plan, due to its focus on vocabulary and its importance within the text.
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DrSpalding You are right! This book would make an excellent literature circle option. For several years this was one of my favorite books! It‘s easy to read and so powerful regarding the 1930s and dustbowl. Of course it is historical fiction.❤️📚 11mo
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Samara_Kipnis
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I‘ve been too busy reading lately to post, but this stanza jumped out at me.

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Tamra
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse
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Makes me thankful for clean air. It‘s hard to believe anyone hung on thru the dust bowl.

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Eggs
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amrrruuuta
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse
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This was incredibly depressing and oddly hopeful at the same time. Also a very quick read- it was great to start off #24in48.

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hike.read.repeat
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse
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Another quick audiobook listen to help me try to reach my 2017 reading goals. Read this as a kid. Was depressing tbh.

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VioletBramble
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse
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#awesomeautumnbooks #ToughTuesday
Billy Jo is having a tough time surviving in 1934-1935 Oklahoma. The drought, the dust, the winds, and the locusts are destroying everything. She is a pianist who has suffered a horrible burn to her hands. She thinks this means an end to her dreams of escaping her situation.
It's also a tough Tuesday here in the USA. DACA has been recinded. Hurricane Irma may be headed for Florida.

Libby1 Take care. 💙 2y
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Joy4Lit
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Haunting, beautiful, unique. I'll have to read it again but my word. I'm in awe of it. Just overwhelmed. Gorgeous work. Also, being a huge fan (and wearer) of vintage '30s dresses, I can also imagine the "house dresses" right along side it. Just an incredible work of art, this book. #karenhesse #outofthedust

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JacintaMCarter
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JennietheRoman
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse
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Currently reading.
Recommended by a friend, and so far I have no regrets. I've never read anything quite like it, and I'm having trouble putting it down.

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! 3y
mcausten_sister IM SO GLAD YOU LIKE IT @JennietheRoman 3y
JennietheRoman @mcausten_sister I'm going to finish it today. 😎 3y
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mcausten_sister Yaaaaaassssssss 3y
mcausten_sister Did you finish it? What did you think? 3y
JennietheRoman @mcausten_sister I finished it on the bus yesterday, while it was pouring the rain. The book made me cry but the rain had me laughing hysterically. 3y
mcausten_sister 😂😂😂😂 3y
mcausten_sister What are you even doing with your life? Oh wait. Not being on Litsy is what you're doing. 2y
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hes7
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse
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A poetic, Newbery-winning story of the Dust Bowl experience. #RockinMay #DustInTheWind

Cinfhen 😍😍 3y
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Daisey
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse
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I haven't been keeping up on photo challenges this month, but I immediately thought of this book when I saw #dustinthewind. It's a wonderful YA novel in verse set in the Dust Bowl during 1934 and 1935.

#YA #novelinverse #rockinmay #MsDsLibrary

MKbookworm I think I was 12 or so when I received this book for Christmas and absolutely fell in love with it. Still sits on one of my book shelves nearly 20 years later. 3y
tjwill That's the first book I thought of too. I loved that book. 3y
Cinfhen I love the cover 💗 3y
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Daisey @MKbookworm @tjwill @Cinfhen Yes, it's a wonderful story and lovely cover! 3y
Onlaughterandliteracy Obsessed with novels in verse! 3y
Daisey @Onlaughterandliteracy I used to want more detail, but now there are several I really love. I think my current favorite might be 3y
Onlaughterandliteracy I just did a unit on novels in verse. It was amazing. We loved The Crossover, Booked, Unbound, and I think my personal favorite is Paper Hearts ❤️❤️ 3y
Daisey I loved The Crossover as well. I'll have to look up a couple of the others! 3y
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Librarybelle
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse
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#DustintheWind #RockinMay Newbery Medal winner told from the viewpoint of young Billie Jo. I had to read this for one of my librarian grad classes. It's a gripping, emotionally driven story set during the "Dust Bowl" of the US Great Depression. The unique free-verse poetry style made the tragedy in the book stand out all the more for me.

Cinfhen Sounds compelling! Maybe I'll give it a try 😊thanks for posting & sharing 💚 3y
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awishman
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#Maybookflowers #blackandwhitecovers

This is the closest I could come to a black and white cover. This book is beautiful and haunting.

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Suet624
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We Vermonters are fortunate to have a lot of well known authors close by. I decided not to go for the obvious (Howard Frank Mosher, Chris Bohjalian, Bernie Sanders, Alison Bechdel, Verandah Porsche, Ruth Stone). Karen Hesse was an important part of my children's education. #AprilBookShowers #localauthor

minkyb Mine as well! I vividly remember bringing my daughter to hear her read from one of her many marvelous books. Love her. 3y
Suet624 @minkyb that's so great!!!! 3y
Loreen I thought about claiming Wallace Stegner for this challenge. He claimed Utah and I think we still claim him. 😁 3y
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Suet624 @Loreen jeepers. You're right. I wonder where I got that idea??? Thank you for the correction. I'll edit my post. 3y
Loreen @Suet624 but he lived in Vermont part time so you get to have him too? 😁😁😁 3y
Suet624 @Loreen 😀😀Solzhenitsyn lived here for a number of years. I should have mentioned him instead. 😀 3y
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Beth_and_Willow
Out of the Dust | Karen Hesse
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Hello Litsy. I'm new here. But these are some really old friends I brought back from my parents's house last week. Time to find them homes on bookshelves!

And I promise I'll learn how to use this cool app I've been hearing all about. Bear with me.

#learning #doesLitsyusehashtags? #oldfriends #kiddielit

MrBook #NiceStack! And welcome to @Litsy ! Enjoy your stay 😎👍🏻! 3y
kdwinchester Reorganizing?? :P 3y
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Melwilk
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It isn't often that books make me cry, but there are certain ones that do the trick. I have seen some of them posted on Litsy today for #mademecry. One book I haven't seen is Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. There are parts of this book that are brutal, and they are made even more so because the book is written in a series of free verse poetry. The writing is sparse, leaving pure emotion. #somethingforsept

bookishkris I had to read this for my YA Lit class in library school, and while I was initially apprehensive I ended up loving this so much that a classmate and I did a book talk on it and other resources on the Dust Bowl. 3y
Melwilk @bookishkris I used to teach this when I taught sixth grade. I was also apprehensive before I read it, but I ended up loving it. My students were always very taken with it as well. 3y
raelaschoenherr I just recently learned this was written in verse! I'd read this as a kid but had no idea/memory. That's one of the best things about kids and reading; they just read what they like and they like what they like. No pressure or shoulds :) 3y
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