Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust


By (author) Karen Hesse

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  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 18mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845076087
  • ISBN 13: 9781845076085
  • Sales rank: 447,451

Product description

Told in free verse in the spare and haunting voice of 14-year-old Billie Jo Kelby, Out of the Dust is a journey to the heart of a family caught in the Oklahoma dust-bowl. It is the story of Ma, who sees the idea of herself burn away with every parched day, until she herself is consumed by fire. It is the story of Bayard, her husband, who cannot comes to terms with his failure to provide for his family. But most of all, it is the story of Billie Jo who knows she must find a way to get out of the dust, even if it means leaving behind everything she has ever loved.

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Author information

Karen Hesse grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. From an early age she dreamed of being a professional writer and after 30 years, the dream came true. Along the way she found work as a waitress, a nanny, a librarian, an agricultural labourer, a secretary and a proofreader (plus a lot of other things). In 1998 she won the Newbery Medal for her novel Out of the Dust. Karen says she loves writing and can't wait to get to her keyboard every morning. She loves hiking and reading too, and spending time with her family and friends. She lives in Vermont, USA.

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The characters are expertly portrayed in few words, and the desparation of the community is palpable... a vivid and well-realised picture of a moment in history, useful for any class studying 1930s America. www.writeaway.org.uk