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Out of the Dust

By: Karen Hesse
Narrated by: Marika Mashburn
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Summary

Billie Jo has a great deal to forgive: Her father for causing the accident that killed her mother; her mother for leaving when Billie Jo needed her most; and herself for being the cause of her own sorrow. Daddy's too wrung out to help her, and there's no one else to care. So at 14, Billie Jo must heal herself - even if it means tearing up her roots and leaving behind everything she's ever known.

©1997 Karen Hesse (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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  • Rebecca
  • 08-10-12

Excellent story! Fast read!

Would you listen to Out of the Dust again? Why?

Absolutely! I have already recommended it to a friend. I am studying to be an elementary teacher and I had to read some Newbery Award/ or honor books for my elementary literature class. I wasn't real excited about reading "Out of the Dust", as I thought it would be dry as dust. Boy was I wrong! This is an excellent story! Very realistic! It dives into some deep feelings, so I would probably use this for older elementary or middle school children. It is written in a poetic format, but comes across as though it was a series of journal recordings that take you through about 1 1/2 years of this girls life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Louise. I liked how she gently made her entrance into the family with great sensitivity.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I listened to it in one sitting, the recording was under 3 hours. I guess I could have spread it out over several sittings. As a teacher, I might be fun to read a little bit each day to the class and spread it over a week or two. Maybe use it when you are trying to focus on journaling. This way you can show the class how journaling can turn into a wonderful story.

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  • Amber
  • 10-01-12

slow but effective narration

What did you love best about Out of the Dust?

Out of the Dust is a quick read that creates a sympathetic reader. I love that it is written as prose.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Since it's written as a journal, you really only get the inside look at Billy Jo. She's spunky. She's a survivor. She's impossible not to love.

Have you listened to any of Marika Mashburn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

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  • Gary A. Smith
  • 16-11-22

Wonderfully written.A poignant story about hard times human strength and weakness.

Great characterization and a personable look into the life in the Dust Bowl. A story with depth, depression and determination. A must read.

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  • Mb
  • 16-09-22

Touching and charming

A historical learning experience coupled with sadness and human nature, ending with love and hope. It’s a book for everyone, not just children and young adults.

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  • Cookie
  • 24-04-22

Don't read

This is a said and depressing story of the Dust Bowl years. The death of the mother and her stillborn baby was unnecessarily graphic and prolonged. The entire book was DISMAL. I think no child before high school should subject themselves to this prolonged tragedy.

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  • Yvette Santiago
  • 29-11-21

A good read

About tough life on a rural farm in the U.S. in the times of The Great Depression . This young girl who narrates the story, is grief stricken after a tragic life changing event involving loved ones. She learns the greatest lesson of all, that The love of your Father and friends is very valuable , and sometimes finding your own way may be something to look forward too , but not now , not yet, be a child for now. Tomorrow is another day, as you grow things change.

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  • Connie Bartmess
  • 27-08-21

not playing

Can't review because it won't play for me. I don't remember ever listening to it, but I bought it for my special needs class and now it won't play.

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  • Sara
  • 30-11-18

A Heartbreaking story

This book is an amazing book. Everybody should read Out of the Dust. It's heartbreaking and entertaining at the same time. 5 out of 5 (Reader, age 10)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-18

Great

It was better than reading quietly because of the emotions became real. I felt like I was there in the dust storms.



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  • Sabra
  • 27-09-18

it's a MUST READ

So much to gain from this story!!!!!! My 7th graders loved it and loved learning about the dust bowl.