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Out of the dust

by Hesse, Karen,

Format: Book on CD 1998
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
Available (5)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j CD Hesse
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  j CD Hesse
 
 
Crafton Public Library Adult - Fiction Recorded Book J RB F HESSE 1997
Location  Crafton Public Library
 
Collection  Adult - Fiction Recorded Book
 
Call Number  J RB F HESSE 1997
 
 
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Audio Books j CD HESSE Karen
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Children's Audio Books
 
Call Number  j CD HESSE Karen
 
 
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j CD HES
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
 
Call Number  j CD HES
 
 
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Audiovisual j B-O-CD HES
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Audiovisual
 
Call Number  j B-O-CD HES
 
 
Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6^-9. "Daddy came in, / he sat across from Ma and blew his nose. / Mud streamed out. / He coughed and spit out / mud. / If he had cried, / his tears would have been mud too, / but he didn't cry. / And neither did Ma." This is life in the Oklahoma dust bowl in the mid-1930s. Billie Jo and her parents barely eke out a living from the land, as her father refuses to plant anything but wheat, and the winds and dust destroy the crop time after time. Playing the piano provides some solace, but there is no comfort to be had once Billie Jo's pregnant mother mistakes a bucket of kerosene for a bucket of water and dies, leaving a husband who withdraws even further and an adolescent daughter with terribly burned hands. The story is bleak, but Hesse's writing transcends the gloom and transforms it into a powerfully compelling tale of a girl with enormous strength, courage, and love. The entire novel is written in very readable blank verse, a superb choice for bringing out the exquisite agony and delight to be found in such a difficult period lived by such a vibrant character. It also spares the reader the trouble of wading through pages of distressing text, distilling all the experiences into brief, acutely observed phrases. This is an excellent book for discussion, and many of the poems stand alone sufficiently to be used as powerful supplements to a history lesson. --Susan Dove Lempke"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This intimate novel, written in stanza form, poetically conveys the heat, dust and wind of Oklahoma along with the discontent of narrator Billy Jo, a talented pianist growing up during the Depression. Unlike her father, who refuses to abandon his failing farm ("He and the land have a hold on each other"), Billy Jo is eager to "walk my way West/ and make myself to home in that distant place/ of green vines and promise." She wants to become a professional musician and travel across the country. But those dreams end with a tragic fire that takes her mother's life and reduces her own hands to useless, "swollen lumps." Hesse's (The Music of Dolphins) spare prose adroitly traces Billy Jo's journey in and out of darkness. Hesse organizes the book like entries in a diary, chronologically by season. With each meticulously arranged entry she paints a vivid picture of Billy Jo's emotions, ranging from desolation ("I look at Joe and know our future is drying up/ and blowing away with the dust") to longing ("I have a hunger,/ for more than food./ I have a hunger/ bigger than Joyce City") to hope (the farmers, surveying their fields,/ nod their heads as/ the frail stalks revive,/ everyone, everything, grateful for this moment,/ free of the/ weight of dust"). Readers may find their own feelings swaying in beat with the heroine's shifting moods as she approaches her coming-of-age and a state of self-acceptance. Ages 11-13. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Dust storms -- Fiction.
Farm life -- Oklahoma -- Fiction.
Depressions -- 1929 -- Fiction.
Poetry -- Fiction.
Oklahoma -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher New York :Listening Library,1998
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Mashburn, Marika, narrator.
Listening Library, publisher.
Participants/Performers Performance by Marika Masburn.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 2 audio discs (2 hr., 10 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780307284037
0307284034
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