Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust

Audiobook CD - 1998
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In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
Publisher: New York : Random House, p1998
ISBN: 9780307284037
Branch Call Number: CDA J HES
Characteristics: 2 sound discs (2 hrs., 10 mins.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Mashburn, Marika


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Jan 11, 2019

Both Karen Hesse’s writing and Marika Mashburn’s narration proved award-worthy, much to the delight of each reader selecting ‘Out of the Dust’ from the shelf.

1930’s Oklahoma begins with the birth of Billie Jo, the book’s protagonist, described as: ‘a long-legged girl with a wide mouth and cheekbones like bicycle handles; a red-headed, freckled-faced, narrow-hip girl with a fondness for apples and a hunger for playing fierce piano.’
What an opening! I was hooked.

“The way I see it, hard times aren't only about money, or drought, or dust.
Hard times are about losing spirit, and hope, and what happens when dreams dry up.”

Much tragedy and sadness in Hesse’s award-winning novel, but a delight to the reader privileged to read it and pray for a better future.

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