Out of the Dust – (Apple Signature Description:

Out of the Awards and Praise for Out of the Dust Winner of the Newbery Medal Winner of the Scott ODell Award An ALA Notable Childrens Book An ALA Best Book for Young Adults A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Booklist Editors Choice A Book Links Lasting Connection A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection * Hesses spare prose adroitly traces Billie Jos journey in and out of darkness…. With each meticulously arranged entry she paints a vivid picture of Billie Jos emotions ranging from desolation…. to longing… to hope. — Publishers Weekly starred review * Hesse uses free-verse poems to advance the plot allowing the narrator to speak for herself much more eloquently than would be possible in standard prose. The authors astute and careful descriptions of life during the dust storms of the 1930s are grounded in harsh reality yet are decidedly poetic… Hesses ever growing skill as a writer willing to take chances with her form shines through superbly… — School Library Journal starred review * The story is bleak but Hesses 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. Booklist starred review Out of the Dust – (Apple Signature