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Set in the bleak times of the Dust Bowl, award-winning author Karen Hesse crafts a poetic tale of one girl's coming of age. Told in journal-like free-verse, the story of Billie Jo and the accident that would change her life is told with exquisite wording and detail. 227 pages, softcover. Newbery Award Winner.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Scholastic Trade
ISBN: 0590371258
ISBN-13: 9780590371254
UPC: 078073005994
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 9-12

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Publisher's Description

This gripping story, written in sparse first-person, free-verse poems, is the compelling tale of Billie Jo's struggle to survive during the dust bowl years of the Depression. With stoic courage, she learns to cope with the loss of her mother and her grieving father's slow deterioration. There is hope at the end when Billie Jo's badly burned hands are healed, and she is able to play her beloved piano again. The 1998 Newbery Medal winner.

Author Bio

Karen Hesse is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children. Her titles include WITNESS, THE CATS IN KRASINSKI SQUARE, and the Newbery Medal winner OUT OF THE DUST, among many others. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenaged daughters.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 2, 2007
    Alisa
    I believe this to be the best of her works, although the story was completely depressing. Tragedies strike almost every moment of this poor girl's, Billie Jo, life. Though, Karen Hesse makes a good point in her book, depicting that through hardships family won't survive unless they stick together. I give Karen that good credit and I believe she "pulled it off". Given her praise, I comprehend that the ending was open-ended and unsatisfying. It would've been lovely to see Billie Jo accomplish one of her lifelong dreams and maybe her father's implied wedding. But I wouldn't try coaxing a sequel out of Mrs. Hesse, she has stubbornly declared she would not. All in all it's a good historical novel for juveniles.
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