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.
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.
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.