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Out of the Dust

(1997)
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Awards
Newbery Medal Best Novel
Like the Oklahoma dust bowl from which she came, 14-year-old narrator Billie Jo writes in sparse, free-floating verse. In this compelling, immediate journal, Billie Jo reveals the grim domestic realities of living during the years of constant dust storms: That hopes--like the crops--blow away in the night like skittering tumbleweeds. That trucks, tractors, even Billie Jo's beloved piano, can suddenly be buried beneath drifts of dust. Perhaps swallowing all that grit is what gives Billie Jo--our strong, endearing, rough-cut heroine--the stoic courage to face the death of her mother after a hideous accident that also leaves her piano-playing hands in pain and permanently scarred.

Meanwhile, Billie Jo's silent, windblown father is literally decaying with grief and skin cancer before her very eyes. When she decides to flee the lingering ghosts and dust of her homestead and jump a train west, she discovers a simple but profound truth about herself and her plight. There are no tight, sentimental endings here--just a steady ember of hope that brightens Karen Hesse's exquisitely written and mournful tale. Hesse won the 1998 Newbery Award for this elegantly crafted, gut-wrenching novel, and her fans won't want to miss The Music of Dolphins or Letters from Rifka. (Ages 9 and older) --Gail HudsonWhen 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.

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Hardback Editions

August 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 1-4395-2686-9 / 978-1-4395-2686-6 (USA edition)
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1900 : UK Hardback
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Title: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 1-84507-835-7 / 978-1-84507-835-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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November 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Literacy Bridge - Large Print - Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-7862-7006-3 / 978-0-7862-7006-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 1999 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Out of the Dust (Apple Signature Edition)
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-613-11953-3 / 978-0-613-11953-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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January 1999 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-606-15665-8 / 978-0-606-15665-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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January 1999 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Out of the Dust (Apple Signature Edition)
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-7807-9318-8 / 978-0-7807-9318-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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January 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Out of the Dust: A Novel
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-590-37619-5 / 978-0-590-37619-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
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October 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: Out Of The Dust (Newbery Medal Book)
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-590-36080-9 / 978-0-590-36080-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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Paperback Editions

January 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Out Of The Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-590-37125-8 / 978-0-590-37125-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: GREAT SOURCE
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August 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 1-84507-608-7 / 978-1-84507-608-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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June 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Out Of The Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-439-77127-7 / 978-0-439-77127-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
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January 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Scholastic Literature Guide: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-439-13112-X / 978-0-439-13112-4 (USA edition)
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1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-439-06126-1 / 978-0-439-06126-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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April 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-8072-8013-5 / 978-0-8072-8013-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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Audio Editions

October 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
Publisher: Listening Library
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October 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
Publisher: Listening Library
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April 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-307-28403-4 / 978-0-307-28403-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
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February 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-307-20737-4 / 978-0-307-20737-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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March 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-8072-8050-X / 978-0-8072-8050-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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April 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0-8072-8012-7 / 978-0-8072-8012-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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Kindle Editions

September 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Out of the Dust
Author(s): Karen Hesse
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
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