Out of the Dust by Karin Hesse is another fantastic historical fiction book written in free-verse! It takes place during the Dust Bowl time of the Depression in Oklahoma. It will show you what it was like to try to survive during these dust storms and this horrific drought.
Billie Joe had things that she loved and looked forward to just like anyone else. She loved her family, her Ma was about to have a baby, and she loved to let the music from her piano playing take her to another world. All this changed the day that her Pa left a bucket of kerosene by the kitchen stove.
Read about what happens to Billie Joe. You will learn how they would set the table with the dishes upside down to try to keep things clean until they ate. All their food had the grit of the dust, no matter how hard they tried to keep things clean. The simplest things; like breathing and taking a walk became extremely difficult. After Billie Joe loses everything she holds dear, what will she do?
Here are some pictures of what it was like... Retrieved on October 8, 2011 from http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/dustbowl.htm . Visit the website for more information.
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