From The Vault – Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse



When a terrible incident changes Billie Jo’s life, destroying her inside and out. Her mother is dead. Her father cannot think about her. The one thing that makes Billie Jo happy is playing piano. But that is not possible with her wounded hands. But what makes it worse is that there are dust storms every day. They are devastating her farm and farms around her. While others run away from the dust bowl, Billie Jo has to stay.


This was a very touching book. While simply written it was very strong and  powerful. It shows that life in Oklahoma during the time of  the dust bowl was not easy. It was a hard and  tough life with pain and sadness. The book is written in poem form which makes you read it a little differently. This is a must read book and is a Newberry Winner.

Happy Reading!!!