Out of the Dust
Billie Jo's family is struggling to make a success of farming in the dry lands of 1930's Oklahoma. She is a piano player - good enough to be noticed for it in her small town. After an unbelievably tragic accident, life becomes even harder.
This is a beautifully powerful story, and I'm not sure the cover invites students to pull it off the shelves. This book includes an extremely disturbing incident, but the story of Billie Jo's survival is inspiring, particularly for readers who have also had to move forward after tragic circumstances. Written in free verse, this book makes a good mentor text for students examining that narrative structure.
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