The neat thing about reading these two books is that out of the dust shows a family who stayed to weather the results of the dust storm and the grapes of wrath is an account of a family that fled to seek solace and work in california. Karen hesses out of the dust 1998 newberry medal winner is a poignant coming of age story chronicling a young womans struggle with loss and hardship during oklahomas dust bowl written in blank verse its rhythm somehow matches the spare landscape and emotional toil of the protagonist. Out of the dust by karen hesse is about a 14 year old girl named billie jo living in the dust bowl with her father and mother she loves music and dreams of being a professional piano player her mother dies from a fire which also burns billie jos hands. Out of the dust is a verse novel by karen hesse first published in 1997 summary billie jo tells how she knows her father wants to have a son instead of a daughter but how he loves her anyway but treats her like one rough and tough. In a series of poems fifteen year old billie jo relates the hardships of living on her familys wheat farm in oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the depres
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