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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent, powerful story with superb description!
I found the novel, Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse, very interesting and unique. Never before have I read and entire fictitious story, based upon a young girl's life, written in free verse poems. Out of the Dust is well written and its superb description invites the reader to make themselves comfortable (or rather uncomfortable) in the setting itself, the Oklahoma...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Out of the Dust
Out of the Dust
We read the book at our school in English-history lesson.
For understanding the book you must have a good general knowledge of the English language.
Before we read this book our class talked about the historical backround which is nessasary for the understading of this book.
The historical backround is that there was a Dust Bowl in the...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Out of the Dust, 28. Januar 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Out of the Dust (Taschenbuch)
Out of the Dust
We read the book at our school in English-history lesson.
For understanding the book you must have a good general knowledge of the English language.
Before we read this book our class talked about the historical backround which is nessasary for the understading of this book.
The historical backround is that there was a Dust Bowl in the US in1930.
The main person of this book lived during this time. The whole story is told by an I-narrator this narrator is called Billie Jo and is 13 years old. She tells us about the bad living conditions during this time.
We think the book can be interesting for those who are interested in the history of the USA but it might be boring for those who aren't.
You can also get some history and landscape information on the last pages.
Another extra in the book is that there are vokabulary explanations at the bottom of the pages, this is a good help.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen very interessting and good written, 30. Oktober 2001
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Out of the Dust (Apple Signature Edition) (Taschenbuch)
OUT OF THE DUST
When we first started to read the book"Out of the Dust", I thought that I never could finish that book.But while we were reading it, my opinion changed.
Billie Jo's feelings when her mom died are very well described. At the moment my mom is in the USA for 3 months, because she is very ill. It is hard for me and my family. I have a super relationship to her and so I miss her a lot. And so I can feel with Billie Jo. The relationship between Billie Jo and her father Bayard is not as good as mine to my father. We must stick together and this is a very important point, I think. At the end of the book the relation between Billie Jo and her father is better than before.
"ZEIT HEILT ALLE WUNDEN". Another aspect is that Billie Jo was away for some time and I think then they realised that they needed one another. Life can be so short and so it is best to do the best.
I really like the story of the book and I find it very good that we will make a film about it.
Here are two paragraphs, whose meaning I liked:
"I went looking for something,
but I didn't see anything wonderful.
I didn't see anything better than what I already had.
Home."
"The way I see it, hard times aren't only
about money,
or drought,
or dust.
Hard times are about losing spirit,
and hope,
and what happens when dreams dry up."

Jasmin Zanardo
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interessting to read, 30. Oktober 2001
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Out of the Dust (Apple Signature Edition) (Taschenbuch)
At the beginning, it was very hard for me to understand the content.
But with the accident my opinien changed and the book get very exciting for me.
I read this book with my english class at school and next week we want to film it!
I prefer this kind of lessons and on account of this, I've learned to speak better english
( I swear !!!!!!!!!!)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Out of the Dust, 28. Januar 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Out of the Dust (Apple Signature Edition) (Taschenbuch)
The book is written from the point of view of a fourteen - year old girl, Billie Jo. She talks about her life in the 1930s in Oklahoma, USA. It is very difficult for her because her mother died because of a terrible accident. Her father doesn't talk about that and Billie Jo's hands are burned badly so that she can't play the piano, her great passion.
We read the book in our English - History - Lessons at school. To read the book you need a bit of historical background - knowledge about the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression in America in the 1930s. A lot of that is explained in the bonus pages at the end of the book.
I think the book is rather good, but I woudn't have read it alone at home, if we hadn't read it at school. It is a good way to get the historical background knowledge you need for school, but it is not written in a very interesting way!
I would recommend it to everyone who is interested in America especially in the 1930s.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Out of the Dust, 29. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Out of the Dust (Apple Signature Edition) (Taschenbuch)
Book Review Book: Out of the Dust Author: Karen Hesse Imagine the life of a girl who lived on the prairies and everyday, she hoped the rain would come make the plants grow to feed their hungry stomachs. This is the life of fourteen-year-old Billy Jo. With a new child on the way, Billy Jo's family is helplessly stuck in the middle of a dust storm while their farm gets torn apart. When a terrible accident struck, Billy is robbed of the one thing that brought comfort to her life. The Piano. She remembers feeling so joyful sitting at the wooden bench with her hands placed on the keys. Her joyfulness is shown through the poem entitled, On Stage. "When I point my fingers at the keys, the music springs straight out of me. Right hand slaying notes sharp as tongues, telling stories while the smooth buttery rhythms back me up on the left. . . (Page 13)" But that was before the accident, now she wonders if life will ever be the same. Karen Hesse's book is far from the ordinary. Her unique style is hard to find. This novel is written in as a journal but also told by several poems. Instead of chapters there are different poems, each with their own theme. Reading a story written entirely in poems might not be the easiest thing but I think it nudges the reader to think outside the box: to think in different ways about the story. This novel also provides a challenge for the reader. Karen Hesse's creativity is shown throughout the book, never slacking. Her poems are shaped to suit the topic. For example in the poem, which was quoted earlier, the words are shaped like the key's of a piano as the poem's talking about the piano. This book gives a small peek into the life on the prairies, but it's enough to give a feeling of what it's like. Karen Hesse's view into the prairie life showed both the ups and downs that I thought set her apart from some other authors. So if you're looking for a brake from the ordinary, Karen Hesse's book, Out of the Dust, is the way to go!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent, powerful story with superb description!, 1. März 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Out of the Dust (Hörkassette)
I found the novel, Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse, very interesting and unique. Never before have I read and entire fictitious story, based upon a young girl's life, written in free verse poems. Out of the Dust is well written and its superb description invites the reader to make themselves comfortable (or rather uncomfortable) in the setting itself, the Oklahoma Dust Bowl. Out of the Dust's main character is Billie Jo Kelby. Billie Jo is forced to overcome many unbelievable obstacles living in the harsh, bleak landscape of Oklahoma, during the Dust Bowl. After her mother's life is taken in a terrible accident, Billie is shoved into an irreplaceable position, she is forced to take on the routines and jobs of her deceased mother. Out of the Dust describes how Billie Jo copes with the daily events of her life and how she attempts to better herself. Eventually she accepts that she is her own special person, and that this dust covered place that everyone calls home is where she does and will forever belong. My favorite passage of this fantastic novel is as follows: "She wears a comical hat, with flowers, in December, and when she smiles, her face is full enough of springtime, it makes her hat seem just right. She brings apples in a sack, perfect apples she arranges in a bowl on the shelf, opposite the book of poetry. Sometimes, while I'm at the piano, I catch her reflection in the mirror, standing in the kitchen, soft-eyed, while Daddy finishes chores, and I stretch my fingers over the keys, and I play." I really like this poem in particular because of how Billie Jo is capable of accepting Louise as her new mother and also how Louise respects Billie's unconditional love for her true mother. Yet she still cares for Billie and she does simple, special actions, that Billie Jo misses, like arranging the perfect apples in the bowl on the shelf. Last, I admire how Billie Jo Kelby is able to overcome an emotional and frightening obstacle, to once again stroke the ivory, dust covered keys of her mother's piano. I give this story five stars. Out of the Dust is well written, has fantastic description, and is a roller coaster fo events. I recommend this book to anyone who loves Karen Hesse's rip-roaring story lines. Out of the Dust is easy to read and has a quick pace, like the whirlwinds of dust and tumbleweeds described in the story. It's intense and contains many valuable morals for life. Read this story and you won't regret it...I know I don't!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great novel., 16. Oktober 1998
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"As sumer came ripe so did I, born on the kitchin floor, Ma crouched, barefoot,bare bottom, over the swept boards, because that is were Daddy said it'd be best, I came to fast for the doctor, bawing as soon as daddy wipted hishand arond my mouth, To her ma tell it, I hollored my self red the day I was born, Red is the color I hve staded ever since, Daddy namd me Billie Jo, He wanted a boy, This is an incredible story about a young girl named Billie Jo. She is just the best character for tis book. It took place in the mid-1930's. Billie Jo and her family live in the panhandle of Oklahoma. Billie Jo loves to play the piano. She has been invited to play at the birthday ball for President Franklin Roosevelt. Of course the President does not really come. It is just a big pleasure to play there. The money is scarce and the crops are bad. This is very hard for the family because there is dust everywhere. There was an accident that made it harder. One day Billie Jo's dad put a bucket of carosin on the stove. ma thought it was a bucket of water. ma pour the water [so she thought] into the coffee maker. The coffee maker soon cought on fire. Ma ran out to get billie Jo's farher . when Billie Jo first saw it she picked it up and throw it outside as her mom was comming in the the coffie maker caught her on fire. Karen Hesse is a great author she likes to write in a poem sort of way. Some times she makes me laught but mainly makes me crshe really put an image in my mind. She is a great author . I highly recommend her. I really enjoyed this book. It really made me feel the pain that Billie Jo felt. Will ma die? Will Billie Jo play at the Birthday ball? To find out you must read the book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Is there such a thing as too much dust?, 18. April 1998
Written in free verse, Karen Hesse's Newbery winning novel Out of the Dust certainly captures the severity of life in Oklahoma's Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Hesse's sparse language reflects the almost unrelieved harshness of narrator Billie Jo's life. Beginning with her birth on the kitchen floor of her family's shack, 14-year-old Billie Jo takes readers through her life as an only child who struggles to overcome her father's disappointment in having a daughter while trying to develop a musical talent, discover who she is, and survive the desert-like conditions of the Dust Bowl. Billie Jo manages to keep readers at arms length despite her truly horrible circumstances. When her mother falls victim to the carelessness of the father, Billie Jo sees accusers everywhere. The book pivots on this episode yet it doesn't ring true. How could a man who had always lived in the Dust Bowl leave a bucket of kerosene near a stove? Surely he knew the devastation that could result from fire. And wouldn't the dry, wood-frame shack have immediately succumbed to the flames? Even suspending belief, would Billie Jo really have grabbed the scalding bucket? Mightn't she have thrown water or perhaps a blanket on it instead? And why did she toss the bucket before she was outside on the barren earth where presumably nothing would have been hurt? Yet even with suspended disbelief, do readers really need such gruesome detail about the mother's injuries? Other books such as Sarah Plain and Tall and the Little House books portray life in equally difficult circumstances but manage to convey the information in a more understated and emotionally engaging manner.
This depressing portrayal of a young girl whose dark life is lit only dimly by the light of her mother's piano playing and a half-hearted attempt to leave the dust fails to emotionally engage the reader. Readers find it hard to bridge the distance created by Hesse's terse language, which is appropriately and beautifully used in the description of the first rain. Hesse has tackled a painful subject, but the Newbery award is for books for children up to age 14. Don't children get enough harshness today? Must everything be spelled out in blistering detail? I would not recommend this book to children younger than 14, yet because it bears the Newbery Medal, teachers and others who work with children and books may unwittingly give it to children as young as eight. Perhaps society would improve if we let our children be children.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book was one of the best i ever read!, 10. November 1998
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This book tells about how a girl, Billie JO. She is an exellent piano player and played at many places for money. Her mom is pregnant and her dad hopes for a boy. One day Billie JO and her mother were in the kitchen and they saw a bucket on fire her mother runs out of the house. Billie Jo picks it up with her bare hands and runs to the door. She quickly poors it out but on mistake she poored it on her mother! The doctor came and gave Billie Jo and her mother bandages for their wounds. Billie Jo is unable to plat piano and her mother bed riden. But the day comes for her mother to give birth but tragically her mother dies shortly after. Her fathers hopes did come true well, at least one of them he had a son Franklin named after the president. But soon afterwards he died too. Her father started going to night school and met a women their and about a few years later sarted seeing her. Not too long after she started coming over a lot. Billie Jo liked her but didn't want to admitt it because she still missed her mother. Her hands are better now but she doesn't play as well as she used to. She plays at a local talent show but she came in 3rd place! That's good but not for her she usually came in 1st. In the end Billie Jo, her father, and her fathers girlfriend Louise live happily in thier little farm house down south. This book inspired me. It showed me that are troubles worse than our own and maybe we should start thinking about thoughs less fortunate. I think you should read this book because it's one of my favorites and if you like these kinds of books you'll surely love this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I am so glad I read this book! It is really moving., 25. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Out of the Dust (Apple Signature Edition) (Taschenbuch)
Billie Jo lives in an environment that most of us could never fathom. She is living in Oklahoma during the depression and is dealing day by day with that life. Her life is filled with dust, literally and figuritively. Removing all the sod which holds the needed moisture has brought about this great dust bowl. Billie Jo's mom is expecting a new baby, who will be 14 years younger than Billie Jo. Everyone seems excited, even Dad who is the strong silent type. Billie Jo has the gift of being able to play the piano, a talent she inherited from her mother. Unfortunately, Billie loses her mother in a tragic accident, an accident she blames her father for. In that accident, Billie Jo was maimed and feels her life is shot. Her one salvation from the never-ending dust had been the piano. Now it hurts to play. She wants to get out of the dust. Billie Jo discovers that what lies out of the dust is not for her..."the dust is in her". She returns home and reestablishes a relationship with her father. Soon he has a new women in his life, who Billie Jo resents initially, but accepts very well, eventually. This book written in free verse was very easy to read. The reader gets caught up in the lives of those in the dust. The dust is incomprehensible. I believe I would not have the stamina to endure life in the dust. Billie Jo had hard issues to deal with in her young life and handled them very realisitically for a teen. It was heartening to see a bond form between father and daughter out of the tragedy. Very, very realistic.
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