Out of the Dust- Karen Hess

This historical fiction piece is written in verse form. The language is easy to understand however. It takes place during the 1930’s in the middle of the “dust bowl.” This book I believe is appropriate for students ages 10-13 depending on their reading level. If a class were studying this time period it could be an interesting text to read along with it. The protagonist is female however, which might make it harder for male students to appreciate.




Newberry Medal 1998

Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

IBBY Honor List

ALA 1998 Top 10 Best Books for Young Adults