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Out of the Dust. Written by: Karen Hesse. Characters. Billy Joe (main girl) Dad Mom Baby Mad Dog Ms.Freeland And many more. Summary.

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out of the dust

Out of the Dust

Written by: Karen Hesse

  • Billy Joe (main girl)
  • Dad
  • Mom
  • Baby
  • Mad Dog
  • Ms.Freeland
  • And many more
  • Out of the dust is about a girl named Billy Joe that lives a sorrowful life. She lived way back in the 1930’s and had many painful days in her life. Her father was a farmer and dust always layered his hard work, and her and her mother got burned by a bucket of kerosene. Billy Joe only got burned on her hands, just the spot where she plays her beloved piano. Her pregnant mother got burned all over, and died having her baby son.
  • I would recommend this book because, it shows the despondent life of the 1930’s. If you like books that show you how much you have, this book will be the right book for you!
character analysis
Character Analysis
  • Billy Joe is a disconsolate girl that has an incredible talent for playing the piano. She goes through the horrible pain of losing a loved one and burning her hands to bumps, but keeps the tears away from playing her moms piano.
cause and effect
Cause and Effect
  • Cause: Because the dad leaves a bucket of kerosene on the stove.
  • Effect: Then Billy Joe throes it and burns her mother and herself.
  • Cause: Because her mother died having a baby.
  • Effect: Then Billy Joe got upset and cried.