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Travis posts on 3/23/2005 4:13:34 PM HI EVERYONE MY CLASS IS READING THE BOOK OUT OF THE DUST AND FOR A PROJECT I NEED TO KNOW HER IMFO LIKE BIRTH FAMILY EDUCATION CARRER AND LITERART CONTRIBUTION IF YOU KNOW I SITE WERE I CAN GET ALL OF THIS PLEASE EMAIL ME AT SIVARTRA @EARTHLINK.NET OR IF YOU HAVE AIM IM ME AT SIVARTRA THANKS!! I NEED THIS TODAY!!!!!!!!!
Alissa & Jenna posts on 3/15/2005 12:22:51 PM Greetings from Washington! We are doing an author study for school and would like to ask you some questions. ~At what point in your life did you figure out that you would like to write books as a profession? ~Why did you pick the University of Maryland for your main education? ~Who or what was your inspiration to write "Out of the Dust?" ~What or who was your inspiration for "Stowaway?" ~Was there any person or experience in your life that had to do with one of your books? If so, what book and why? ~Why did you dream of being an archeologist, ambassador, and actor? At what ages did you dream of doing these things? ~Did your parent's professions have an impact on your career choice? Thank you so much for your time. This infomation will really help us with our project. Thanks! Alissa and Jenna :)
SaPpO lOvEs BuD!!! posts on 3/7/2005 5:24:39 PM I need to know about the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps work). I am doin a project for school On CCC! I need some INFO!! Thanks!;)



Lauren posts on 3/7/2005 5:23:59 PM I need to know about the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps work). I am doin a project for school On CCC! I need some INFO!! Thanks!;)
Dezzy M. posts on 3/2/2005 11:23:36 AM Dear Karen, Who are you married to? How many kids do you have? Signed,Dezzy
kia posts on 2/28/2005 6:30:27 PM What is the plot and theme of the book out of the dust?
lulu posts on 2/15/2005 11:15:04 AM Our class is doing an author talk- we had to pick an author and i picked Karen Hesse if you haven't read Out of The Dust you really should read it!!!!!!!!! Have fun!
Desiree Bishop posts on 2/6/2005 7:49:31 PM what is the lightning/dust storm passage about?
barbie posts on 2/5/2005 3:43:19 AM Out of the Dust creates a vivid picture of the Dust Bowl through the eyes of its heroine. The author's choice of format, a journal written in free verse poetry, is simple yet extremely effective in portraying life during this time through one girl's experiences. Though fictional, this account retains the feel of a biography and leaves the reader with a sense of having lived the story. Billie Jo's emotions and reactions are so well conveyed that the reader can easily relate and empathize with the character. This book is vivid in some of its description and, though it was intended and written for the elementary students, I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone younger. The meaning would be lost and some of the experiences disturbing to those younger and with, perhaps, less maturity or understanding. I would HIGHLY recommend it to sixth grade students or anyone older. I must say that the story really made me feel more than blessed for everything that I have. Billy Jo portrayed a very simple yet precious character that made the readers attached to her and to her great dreams. The novel appears to be very simple and plain but once you have started reading it, the heart warming flow of the free versed poem quickly draw you until you just find your self finishing it. The novel is actually all about life… not just of a 14 year old girl like Billy Jo but of all the children around the world that suffer the same problems that Billy had 0once fought. It shows how important a family is especially to a child as young as Billy. It gives people hope and inspiration to continue each battle and to keep on fighting.
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