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Lillie Burney Showcases Out of the Dust

posted Oct 6, 2015, 12:09 PM by Kerri Farmer   [ updated Nov 9, 2015, 8:39 AM ]

This month the students have been reading Out of the Dust, by Karen Hessen.  The author narrates Out of the Dust in the first person, allowing Billie Jo Kelby, the protagonist, or main character, to describe her life from the winter of 1934 through the fall of 1935. Hesse writes the novel in free-verse poems.  The novel is historical. Hesse depicts the harsh reality of the Oklahoma Panhandle during the Great Depression.