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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (29,276 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Hesse Narrator: Marika Mashburn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This gripping story, written in sparse first-person, free-verse poems, is the compelling tale of Billie Jo’s struggle to survive during the dust bowl years of the Depression. With stoic courage, she learns to cope with the loss of her mother and her grieving father’s slow deterioration. There is hope at the end when Billie Jo’s badly burned hands are healed, and she is able to play her beloved piano again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1998 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction
  • Winner of the 1998 Newbery Medal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chantal | 2/19/2014

    " This is my favorite book I've ever read aloud to my children. The story is heartwrenching. The prose is wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marneen | 2/12/2014

    " Just reading about them having to put their cups upside down on the table before dinner so that the dust wouldn't get inside made me so grateful. I can't imagine living like that. A great story that taught me about life in that time period and area and how to love where you are, and see the beautiful things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Eli Haymon | 2/2/2014

    " I thought this book was a bunch of poems. And it tought me a valuable lesson. Don't leave kerosene on the stove because in the end, it will kill your wife and unborn child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristine | 1/31/2014

    " This was such a beautifully told story. I loved that each chapter was written as a poem. It was a hard time of life, and therefore a difficult story to read. But it has a satisfying ending and I loved it. "

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