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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: March 2008 ISBN: 9780739371848
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When Billie Jo is just fourteen she must endure heart-wrenching ordeals that no child should have to face. The quiet strength she displays while dealing with unspeakable loss is as surprising as it is inspiring.

Written in free verse, this award-winning story is set in the heart of the Great Depression. It chronicles Oklahoma's staggering dust storms, and the environmental--and emotional--turmoil they leave in their path. An unforgettable tribute to hope and inner strength. Download and start listening now!

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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haeley | 1/29/2014

    " The format in which this book was written was part of what drew me in when I first began reading (that, and it's the book we're reading in class). The story soon sucked me in, as well. It's a sad, gripping, beautifully written book about an average girl with not-so-average struggles. I enjoyed it so much, I recommended it to my mother! I'm glad we're reading this in class, otherwise I might not have ever read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/21/2014

    " I was recommended this book and was surprised to find out it was written in verse when I opened it up. Generally not my cup of tea, but it made for quick reading. Because I read it so quickly, I didn't really get too into but enough to be a little upset with the plight of Billie Jo and her family at times. Newbery winner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 1/21/2014

    " Hard times!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corbin | 1/13/2014

    " The book was pretty good. I e felt really bad for Billie Joe. Not being able to play the piano because she tried to save her mom. Not good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/22/2013

    " 1999 Newbery Medal. A juvenile delinquent gets sentenced to a work camp where they have to dig precise holes - not knowing they are looking for treasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 11/4/2013

    " I know it's not fair to rate this the same as the hunger games considering its writing style is really good. It's really less about the book itself, and more about my lack of excitement while reading it. Some very cool phrases in it though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Shepherd | 9/16/2013

    " Thank you, Mr. Dubois,, for directing me to another sad book that begins and ends sadly. o.o "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Beebe | 8/25/2013

    " Brilliant. Read it in school and fell in love. I love how it is in poetry form, but it isn't exactly poetry, you know what I mean? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Sohner | 7/10/2013

    " Brilliant story written in poems. The language is so clear and vivid, you can actually imagine you're there. Its a beautiful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Medley | 7/10/2013

    " It's a book seemingly written for children due to its simple, clear language. But it's really a book meant for adults. This is one of those books that I'd recommend to a middle-schooler and then tell them to read it again in 10 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krisha | 3/17/2013

    " At first it was hard to get used to reading the versus, but then it begun to flow and I really enjoyed reading it that way. Living in South Dakota and having family living on farms I can get an idea of the life style back then. It was a great way to experience the dust bowl without being there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 3/15/2013

    " Loved the prose style of this novel and Billie Jo's character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 maisha yangu si yangu | 2/15/2013

    " poetry very ..... um ...... depressing kinda i guess? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mea Melnik | 8/26/2012

    " I enjoyed this book a lot more than I enjoyed Thomas Rivera's '...And the Earth did not Devour Him'. I like the poem style of writing that was shown in this book. It was interesting and I understood it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 savvy7 | 8/13/2012

    " soooooooooooo sad!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Chen | 7/7/2012

    " It was a very touching book, the word choice was really nice. The emotion evoked in the reader is very strong. I loved this book. 5/5 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trang Ngo | 6/10/2012

    " easy to read and very moving "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 4/25/2012

    " very quick read sad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasey | 12/26/2011

    " Beautiful read for middle grades. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 12/10/2011

    " For YA lit "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Sperl | 10/18/2011

    " Such great descriptions of living through the dust bowl and a heartfelt story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talara Harper | 7/21/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book. I think it is the best book we have read together as a class. I like the way the text is. It makes me more interested in reading when its not the plain old text. This book had vignettes and was emotional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miah | 5/19/2011

    " It's very sad there's a fire caused by billy jo who's the girl. Her mom's expecting. While she giving birth to the child her mom dies and so does the baby. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Kapaun | 5/18/2011

    " Love this book! It's written in prose so it is different then what you are used to reading. Such a touching tribute to the Depression Era "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricky | 5/18/2011

    " A powerful story delivered in free verse. Since a class on poetry was a mjor let down, I thought I'd dread reading this but it is actually a very engaging story. It is also very heartbreaking and uplifting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshlyn | 5/17/2011

    " I liked the writing style, makes for a nice change. What a terrible time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noellebastian | 5/16/2011

    " i enjoyed this much more than Grapes of Wrath.... :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 5/15/2011

    " i love this story its intersing and sad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nollie | 5/11/2011

    " Beautiful, tragic, and hopeful. Loved how it was written in free verse, conveying so much information and characterization in such spare prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 5/8/2011

    " This was a amazing book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 5/4/2011

    " Written in a poetic format, it is interresting and easy to read if your kids need a quick read. It was interresting, but a little dry. I liked it enough to recommend it, but didn't love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melyssa | 5/4/2011

    " I originally thought this novel would be extremely boring, but I was quickly immersed in the life of the main character and her family's hardships. The poetic format pulls you in and keeps you there! A quick, easy, and terrific read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 5/3/2011

    " Reading level 5.1

    This girl goes through A LOT of hard times and I think those hard times could potentially relate to the students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 5/1/2011

    " Written in pose this book presents a fascinating picture of what life was like in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. "

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About the Author
Author Karen Hesse

Karen Hesse is the author of some fifteen books for children, and was recently awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” for her contribution to literature for children and young adults. Her many novels have garnered considerable success, including the Sydney Taylor Award, the IRA/YA Award, 5 Notable Books for Children, 4 Best Books for Young Adults, and the Newberry Medal. Hesse has spent many years promoting her books to the school market, and is well-known in classrooms throughout the country. She and her husband, Randy, live in Brattleboro, Vermont.