In 1934-1935, Billie Jo is living in Oklahoma, in a terrible economic time. There’s a depression and horrific dust storms that are tearing up the land, which is what her family lives off of. How can crops grow when dust covers them? How can crops grow without rain?
In the midst of this, Billie Jo’s mother is part of a horrific accident, and she is left alone with her father. How will the two of them survive?
I love the format of this novel! Out of the Dust is written in prose, as if Billie Jo had a diary that she wrote in, but in poetry form. But don’t let that scare you away if you’re not a poetry fan! It’s not written to rhyme, and it is easy to read.
Also, this is a young adult version of the adult depression world we normally learn about (like in Grapes of Wrath).
I recommend this book as a young adult read and also for adults, although it is a quick read for sure.
Is the depression a subject you enjoy reading/learning about?