Out of the Dust – Karen Hesse

Billie Jo has the misfortune to live in the dust bowl of Oklahoma during the Great Depression. To make matters worse, she is partially responsible for killing her mother and brother in an accident that leaves her crippled. Written in broken prose to imitate natural speaking patterns, this Newbery winning story is powerful and enticing. Compared to those times, I can’t understand why we’re all complaining about the problems of today.