Out of the Dust  Scholastic Gold  Book
Score: 4
From 156 Ratings

Out of the Dust Scholastic Gold


  • Author : Karen Hesse
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2012-09-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545517126

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Out of the Dust Scholastic Gold Excerpt :

Acclaimed author Karen Hesse's Newbery Medal-winning novel-in-verse explores the life of fourteen-year-old Billie Jo growing up in the dust bowls of Oklahoma.

Children Of The Dust Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

Children Of The Dust


  • Author : Louise Lawrence
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2013-01-30
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446430781

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Children Of The Dust Excerpt :

A powerful post-nuclear holocaust novel described by the author as, 'my cry against the monstrous weapons men have made'. Everyone thought, when the alarm bell rang, that it was just another fire practice. But the first bombs had fallen on Hamburg and Leningrad, the headmaster said, and a full-scale nuclear attack was imminent . . . It's a real-life nightmare. Sarah and her family have to stay cooped up in the tightly-sealed kitchen for days on end, dreading the inevitable radioactive fall-out and the subsequent slow, torturous death, which seems almost preferable to surviving in a grey, dead world, choked by dust. But then, from out of the dust and the ruins and the desolation, comes new life, a new future, and a whole brave new world...

Out of the Dust Book

Out of the Dust


  • Author : Janice Mirikitani
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Release Date : 2014-07-31
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780824847944

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Out of the Dust Excerpt :

Out of the Dust is a collection of new poems by activist, leader, poet, and editor Janice Mirikitani. After being named San Francisco’s second Poet Laureate in 2000, this fifth book of poems from Mirikitani was written in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Drawing from her own background as a Sansei (third generation) Japanese American, Mirikitani reflects on the many ways we connect through the dust and our ability to rise and renew ourselves from this place. From the dust of the World Trade Center in New York to the retaliatory ashes of the dead in America’s war in Afghanistan, the poems in this volume seek to explicate the connections of our humanity to the reactionary profiling of people of Middle Eastern descent and different ethnicities, comparing these choices to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Mirikitani’s poems cover topics about rape, incest, the continued struggle for justice and economic equality, and the poet’s experiences throughout her 50-year career at Glide Foundation and Church in San Francisco, where she has helped to create groundbreaking programs for the poor, women and children, and those who are healing from sexual assault, violence and abuse. Though constructed from a depth of experiences with struggle, these poems also erupt in celebration of marriage, daughters, and the discovery of self through diversity.

Words In The Dust Book
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings

Words In The Dust


  • Author : Trent Reedy
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2013-03-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545578066

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Words In The Dust Excerpt :

Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed. Zulaikha knows all will be provided for her--"Inshallah," God willing. Then she meets Meena, who offers to teach her the Afghan poetry she taught her late mother. And the Americans come to her village, promising not just new opportunities and dangers, but surgery to fix her face. These changes could mean a whole new life for Zulaikha--but can she dare to hope they'll come true?

Children of the Dust Bowl  The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp Book
Score: 4
From 125 Ratings

Children of the Dust Bowl The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp


  • Author : Jerry Stanley
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2014-11-26
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307792471

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Children of the Dust Bowl The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp Excerpt :

Illus. with photographs from the Dust Bowl era. This true story took place at the emergency farm-labor camp immortalized in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Ostracized as "dumb Okies," the children of Dust Bowl migrant laborers went without school--until Superintendent Leo Hart and 50 Okie kids built their own school in a nearby field.

Till the Dust Settles Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Till the Dust Settles


  • Author : Pat Young
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2017-07-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN 10 : 9781913682095

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Till the Dust Settles Excerpt :

“An enthralling narrative of shifting identity juxtaposed with New York in crisis…a wickedly unnerving thriller.”—Caro Ramsay, author of Absolution Lucie married young. Her husband has become abusive, controlling and violent. Having lost everything as a result of the marriage, Lucie decides it is time to walk away. As she leaves the house on the morning of September 11, heading to a job interview at the World Trade Center and the promise of a new life, the unthinkable happens. On a street in New York, choking on the dust, Lucie stumbles upon an unexpected opportunity to start anew. She thought the grass would be greener, but beginning again is never that simple. And what lies ahead may be even more deadly than what she left behind…

Witness Book
Score: 3.5
From 20 Ratings

Witness


  • Author : Karen Hesse
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2013-03-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545345941

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Witness Excerpt :

Leanora Sutter. Esther Hirsh. Merlin Van Tornhout. Johnny Reeves . . . These characters are among the unforgettable cast inhabiting a small Vermont town in 1924. A town that turns against its own when the Ku Klux Klan moves in. No one is safe, especially the two youngest, twelve-year-old Leanora, an African-American girl, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish. In this story of a community on the brink of disaster, told through the haunting and impassioned voices of its inhabitants, Newbery Award winner Karen Hesse takes readers into the hearts and minds of those who bear witness.

What Comes with the Dust Book

What Comes with the Dust


  • Author : Gharbi M. Mustafa
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2018-06-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781628729498

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What Comes with the Dust Excerpt :

As The Kite Runner and The Swallows of Kabuldid for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, this slim, profound novel illuminates the plight of those living under the Islamic State as well as the spirit of the Yazidi people. Today is Nazo’s wedding. Today she will set herself on fire. Nazo Heydo has drenched herself in kerosene and is ready to light the match in order to avoid marrying the Syrian elder who bought her from Islamic State officials. Her forced marriage is just the latest horror in a journey that began when ISIS fighters surrounded her peaceful village, demanding spoils and the Yazidis’ conversion to Islam. Rebuffed, they took away her father, brothers, and the love of her life in their pickup trucks with the other village men. The women and children they enslaved and separated, transporting the younger women to be trafficked for the pleasure of their soldiers or sold for money. Only Nazo’s wits and daring have saved her from further abuse or death, yet each escape leads to some new horror. Meanwhile, in a parallel narrative, Soz, another young Yazidi, flees her family’s farm when she sees the black-flagged pickups approach. She manages to reach Mount Sinjar, where she joins the Yazidi fighters who have allied with the Kurdish Peshmerga. Her journey will lead back to her homeland to do battle against ISIS. What Comes with the Dust is a powerful novel about genocide and the will to survive as well as a testament to struggles of the Yazidi people.

From the Dust Returned Book
Score: 4
From 18 Ratings

From the Dust Returned


  • Author : Ray Bradbury
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2013-06-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062242204

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From the Dust Returned Excerpt :

Ray Bradbury, America's most beloved storyteller, has spent a lifetime carrying readers to exhilarating and dangerous places, from dark street comers in unfamiliar cities and towns to the edge of the universe. Now, in an extraordinary flight of the imagination a half-century in the making, he takes us to a most wondrous destination: into the heart of an Eternal Family. They have lived for centuries in a house of legend and mystery in upper Illinois -- and they are not like other midwesterners. Rarely encountered in daylight hours, their children are curious and wild; their old ones have survived since before the Sphinx first sank its paws deep in Egyptian sands. And some sleep in beds with lids. Now the house is being readied in anticipation of the gala homecoming that will gather together the farflung branches of this odd and remarkable family. In the past-midnight stillness can be detected the soft fluttering of Uncle Einars wings. From her realm of sleep, Cecy, the fairest and most special daughter, can feel the approach of many a welcome being -- shapeshifter, telepath, somnambulist, vampire -- as she flies high in the consciousness of bird and bat. But in the midst of eager anticipation, a sense of doom pervades. For the world is changing. And death, no stranger, will always shadow this most singular family: Father, arisen from the Earth; Mother, who never sleeps but dreams; A Thousand Times Great Grandmére; Grandfather, who keeps the wildness of youth between his ears. And the boy who, more than anyone, carries the burden of time on his shoulders: Timothy, the sad and different foundling son who must share it all, remember, and tell...and who, alone out of all of them, must one day age and wither and die. By turns lyrical, wistful, poignant, and chilling, From the Dust Returned is the long-awaited new novel by the peerless Ray Bradbury -- a book that will surely be numbered among his most enduring masterworks.

Drawing in the Dust Book
Score: 3.5
From 22 Ratings

Drawing in the Dust


  • Author : Zoe Klein
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2009-07-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 9781416599128

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Drawing in the Dust Excerpt :

Scorned for agreeing to help an Arab couple excavate allegedly haunted grounds under their house, archaeologist Page Brookstone finds what may be the tomb of the prophet Jeremiah, as well as the remains of a woman, and intriguing scrolls documenting their relationship.

Where the Broken Heart Still Beats Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Where the Broken Heart Still Beats


  • Author : Carolyn Meyer
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 197
  • ISBN 10 : 9780152956028

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Where the Broken Heart Still Beats Excerpt :

Having been taken as a child and raised by Comanche Indians, thirty-four-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker is forcibly returned to her white relatives, where she longs for her Indian life, and her only friend is her twelve-year-old cousin Lucy.

A Cup of Dust Book
Score: 4.5
From 18 Ratings

A Cup of Dust


  • Author : Susie Finkbeiner
  • Publisher : Kregel Publications
  • Release Date : 2015-10-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780825443886

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A Cup of Dust Excerpt :

Where you come from isn’t who you are “Riveting. An achingly beautiful tale told with a singularly fresh and original voice.” —Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series Ten-year-old Pearl doesn’t understand a lot of things—why her sister’s brain doesn’t work right, why the preacher yells so much, why Jesus and the president seem to have forgotten all about Oklahoma. But she does know who she is: Pearl Spence, daughter of the esteemed town sheriff. Generous and always ready to help in a crisis, the Spences bring hope to this desolate town, and Pearl is proud of her family. She knows who she is, she knows she is loved, and even in unrelenting hardship, life feels secure. Not even the dust that sweeps incessantly across Red River can quench her hopes and dreams. But someone else seems to know who she is, too, and he makes Pearl uneasy. From the moment the mysterious hobo steps off the train and stares at her with his cold blue eyes, Pearl’s secure world begins to unravel. How does Eddie know her name? Why does he seem to hover everywhere she turns? And why does he act like he knows something about her family that she doesn’t? Pearl is determined to avoid him, but Eddie is bent on forcing his way into her life and disrupting her family’s shaky tranquility. The more he badgers Pearl, the greater her confusion, until the storm within her rivals the swirling of dust and dirt without. “The author does a great job of giving the reader a feel for those dark days in our nation’s history. Very intriguing reading!” —Virgil Dwain McNeil, a Dust Bowl survivor

Shaking Off the Dust Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Shaking Off the Dust


  • Author : Rhianna Samuels
  • Publisher : Samhain Pub Limited
  • Release Date : 2008-11-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 325
  • ISBN 10 : 1599989999

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Shaking Off the Dust Excerpt :

Hannah's list: Ghosts are cold to the touch. Being tied up isn't much fun. And danger is a sure-fire prescription for amazing sex! When Hannah Campbell attends a memorial service for the neurosurgeon who once saved her life, the last thing she expects is a lightning strike that knocks her out cold and blasts her lungs full of the departed's ashes. Things only get weirder when she wakes up to find the deceased standing over her hospital bed, insisting she help him track down the terrorists who blew up his plane. Professor Takeshi Shimodo doesn't know what to believe when smart-mouthed Hannah appears on his doorstep, claiming to be haunted by the ghost of his best friend. Yet she exhibits some extraordinary psychic abilities. And her determination to find justice for the crash victims, in spite of her fragile health, touches his heart. Takeshi's acupressure techniques are meant to calm Hannah's erratic heartbeat, but the longer they are together, the more his magic fingers have the opposite effect. Soon, their passion flares hotter than any lightning strike. But now the terrorist they seek is hunting them. And the FBI is suspicious Hannah knows just a little too much. Without some "spiritual" help, they haven't a ghost of a chance. Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language and violence.

The Music of Dolphins Book
Score: 3.5
From 20 Ratings

The Music of Dolphins


  • Author : Karen Hesse
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2016-08-30
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781338113556

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The Music of Dolphins Excerpt :

A girl raised by dolphins must choose between two worlds in this critically acclaimed novel about what it means to be a human being.

Come On  Rain  Book
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

Come On Rain


  • Author : Karen Hesse
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2016-01-26
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545347495

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Come On Rain Excerpt :

Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse recreates the body and soul-renewing experience of a summer downpour after a sweltering city heat wave.