Out of the Dust

By Karen Hesse

Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Newbery Medal,Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
Publisher: Scholastic 1999

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A free verse novel account of the dust bowl from the eyes of a 14-year-old Oklahoman trying to survive during the Great Depression

Award Key

Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).

Coretta Scott King Award

Distinguished books by authors and illustrators of African descent which promote an understanding and appreciation of the American dream (annually).

Golden Kite Award

Outstanding examples of text, illustration, fiction and nonfiction (four awards annually).

Newbery Medal

Most distinguished contribution to American literature for children (annually).

Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Outstanding work of historical fiction published by a U.S. publisher set in the New World.