Reviewed by Desanka B (age 10)
The reason I liked Out of the Dust is because of the problems, the feelings, and emotional scenes. Also, I enjoyed how the main character explains her amazing life using great language. Sometimes I can compare her life to mine. For example she wants to get out of the dust because she has a busy life and sometimes I want to get out of my life because I have a busy life too. I absolutely loved this book. It was definitely one of my top five favorite books. There is not anything that I would change in this book. My favorite part is when Billy Jo plays the piano. The author describes the scene in such a great way that it makes you want to start playing the piano. My favorite character is Billy Jo because she is the main character and because she is strong and courageous. Something unique about the story is it takes place during the Dust Bowl and depicts their life style. When I was reading this book it made me wonder how they lived back then. I felt sad for Billy sometimes but in another way happy. This book is truly amazing. Ask yourself this, do you like olden day stories? If you do then this is definitely the book for you. Out of the Dust won a Newberry Medal award. One thing I have to say is that it takes you by the heart and lifts you away. This book is at a fourth and fifth grade reading level. Readers may find their own feelings swaying in beat with the heroine's shifting moods.
My recommendation for this book is for people who enjoy a nice but sad exciting story. I think that girls would like to read this book. There were no illustrations because the author uses good describing words. That is why I really enjoyed Out of the Dust! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.