Today's book is a 1998 Newberry Medal winner. A children's book --yes-- but sometimes they are more than worth our time. This novel is one of those books.
Out of the Dust
Written in free verse like a journal, Billie Jo tells her story.
"Daddy named me Billie Jo.
He wanted a boy.
he got a long-legged girl
with a wide mouth
and cheekbones like bicycle handles.
He got a redheaded, freckle-faced, narrow-hipped girl
with a fondness for apples
and a hunger for playing fierce piano."
The author's choice of words allows the reader to feel her experiences while the style of writing keeps the topic appropriate for the target audience. I found the lack of abundant description, due to the free verse style, actually enhanced my appreciation for Billie Jo and her life.
"The way I see it, hard times aren't only
Hard times are about losing spirit,
and what happens when dreams dry up."
Isn't that true?
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
Romans 12:12 NIV Bible