This book had too much sadness for me, Out of The Dust tells the experiances of farmers during the American "Dust Bowl" through Billie Jo and her family. Instead of typical novel, the story is told as one long poem. I liked reading this way of telling a story. Billie Jo's life seems crammed with tragic expearince, so much so that it made the "happy ending" hard to belive. Over all, way too sad for me!