Out of the Dust

by Sharon Draper

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Book Information

Publication Date: 1997


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 1040L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level X


Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8 - Age Level: 10 - 14


Major Awards: 1998 Newbery Medal Winner


Number of Pages: 228 pages


Approximate Word Count: 73,200 words -- The average reader will spend 4 hours and 52 minutes reading Out Of the Dust at 250 words per minute.*


Audible Book Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins


Book Themes: Loss and Forgiveness, Family, Environment


Genre: Historical Drama


Setting:Joyce City, Oklahoma located in the Oklahoma Panhandle during the Great Depression of the 1930s


Important Quote: “Nobody knows how things will turn out, that's why they go ahead and play the game...You give it your all and sometimes amazing things happen, but it's hardly ever what you expect.”


First Line: As summer wheat came ripe,
so did I,
born at home, on the kitchen floor.


Point of View: First Person / Central Narrator—Billie Jo

* Estimated Reading Length

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