Hesse, Karen "Out of the Dust" - 1997
Karen Hesse has a great style to write about the problems of ordinary people throughout history. She describes the life of a Jewish girl immigrating to America in "Letters from Rifka" and now tells us about life during the Great Depression in the 1930s in the US. A children's version of "The Grapes of Wrath" , a young girl struggling to survive the Dust Bowl and all the problems that arise from it.
From the back cover:
"Written in free verse, this award-winning story is set in the heart of the Great Depression. It chronicles Oklahoma’s staggering dust storms, and the environmental - and emotional - turmoil they leave in their path. An unforgettable tribute to hope and inner strength."