The Newbery Challenge: Out of the Dust

Yippee!!!! Mr. Sharp! Mr. Sharp! Mr. Sharp! Mr. Sharp, we made it to Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust!  

Please visit Mr. Colby Sharp's blog to find out what he thinks of Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust.

Karen Hesse discusses Out of the Dust and The Music of the Dolphins

Karen Hesse answers these questions: Is there a Newbery Medal? Where do you keep yours?  

Karen Hesse chats with Jean Feiwel about Brooklyn Bridge. 

Travis Jonker designed the cover on the right.  

You don't want to skip this video. I watched it twice. 

Borrow Out of the Dust from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


  1. I read Out of the Dust for the FIRST TIME this year! Can't believe I waited so long. A group of my students read it during our novels in verse unit and made Animoto book trailers for it. I thought you might want to see them:
    Happy summer! We ended yesterday, too.


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