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Out of the Dust Chapter 13

By Karen Hesse

Chapter 13


  • Billie Jo's mom isn't beautiful, but she is such a talented pianist that her skills make her, well, dazzling. The piano in the family's home was Daddy's gift to Ma on their wedding day.
  • When Billie Jo was five, Ma started teaching her how to play, but even after almost ten years, Billie Jo says she's still not as good as her. She knows this because Daddy still loves to hear Ma play, even when he's exhausted from working all day.