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Out of the Dust Chapter 37

By Karen Hesse

Chapter 37

Devoured

  • The doctor is at the family's farm and sends Billie Jo for water, which is basically code for "Ma's having the baby."
  • This is hardly the time for another natural disaster, but the latest threat arrives anyway: a cloud of grasshoppers that devours the wheat, Ma's garden, and yes, even her apple tree.
  • Billie Jo goes inside to tell Ma about the tree, but learns that Ma died giving birth to a baby boy.