Study Guide

Out of the Dust Chapter 4

By Karen Hesse

Chapter 4

Me and Mad Dog

  • We already know Billie Jo's a stellar pianist, but we sure didn't know she was a prodigy. Arley Wanderdale, a music teacher and local entertainment manager, asks Billie Jo to play piano at a concert at the Palace Theater—and though she's concerned that her mom, who's a stick in the mud about letting her out on school nights, won't be okay with it, she says yes anyway.
  • Billie Jo's honored he asks her to play, especially since she gets to perform with local heartthrob Mad Dog Craddock. Or is she? It's hard to tell if she's jealous of his talent or has a crush on him that she isn't willing to acknowledge.