Study Guide

Out of the Dust Chapter 49

By Karen Hesse

Chapter 49

Those Hands

  • Basketball season is here. Billie Jo recalls how in the past, Coach Albright always tried to recruit her for the team because of her height and large hands. This year though, he doesn't ask her to play; it's no mystery why.
  • Billie Jo also remembers how her dad used to tell her to "put those hands to good use." But guess what? He never says this anymore either.
  • The only person who talks about Billie Jo's hands is Arley, who tries to convince her that she shouldn't give up on playing piano.