Study Guide

Out of the Dust Chapter 5

By Karen Hesse

Chapter 5

Permission to Play 

  • Ever try to catch your parents at just the right time to ask them to do something you're pretty sure they won't be too thrilled about? Billie Jo reveals that when it comes to Ma, she knows exactly how to determine when to pop the question. We also learn that although Ma taught her to play piano, she isn't always open to Billie Jo performing publically.
  • She catches Ma distracted while making dinner and gets permission to play at Arley's show.