Study Guide

Out of the Dust Chapter 63

By Karen Hesse

Chapter 63


  • Okay, picture this one. You show up at school one morning and everything is business as usual—at least until you go to class and find a family sleeping in the back of the room. Pretty weird, huh? Not during the Depression.
  • The family has two children, a grandmother, a dad, and a mother who has a baby coming. Uh oh—you can imagine how that makes Billie Jo feel.
  • The father says he's been looking all over for work, but it's cold and they can't live in the car with the baby so close to arriving.
  • The real hero here is Miss Freeland, who doesn't bat an eye and says they are welcome to stay.