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Dear Mrs. Karen Hesse,
I just recently finished reading one of your books, Out of the Dust. I found it to be an interesting novel, not just considering the form that it was written in. It was intriguing to me how all of these terrible events occurred, including the everlasting drought, but they didn’t just grab their stuff and leave the whole area all together. Even though Billie Joe does run away, she still comes back home to her father. When she leaves but then eventually returns, I realized that it was their home, and I think that’s the reason why Billie Joe comes back. She knows that the home she has now is her home, and always will be at heart. With all of the disadvantages that come along with living in that area, there are a few advantages too, such as good hearted, hard working, small town folks, and of course you can’t forget her very own and one and only father.
But coming near the end of the book, it got me. It moved so fast into the part where she runs away. I honestly didn’t really expect her to leave that soon, even with all of her emotional troubles with her father. Why did she make that quick impulse decision, without warning the readers with bigger hints? A way of warning us could be by saying that running away had been on Billie Joe’s mind for quite some time, or saying that she was packing her bags the night before. Or did you intend for the readers to be sort of surprised with how fast all of this happened? It was just a question on my mind that had been pondering me. Thank you for letting me take some of your time to read my letter.
P.S. I couldn’t figure out how to leave a direct comment to you, so I just decided to do a reply and hope you see this. Also, the email I put in this comment is my teacher’s. So if you’d like to reply to me, you can just email your response back to the email I have provided. Thanks
Dear Anya, thank you for your thoughtful comment. What a great reader you are. You bring so much of yourself to the reading experience. In response to your question, a writer must carefully balance foreshadowing. Too much and it feels manipulative. Too little and the reader feels knocked off their feet. For you, I fear, there was too little though the foreshadowing is there…perhaps sometime you’ll go back, reread, and intentionally listen for it. Enjoy the second half of the school year. Keep reading. -KH
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