Dust Girl

Dust Girl

Book - 2012
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Callie LeRoux lives in Slow Run, Kansas, helping her mother run their small hotel and trying not to think about the father she's never met. Lately all of her energy is spent battling the constant storms plaguing the Dust Bowl and their effects on her health. Callie is left alone, when her mother goes missing in a dust storm. Her only hope comes from a mysterious man offering a few clues about her destiny and the path she must take to find her parents in "the golden hills of the west" (California). Along the way she meets Jack a young hobo boy who is happy to keep her company--there are dangerous, desperate people at every turn. And there's also an otherworldly threat to Callie. Warring fae factions, attached to the creative communities of American society, are very aware of the role this half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl plays in their fate.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375869389
Call Number: ZETTEL
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Fairies -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Teenagers -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Historical fiction.


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FindingJane Mar 03, 2015

In a novel set in the Depression era where poverty struck all across the country, Ms. Zettel has introduced a magical element. The allure and danger of the fey world dances along the edges of despairing human existence, where only those blessed with otherworldly blood can see them but all are affected by their enticing, perilous attraction. Callie is a determined girl, even as she is made vulnerable by her yearnings to be a part of the worlds around her. The story is set firmly in in the historical reality of segregation where Callie might be shunned or killed for her mulatto blood and the hidden world of the sidhe, whose fondness for mankind is more like that of foxes for chickens than true affection. Both worlds hold perils and Ms. Zettel’s prose neatly dovetails the attractions and perils for humans with dubious backgrounds who try to find their footing in either of them. This book enthralls, thrills and chills as Callie finds herself in one predicament after another and just manages to fight her way out of it. She is a strong-minded heroine, one of the best you’ll find in modern fiction, and her story is just beginning. A praiseworthy beginning to this series.

Jun 04, 2013

I love both history and fantasy, so this was the perfect combo! I totally recommend it! Can't wait for the next one!

Nov 29, 2012

I loved the combination of depression era history with a very dark version of fairies. Grittier magic than what you find in most teen novels. It reminded me of American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Oct 07, 2012

Recommended by Courtney


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