Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel

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 much aware of the role this half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl plays in their fate.

Publisher: Random House
Number of Pages: 304
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Peyton, age 15

Dust Girl, by Sarah Zettel, is one of the best fairy tales I have read. The author’s writing is very imaginative, and manages to combine two very different genres, fantasy and historical fiction, into one cohesive book. The author shifted seamlessly from our world to world of fairies and fantasy, and both seemed just as real. I really enjoyed the plot of the book because of how different it was from “traditional” fairytales, and how it incorporated aspects of fairytales I had already read into more realistic and believable story. One way the author created a story that I found to be more realistic than other fairytales was through the characters. The author created characters that followed traditional fairytale roles, but with a historical twist that put them in the midst of the dust bowl. The author also manages to incorporate ideas that are not found in traditional fairy tales, such as racial tension. For example, the main character Callie had one white parent and one black parent. While this wouldn’t be a problem today, this simple fact had a lot of negative ramifications on the character. This idea is not usually found in fairy tales, which makes this book especially memorable. I recommend this book for preteens and up, since the messages and violence found in the story may not be appropriate for younger children. Thanks to Random House Publishers for the great read! 

This book is in stores June of 2012! 
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Happy reading! 
Peyton, age 15

1 comment:

  1. I'm looking forward to this one! I live in Kansas, so should be interesting, lol. I do love fairy tales though, and this one sounds pretty great from what I've heard so far.


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