Title: Dust Girl
Author: Sarah Zettel
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Dust Girl is the first young adult novel written by Sarah Zettel, who is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author. It is a fantasy and the first planned in The American Fairy Trilogy. Dust Girl focuses on a girl was raised by her mother in Kansas during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
Callie LeRoux always had to lie about her heritage. It was not just her blue-gray eyes and freckled, creamy skin that made it necessary for her to cover herself, wear a hat, and wear gloves when she went outside. It is after her mother goes missing that she discovers that her father’s dark skin may not be the family secret that is most dangerous to her. As Callie searches for her parents, she is thrown in the middle of the on-going war between the two fae kingdoms. Luckily, she finds an ally in Jack – a young man with his own secrets.
This is one of the rare books that I was able to read in less than twenty-four hours. With my work schedule and kindergartner, it has been uncommon for me to get a book read at all that does not have short words and bright illustrations. Happily though, I was sucked into the strange, changing world of Callie LeRoux and Jack Holland. It is probably due to the magnificent storytelling ability of the author, Sarah Zettel. The story is like a trail of breadcrumbs – no, Hershey kisses – that keeps you following along, starving for more.
Dust Girl is the perfect blend of history, folk lore, and individuality in the face of prejudice. It reminded me of American Gods by Neil Gaiman with its fantastical spin on mythology set in the “real” world. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys new takes on American folklore or is in the mood for a beautifully written historical, rural (as opposed to urban) fantasy. I enjoyed ti beyond words, and I cannot wait to read it again once it is released.
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To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It has in no way affected the outcome.