Dust Girl

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Callie LeRoux is choking on dust. It seeps through the cracks in the caf that Callie and her other run in Kansas. It ’ s slowly filling her lungs. Callie ’ s aske her fathe to leave their town, like their neighbors have already done, but her father efuses. She ’ s waiting for Callie ’ s long-gone father to leav.

Mayb as the biggest dust storm in history sweeps through the Midwest, Callie discovers her fathe ’ s long-kept secret. Callie ’ s only just mixed race — she ’ s half fairy, too. Now, Callie ’ s fairy kin have found where she ’ s been hidden, and they ’ re goin for her. The nly person Callie can trust may be Jack, charming ex-bootlegger she helped break out of priso.

From the espair of the Dust Bowl to the hot jazz of Kansas City, from dance marathons to train yards, to the dangerous beauties of the fairy realm, Sarah Zettel creates a world rooted equally in American history and in magic, where two fairy clans war over a girl marked by prophecy.
Year of the Publication
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Number of Pages
304
Original Title of the Book
Dust Girl
Publication Date
Published June 26th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers

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Read his Review& More Like It On My Blog! " An unexpected delight " were the immediate words to pop into my head upon my all-too-soon completion of this historical remake of America in the Dust Bowl- with witche!

I got a thoroughly developed and humanly flawed heroine, a ikeable rogue for a possible love interest, a fresh envisioning of the oft-used Seelie/Unseelie Courts of fae and a fairl unique background in which all these elements operate: Oklahoma, 1935 right in the grips of the Dust Bowl.

Callie 's mixed race does play a part in the plot of this book but it by no means defines who she is as a person or character.

( view spoiler) [ They are two people used to hiding who they are: Jacob for his eligion, Callie because of her multiple hidden heritages.

( hide spoiler) ] Those looking for a romance-charged YA novel, this is certainl hat book.

I thoroughly believed I was in the 1930 's, and the dialogue reads like how I would need for an impoverished girl/boy at those times ( " I got nothing. " " A crazy Eye-Talian ", etc.) It feels authentic without patronizing.

( hide spoiler) ] The other main reason why this a 4 star review and not a 5 like I 'd love it to, is that the ending leaves a little to be desired.

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A novel takes the ancient faerie stories, seelie and unseelie courts, and bastardizes it as only Americans can.

It 's nique and ompelling, weaving in American history and al of our own legends.Callie LeRoux has spent her entir life living in he mall village of Slow Run. Her mother operates an old empty hotel.

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It took me half the book to get to invested into the boo and Callie and I want a lot of hat has to do with thi assertio that Callie reads very differently as a villain.

I will have like some more details about what ’ s happening, something more exact.However, once the novel finds its pace and gets comfortable with the story it ’ s elling, it becomes interestin and the reader ( me) is unabl to find connection to Callie, her parental issues and her burgeoning feelings for he oy who has become the impetus for he ourney she is undertaking.

I just hope there ’ s more world building ( and the cover story is straightened out).

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And eventuall I cracked he book and ealized that our main protagonis, Callie, is half-black.

To me, this makes the cover of Dust Girl the latest offender of whitewashing, a practice that needs to stop.My papa was a whit woma.

No. Callie is described as light skinned, with grey eyes, and black hair.

Previously, she explores the difficulty her mother has had taming her hair to stay flat, which said to me that she wa not only black hair, but that of an African American texture.

Thi irl on the cover is light skinned with grey eyes and rown ski.

Please let the covers reflect this—white people will onl read them!! ~~~Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel grabbed me after a eekend of picking up and setting down book after book that just wouldn ’ t o.

Callie realizes she is half fey, and s entirely of this world.

Together with Jack, a young an who dreams of becoming a novelist, she sets off to create th story worth telling.To me, Dust Girl was a lovel tal that deftly combined American folklore, Native American, and Celtic mythology.

He fails to e screenwriter, and views this strange half-fey girl as an opportunity to produc th story equal to The Wizard of Oz. The two certainly become more to each other as the tory takes on, and I am certain romance will bloom, but their affections for one another are always a subtle background to th tal that has more pressing concerns.Those pressing concerns, as it were, have to do with he assertio that both the Seelie and Unseelie courts are after Callie, and mus seek to gain control of her through trickery, coercion, or brute force.

I oved that the traditional white and beautiful= good and black= bad notions were thrown completely off in Dust Girl.

hat doesn ’ t mean the Unseelie are ‘ ba ’ and the Seelie are ‘ goo ’, they ’ re both quite terrible, but I was happy to see this untraditional dichotomy.Dust Girl is an nchanting and terrifying start to th new installmen, and I migh hardl wait to see where story eads.

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From the minute I tarted reading his novel, I realized it was exactly my ind of stuf and I most definitely enjoyed every single second of it.

Calliope lives in Kansas with her sister; her town is being bombed by dust storms and times are hard.

I ha too caught up in that tal and I love when ook can do hat to me.I honestly did not think much about the Dust Bowl before reading his memoir, and it has made me think to ind out more about his particular period in history.

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It 's set in the 1930s in the Dust Bowl in Kansas, and it 's about a mixed race fae, Callie, and her need to reach California.

Callie 's race, which always hovered in the background, was this good reminder of which time period you were in, but I do n't like the incorporation of the random Native American, which seemed rather racist on the part of he journalist.

But Coyote is n't a trickster figure for all American Indian nations, and just throwing Coyote in there to conveniently move the plot along only to have him disappear is a bit depoliticizing.

I must n't really connect to Callie, even though she was an extremely mature and strong character.

I 'm never sure I mus have cared had there been a romance since I ould n't relate to the haracters, but mostl that tends to spice up a dragging plot.This plot was extremel slow moving for me.

It took me long time because I was bored and because the plot was sor of random and did n't always make sense a lot of the time.

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The novel was fast-paced but managed a good balance between action and character development.

The Depression-era Dust Bowl setting is done eally well; I could kno that dry air and the dust in my own throat, as ell as he ense of hopelessness pervading the entire region.

I loved Callie 's voice -- it 's solidly Midwestern, and he author tosse in just the right amount of Depression-era slang to anchor the time without overdoing it.

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