Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel

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Fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners will love the blend of fantasy and twentieth-century history in this stylish series.

Callie LeRoux is choking on dust. Just as the biggest dust storm in history sweeps through the Midwest, Callie discovers her mother's long-kept secret. Callie’s not just mixed race—she's half fairy, too. Now, Callie's fairy kin have found where she's been hidden, and they're coming for her.

While dust engulfs the prairie, magic unfolds around Callie. Buildings flicker from lush to shabby, and people aren’t what they seem. The only person Callie can trust may be Jack, the charming ex-bootlegger she helped break out of jail.

From the despair of the Dust Bowl to the hot jazz of Kansas City and 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.

A strong example of diversity in YA, the American Fairy Trilogy introduces Callie LeRoux, a half-black teen who stars in this evocative story full of American history and fairy tales.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

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About Sarah Zettel

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Sarah Zettel is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author of fourteen novels. She received a Locus Award for Best First SF Novel for Fool’s War, nominations for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and a citation as runner up for the Philip K. Dick Award for Best Paperback Original SF novel.
Published June 26, 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 306 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Dust Girl, book one of The American Fairy Trilogy, Sarah Zettel lays the groundwork for a complex fairy mythology.

Jun 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Dust Girl


I’ve seen it around but never checked it out.The concept seems pretty interesting and I have a feeling I’ll enjoy it.It’s always great when the world building is well done.Great review, kimba.

Jun 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Dust Girl


The main characters, Callie and Jack, are in constant jeopardy, and there's violence: A vicious lawman hands out beatings to hobos, shoots at Callie and Jack in a chase scene, and kills one of their friends.

Jun 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Dust Girl

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