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Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
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Apr 24, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

Such an interesting read! You don't think of fairies in America, you know?

Callie and her mom live in a hotel in dust bowl Kansas. Everyone else in their town is leaving but Callie's mom can't go anywhere because she's waiting for her husband to come home. He won't be able to find them if they move on.

There are massive secrets surrounding Callie and music, the old piano in the parlor, and who her dad might really be. Callie isn't all white, very dangerous in the time this book takes place, her father left them before she was born, and her mom may not be all there.

When a massive sandstorm Callie somehow called up moves in over the state, Callie's mom is lost but she saves an old man who has even more mysteries to lay on her, a prophecy that eventually helps her to wend her way through the weird things that start to happen.

With her friend, Jake, and two odd musicians, Shake and Shimmy (who use music to make magic and who teach Callie some of what she'd capable of), Callie sets off to find her way to her mother, wherever she may be.

Great history of the dust bowl era, lots of music references, Dust Girl was really good. I love Jake, his love of his sister, his need to do what needs to be done, and I really loved the way S. J. Kincaid wove the storyline through the history. It didn't feel like a lot of historical books do, you know? Prohibition? Check! Railroad Bulls? Check! The history and the story flowed together like two streams coming together to form a river.

It will be out in June. Read it.

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