“Read the riveting first chapter of Dust and you’re already past the point of no return. Arthur Slade writes with the art and grace of a hypnotist, and you won’t be able to put this book down. It’s sensational!”
– Kenneth Oppel, New York Times bestselling author of AIRBORN and THE BOUNDLESS.
“Well-chosen imagery, skillfully crafted sentences, and a remarkably effective sense of atmosphere distinguish Slade’s work.”
– Kirkus reviews, Starred
“This beautifully written novel features strong character development, an authentic setting, and some genuinely spooky moments.”
– Voice of Youth Advocates, Starred
*Winner of the $15,000 Governor General’s Award
*An American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
*Nominated for an Edgar Award (Mystery Writers of America)
*Over 90,000 copies sold
A rainmaker brings rain to a drought-stricken town, but the children begin to disappear…
Strange things are happening in Horshoe, a Dust Bowl farm town in the Depression-era prairies. Young Matthew Steelgate has vanished on a walk into town. His brother, Robert, knows that he has to find Matthew. He has to figure out why the hens are frightened and their eggs full of blood. Why a broken jar he discovers in the grass echoes with the sad sound of a little girl’s voice. Why, most frighteningly of all, his parents seem lost in a comforting dream. Matthew forgotten, his memory abandoned. Robert has a duty to find his brother.
If only that duty didn’t lead him inexorably to Abram Harsich, the ivory-skinned man who dazzles the townspeople with magic mirrors and bewitches the children with his beautiful butterfly. If only Robert could stay safely away from the ominous, supernatural stranger who brings rain to Horshoe.
A haunting and compelling read! Order DUST today!