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This was described as "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" meets "Rapunzel" This is a great description! It was fun, clever and well-written. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
This was described as "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" meets "Rapunzel" This is a great description! It was fun, clever and well-written. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Not my favorite, but I could see it appealing to some middle school readers. A lot of action and a main character who finds out she is a fairy. The setting in Kansas during the dust bowl was interesting, too.
  saillergirl | Jan 18, 2016 |
Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel is the first of the American Fairy series. Callie LeRoux and her mother are living in Slow Run, Kansas, a place that is sinking into the dust bowl of Great Depression. Sand is a constant problem. The crops have long since dried up. The tourists have stopped coming and Callie and her mother keep the hotel open just because there's nothing else to do.

In the middle of all of this, Callie's mother disappears, just as she learns she might be part fae. Callie has only two options, rescue her mother (if she can) or find her father (if she can). Along the way she needs to learn how to hone her long buried magical skills and figure out who she can trust and who she can't.

Zettel blends early 20th century Americana, the cross roads demon legend, and Celtic fairy lore into a satisfying, humorous and compelling read. Dust Girl has a similar feel to Neil Gaiman's American Gods but written for a tween audience.

The second book is called Golden Girl and I will be reviewing it soon. ( )
  pussreboots | May 3, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375869387, Hardcover)

This new trilogy will capture the hearts of readers who adore Libba Bray's The Diviners. Callie LeRoux lives in Slow Run, Kansas, helping her mother run their small hotel and trying not to think about the father she's never met. Lately all of her energy is spent battling the constant storms plaguing the Dust Bowl and their effects on her health. Callie is left alone, when her mother goes missing in a dust storm. Her only hope comes from a mysterious man offering a few clues about her destiny and the path she must take to find her parents in "the golden hills of the west" (California). Along the way she meets Jack a young hobo boy who is happy to keep her company—there are dangerous, desperate people at every turn. And there's also an otherworldly threat to Callie. Warring fae factions, attached to the creative communities of American society, are very aware of the role this half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl plays in their fate.

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On the day in 1935 when her mother vanishes during the worst dust storm ever recorded in Kansas, Callie learns that she is not actually a human being.

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