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Dust [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Slade
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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Book Description

*Winner of the $15,000 Governor General’s Award
*Winner of the Mr. Christie's Award
*An American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
*Nominated for an Edgar Award (Mystery Writers of America)
*Over 60,000 copies sold


For fans of Stephen King and Ray Bradbury...

Imagine a depression-era town where it hasn’t rained for years. A pale rainmaker with other-worldly eyes brings rain to the countryside and mesmerizes the townspeople, but the children begin to disappear one by one. Only young Robert Steelgate is able to resist the rainmaker’s spell and begin the struggle to discover what has happened to his missing brother and the other children.

"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 SKYBREAKER.

About the Author:
Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchewan and began writing at an early age. He has been writing fiction full time for fifteen years and is the author of sixteen bestselling books, including the "Northern Frights" series, "Jolted," and "The Hunchback Assignments." He lives in the magical city of Saskatoon, Canada.


Product Details

  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dava Enterprises (February 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8SSBO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A multi-layered fantasy April 5, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a lover of fantasy and this book ranks as one of the best with me. It has all the necessary elements--the reluctant but driven hero, the quest which only he can accomplish, the satisfying conclusion. Along the way Arthur Slade keeps the reader spellbound and wondering. I read the book in one day, unable to put it down. After I finished, I found that I couldn't stop thinking about it. The images are still fresh in my mind. I've reread it now and have discovered even more layers to it.
This is a book that you can't wait to finish, but at the same time don't want to finish. The only solution is to start reading it all over again.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why haven't I heard of this book??? July 14, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a a 6th grade teacher, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a "hook" from the beginning and kept me wondering until the end. It offers a number of "springboards" for teaching vocabulary and subjects from the Bible and ancient history. I hope to get enough copies to read in literature circles. (...)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slowly developing horror story December 12, 2011
By Bob
Format:Kindle Edition
Until I read the nominations and awards particularly "An American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults" I did not realise that this was a book aimed at young adults and being far from young I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The book gets off to a slow start and slowly develops drawing the reader into the story. I liked the way it was written from a child's point of view with his fascination for words and the way their meanings were interpreted by him. The description of the characters and the locations was very good. Fairly early in the story Robert's (the central characters) brother goes missing and until I read further I thought it strange that no one seemed particularly interested however all becomes clear as the story developed. It is a fairly short story but I would have liked it to be slightly longer so the ending although satisfactory could have had a bit more detail.
In summary a great book suitable for all ages, don't be put off because it is a young adult book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised September 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I almost didn't finish this book after a little boy was taken away by a stranger. Those types of things upset me, but for some reason I wanted to find out what happened. I'm glad that I kept on reading. Because of the faith of an eleven year old boy things were made right. The author has a great imagination and was able to share it beautifully with the reader. It wasn't what I expected, it evoked a lot of emotion and left me wanting more. It's one of those stories where good triumphs over evil. I'd recommend the book to others, hopefully you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical July 25, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Magical Realisim at its best. Robert's younger brother vanishes on the way to town. A rainmaker soon appears. Things aren't what they seem and people are forgetting what they ought to remember. All but Robert. Arthur Slade imbue's DUST with magic to spare. A wonderful read and not easily forgotten.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful... March 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Here's my deal... I met Arthur over on the KB boards and after a conversation about advterising, I decided to buy Dust.

I was sucked in from the first chapter and couldn't put my Kindle down. Each chapter builder in a perfect pace - no crazy cliffhangers or anything misleading. The characters were real and story was just awesome.

The length is perfect for this type of story and for $2.99, it's a steal!

Buy it... NOW! :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ray Bradbury without the flowery language June 5, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Set in Horshoe, Canada during the Depression, this novel is as spare and practical as the dustbowl farms it describes. Robert is an 11-year-old, who loves reading and enjoys words to the extent that you can practically see him rolling a tasty word around in his mouth like a fine wine. One day his little brother Matthew disappears on the way to town, and Robert seems to be the only one who remembers Matthew or cares that he's gone. His parents, after their initial panicked search for Matthew seem to forget he ever existed. A new man, Abram Harsich, comes to town around the same time and promises the townspeople that his new machine will make it rain and save their farms, save their entire lives. The whole town pitches in to work on the rain machine, almost like they are under a hypnotic spell. Only Robert is able to resist, but can he make the town and his parents remember their missing children? Where are the children and what is Harsich up to?

A quick read, the sparse language manages to describe so much, with so few words. It's hauntingly beautiful and not overly explained. The reader is left to sketch in some of his or her own explanations. For some kids, that's great, it's a jumping off point, some kids really want things completely explained and may want to talk about this afterwards. The whole question of "could my parents really totally forget me" could be upsetting for younger children.

A good, quick, quality read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fell a bit flat, weak three June 7, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes met Phillip Pullman's The Golden Compass in the world of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, you might end up with something like Arthur Slade's YA novel Dust. Or at least, you might end up with the basic premise, setting, and tone/style. Falling short of these classics is no great fault, but unfortunately I'd say Dust falls a bit short even in less rarified company. It isn't a bad book by any stretch; it is in fact quite solid and has some lovely moments, but overall it fell a bit flat for me.

Set in the Canadian prairie during the Dust Bowl 30's, the book opens up with a chilling introduction to a small child about to go missing. Later we meet the young boy's older brother Robert, who will be the protagonist of the novel. At first his parents and the townspeople are traumatized by the disappearance as one might expect, but when a stranger (Abram) arrives in town promising to build a machine that will bring the rains, Robert's brother is seemingly forgotten even by his parents. Even when more children start disappearing, the townspeople--adults and children--don't seem to notice. The one exception is Robert, who seems at least partially immune to Abram's mesmerism. Determined, suspicious, and growing into maturity and independence, Robert learns Abram's dark secret, as well as the horrifying reality of what is happening to the town's children. Though Robert prevails in the end, the victory is far from wholly happy.

Robert's characterization throughout is one of the book's strengths.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written fiction
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. It had a certain steven longish feel to it. I enjoyed the child's perspective and the vivid imagery. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Paul guilbault
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting!
When you pick up this book, make sure you have some time because you won't want to put it down! M. Night could make a great movie with this one!
Published 1 month ago by B. de Haan
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I liked the story. The book took you there. It was written so well that I thought, I tasted the dust in my mouth and felt the hot winds in my face, while I accompanied the main... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Catriona
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Loved this book, it is well written. I enjoyed the mystery, the characters, and it left me wanting more!
Published 1 month ago by Happy2BReading
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good read, simple and enchanting. Nice to read when hard fantasy is just a little too frustrating, when you want to relax
Published 2 months ago by adam
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good.
Read it in one sitting. Reminds me of stories I read when younger. Well written.
I highly recommend this as a short story.
Published 3 months ago by Stacey Brewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
Good story and not what I had expected. I think anyone that gets it will like it. I am always fascinated by the stories of all I read and this one is good as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jaycee124
4.0 out of 5 stars nice
If you like "science fiction" this is a book for you. It was just realistic enough. The characters were likable.
Published 4 months ago by Jarlath Fitzwater-Hight
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter-sweet
and creepy at the same time. A young hero, but how? A strange story that is hard to put down and gives you chills at the same time.
Published 4 months ago by Jana Boardman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
A page turner, Dust is a book for those that need a quick interesting read. Kudos, Slade. Glad I read it.
Published 5 months ago by nicole daniels
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More About the Author

Arthur Slade was raised in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchewan (on a ranch) and began writing at an early age. He received an English Honours degree from the University of Saskatchewan, spent several years writing advertising and now writes fiction full time. He is the author of sixteen novels, including the "Northern Frights" series of books, "Dust" (which won the Governor General's award), "Tribes," "Monsterology" and "The Hunchback Assignments" series. He currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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