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Dust [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Slade
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"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 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.

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 seventeen 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: 1679 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: #412,532 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
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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
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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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written but unsatisfying April 17, 2011
By inkcube
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not really sure how I feel after reading this book. It started off great, with a hint of mystery. The author's writing style flowed by easily and it was packed with great descriptions and similies. However, after 65% (kindle version) of nothing but beautiful language, I got bored and wanted to finish the book just to see what would happen. And then I found out what happened and was unsatisfied. Is that all? Maybe I missed something, but to me a novel is more than great writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just a "Spooky Sci-Fi" Tale May 26, 2012
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The professional editorial reviews and blurbs for this book make it sound like it's just a spooky and atmospheric sci-fi outing. That doesn't really do the book justice. Just as Canadian author Charles deLint pioneered urban fantasy and Canadian Guy Gavriel Kay perfected vaguely medieval alt-world fantasy, this Canadian has elevated something you might call prairie/rural fantasy. Heat, dust, parched empty prairie - that is the background for this tale. It is in many ways reminiscent of Ray Bradbury's innocent mid-West settings, and it is no accident that this novel has been compared favorably to Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes".

This book would be a great intro for a middle grade reader to magical realism. It has a grounded young hero. It addresses, indirectly, the transition from childhood to adulthood, and what is gained and what is lost along the way. It has some passages of writing that are just beautifully crafted. The plot is helped along with bits of exposition that aid the reader in following what's happening and it has a resolution that makes sense and doesn't leave the young reader at loose ends about what just happened. The book is brief enough that it is not a demanding slog, and there isn't a lot of complicated world building. It seems like it might be a bit of a chancey choice, because some readers will probably get the book and some won't, but this is certainly the kind of book that marks a real step up in quality and sophistication for the right young reader.

Plus, I'm a real sucker for wandering Jack tales, (the soulless wanderer), and this book fits nicely into that tradition. A real find.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A pretty good read for the ~10 age range. I enjoyed this as an adult.
Published 26 days ago by Emily Aultman
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked how this book read
I really liked how this book read. I was able to visualize the descriptions. Also creepy but in a good way, kind of like an old Steven King novel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Book not my kind of story.
Published 1 month ago by Eleanor Lawry
4.0 out of 5 stars What a good surprise!
The book was very well written and quite enjoyable. From start to finish I was totally enthralled in the story
Published 2 months ago by linda
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A bit disappointed there wasn't more to the story but it was okay.
Published 3 months ago by D. Hannock
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
In the description this book is described as similar to the works of Stephen King and Ray Bradbury. I find that amalgam to be surprisingly spot on. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Knightmare94
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!!!
Grips you from the very beginning to the end. Well defined characters and a very interesting plot. I cannot remember when I enjoyed reading this much! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Arthur Spade did a good job with this book. There is a lot of suspense and mystery. It starts with a boy named Matthew that was walking to town to get some candy (his parents... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sandy
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not really into fiction of that type unreal situations but I did...
This is definitely the type of stories I usually read. I'd much rather read stories that are true or based on the truth of someone's experience It did keep me reading because for... Read more
Published 4 months ago by sara
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 6 months ago by Paul guilbault
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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 seventeen novels, including the "Northern Frights" series of books, "Dust" (which won the Governor General's award), "Tribes," "Monsterology" and "The Hunchback Assignments" series. He also penned the graphic novel "Modo: Ember's End." He currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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