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Dust [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Slade
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,042 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 34 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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18 of 21 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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8 of 8 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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13 of 17 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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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
5.0 out of 5 stars (Wouldn't Gather) DUST (On The Shelves!)
This is an extremely well written 'Coming of Age' story. I have owned this book and had it on my list of books to read for well over a year and now find myself wishing I had moved... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Earthlings
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
This book is a little creepy and if you are afraid of the other worlds, than you may want to say away from it, but it the spiritual world and good and evil does not fase you than I... Read more
Published 4 days ago by PAMELA
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read-Definitely NOT your average story!
Three stars is not intended to come across as bad, by any means, because it was a good story. It's just with the comparison to all the others that I've read it would be unfair to... Read more
Published 11 days ago by WendyMD
3.0 out of 5 stars stuck in second gear
The story started out really interesting. But.over time, started to drag out. Around the end of the.story became interesting again and ended well.
Published 18 days ago by brendy
4.0 out of 5 stars compelling read
Young adult book that is surprisingly mature. Main character is very well fleshed out and accessible. Hints of psychic abilities without being obvious.
Published 24 days ago by Soaring Lowly
5.0 out of 5 stars Love finding a new author
It was good to be a precocious 11 year again, this time to save the world. I look forward to reading another book of his
Published 24 days ago by The Wizard
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent quick read
This book has everything the characters the plot the suspense the writing was quick to read a perfect ending to boot highly recommended it
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This YA novella is amazing.
Yes, I am a grown up. And a published author. And this book was incredibly good for its type. Well worth the read, interesting and engaging.
Published 24 days ago by Dannette Elaine Calderin
4.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY GOOD
This was a pretty good book, kind of different. The characters were good, the story OK. More of a fantasy.
Published 29 days ago by atabarac
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping, thought provoking mystery.
I couldn't put this book down. It caught me early and held on tight. I really enjoyed the fantasy. The way the author was able to create a being who could control others.
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen E Altenbernd
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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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