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Dust

by Arthur Slade

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | February 20, 2003 | Mass Market Paperbound

Dust is rated 4.5714 out of 5 by 7.

Winner of the

2001 Governor General?s Award for Children?s Literature

2001 Saskatchewan Book Awards, Children?s Literature

2001 Mr. Christie?s Book Award

? combineshomespun storytelling mystery and sophisticated metaphysical aspects to create amulti-layered tension." The National Post

"...sparklingly original?" The Globe and Mail

Matthew is missing. Robert?sseven-year-old brother has vanished on a walk into town. Robert?s mother hadasked him to accompany Matthew to Horshoe to buy some some gum, but Robert wasmiles away engrossed in a Martian adventure story, and certainly not home on hisfarm in Depression-era Saskatchewan. And when his younger brother disappears,Robert figures it is his fault and he has to find him.

He soon notices there is something sinister happening. The hens are layingeggs with blood in them; a broken jar found out on the prairie has a plaintiveecho of a young girl?s voice; and most disturbingly, his parents are lost in aweird sort of daydream and have forgotten about their missing son.

It is up to Robert to discover where his brother has disappeared ? alongwith the other boys and girls of Horshoe. He is led to an ivory-skinned strangerwho suddenly appears and bewitches both parents and children with magicalmirrors and a fantastic rainmaking machine.

In a style that has stomach muscles tightening right from the first sentence,Arthur Slade brings a new and sophisticated brand of psychological fear to theyoung-adult market. Dust is a story that will leave audiences breathless.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: February 20, 2003

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0006485944

ISBN - 13: 9780006485940

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Story This book won the Governor General's Literary Award back in 2001 for Children's Literature. I loved it. Set in a small town in rural Saskatchewan of Horshoe something strange is going on. Robert's younger brother has gone missing and soon no one seems to even remember him. The story set in a depression era dust bowl farm community, has many unique twists and turns. The strange things started happening when Abram Harisch arrived in town; he appears to be taking control of the townspeople through his magic, mirrors and bewitching nature. Harisch has promised the town a rain-making machine, and in following this dream they are slowing losing all they care about and don't even notice. But Robert does and he knows he needs to avoid Harisch and figure out what is really going on or the whole town could be lost. There are two different cover jackets for this book. I prefer the original to the newer one but either way it is a great adventure read.
Date published: 2008-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical Robert and his family live in a tiny town in Saskatchewan, in the Cypress Hills. When his little brother dissapears on his way to town, people start looking for him for only a couple months. Then, they start to forget about things, also forgeting about Matthew's dissapearance. Christmas passes, still no sign of Matthew. Then, two other kids go missing, another search is organised. One day, a stranger comes into town and mesmerize the town with his magic mirror. A lot of people are sucked into the magic but Robert sees differently. He sees a warning but is unsure what to make out of it. He tries his best to keep his grip on reality, becoming suspicious of Abram Harsich. Abram promises to bring rain to the town of Cypress Hills, again, keeping the magic alive in everyone. Robert, folowwing hs gut feeling about the guy ventures out to Abram's farm. He finds the missing children, some alive and some aren't so lucky. Praise for Dust: ``Read the riveting first chapter of Dust ,and you`re already past the point of no return. Arthur Slade writes 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. author of the Silverwing series
Date published: 2008-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read. I read this novel in eighth grade, when we had a book club to discuss books by Canadian authors. It's a gripping tale that will keep you turning page after page, without the plot ever slowing down. The pace takes you on an adventure as you try to solve the mystery behind the odd things that are happening. I enjoyed it very much, and own a signed copy when my bookclub had a chance to meet the author.:)
Date published: 2008-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Book When Robert's 7-year old brother disappears from a 1930s Saskatchewan prairie town it is only the first of many strange things that happen. He starts to have strange dreams, his parents seem to forget his brother, the local reverend starts making animal noises and an ivory-skinned man has arrived in town promising to make a rain machine. The first chapter describes the disappearance of the little boy and is utterly chilling. I was hooked at that point and couldn't stop reading. It's a short book and I don't want to give anything away by saying too much so I'll just say Slade has written a book which is a cross between Stephen King and W.O. Mitchell. I was at turns reminded of Who Has Seen the Wind and Needful Things. I will definately be reading others by this author.
Date published: 2007-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book i am so far on chapter 11 and i cant stop reading it i can bearly put it down the first chapter is soooo good it gets you right into the book and i cant wait to see the end result for the book i got from my library dust
Date published: 2004-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from dust an amazing book, with a surprise ending to shock even the spiffieist readers
Date published: 2003-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Book Was Great I really liked this book, it was one of the first arthur slade books I have read. You really get into this book and cannot put it down! I hope everyone will try this book and see how they like it
Date published: 2003-09-22

– More About This Product –

Dust

by Arthur Slade

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: February 20, 2003

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0006485944

ISBN - 13: 9780006485940

From the Publisher

Winner of the

2001 Governor General?s Award for Children?s Literature

2001 Saskatchewan Book Awards, Children?s Literature

2001 Mr. Christie?s Book Award

? combineshomespun storytelling mystery and sophisticated metaphysical aspects to create amulti-layered tension." The National Post

"...sparklingly original?" The Globe and Mail

Matthew is missing. Robert?sseven-year-old brother has vanished on a walk into town. Robert?s mother hadasked him to accompany Matthew to Horshoe to buy some some gum, but Robert wasmiles away engrossed in a Martian adventure story, and certainly not home on hisfarm in Depression-era Saskatchewan. And when his younger brother disappears,Robert figures it is his fault and he has to find him.

He soon notices there is something sinister happening. The hens are layingeggs with blood in them; a broken jar found out on the prairie has a plaintiveecho of a young girl?s voice; and most disturbingly, his parents are lost in aweird sort of daydream and have forgotten about their missing son.

It is up to Robert to discover where his brother has disappeared ? alongwith the other boys and girls of Horshoe. He is led to an ivory-skinned strangerwho suddenly appears and bewitches both parents and children with magicalmirrors and a fantastic rainmaking machine.

In a style that has stomach muscles tightening right from the first sentence,Arthur Slade brings a new and sophisticated brand of psychological fear to theyoung-adult market. Dust is a story that will leave audiences breathless.

About the Author

Arthur Slade is the author of Dust, a national bestseller and the winner of the 2001 Governor General’s award for children’s fiction, the Mr. christie’s Book award and the saskatchewan Book award. His novel Tribes was acla Young adult honour Book and was nominated for five other literary prizes. He is also the author of Monsterology, the Canadian Chills series and Northern Frights series. Arthur Slade and his wife and daughter live in Saskatoon. Visit his website at www.arthurslade.com.

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