Winner of the
2001 Governor General?s Award
for Children?s Literature
2001 Saskatchewan Book
Awards, Children?s Literature
2001 Mr. Christie?s Book
? combineshomespun storytelling
mystery and sophisticated metaphysical aspects to create
amulti-layered tension." The National Post
"...sparklingly original?" The Globe
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
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
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.