Delilah Dusticle by A.J. York
Blurb (From an email the author sent me):
“Delilah Dusticle has special powers, she can completely eradicate dust. With her quiver pouch of special dusters Delilah can run up walls and reaches places others just can’t. As a maid in the Fenchurch-Whittington house Delilah’s unusual skills soon lead to her being promoted to Chief Dust Eradicator and Remover. Until one day a broken heart leads to her powers taking an expected turn.”
This is a fun, cute, and quirky book. It’s very unique and imaginative, which I liked. The main character, Delilah, is a fun character. I wish I had her dust eradicating power! I could definitely use that in my house right now!! The character development is well done, and I really liked Delilah and Abi. The book is written fairly well. It’s a simple story, but it has some good lessons in it. I liked the lessons of forgiveness and friendship. I also liked how Delilah was able to grow as a character, and learn to love herself for who she was. I liked her ingenuity and how she picked herself up and moved on from her heartbreak. There is also a good lesson about not jumping to conclusions when a friend is late or misses something. We never know all the circumstances. I liked this story. It’s a fast, easy read and is a cute story.
There is no profanity, no “intimacy,” and no violence (Yay!). There are a few grammatical errors and some typos, but clean other than that. (**Update as of 7/7/15. I received an email from the author stating that she has published a second edition of her book and has had professional editors go through and fix the grammatical errors and typos. I haven’t had time to read the new edition, but I trust her; that problem is fixed! Yay!)
Rating: PG (She has a crush on a boy, other than that there is no profanity, violence, or “intimacy.)
Recommendation: Upper middle-grader (5th or 6th grade) and up.
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.