Review: Delilah Dusticle by A. J. York

Review: Delilah Dusticle by A. J. York

Review: Delilah Dusticle by A. J. York
Delilah Dusticle by A.J. York

Series: Delilah Dusticle #1
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Publication Date: March 3rd 2013
Format: eBook
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Synopsis:

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 the first in a series of touching and funny stories about Delilah Dusticle. Follow her on a journey of self-discovery, friendship and adventure.

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Review

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is a very cute and well written short story that is safe for younger readers. It deals with Delilah Dusticle who has the very special ability to make every spec of dust she encounters disappear.

As you can imagine, Delilah’s particular skill makes her a very sought after housekeeper. Every woman in town has tried to steal her away at one time or another, and she has been offered jobs in homes all over the world, but she turns them down because she wants to stay near the man of her dreams.

Unfortunately, this decision doesn’t work out well for our heroine, and when the man she thinks she love comes home with a new wife one day, Delilah’s ability to eradicate dust disappears.

Since Delilah is heartbroken, she starts to create dust wherever she goes instead of making it disappear. As you can imagine, that causes her to lose her job, and no one wants a housekeeper who leaves their home dirtier than it was before she started cleaning.

Delilah learns a lot about herself and her powers after she realizes that the life she always wanted is not a possibility, but she also finds out that she might have a chance at a better life than she ever dreamed of.

She makes a very good friend who shows her how to smile agin, and she learns that sometimes it is those most ordinary of people who can do the most extraordinary things.

The message of this short story is basically that there is no such thing as average. Everyone has a talent and a purpose, but we all have to decide whether or not we will use our talents properly and be satisfied with whatever our purpose in life might be.

I love that this author chose something as mundane and ordinary as dusting and turned it into a super power! It was nice to read a story about a young woman who learned that the best way to be happy is to put 100% of your effort into being the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.

This book is suitable for all ages, but ages 8 to 13 would probably appreciate it the most.

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Author Biography

About A.J. York

About me? Well, I am the author of The Delilah Dusticle Adventures, a middle grade fantasy series. I grew up in the UK, but was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. My childhood influences were a mix of Pippi Longstocking and The Flumps.

Things I like? Swedish cinnamon buns, yoga, tea, salt liquorice, sleeping on boats, compassion and other people's creativity. Things I do not like? Okra. The vegetable is also known as ladies fingers, which makes them even less appetising to me. Blah!

I have always enjoyed making up characters and their life stories, therefore I jumped at the chance to study theatre at the University of Brighton. I later trained as a drama teacher and I have a Master's degree from Goldsmiths University of London. I have gone back to my roots and I now live in Gothenburg. People have told me they love reading my stories and I hope you have fun reading them too!

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