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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.