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Delilah Dusticle: A Magical Fantasy Series for Children Ages 8-12 (The Delilah Dusticle Adventures) by [York, A. J.]
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About the Author

A.J. York is a middle grade fantasy author and teacher from the UK. Her books include Eliza Bluebell, Delilah Dusticle, Delilah Dusticle's Transylvanian Adventures and A Fairy Extraordinary Christmas Story. She has a BA in Theatre with Visual Arts, a PGCE in Drama and Master’s in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy. A.J. York currently lives in Gothenburg, Sweden. Website: www.ajyork.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1955 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Nova Sky Books; 3 edition (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BOXRDDE
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #531,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 May 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a strange little book. It is very short, for a start. As a kindle download I have to kind of imagine the space it would take up as a physical book. I'm thinking somewhere between a picture book and a short story. The language and length were rather complex for a conventional picture book, and the story not complete enough for a whole short story though.

I felt like there was the beginnings of a very fine story here, but that it needed more work before publishing. Either the characterisation and detail needed simplifying down to make it much more palatable for younger readers, or detail needed adding for slightly older readers. As it was, it fell between two stools and I found myself struggling to make the picture of the world the author was writing about. Some of the concepts the author deals with are quite sophisticated, particularly the emotional lives of the characters, but the language was often too simple and skated over rich seams that could have been developed. Either that or the whole story needed simplifying right down.

The time scale of the story was also rather uneven, and I felt like it could have done with more pacing. All the material is there, it just needed smoothing out a bit.

I love the premise of the story, and it will be interesting to see where the author goes with it next. Should it ever be made into a physical book I think illustrations would be invaluable, as the fantasy elements of the story are crying out for pictures.
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Format: Paperback
I wasn't sure when I started - dusting as a superpower? It felt like it was going to be a quaint period piece, but as soon as the plot kicked in, I could see where it was heading and it became a charming story of friendship

Delilah can dust. Get rid of all dust. Anywhere. She harbours a secret crush in her employer's (adult) son, but when he brings home a fiancée... her ability to abolish dust vanishes along with her hopes and she loses her job. Several sad years later, a potential new friend starts to bring Delilah back to life, and possibly to dusting.

A quirky idea, but very sweet and a good lesson at the heart of the story. I couldn't see the setting in my mind though, the occasional illustrations felt Victorian but there is talk of hoovers - when is it set?

This would suit a confident reader of 8-11.

My thanks to the author who provided a copy for review purposes.
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By Sophie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Delilah Dusticle combined all the components I love to see in a middle grade book – charm, friendship, fun and humour. A.J. York wrote what I would consider a near-perfect children’s story, with uplifting messages throughout.

The book is very short which for me suggests that it would be the kind of book fitting for a heart-warming end to the day. The plot went down a more unexpected route for me as I was expecting it to focus more on the heartbreak and not friendship. However, it was the friendship which gives the book a sweet, positive feel for younger readers – for me giving the impression that when you’re in a slump, friendship will help you find yourself and bring your mood back up.

The eccentric fantasy elements in Delilah Dusticle were fun and humorous. I loved the small moments when Delilah talked to the portrait and I also liked how her dust-eradicating powers seemed to be linked to how happy she was. A good mood meant good dusting and sadness and heartbreak stopped her powers from working.

Amongst the entertaining story was a selection of quirky illustrations which fit the book brilliantly. They’re great for keeping smiles on faces even through the sadder moments in Delilah’s story and really made this book a must-read children’s story.

5/5.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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A delightful, nearly modern-day, fairy tale. I would defy anyone not to be charmed by Delilah and not to feel sorry for her unfortunate downfall. This is another book that I probably would not have encountered had it not been for my trawling through the Kindle free books section, but I'm glad I did.
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Format: Paperback
Note: The copy of the work was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Cons

1. It is stated that this book caters towards children between the ages of eight and twelve. In my opinion, it may be a bit too sophisticated for the average child from the eight to ten range, due to a few factors.

(a) There should have been more pictures in the story. The younger end of the 8-12 spectrum are quite visual and imagery keeps the attention span longer in combination with text, than just text by itself.

(b) For some youth who choose to read on their own as opposed to an adult reading to them, there are some vocabulary words that may not be known to an average eight year old, such as “eradicate”.

(c) One of the things that Delilah experiences goes beyond mere sadness. Would an eight, nine, or even ten year old be able to grasp the extremity? Or does the adult make that determination, and how comfortable will an adult be in doing so?

2. I think the term “eradicate dust” was used a bit too extensively.

Pros

1. I really liked the abstract representation of Delilah Dusticle as part of the cover art. For me, it fits the target audience the author was trying to reach.

2. Originality in titles and character names are always a huge plus for me.

3. The story was very easy to read.

4. I felt the pain of Delilah Dusticle and the emotions she experiences in reference to Charlie.

5. There were very strong messages interwoven in this tale, not just for youth but great advice for adults to follow as well.

Unleashed Verdict: 4 out of 5 Stars

Delilah Dusticle is a story that isn’t as much about magical fantasy as it is about relationships.
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