By: A.J. York. Format: eBook. Read: December 2013.
Delilah Dusticle has the special ability to remove dust from every crevice in a home. She has worked for the Fenchurch-Whittington house since she was sixteen and despite the rules, she has fallen in love with Charlie Fenchurch-Whittington the third. Unfortunately for Delilah, he returns home from a business trip with a fiancee. Delilah becomes so depressed that her magical ability reverses and everything she touches is covered in dust, even her own hair. Shortly thereafter, Delilah is forced to find a new home and a new job, which is very difficult for a person who covers everything in dust. Will she be able to find happiness and regain her ability to remove dust? Or will she fade away into the shadows forever?
Delilah Dusticle is a very, cute, chapter book for children. The author does a wonderful job of showing the importance of self-worth and how the things you believe about yourself, will begin to take hold. There were several grammatical errors in this book, but overall the chapters are short and easy to read. The moral of the story is definitely one that everyone needs to be reminded of, often. The ending provides closure for the story, while setting it up nicely for a potential sequel. Recommended for the third-fifth grade age range.
I have to say, as an adult, I kind of would like a magic power that would conveniently remove all dust… that or clean all the dishes. Hmm… What magical cleaning ability would you like to have?
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