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Indie Middle Grade Spotlights: The Starseed Child and Delilah Dusticle

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The Starseed Child by Lynne Namka

Age Range: 9-12

Print Length: 177 pages
 
Publisher:
Lynne Namka ( January 6, 2014)
 
Language:
English

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Stand alone


About the Book:


It’s not easy having a Sixth Sense, knowing things and being different
from others. Why does Nan’s skin have a bluish cast? And what’s with
this traveling through the Stargate to another dimension for Mystery
School? Definitely different! Nan can read the color of people’s hearts
and has a haunt for a roommate. There is a dark spot in her heart and
her anger grows living under the iron fist of her mother who Nan
secretly calls Gestapo Mum.

Nan’s two friends are sensitive but strong individuals with special
powers of their own: Tanner, an African-American boy from a stable
family and Jesus being raised by his grandmother after his druggie
mother ran away. The children explore the desert by their small
southwestern town, spy on a camp of homeless people. Exploring a cave
which she must clear of Native American ghosts before she can proceed,
Nan is horrified to find a drug smuggling compound and that her mother
is involved in money laundering.

Caught in a battle with the dark forces and the conflict within
herself, Nan is thrown into a coma after finding out that she indeed is
her mother’s child. She must confront the small dark place in her heart
that resonates with the dark lock in her mother’s heart and battle the
Dark Lord who tries to force her to submit to his evil powers. Powerful
forces are working to steal her power for their own sinister uses. As
Darth Vadar said, “You have no idea how powerful the Dark is.”

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Book One in the Delilah Dusticle Series:

Delilah Dusticle by A.J. York

Age Range: Middle Grade (8-12)

Print Length: 33 pages
 
Publisher:
A. J. York; 3 edition (January 16, 2014)
 
Language:
English

Series: Delilah Dusticle #1

Genre: Fantasy

About the Book:

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.

 

Excerpt:

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A suit of armour standing beside her in the hall coughed and shot out a puff of dust from its helmet. “Staff are not permitted to fraternise with the family and any shenanigans would lead to instant dismissal,” wheezed the armour.

“Don’t I know it,” said Delilah who then waved her duster at the falling dust cloud making it vanish in mid-air. For good measure she selected her dandelion duster and polished the armour, who was very ticklish and kept giggling. She then made her way to the staff kitchen for dinner.

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Book Two in the Delilah Dusticle Series:

Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvanian Adventure

Age Range: Middle Grade (8-12)

Print Length: 85 pages

Publisher: A J York; 1 edition (January 15, 2014)

Language: English

Series: Delilah Dusticle #2

Genre: Fantasy

About the Book:

In this illustrated instalment, Delilah and the Dustbusters are invited to Transylvania to cater for the Hallow Eve Ball. All is not what it seems and Count Dracula has a very unusual request for Delilah.

Excerpt:

There was also an ugly brown sponge that looked like a grumpy gargoyle with a squished face. Delilah called him Grumpy Sponge. He would suck up dust on contact, or, if Delilah was feeling sad, he would throw-up dirt on every surface.

Delilah wiped every book in the library with Grumpy Sponge, who would stick out his tongue and lick up any grime, and then she would do a quick sweep with Abi’s dusters to remove any small dust flakes. Delilah was leaning into the fireplace with Grumpy Sponge, who instead of licking up soot was now sucking up coal dust, when the lady of the house appeared. She looked about the room to ensure they were alone and then handed Delilah a letter.
“It is from a very distant cousin of mine. He wishes to acquire your services for his annual event.”

Delilah turned the letter in her hands. It was very strange indeed. It was an old, yellowed piece of folded cartridge paper with her name written in spindly pink writing on the front. On the back was a red wax seal, imprinted with the image of a winking bat.

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