Callie LeRoux has put her grimy, harrowing trip from the depths of the Dust Bowl behind her. Her life is a different kind of exciting now: she works at a major motion picture studio among powerful studio executives and stylish stars. Still nothing can distract her from her true goal. With help from her friend Jack and guidance from the great singer Paul Robeson, she will find her missing mother. But as a child of prophecy and daughter of the legitimate heir to the Seelie throne, Callie poses a ...
Callie LeRoux has put her grimy, harrowing trip from the depths of the Dust Bowl behind her. Her life is a different kind of exciting now: she works at a major motion picture studio among powerful studio executives and stylish stars. Still nothing can distract her from her true goal. With help from her friend Jack and guidance from the great singer Paul Robeson, she will find her missing mother. But as a child of prophecy and daughter of the legitimate heir to the Seelie throne, Callie poses a huge threat to the warring fae factions who've attached themselves to the most powerful people in Hollywood . . . and they
Gr 6–9—In this sequel to Dust Girl (Random, 2012), half-fairy Callie LeRoux finds herself in 1930s Hollywood, seeking a way to rescue her parents, who have been kidnapped by a rival faction of fairies called the Seelies. Her quest takes her and her loyal human friend, Jack, to the glamorous MGM film lot. There, she's fooled into rescuing the Seelie princess, who is disguised as young and spoiled film actress Ivy Bright, and discovers a gate to the Seelie world, where her parents are being held as performers in a vaudevillian act. Callie's father is an UnSeelie fairy prince and also African American; this novel contains just enough subtle commentary on the race and class issues of the era to give readers pause. Callie discusses the need for "passing," and with the surprising appearance of real-life singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, some of the struggles of being African American are brought to readers' attention, albeit in a fairly lightweightmanner. Callie ultimately finds herself in a dramatic battle to the death against Ivy as a tradeoff for freeing her parents. The exciting conclusion clearly sets the stage for the next book in the series. The simple writing style and tone make this title a good pick for reluctant readers-although, unless patrons have expressed interest in the previous title, this installation is more of an additional purchase than a necessary one.—Joanna Sondheim, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City
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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2013:“In this sparkling sequel to Dust Girl (2012), showcasing Callie’s cleverness versus the mystical glitterati, neither Callie’s persistence nor the trilogy’s pace flags.”
- Shirley Nelson
The second novel in "The American Fairy Trilogy" finds Callie LeRoux and her friend Jack in Hollywood. Having fled the dust storms of Kansas, they have travelled to California to continue the search for Callie's mortal mother and her fairy father. The year is 1935, and Callie knows she will find the Seelies among the glamorous movie stars at the studios. He father, the heir to the Unseelie throne, left her mother years ago to renounce the throne, only to be captured by the Seelie fairies and never return. Fifteen years later, Callie's mother has disappeared, and Callie suspects the Seelies have taken her as well. Callie has yet to come to terms with her fairy powers, and she is tricked by her rebel uncle and the bright young starlet who has befriended her. But with the help of famous actor and singer Paul Robeson, she is able to overcome her insecurities to fight for her family. In achieving her purpose, Callie unleashes the anger of the Seelie fairy king and a new battle is on the horizon. Along with Paul Robeson, Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies also appear, lending a sense of reality to this tale of fairy rebellion. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
It's hard for a brown-skinned girl to search the Depression-era back lots of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for a gateway to fairyland and harder still if both the Seelie and Unseelie courts are after her. It's 1935, and Callie LeRoux has journeyed to Hollywood from Slow Run, Kan., in search of her white human mother and black fairy father. A fairy kidnap attempt is foiled by none other than the famous Renaissance man Paul Robeson, a human who seems impervious to fairy magic. But Callie ignores Mr. Robeson, choosing instead the friendship of a Shirley Temple–like child star with golden curls, perky tam-o'-shanter and bewitched caretakers. Callie just wants to find her parents and get the heck out of Dodge, but with a prophecy hanging over her head, it won't be easy. Her father's people, the brown-skinned fairies of the Midnight Throne, want her as much as the fair-skinned power brokers of the Shining Court. Real-life historical figures and cultural norms flavor this coming-of-age tale set in the golden age of Hollywood with period gravitas, but they never overwhelm the adventure or diminish the Seelie and Unseelie courts to an allegory for racism. In this sparkling sequel to Dust Girl (2012), showcasing Callie's cleverness versus the mystical glitterati, neither Callie's persistence nor the trilogy's pace flags. (Fantasy. 12-14)
SARAH ZETTEL is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author. She has written 18 novels and multiple short stories over the past 17 years in addition to practicing tai chi, learning to fiddle, marrying a rocket scientist, and raising a rapidly growing son. The American Fairy Trilogyis her first series for teens. You can visit her online at SarahZettel.com.