Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mama's Reads: The Dust of 100 Dogs

Every once in a while, I read a book that's so amazing I have to recommend it to every book nut I know. As a library volunteer, I know a lot of book nuts. As a blogger, I probably know a lot more.

The Dust of 100 Dogs chronicles the story of Emer, a 17th Century teen who, through a strange set of circumstances, becomes a notorious pirate. After tangling with a nasty Frenchman, she finds herself cursed to die - and to live the lives of 100 dogs before she can return to human form - but not before she hides her booty in the sands of Jamaica.

Reclaiming her humanness as Saffron, the daughter of born-to-lose parents in contemporary America, Emer/Saffron carries with her the memories of not only her pirate life, but also the 100 dog lives she's lived. Now a complex teenager, all she wants is to graduate high school, hop a flight to Jamaica, and recover the treasure she buried there hundreds of years ago.

The Dust of 100 Dogs is a page-turning adventure and a star-crossed romance, all bundled into one of the most fantastic stories I've ever read. It's billed as Young Adult (YA), but I could not. stop. reading.

Fun fact about the author, A.S. King: I "met" her on, where I use the handle jarethamarie. At the time, I knew she had a book coming out "sometime," but rather forgot about it until The Dust of 100 Dogs came across my library counter. You can follow her on Twitter here.

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  1. I'll definitely check this one out. I have a soft spot for "YA" fiction even though this one sounds interesting anyways.

    Have you read the Host by Stephenie Meyer? It's fantastic, highly recommended.

    ;) Happy late VGNO.

  2. The Dust of 100 Dogs sounds like a neat story, my wife is an avid book worm and we love dogs (hope the book isn't too gruesome?)

    I will recommend it to her...

    P.S. I found your blog on the BloggersChoiceAwards website and think it is great! I voted for you, I write for the Our Everyday Earth - Green Blog and wondered if you would vote for us in the best Education blog category;

    Thanks in advance :)

  3. Manda - I haven't read it... YET! I have to wait until all of my young library patrons stop ordering it so that there's a copy for me to read. ;)

    Green Blog - Consider it done. I can't wait to check out your blog. Thanks for the vote!

  4. O.K., I'm sold. Since you're the coolest librarian around, can you put me in the front of the line to read it next? ;-)

  5. Christy - Yup. I'll try to check it out to you when I take it back. If nothing else, I'll put in a request for you.


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