"What if I told you that some individuals are born without a soul and have to wander for thousands and thousands of years searching for a way to fill that void."


*Now Available as an audiobook, narrated by the author himself.

A stranger comes to the small town of Horshoe, promising rain. A child vanishes. And then another and another. But the townspeople are dazzled by magic mirrors and dreams of a green future. The only one who sees through the stranger's mesmerism is Robert, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A boy who must somehow confront the stranger.

"Heartbreakingly beautiful as well as just heartbreaking."

The Globe and Mail

"This unusual, well-written story will definitely exercise readers' imaginations."

School Library Journal * starred review

"This beautifully written novel...features strong character development, an authentic setting, and some genuinely spooky moments. It could well deserve award considerations."

Voya * starred review

"Well-chosen imagery, skillfully crafted sentences, and a remarkably effective sense of atmosphere distinguish Slade's work."

Kirkus Reviews * starred review

Winner of:

The 2001 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature
The 2001 Saskatchewan Book Award for Children's Literature
The 2002 Mr. Christie's Book Award
Nominated for the 2004 Edgar Award



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“Read the riveting first chapter of Dust, and you’re already past the point of no return. Arthur Slade writes with the grace and power of a hypnotist, and you won’t be able to put this book down. It’s sensational.”
— Kenneth Oppel, NY Times Bestselling Author of The Nest