Delilah Dusticle

Rated 4.47/5 based on 16 reviews
Short Story. 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. Until one day a broken heart leads to her powers taking an expected turn. This is a touching and charming tale about the magic of friendship and self-discovery.

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About A.J. York

A.J. York is the author of a middle grade fantasy series called The Delilah Dusticle Adventures. Born in Gothenburg, Sweden and raised in England, A.J. York’s first love was story telling through drama.

"I have always enjoyed making up characters and their life stories and I jumped at the chance to study theatre at the University of Brighton. I later trained as a drama teacher and I have a Master's degree from Goldsmiths University of London. I have gone back to my roots and I now live in Gothenburg, where I am writing The Delilah Dusticle Adventures series. People have told me they love reading my stories and I hope you have fun reading them too!" A.J. York

Website: www.ajyork.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/delilahdusticle

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Review by: Kookie Krysp on May 11, 2014 :
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is a very cute and well written short story that is safe for younger readers. It deals with Delilah Dusticle who has the very special ability to make every spec of dust she encounters disappear.

As you can imagine, Delilah's particular skill makes her a very sought after housekeeper. Every woman in town has tried to steal her away at one time or another, and she has been offered jobs in homes all over the world, but she turns them down because she wants to stay near the man of her dreams.

Unfortunately, this decision doesn't work out well for our heroine, and when the man she thinks she love comes home with a new wife one day, Delilah's ability to eradicate dust disappears.

Since Delilah is heartbroken, she starts to create dust wherever she goes instead of making it disappear. As you can imagine, that causes her to lose her job, and no one wants a housekeeper who leaves their home dirtier than it was before she started cleaning.

Delilah learns a lot about herself and her powers after she realizes that the life she always wanted is not a possibility, but she also finds out that she might have a chance at a better life than she ever dreamed of.

She makes a very good friend who shows her how to smile agin, and she learns that sometimes it is those most ordinary of people who can do the most extraordinary things.

The message of this short story is basically that there is no such thing as average. Everyone has a talent and a purpose, but we all have to decide whether or not we will use our talents properly and be satisfied with whatever our purpose in life might be.

I love that this author chose something as mundane and ordinary as dusting and turned it into a super power! It was nice to read a story about a young woman who learned that the best way to be happy is to put 100% of your effort into being the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.

This book is suitable for all ages, but ages 8 to 13 would probably appreciate it the most.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sophie Hedley on March 07, 2014 :
Delilah Dusticle combined all the components I love to see in a middle grade book – charm, friendship, fun and humour. A.J. York wrote what I would consider a near-perfect children’s story, with uplifting messages throughout.

The book is very short which for me suggests that it would be the kind of book fitting for a heart-warming end to the day. The plot went down a more unexpected route for me as I was expecting it to focus more on the heartbreak and not friendship. However, it was the friendship which gives the book a sweet, positive feel for younger readers – for me giving the impression that when you’re in a slump, friendship will help you find yourself and bring your mood back up.

The eccentric fantasy elements in Delilah Dusticle were fun and humorous. I loved the small moments when Delilah talked to the portrait and I also liked how her dust-eradicating powers seemed to be linked to how happy she was. A good mood meant good dusting and sadness and heartbreak stopped her powers from working.

Amongst the entertaining story was a selection of quirky illustrations which fit the book brilliantly. They’re great for keeping smiles on faces even through the sadder moments in Delilah’s story and really made this book a must-read children’s story.


5/5.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sheri Wilkinson on Feb. 09, 2014 :
Delilah Dusticle (Delilah Dusticle, #1)

Delilah Dusticle is not an ordinary woman, she has special powers. She can totally eliminate dust with her magical duster. After a heart break she finds herself in a better (job) position.

A very cute, funny and fun short story. I really enjoyed the story, Delilah is just so lovable who could not like her story! I look forward to the next in the series Delilah Dusticle's Transylvanian Adventure.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Patricia Hamill on Feb. 02, 2014 :
A charming story with a positive message.

Delilah Dusticle has a special gift: she can magically eradicate dust with uncanny ease. Her skills are much sought after, but she remains steadfastly loyal to her employers, the Fenchurch-Whittingtons, not because the offers she receives aren't attractive, but because she has a crush on their son, Charlie. With a light heart and her dust destroying skills in full bloom, Delilah revels in the occassional smile or admiring comment. However, her world and her abilities are shattered when Charlie comes home from a business trip with a new fiance in tow.

This story, while short, packs a powerful message of friendship, self-worth, and looking for the good in what you have. Delilah wears her heart on her sleeve, literally, as when she's down and doubting herself her powers backfire and coat her and everthing around her with dust. An unlikely friendship and the insight it brings finally bring her out of her cloud and back into the spotless sunshine and help her to realize that she has something to offer and that feeling sorry for herself won't get her anywhere.

The book is well written and the plot leaves no loose ends. The message is solid and the delivery is delightful. It slightly reminds me of Mary Poppins, where the ordinary servant has extraordinary powers, but in this case, Delilah comes off as more real than fantasy.

Overall, I really liked this book and recommend it to those who like a quick, positive read with a little humor and magic mixed in. I think this story would appeal mostly to adults because they are more likely to empathize with Delilah, but it is appropriate for a younger audience as well.

I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest, non-reciprocal review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sandy on Aug. 06, 2013 :
Delilah enjoyed what her life, sweeping away the dust that shimmered in the sunlight and settled into the deep corners of the household but what she enjoyed the most was being around Charlie Fenchurch-Whittington the Third. Just saying that name makes me feel important. For Delilah, being around Charlie on a daily basis and seeing his floppy hair and his chestnut eyes, this boy added smiles to her life. It was on a dreadful day that Charlie brought a stranger into the household and Delilah, yes Delilah Dusticle the sought after dust extractor, was transformed. The Fenchurch-Whittington household was altered. As Delilah learns to adjust to change, she finds friendship and her world opens up in front of her becoming better than she has ever imagined.
What a short fun story about the transformation of a young teen. Hiding in the corner just doing the job that was assigned to her, she was satisfied with her life because I believe she thought she was not capable of something better. When Charlie brought the stranger into the house, Delilah reaction was typical and the author created a terrific ending for the book. I will definitely read this book again and it’s a great short book that shows an important lesson. The author does a great job with details and I love her descriptions. The book moves along quickly and there are definitely no slow parts.
I was given a free copy of this book for a honest review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sheila Deeth on June 26, 2013 :
Charlie Fenchurch-Whittington is such a perfect young gentleman he’ll even compliment the miraculous Delilah Dusticle on how well she cleans the house. But Delilah wants more than compliments from him, and despite the warnings of a nearby suit of armour—“Staff are not permitted to fraternize with the family…”—she continues to dream—after first tickling said suit of armour with a dandelion duster of course.
Delightfully fun and light-hearted, even when tragedy strikes and dustbuster turns into dustmaker, Delilah Dusticle has the feel of Mary Poppins crossed with a touch of childish romance and Doctor Who. “The more you believe there is nothing good about you, the more real it will become,” says Delilah as she finally learns the truth of her affliction. By the end of this short tale, everyone’s living happily, probably ever after, and wise lessons have been learned in the world of the very ordinary.
Short, fun, great for kids and with wisdom enough for adults to enjoy the read too, Delilah Dusticle is a fine little fable of post-war London and the rise of the modern world.

Disclosure: The author gave me a free ecopy and I promised an honest review, which I have now written.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Shannon McGee on June 22, 2013 :
With powers to make dust disappear, Delilah Dusticle, is character full of love and life until... something happens to cause her powers to spread dust not eliminate it. She wanders off sad and alone, just living day by day.

I fell in love with Delilah Dusticle. Through her sadness you feel for her and want her find happiness again. Delilah’s story can be relatable to many children or adults that have lost their shine and hope for happier days.

The only issue I had with Delilah Dusticle was that there was no illustrations which would have given the start of the book personality and also help with it not feeling that it was dragging.

Delilah Dusticle starts out as a children’s book in need of illustrations but end up a short story for all ages as it teaches a wonderful life lesson. I look forward to the next book in the series Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvanian Adventure.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Shannon McGee on June 22, 2013 :
With powers to make dust disappear, Delilah Dusticle, is character full of love and life until... something happens to cause her powers to spread dust not eliminate it. She wanders off sad and alone, just living day by day.

I fell in love with Delilah Dusticle. Through her sadness you feel for her and want her find happiness again. Delilah’s story can be relatable to many children or adults that have lost their shine and hope for happier days.

The only issue I had with Delilah Dusticle was that there was no illustrations which would have given the start of the book personality and also help with it not feeling that it was dragging.

Delilah Dusticle starts out as a children’s book in need of illustrations but end up a short story for all ages as it teaches a wonderful life lesson. I look forward to the next book in the series Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvanian Adventure.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Michelle Parsons on June 21, 2013 :
I was asked to read this book to give an honest review.

For a book with only 33 pages it packs quite a lot of heart and is an extremely heartwarming story. It’s about a young woman names Delilah Dusticle who has a way with eradicating dust. She has worked with the Fenchurch-Whitington Family for quite some time and was very fond of them especially their son Charles. One day something happened that made Delilah very sad and heartbroken, she was no longer able to eradicate dust. She was let go of her duties at the house because she caused more dust then eradicated it. My heart broke for Delilah I felt so bad for her and I knew exactly what she was feeling. We all have been through heartbreak. After going through a series of ups and downs Delilah meets a friend who helps her get over her sadness and becomes an eradicator of dust again and is able to turn her life around

The message in this book is refreshing and so enlightening. This book would be so wonderful for young girls to read so they can realize that sometimes life can be tough but if you stay true to yourself and a little help from your friends you can overcome anything.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who need an uplifting story when we forget that sometimes we take ourselves for granted and don't realize our full potential.

“The ordinary can be extraordinarily overlooked”
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(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mandy Shemery on June 19, 2013 :
Delilah reminds me of Rosie from the futuristic cartoon, The Jetsons. She can go up walls and eradicate dust from every person, crevice, it doesn't matter what or where it is. There's a catch to Delilah's skills, though ... they only seem to work when she's happy and content.

Unrequited love can be very hurtful and that's how Delilah becomes extremely sad and depressed. Once her heart is broken, Delilah starts trailing dust everywhere. Dust even puffs out of her mouth when she speaks, which I find slightly disgusting and it made me want to clean just reading about it. For a little girl reading this story, though, it's very emotional and has a magical feel to it.

Eventually, Delilah becomes best friends with the last person she ever expected. As their friendship grows, Delilah becomes happy again and is able to eradicate dust once more. This first book in the series does end happily for Delilah and I was glad to see it.

This would make the perfect book for little girls, probably around 7 or 8 years old. To be a short story, it has a lot happening. Don't mistake what I write, though ... even though there's a lot happening the story does not feel rushed or lacking in any way. It really is the perfect little story to read to your daughter, niece, granddaughter, etc.


*An ecopy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jalyn Ely on June 17, 2013 :
I’m still not quite sure why I picked this book up in the first place. Maybe it was because it is super short, and if I didn’t like it, at least it would be over quickly.

At thirty-three pages on my Nook, this ebook leans more towards long short story length than anything. But honestly, I didn’t mind. This is the kind of book that anything longer would have made it boring.

Normally, I’d mention the characters, but the story’s so short, there isn’t much to mention. It’s not a big deal, though, because the emotion is real and the characters are just so fun to read about. I loved Delilah, I loved Abi, I loved reading this story.

The whole book was just a fun, light-hearted read. It’s a perfect I-need-a-break-from-the-books-assigned-in-English-class kind of story, or even an I-need-something-upbeat-with-a-happy-ending story.

I debated quite a bit about whether to classify DELILAH DUSTICLE as contemporary or paranormal. Delilah’s dust-eradicating powers, which play a huge part in the story, give it a paranormal element. (So does the talking suit of armor, which also gives a whimsical feel to the story.) But I finally decided on contemporary because the main themes – friendship and family – are more contemporary.

The second Delilah Dusticle book, DELILAH DUSTICLE'S TRANSYLVANIAN ADVENTURE, comes out in September. And I think I just may read it, because Delilah Dusticle was just so fun.

I received a free review copy of DELILAH DUSTICLE from the author. Her generosity in no way influenced, or sought to influence, this review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Brandee Price on June 17, 2013 :
Delilah Dusticle is the first in a new series for young readers. It was a delightful read with positive messages such as everyone having a talent and things happening for a reason. I would recommend it for readers ages 9-12.

Delilah Dusticle has a very special talent. She can rid the dust from anywhere. (I would certainly employ her skills! ;) When she's 16, she goes to work for the Fenchurch-Whittington family and quickly becomes unexpendable. However, certain events occur that so deeply sadden Delilah, she loses her gift. And she is let go.

After several dust-laden years, Delilah happens upon a young woman and her son at the park. They develop of friendship and Delilah, happy once more, regains her gift. Also through the friendship, they begin to understand they each have special talents. And no matter how trivial said talent may seem, if you embrace it, that talent can be put to good use.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was heartwarming. I plan to share it with my 12 year old and I look forward to the next adventure for the Dustbusters.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Books4Tomorrow Reviews on June 17, 2013 :
While Delilah Dusticle isn’t a read you’ll remember a year from now, it is a delightfully sweet and sincere novella about a girl who moved to London, got her heart broken, and eventually made a friend who shared her fears, sadness and joy. This newfound friendship also helped Delilah to see what is important, take control of her life again and even start her own business. Most authors can’t manage such a fulfilling and touching little story in the span of thirty-three pages, but A.J. York does it magnificently. Now I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvanian Adventure, releasing later this year. This is most definitely a perfect fifteen-minute bedtime read before drifting off to dreamland with a smile on your face.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Brianna Soloski on June 17, 2013 : (no rating)
Delilah Dusticle by A.J. York 4/5 stars
Publisher: A.J. York Length: 33 pages Format: Kindle

Goodreads: 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.

Geared toward upper elementary kids, who have not quite aged into middle grade fiction, Delilah Dusticle tells the story of a maid who has special powers when it comes to eradicating dust. Of course, when she’s fired, she becomes depressed and doesn’t think she’s anyone special. A chance meeting with the wife of her former employer’s son turns it all around and Delilah digs out of her dusty depression to go into business with Abi.

There is a moral here: that even ordinary things (and people) can do extraordinary things. Delilah Dusticle is a fast read at just over thirty pages. We are hardly given time to grow attached to the characters before it’s over. We really only gain insight into Delilah and Abi, the wife mentioned above.

This is the first in a series, so I’m sure we’ll get to know the characters more as Delilah and Abi expand their business and their friendship.

Be sure to come back on Friday for an interview and giveaway from the author.

Disclaimer: I received this book directly from the author. I was not compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Bayan Basri on June 14, 2013 :
This story should be a classic fairytale. The writing was magical and captivating. But instead of the moral being "Your prince will come." or "True love conquers all." Like in Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, Delilah Dusticle's moral is "The more you believe there is nothing good about you, the more real it will become and it is that kind of thinking that will stop you.”

It's a really heart warming and empowering story, about a girl who after witnessing her own downfall decides to rise from the ashes-or dust!

Delilah's story, while short, holds powerful meaning. After getting her heart broken and losing her job and everything she's ever known, Delilah has almost lost hope of getting back her old life. But after befriending Abigail and her son Charlie, Delilah begins to return to her old self again, and instead of getting her old life back she gets an even better one.

So, to end this review I quote Delilah by saying :

“The ordinary can be extraordinarily overlooked”

Original review : http://booklicker.blogspot.com/2013/05/delilah-dusticle-by-aj-york.html
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Dii on June 14, 2013 :
This quick and light read is as cute as its title, Delilah Dusticle!!! Delilah is special, she can eradicate dust with a swipe of one of her magical dusters, all with a cheery smile on her face!! Her talents have made her employers, the Fenchurch-Whittingtons, the envy of their friends. When her happy heart is broken, she loses her magical dust eradication powers, her job and becomes as dusty and gray on the outside as she feels on the inside. When she finds a true friend in a most unlikely place, her world starts to sparkle again!

Whimsical, quirky, fun and short, with a lesson or two to learn! A. J. York writes with flare, creating a charming world with charming heroine!
A great story for younger kids to read and talk about with their parents, or anyone!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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