Schwartz & Wade Books, Hardcover, 9780375867224, 40pp.
Publication Date: September 14, 2010
Swamp Angel has a reputation as the greatest woodswoman and wildest wildcat in all of Tennessee. But when she grows too big for that state, she moves to Montana, a place so sizeable, even Angel can fit in. It's there that she wrestles a raging storm to the ground and, at its center, finds herself a sidekick a horse she names Dust Devil. And when Backward Bart, the orneriest, ugliest outlaw ever known, starts terrorizing the prairie, seems like Angel and Dust Devil may be the only ones strong enough to stop him.
"Dust Devil" received four starred reviews and was named a "New York Times" Notable Children's Book of the Year and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Winner. Children will be captivated by the beauty and exaggerated humor of Paul Zelinsky's American primitive style paintings and the wit and energy of Anne Isaacs's unparalleled storytelling. Here is an original folktale starring an extraordinary gal who is as feisty as she is funny and as courageous as she is kind.
In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011) wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers. Characterized by magic, multiple universes, witches and wizards--and a charismatic nine-lived enchanter--her books were filled with unlimited imagination, dazzling plots, and an effervescent sense of humor that earned her legendary status in the world of fantasy. In addition to being translated into more than twenty languages, her books have earned a wide array of honors--including two "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Award Honors and the "Guardian" Award--and appeared on countless best-of-the-year lists. Her best-selling Howl's "Moving Castle" was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and was nominated for an Academy Award. Diana Wynne Jones was also honored with many prestigious awards for the body of her work. She was given the British Fantasy Society's Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1999 for having made a significant impact on fantasy, and she won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Fantasy Convention in 2007.
“[A] handsomely designed, thoroughly entertaining stand-alone sequel.”—Booklist, starred review
“A stunning tour de force” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Will have kids howling.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A new classic.” —Kirkus Review, starred review
"Precise and witty illustrations" —The New York Times Book Review
“This gifted team has produced the best picture book of the year!” —Oppenheim Toy Portfolio