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Tall tale. Thriller. Gripping historical fiction. This artful, sparely told graphic novel — a tale of a boy in Dust Bowl America — will resonate with young readers today.In Kansas in the year 1937, eleven-year-old Jack Clark faces his share of ordinary challenges local bullies, his fathers failed expectations, a little sister with an eye for trouble. But he also has to deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl, including rising tensions in his small town and the spread of a shadowy illness. Certainly a case of dust dementia would explain who or what Jack has glimpsed in the Talbots abandoned barn — a sinister figure with a face like rain. In a land where it never rains, its hard to trust what you see with your own eyes — and harder still to take heart and be a hero when the time comes.

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