DINGO by Charles de Lint


Age Range: 12 & up
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Miguel Schreiber and his dad, a former biker who buys and sells comics and vinyl, live in the Point near the ocean. Australian Lainey and her twin sister Em have just moved to town; it seems they’re being stalked by an ancient dingo spirit, and their stepfather tries to keep them safe by moving constantly and homeschooling the girls—who, to complicate things a bit further, are both shapechangers. A rich vein of Australian lore wraps around this story, as Miguel seeks to free Lainey, with the help of the town bully, who has fallen for Em. What’s wonderful here is trademark de Lint: The Dreamtime and the spirits of those long dead take their places in a contemporary American world of high school, iPods and cell phones. Miguel tells this tale in a slightly stilted, self-conscious voice, understandable for a motherless teen who falls in love with a girl who spends part of her time as a dingo. Miguel is a nifty character, and his dad even more so, and the satisfying ending is romantic as heck. (Fantasy. 12+)

Pub Date: March 13th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-14-240816-2
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Firebird/Penguin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2008


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