Dust and Grimm Book Tour: Review

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Miss Peregrine meets The Graveyard Book in this middle grade adventure about rival siblings running a monster mortuary—written by bestselling author Chuck Wendig.

Thirteen-year-old Molly doesn’t know how she got the short end of the stick—being raised by her neglectful father—while Dustin, the older brother she’s never met, got their mother and the keys to the family estate. But now the siblings are both orphaned, she’s come home for her inheritance, and if Dustin won’t welcome her into the family business, then she’ll happily take her half in cash.

There’s just one problem: the family business is a mortuary for monsters, and Molly’s not sure she’s ready to deal with mysterious doors, talking wolves, a rogue devourer of magic, and a secret cemetery. It’s going to take all of Dustin’s stuffy supernatural knowledge and Molly’s most heroic cosplay (plus a little help from non-human friends) for the siblings to figure it out and save the day… if only they can get along for five minutes.

Bestselling author Chuck Wendig’s middle grade debut is equal parts spooky, funny, and heartfelt—perfect for Halloween and year-round reading!

My Thoughts

What a fun story! If you are looking for something that’s is in the spooky nature but lacking the spooks, Dust and Grim is the book for you.

Dust and Grim is the perfect Halloween middle grade read, it is interesting, has mystery, and is funny. Molly and Dustin may not have known each other for long, but they go back and forth like any siblings do.

One thing I really liked about Chuck Wendig’s novel is the cosplays. I have not read a book that had a charactered interested in cosplay and actively dressed in such. It added a fun quirk to the story. Outside of my love for Molly and her love of cosplay, I enjoyed the supernaturalness of the story.

If you are looking for a book that fits the spooky vibe, but is heart warming, features themes of responsibility, and sibling rivalry look no further than Dust and Grim. I will definitely be adding a copy to my shelves.

Favorite Quotes

‘It’s not fine,’ she said, pulling out pieces of her Leila getup. ‘Dustin is a real oddball. Probably sits in the dark. Surrounded by taxidermies squirrels. Eating weird, stinky tropical fruits and hard-boiled eggs and plotting sinister plots.’


Sorrrry,’ the forest answered. Well at least it’s a polite menacing voice

Then he closed his eyes, and he told Molly the truth

About the Author

Chuck Wendig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, Zer0es/Invasive, Wanderers, and the upcoming Book of Accidents (July 2021). He’s also worked in a variety of other formats, including comics, games, film, and television. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his books about writing. He lives in Pennsyltucky with his family.

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