An alt-folk tale

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No one ever knows what they’re re­ally get­ting them­selves into when they make a deal with the devil. Blue Ri­ley cer­tainly doesn’t. An or­phan in a small town, Blue heads out to the cross­roads with her gui­tar one night, hop­ing the devil will help her track down her older sis­ter. And while she does even­tu­ally get her wish, the deal is nowhere near as straight­for­ward as she’d hoped.

In spite of its fan­tasy trap­pings, Devil And The Blue­bird is a com­ing-of-age road story at heart. And though Blue thinks she’s just look­ing for her sis­ter, she’s re­ally search­ing for lots of things: friends, for starters; some­where to call home; and half a dozen lessons about her­self and the world around her.

There’s so much warmth in this book that its scarier mo­ments – and there are sev­eral, be­cause a lone teenager is an easy tar­get for all kinds of evils – are all the more hor­ri­fy­ing by com­par­i­son. But no mat­ter what hor­rors Blue faces, she’s al­ways got hope, mu­sic, and the kind­ness of strangers to help her on her way. Sooth­ing and lyri­cal, this might be the most op­ti­mistic book you’ll read this year. Sarah Dobbs

Ma­son-Black’s kids made a snow Blue (snow gui­tar and all!) in their gar­den to mark the sale of the book. Aww.

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