DEVIL AND THE BLUEBIRD
An alt-folk tale
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.