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Delilah Dusticle and the Cursed Tempest by  A. J. York is the third instalment of the Delilah Dusticle adventures. To really appreciate this book you need to start at the beginning of the series to pick up the background in terms of all of Delilah’s magical powers.

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This book leads directly on from the second book in which Delilah and her gang of magical, dust busting cleaners, return from Transylvania only to find that they are off on their travels again. This time, India beckons.

The Delilah books are perfect for transition readers as well as more confident readers. Short chapters, clear and easy to follow exciting plot lines and strong characterisation make these real page turners and their length means that for newly independent readers these are achievable reads. I recommend them for boys and girls aged 7-10.

The cast of characters is varied and interesting. As well as the established villains, there is new evil for Delilah to get to grips with, and an intriguing development in Delilah’s own backstory that leaves you wanting to read the next instalment.

The ongoing plot lines are deftly managed against the backdrop of the central, standalone adventure in which Dev, one of Delilah’s Dust Busters, needs their help to free his sister, Kirin from an evil curse. This is an imaginatively written, fun book that will keep the reader hooked from the first to the last page.

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