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Dust & Grim Is Here!

“Monstrously fun…. A sure pick for those enamored by Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (2008), and Tahereh Mafi’s Whichwood (2017).”—Booklist (starred review)


*clears throat*

IT IS TIME, my friends, to seize your Dusty Grims, your Grim Dust, your *checks notes* Dust & Grim. That’s right! My MG debut is officially out in the world tomorrow (though I hear tell many folks are finding them in bookstores already, which is wonderful).

It’s a fun, spooky, spoopy book about a girl who inherits a funeral home for monsters and must share that inheritance with a brother she’s never met. It contains vampires and foxes and wolves and magic and one (1) Florg, plus many more creepy, kooky things. It is ostensibly for kids aged 8-12, but I’ve had adults read it and enjoy it (my take is that if you like Christopher Moore books, you’ll like Dust & Grim). It contains beautiful art by Jensine Eckwall. Art directed by Karina Granda. Edited by Deirdre Jones. I had a blast writing it. I hope you have a blast reading it.

I’m going to reiterate some information here, so bear with me —

I am doing events this week and next, and there are some additions here:

Monday, 10/18, 6PM EST, Virtual launch event at Books of Wonder with Matt Wallace, tickets here. Pre-order Matt’s wonderful Supervillain’s Guide to Being a Fat Kid.

Tuesday, 10/19 6:30PM EST, presently virtual event at Let’s Play Books, Emmaus, PA, event details here.

Wednesday, 10/20, 7PM EST, Virtual event at Anderson’s bookshop with Greg Van Eekhout. Details here. And checkout Greg’s newest, Weird Kid, which my own kid adored.

Thursday, 10/21, 7PM EST, Ludington Library event! Details here.

Friday, 10/22, 7PM EST, Virtual event at Porter Square Books with Delilah S. Dawson. Details here. Grab Delilah’s spooky good time, Mine.

Tuesday, 10/26, 7PM EST, Scrawl Books Book Club Event, details here.

Wednesday, 10/27, 7PM EST, One More Page Books, a Halloween Vs Christmas Holiday Showdown Throwdown with me and author Tiffany Schmidt (author of next week’s release, I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas). Details here.

And there are a number of places to buy the book, as well —

Signed/personalized copies from Doylestown Bookshop, Let’s Play Books.

Or from the other bookstores above:

Books of WonderScrawl BooksPorter SquareAnderson Bookshop, One More Page

You can also find a local indie through Indiebound, or buy through

B&N, too, is a good choice for print copies — and you can find other buy links here!

If you want to read some nice things said about the book:

“A clever, heartwarming tale of funerary rites, ghosts, and the undying power of family.”—Holly Black, Newbery Honor-winning author of Doll Bones and The Cruel Prince

“Wildly inventive, totally hilarious, and unexpectedly moving.”—Lev Grossman, bestselling author of The Silver Arrow and The Magicians

“A one-of-a-kind delight—mysterious, exciting, inventive, sometimes scary and always funny, Dust & Grim reads like a rollicking ghosts and monsters story, which it is. But just as important, it’s a compelling and tender story about family. Sibling duo Molly and Dustin will find their way into readers’ hearts as surely as they find their way into each other’s.”—Trenton Lee Stewart, bestselling author of The Mysterious Benedict Society

“Sucks you in with a wise-cracking zaniness that soon spirals into a delightful rampaging chaos of swarming vampires, thorny wolves, walking trees, and eldritch horrors. And yet even as the dangers for Molly and Dustin increase and the wise-cracks keep flying, the importance of family both lost and found grounds their story with a profound sense of heart.”—Paolo Bacigalupi, bestselling author of The Windup Girl, Ship Breaker, and Zombie Baseball Beatdown

“Spookily charming, bewitchingly creepy, full of hope, heart, and horror, Dust & Grim is the sort of book you gobble up in one sweet and salty bite.”—Delilah S. Dawson, author of Star Wars: PHASMA and Mine

“Every line of Dust & Grim is packed with a laugh, a sharp observation, or something radically cool, and sometimes all three at once. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wendig is a welcome new voice in middle-grade fiction, and we are lucky to have him.”—Greg van Eekhout, author of Weird Kid, COG, and Voyage of the Dogs

“Siblings Molly and Dustin Grim are the most unlikely of heroes, and for that reason they are among the greatest. The fact that they must save the world from within a secret monster mortuary is only the first of many surprises that bestselling tale-spinner Chuck Wendig has created for this full-of-heart debut about trust, friendship, and the importance of having the perfect costume for every occasion. A fantastic, spooky adventure!”—Fran Wilde, Nebula Award winning author of Updraft and Riverland

“Playing to strengths demonstrated in his many comics and tales for older audiences, not only is Wendig a dab hand at concocting extremely creepy critters, but here he also pulls together a secondary cast of quarrelsome but supportive allies for the beleaguered teens.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Wendig offers a whimsical spooky tale full of ghosts, vampires, fairies, cryptids, and monsters of all types for the young and young at heart. Wendig crafts a middle school read that treats his target audience with respect. In other words, it may be a lighthearted horror fairy tale, but the author isn’t afraid to inflict pain or heighten the stakes.”—Bloody Disgusting

“Packed with pop-culture references and creepy beings, the novel is written from Molly’s sarcastic-beyond-her-years viewpoint and subtly threaded with life lessons that together create an engaging narrative.”—Publishers Weekly