Book cover with girl playing fiddle next to a dog. In the background is a walled-in desert city with a storm raging behind it.

Gussy / Jimmy Cajoleas

Gussy and Grandpa Widow are an inseparable team in a very strange place.  They live in an isolated desert village surrounded by a wall that keeps the Great Doom outside and keeps the villagers safe inside.  They are Protectors, sworn to uphold all the special rites and rituals which keep everyone and everything in the town from becoming infected by the Doom.  When Grandpa Widow is suddenly called away, Gussy has to draw on her own strength– and the strength of friends new and old—to solve a mystery and fight for her people.  Ages 8 and up.