Dust City (Paperback)
November 2010 Indie Next List
“How to explain Dust City? Think of the children's books you read as a child, where the animals wore clothes and walked on two legs and were human in every way but looks. Now take those images and put them into Batman's Gotham City, and that's the setting for Dust City. This is a dark fairytale for young adults, one in which the magic has been tainted and familiar characters from our watered-down version of Grimm's tales walk the streets as hardened businessmen, cops, and criminals. A thought-provoking mystery!”
— Natasha Hayden, Summer's Stories, Kendallville, IN
Ever since his father's arrest for the murder of Little Red Riding Hood, teen wolf Henry Whelp has kept a low profile in a Home for Wayward Wolves . . . until a murder at the Home leads Henry to believe his father may have been framed. Now, with the help of his kleptomaniac roommate, Jack, and a daring she-wolf named Fiona, Henry will have to venture deep into the heart of Dust City: a rundown, gritty metropolis where fairydust is craved by everyone and controlled by a dangerous mob of Water Nixies and their crime boss leader, Skinner. Can Henry solve the mystery of his family's sinister past? Or, like his father before him, is he destined for life as a big bad wolf?
About the Author
Robert Paul Weston (London, UK) is the author of Dust City and Zorgamazoo (Penguin/Razorbill), which received the 2011 California Young Reader Medal and the 2010 Silver Birch Fiction award, was shortlisted for the E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and wasnamed a Children's Literature Association Notable Book. His stories and novels have been nominated for the Journey Prize and the Fountain Award.