Dust City by Robert Paul WestonDust City by Robert Paul Weston

Dust City

byRobert Paul Weston

Paperback | September 13, 2011

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Henry Whelp is a big bad wolf—or will be,someday. The only son of the infamous Red Riding Hood Killer, Henry is worried that he may be following in his father’s violent footsteps. He tries to distance himself from his past, and avoids the other teens at St. Remus Home for Wayward Youth, a detention centre in Dust City—a rundown, gritty metropolis known for its production of fairydust. But when Henry’s psychiatrist turns up dead, Henry finds himself on a trail of clues that may lead to proof of his father’s innocence—and the horrifying secret behind fairydust.


Robert Paul Weston is the author of several internationally award-winning books for children and young adults. His first novel, Zorgamazoo, won the Silver Birch Award, the Audie Award, the California Young Reader Medal, and an E.B. White Read Aloud Honor. His second novel was the hard-boiled fairy tale Dust City, which was a Canadian L...
Title:Dust CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.24 × 5.54 × 0.76 inPublished:September 13, 2011Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143173316

ISBN - 13:9780143173311


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enchanting! Great read! It was much grittier than I was anticipating, and, because it was so gritty, is much closer in feel to the original fairy tales than modern sanitized versions are. I really enjoyed how it also was a bit of a commentary on corporate greed on one level and "Careful what you wish for" cautionary tale on another level.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Why didn't I read this Sooner Why did I leave this sitting on my shelf unread for so long. It was enchanting, or rather, it was the characters that were enchanted. Fairy magic in the form of 'dust' is an every day commodity in Dust City. It used to be made by real fairies, but they have long since fled and now it is a manufactured product. Not as good as the original, but still magical and mostly effective. Henry Whelp has been locked away in juvie for a while now with the other wolves. Yes, wolves, foxes, goblins and all other sorts of animals have achieved sentience and live along side the hominids. It's not a perfect relationship between them, but it works for the most part. When his friend Jack, the guy with the magic beans, shows him some letters from his dad, the big bad wolf who killed the little girl and her grandmother, Henry starts to question many of the so called truths that he's been told. As I started reading this story, I'll admit that I was a bit confused. Were there really talking wolves and elves and goblins all living together. I wasn't too sure about the characters who seemed quite familiar, almost like beings out of the Grimms Brothers' Fairy Tales. (that was intentional according to author Robert Paul Weston). By about page 30, my confusion was clearing and total enjoyment setting in. I had no trouble believing that all these animal like beings were living together and in many cases cross-species friendships had flourished. Once Henry realized that he didn't have to go through this as a lone wolf and he called on his friends for help, the story really took off. This is a FUN story made all the more entertaining each time I realized a character was based on a Grimm's character. This is not a children's book as it included much mayhem and murder, though YA and adults will both find it a gripping read. Most definitely on my recommend list.
Date published: 2013-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Laugh, Cringe, Smile, Gasp—I did it ALL! 4.5/5 stars Entertaining, action-packed, and descriptively captivating, Dust City allows the reader to get into the world, which is like an alternate universe to our own. The author, Robert Paul Weston uses fairy tales to tell the story of Henry Whelp, son to George Whelp, the wolf who murdered Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. The story gives a twist to real life problems, like addiction and misuse of governmental control, while still having that fairy tale feel to it. Overall, Weston's character name choices (which made me laugh my butt off), his vivid descriptions (which made me visualize the world in my head), and ability to create suspense (which had my on the edge of my seat while reading) make this story into a thought provoking mystery that captivates the reader into finding out how the story will end and whether or not Henry stays true to his word: to NOT turn out like his father.
Date published: 2012-02-08

Editorial Reviews

“Dust City is the Grimm Fairy Tales as imagined by Guy Ritchie.” - Edmonton Journal“Dust City has all the trappings of noir storytelling—except that its characters are wolves, foxes, and ravens, and the illicit drug eating away at the populace is an intoxicating form of fairy dust. It’s as if James Ellroy were one of the Brothers Grimm.” - Georgia Straight“Weston deftly tucks his fairy-tale tropes into this thought-provoking mystery.” - Kirkus Reviews“Clever use of iconic characters and fairytale symbols against a hardboiled backdrop contribute to Weston's distinctive and highly imaginative mise en scène.” - Publishers Weekly“The clever setup and gutting of fairy-tale tropes will garner plenty of enthusiasm.” - Booklist“This novel will appeal to both reluctant and voracious readers, whether they’re teens or adults, so go to your local bookstore or find it online. But whatever you do or however you find it, make sure you read Dust City!” - YA Bookshelf“A highly original exploration of the dark side of fairy tales, Weston’s tale is smart and sophisticated.” - Canadian Library Association