Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

His son, that’s who.

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.

When your dad is the wolf who killed little red riding hood, life is no picnic.

So many of the young adult books that I read are so similar. Shortly after finishing them I can’t remember which story went with which title or which characters belonged in which book. This is not the case with Dust City. I’m giving a huge shout out to author Robert Paul Weston for creating such an original story. Dust City definitely scores points for creativity.

Henry Whelp is the son of the big bad wolf who killed Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. Unfortunately there was no woodsman with an ax to rescue them thus landing the big bad wolf in jail for committing brutal murder. Henry ends up at St. Remus a home for wayward youth. Beginning to suspect that his father may have been framed for the murders leads Henry to set out on a quest to uncover the truth about what really happened the night Red Riding Hood and her grandmother died.

One of my favorite things about Dust City is the fairytale characters that make appearances. From Jack and his beanstalk to Snow White, from the Frog Prince to King Midas with the golden touch, twisted versions of these classic fairytale characters play a role in this story.

This imaginative story is one I would highly recommend.

Dust City will be released next week on 9/30/10.

Content: A handful of swear words and some violence, fairly mild compared to most YA books.

Rating: 4 Stars