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Robert Paul Weston

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Ahoy. This is my small, oddly-shaped island in the GoodReads archipelago. You're welcome to surf, swim in the lagoon, or stroll along the pier (where they sell prawns and whelks by the cupful). If you'd like to keep things topical—as well as tropical—head down to the beach and sling yourself in a hammock with a good book. One of these, perhaps...

My first novel, ZORGAMAZOO, won the 2011 California Young Reader Medal, the 2010 Silver Birch Award, and the 2009 Children’s Choice Award.If you've had a bit too much sun and crave something darker, try my hardboiled fairy tale, DUST CITY. It was shortlisted for the 2011 Edgar Alan Poe Award and the 2011 Sunburst Award. My newest novel-in-verse, PRINCE PUGGLY OF SPUD AND THE KINGDOM OF SPIFF, is out
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Robert Paul Weston I'm quite a mongrel, with two parents of mixed ethnicities. I'm Grenadian, Turkish, Indian and English. As a result, I've always been partial to…moreI'm quite a mongrel, with two parents of mixed ethnicities. I'm Grenadian, Turkish, Indian and English. As a result, I've always been partial to chimeras, creatures created by mixing the characteristics of a number of different animals and creatures together. Perhaps my favourite chimera is the manticore, a sphinx-like creature with a lion's body, a bat's wings, a dragon's tail, and a human face. Thanks for the question, RPW(less)
Robert Paul Weston Very happy to hear you liked Dust City. My inspiration for the story came to me after reading about the historical context in which the Grimm Brothers…moreVery happy to hear you liked Dust City. My inspiration for the story came to me after reading about the historical context in which the Grimm Brothers lived. The link between history and storytelling led me to wonder, If medieval Europe was truly the way it's depicted in the Grimm tales—full of goblins and talking wolves—what would New York or London look like today? Dust City is one possible answer. As for returning to the world, I'm afraid I have no plans to do so at the moment. My hands are already extremely full of the rather long-term project of returning to the world of my first book, Zorgamazoo! Very best, RPW(less)
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May 2015 Toronto 04

Perfect timing: Cherry blossoms at the University of Toronto.


Earlier this month, I took an incredible, whirlwindtrip to Canada. It was fortuitous, exciting, inspiring,bittersweet—all the stuff a good tripought to be. Here’s why:


1. Fortuitous: At the start of 2015, if you had asked me if I would be in Canada by spring, I would have said, “Unlikely.” Then a few disparate stars lined up and thing...

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Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff by Robert Paul Weston
"Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff is the second novel in verse from Mr. Robert Paul Weston. After reading Zorgamazoo and falling desperately in love with that book, I of course needed to read this second book in verse, not at all rela..." Read more of this review »
Blues for Zoey by Robert Paul Weston
"I went into this not really knowing what sort of book it was, so I found it slow-going at the onset. But when you realize it's a con artist story (told from the POV of the unknowing victim) it becomes suspenseful and interesting. Also, the whole t..." Read more of this review »
The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston
"What a fun read with the whimsy of wonka and the absurdity of Seuss... I liked this a lot!"
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“Here is a story that’s stranger than strange.
Before we begin you may want to arrange:
a blanket, a cushion, a comfortable seat,
and maybe some cocoa and something to eat.

I’ll warn you, of course, before we commence,
my story is eerie and full of suspense,
brimming with danger and narrow escapes,
and creatures of many remarkable shapes.

Dragons and ogres and gorgons and more,
and creatures you’ve not even heard of before.
And faraway places? There’s plenty of those!
(And menacing villains to tingle your toes.)

So ready your mettle and steady your heart.
It’s time for my story’s mysterious start...”
Robert Paul Weston, Zorgamazoo

“Jiminy," says the old woman. The mothballs gleam with excitement and she claps her hands. "A wolf!"
"Gram!" Siobhan glares across the room. She turns to me. "You'll have to excuse her. She's real old. Wasn't a lot integrating between the species back in her day."
I pad over and put out a paw. "Pleased to meet you, madam."
She blushes, the varicose veins in her cheeks swelling with blood. Instead of taking my paw to shake, however, she turns it over as if it's a piece of bruised fruit in a market. "Hmmm..." She pores over my palm, nodding like a fortune-teller. Her spectacles slide comically down the bridge of her nose, and when she looks up at me, her face is full of mock astonishment. "Oh, my! What big teeth you have!" She giggles and kicks her slippered feet.
"Gram!!
The old elf claps her tiny hands. "I always wanted to say that!”
Robert Paul Weston, Dust City

“It appeared painful to regrow a set of hands, but I can hardly blame her for dabbling in street magic. Anyone can see she's addicted to being whole.”
Robert Paul Weston, Dust City

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“Here is a story that’s stranger than strange.
Before we begin you may want to arrange:
a blanket, a cushion, a comfortable seat,
and maybe some cocoa and something to eat.

I’ll warn you, of course, before we commence,
my story is eerie and full of suspense,
brimming with danger and narrow escapes,
and creatures of many remarkable shapes.

Dragons and ogres and gorgons and more,
and creatures you’ve not even heard of before.
And faraway places? There’s plenty of those!
(And menacing villains to tingle your toes.)

So ready your mettle and steady your heart.
It’s time for my story’s mysterious start...”
Robert Paul Weston, Zorgamazoo




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Robert Weston Reta wrote: "Congratulations! You're on the the list! http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Sec..."

Thanks, Reta! Very exciting news.


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Reta Pyke Congratulations! You're on the the list! http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Sec...


message 2: by Robert (last edited Oct 29, 2013 11:28AM)

Robert Weston So glad you liked it! The short answer to your question is: A LOT. I have a new verse novel in the style of Zorgamazoo coming out in Feb 2013; a coming-of-age teen novel out in spring 2014; and I'm currently working on a middle grade prose novel for fall 2013. So, yeah—a lot.


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Karin Thanks for requesting Friendship. I love DUST CITY. What are you working on now?


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