Robert Paul Weston burst on the literary scene in 2008 with Zorgamazoo, a wild and witty novel–in–verse for readers aged seven to seventy–plus. The story follows young Katrina Katrell on a fantastic journey from her home through secret underground tunnels, hidden cities, and even the moon, as she strives to save the world from a nefarious plot to deprive it of all whimsy and magic.
“Zorgamazoo is one of the most exciting children’s books to hit the shelves in a long time,” said Canadian Children’s Book News, while Booklist called it, “…a natural descendant of the works of Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl.”
Zorgamazoo won an OLA Silver Birch Award, was a Booklist top ten debut of 2008, an NCTE Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts (poetry), a 2009 Children’s Choice Award (International Reading Association & The Children’s Book Council), a 2009 Children’s Literature Assembly Notable Book, a 2010 California Young Reader Medal Nominee, a 2011 Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award and an E.B. White Read–Aloud Honor Book.
Dust City, Rob’s latest release, a novel for young adults, is “a tightly paced mystery, a coming of age story, and a vivid fantasy, all set against the backdrop of a world in which fairy tales are real,” says Quill and Quire. It was named a CLA Young Adult Honour Book for 2011.
Rob has worked as a trampolinist, a financial document shredder, a baker’s assistant, a web designer, a production coordinator for film and television, a language teacher, the managing editor of a literary magazine, and a dub’script writer for imported Japanese cartoons. A Film and Media Studies graduate of Queen’s University, he was born in England and has lived in Japan. Currently, he makes his home in Toronto.