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A Single Stone

A Single Stone

Middle grade fiction with dystopian elements. Challenging and thought-provoking; affecting and beautifully crafted.Every girl dreams of being part of the line - the chosen seven who tunnel deep into the mountain to find the harvest. No work is more important. Jena is the leader o... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781925081701
Barcode 9781925081701
Published 1 May 2015 by Walker Books Australia
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By McKinlay, Meg
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Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781925081701
ISBN-10 1925081702
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Walker Books Australia
Imprint Walker Books Australia
Publication Date 1 May 2015
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By McKinlay, Meg
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Fantasy & Magical Realism
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 200mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 244g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 566821

Description of this Book

Every girl dreams of being part of the line - the chosen seven who tunnel deep into the mountain to find the harvest. No work is more important. Jena is the leader of the line - strong, respected, reliable. And - as all girls must be - she is small; her years of training have seen to that. It is not always easy but it is the way of the things. And so a girl must wrap her limbs, lie still, deny herself a second bowl of stew. Or a first. But what happens when one tiny discovery makes Jena question everything she has ever known? What happens when moving a single stone changes everything?

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review ... engaging, beautifully written novel that manages to pose big questions about gender and power, and thoroughly entertain. This is a quietly powerful, polished story ... FOUR STARS -- Frances Atkinson * Books + Publishing * The book's beautiful cover gave me goosebumps. -- Readings * Readings * Wonderful. Highly recommended for readers of 13+ -- Books in Print * Books in Print * I can highly recommend this book. It takes a brave soul to question the status quo. -- ReadPlus * ReadPlus * After reading several fast-paced and adrenaline-driven novels recently, the steady, thoughtful unfolding of A Single Stone was refreshing. -- Susan Whelan * Kids' Book Review * `A Single Stone' is everything I want in book for our young people: beautifully haunting writing; each word carefully considered; a melodic rhythm to the story; and issues so varied and vast that young minds are set alight with imaginings and then burn slow with questions and gathered wisdom. -- Megan Daley * Children's Books Daily * A haunting story -- Sue Baxalle * New Zealand Herald * A Single Stone is well written and developed and is wonderfully creepy. -- Helen Spiers * Otago Daily Times * McKinlay has created what I hope will become an Australian YA contemporary classic -- The Australian * Joy Lawn * A top - notch young adult novel that is a gripping and enthralling read. -- Bookrapt * Bookrapt * This was an enlightening and thought provoking read -- Lamont * Lamont * Readers will feel squeezed by the mountain, shocked along with Jena at the discoveries she makes, and warmed by the hope of the resolution. Wonderful. -- Sally Murphy * Aussie Reviews * A Single Stone is a very visual story and the descriptions of being inside the mountain are so vivid. -- Reading Time * Reading Time * Best Books of 2015 -- The Australian * The Australian * Written in scintillating prose filled with rich metaphors, this imaginative and well-crafted story is for the 12+ age group. -- Buzz Words * Buzz Words * In almost all cases, shortness of breath is not a great feeling. In this instance, though, it was merely a symptom of good writing, and it happened as I read the opening pages of Meg McKinlay's taut, thoughtful story... * Books+Publishing * This is a fascinating. beautifully written and extraordinary original story. * Magpies Magazine *

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Author's Bio

Meg McKinlay grew up in Bendigo, Victoria, in a book-loving, TV- and car-free household. On the long and winding path to becoming a children's writer, she has worked a variety of jobs including swim instructor, tour guide, translator and teacher. These days, she lives with her family near the ocean in Fremantle and divides her time between teaching and writing, a balance that swings wildly between chaos and calm. She is always busy cooking up more books and you can visit her on the web at www.megmckinlay.com

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