A Single Stone

By Meg McKinlay

A beautifully crafted dystopian novel from award-winning author Meg McKinlay.

A thought-provoking and challenging middle grade novel about an isolated society rocked by the consequences of a tiny discovery. Jena is the leader of the line, a job every girl in the village dreams of. Watched over by the Mothers as one of the chosen seven, years spent denying herself food and wrapping her limbs have paid off. She is small enough to tunnel into the mountain and gather the harvest, risking her life with each mission. This has always been the way of things, but change is coming. When her suspicions begin to heighten, Jena starts to question things and the boundaries of her world shift irrevocably.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 11+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406368161
  • Published: 02 Jun 2016
  • Price: £6.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 272

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    '... 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' Books + Publishing

    'The book’s beautiful cover gave me goosebumps.' Readings

    'Wonderful. Highly recommended for readers of 13+' Books in Print

    'I can highly recommend this book. It takes a brave soul to question the status quo.' ReadPlus

    'After reading several fast-paced and adrenaline-driven novels recently, the steady, thoughtful unfolding of A Single Stone was refreshing.' 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.' Children's Books Daily

    'A haunting story' New Zealand Herald

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