- Paperback: 496 pages
- Age Range: 6 - 11 years
- Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; 1st edition (20 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340911638
- ISBN-13: 978-0340911631
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.8 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stoneheart: Book 1 Paperback – 20 Sep 2007
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An extremely clever and original book .... The idea alone is so interesting that is would appeal to almost everybody (Emily Morton, aged 14 Scottish Sunday Herald)
Intelligently and elegantly written, with pace and suspence, varied and convincing dialogue and big themes of loyalty, sacrifice and emotional growth, Stoneheart will make readers see London with new eyes (The Sunday Times)
After entering its richly original and breathtaking world, the city streets and skyline will never again seem the same (Children's Zone)
A fantastical, fast-paced adventure (Publishing News)
The plot is intricate, multi-layered and the world in which the boys are trapped is breathtaking. Charlie Fletcher is a brilliant storyteller and Stone Heart is an epic adventure that's not to be missed (Love Reading 4 Kids)
A really exciting read (Surrey Quarterly Magazine)
Erudition, lively prose and ingenuity combine, making this a not-to-be-missed addition to the fantasy oeuvre that will have readers thumping the air with delight! (Books For Keeps)
Another highly original fantasy ... the unrelentling thrills never let up and the careful and intelligent integration of realities never interefers with the action (School Librarian)
Thrilling stuff (The Scotsman)
Exploding with action on every page. I was gripped from the very first line ... A must-read for fantasy and adventure lovers (Abbie Smith, aged 12 Watford Observer)
Fantastic! (Lisa Brown, aged 13 Watford Observer)
Adventurous, believable and easy to get into the story (Andrew Reid, St Thomas Aquin's High Teen Titles)
A highly original page-turner ... This breathtakingly imaginative and inventive fantasy/horror story should come with a warning that once begun it is impossible to put down. The term page-turner does not do it justice and it will change your view of London forever (Book Trust)
Darkly magical (The Guardian)
An immensely enjoyable page turner with a thrilling twist around every corner! (Eleanor Colquitt, year 7 The Whitehaven News)
A fantastical, fast-paced adventure. (Publishing News)
Thrilling stuff. (The Scotsman)
An admirable debut. (The Sunday Times)
A highly original page-turner. (The Sunday Times)
A supernatural thriller with an intriguing premise. (The Mail on Sunday)
An original story that is destined to be a classic. After reading this thrilling adventure, London will never look the same again!See all Product Description
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A delight from start to finish, the idea of statues coming to life is an original idea, well told. Fletcher effortlessly introduces the reader to the concept of the taints (statues who look like animals) and spits (statues who look like humans) and builds up additional layers of complexity. The use of London's geography is excellent and the book includes a map in the book identifying where the key character statues are located.
George is a lost and confused character but what happens to him forces him to re-evaluate his life and develop a confidence of his own. His relationship with Gunner is well portrayed, as is his more complex relationship with Edie (for me the star of the book). Edie is trying to come to terms with what she is and learn more of her strange gift, which the statues see as a curse. Fletcher keeps the flashback scenes fresh and original (particularly his recreation of a Frost Fair) and uses them to form a central mystery that keeps this trilogy going. Edie's loneliness echoes George's with both keeping people at a distance. The way in which they come to like and respect each other is well-handled and touching.Read more ›
Can't say I'm too interested in what happens next.
Stoneheart is an exciting, inventive and fast-paced tale that romps through London. We are looking forward to visiting all the statues next time we are in London - I got him a photo of the Gunner and the Spout, cat gargoyle, the other week. Edie is an interesting and fiesty heroine, George is a believable and engaging protagonist and I confess to having a small crush on the valiant Gunner. A great series for kids age 9 and up regardless of location, and even more fun if you can actual visit all the statues too.
Lonely and disliked at school, George is on a class museum trip when in response to a dark feeling of anger he doesn't understand, he breaks a stone carving outside the museum on a wall. This sparks a day and night like 'Night At The Museum' because wherever he goes, statues and carvings start coming to life. The first is a large pterodactyl which looks hungry and won't be shaken in pursuit of the kid.
Ellie, a miserable orphan girl who can see the past in statues, joins George, though not intending to aid him; just to see if he can do what she can. The answer is no, but the statues don't care and pick on both of the youngsters, who spend much time running in desperation and collapsing into exhausted sleep. Fortunately some of the statues are people-shaped (spits) as opposed to monsters or animals (taints) so more inclined to be helpful. Much of the story occurs outdoors and the few buildings entered provide good contrasting locations. The human cast is small - because nobody else can see the fantasy.
A map in the front is helpful to trace George's journey and many people will be keen to follow it themselves and spot the statues, including a magnificent dragon guarding the City at Fleet Street.
The fast-paced tale encompasses some strong and dark themes, including parent loss, violence, sacrifice, coming of age and distrust. I suggest parental guidance if giving this to a young person under twelve.Read more ›
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book is fine but the text setting is wrong. It is very pale and difficult to read on a kindle paperwhite.it flashes black on a page change then goes to grey. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. I. C. Graham
For Kindle the text appears to have been formatted incorrectly. As a result the text appears faded out and is difficult to read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent series - generally an original idea (though it draws on all sorts of sources). Great characterisation, excellent villains, a genuine sense of danger - sustained fast... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ms Louise Wilford
Like all Charlie Fletcher books (bar one) a good book showing his love for London.Published 13 months ago by edward s
Before I even got to chapter seven,I was hooked in.To me it sounds like I read as quick as a flash.It was AMAZINGPublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer