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A Single Stone : Winner 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Young Adult Fiction - Meg McKinlay

A Single Stone

Winner 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Young Adult Fiction

By: Meg McKinlay

Paperback | 1 May 2015

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2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Winner - Young Adult Fiction
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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 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?

Industry Reviews
... 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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