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A heartbreaking story of raw survival and hope, and the children society likes to forget. A stunning and unforgettable debut YA.
An unspeakable event changes everything for twelve-year-old Sophie. No more Mum, school or bed of her own. She’s made a ward of the state and grows up in a volatile world where kids make their own rules, adults don’t count and the only constant is change.
Until one day she meets Gwen, Matty and Spiral. Spiral is the most furious, beautiful boy Sophie has ever known. And as their bond tightens she finally begins to confront what happened in her past.
I’m at the police station. There’s blood splattered across my face and clothes. In this tiny room with walls the colour of winter sky I hug a black backpack full of treasures. Only one thing is certain . . . no one can ever forgive me for what I’ve done.
About the Author
Eleni Hale was a reporter at the Herald Sun, a communications strategist for the union movement and has written for many print and online news publications. Her short story fig was published as part of the ABC’s In their branches project and she has received three Varuna awards. She lives in Melbourne, and is currently working on her second book. Stone Girl is her first novel.
This story illustrates how easily and rapidly an innocent child can get derailed in life, slip through the cracks and be lost. Sophie's experience is one that should be a wake-up call to our child welfare system.
Emotional, powerful and dripping with realism
The great thing about Stone Girl is that it doesn't sugar-coat anything... When a young teenage girl named Sophie becomes a ward of the state she doesn't go into a fairy tale land where she develops magical powers or bonds with a group of 'heart-of-gold' types... she has a REALLY hard time where things don't get better, they get worse. There's no prince riding in to save her..
The author spent a lot of her teenage years as a ward of state and it is eye opening to see just what innocent children are being forced into becoming due to the lack of attention children in state care receive. Overcrowded group homes and limited chances at permanent / semi-permanent placements... it must be a nightmare to live like that, especially without the emotional support of a family.
This is a very important book and one I hope gets a lot of attention for bringing to light a segment of society who rarely gets to have their voice heard.
ISBN: 9780143785613 ISBN-10: 0143785613 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 368 Published: 30th April 2018 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1