Sarah Beth Durst

The Stone Girl's Story

ISBN: 9781328729453

The Stone Girl's Story

a middle grade novel
by Sarah Beth Durst
available now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Clarion Books

In a mesmerizing adventure exploring the power of stories and storytelling, a girl made of living stone braves unforeseen dangers and discovers unexpected strengths on a quest to save her family.

Mayka and her stone family were brought to life by the stories etched into their bodies. Now time is eroding these vital marks, and Mayka must find a stonemason to repair them. But the search is more complex than she had imagined, and Mayka uncovers a scheme endangering all stone creatures. Only someone who casts stories into stone can help -- but who can Mayka trust? Where is the stonemason who will save them?

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A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Mayka's kindness and steady loyalty, her friends' animated and varied personalities, and some downright brilliant problem-solving will carve themselves into readers' memories. Thoughtful, colorful, strengthening, and understatedly tender." -- Kirkus (Starred Review)

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"Featuring a richly diverse cast, vividly imagined worldbuilding, and passionate storytelling, Durst's middle grade fantasy is a feast for the senses." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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"An elegantly crafted tale that manages to feel wholly original and comfortingly classic at the same time, with a vibrant world, wonderful characters, and a perfectly-paced plot. I have no doubt every reader will have Mayka's story carved into their hearts by the end." -- Shannon Messenger, New York Times best-selling author of the Keeper of Lost Cities series

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"A wonderful book about finding your strength and telling your own story. Mayka, the stone girl, is everything I love in a heroine: brave, loyal, and clever!" -- Tui T. Sutherland, New York Times best-selling author of the Wings of Fire series

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