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  • Posted April 26, 2009

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    Stoneheart is Great Beginning of a Trilogy

    "On a school trip to the Natural History Museum in London, a 12-year-old loner named George is banished for something he didn't do. Angry, he lashes out and breaks off a dragon's head carved onto the wall of the museum. Next thing he knows, a pterodactyl carving comes to life and begins to chase him."

    And so begins George's adventures in "unLondon." He is soon chased by many fanciful creatures come alive from stone statues. He first encounters Gunner, a statue of a World War I soldier, who helps to save the boy from the pterodactyl. The pair soon meet up with Edie, a "glint" with the power to see the past.

    In order for George to go back to the London he knows, the London where stone statues don't come to life, he must return the broken dragon's head to the Stone Heart. Gunner and Edie, plus a cast of other characters, help George in achieving his objective.

    In the beginning of the book, George is feeling sorry for himself because his father is dead and his mother barely has time for him. Edie is portrayed as a cold-hearted survivor who has always looked after herself. But during the course of their adventures through the unusual streets of London, their characters start to evolve.

    Some of the other interesting characters from the book are the Sphinxes who only give answers in riddles, the Clocker who continually marks the time, the Black Friar who tells them where the Stone Heart is, the Walker who is pure evil incarnate and the Minotaur who is part bull, part human and all bad. We also get glimpses of dragons and gargoyles. Fletcher has turned a collection of the actual statues around London into an astonishing assortment of personalities and monsters.

    Although marketed to children and young adults, I don't think I would recommend this for younger children mainly because of some of the scary and dangerous situations George and Edie encounter, but I highly recommend it for older children and teenagers, as well as adults like me who love young adult books. This is the first book in the Stoneheart Trilogy and as soon as I put the last period on this post, I'm ready to start Ironhand, the next book in the series. The final book is entitled Silvertongue.

    Charlie Fletcher is a British author and screenwriter. Stoneheart was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award in 2007. There is a movie in development for release in 2010.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A great book read by one of the best

    "Stoneheart" is one of the best books I've read and listened to this year. Charlie Fletcher has written an inventive page-turner and Jim Dale, one of the finest audio book readers, adds his usual flair to his reading. Even though this is considered a book for middle-grade readers, I have recommended this book to a number of adults who have enjoyed it as much as I.

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

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    A Good Read, but may not Completely Win the Reader's Heart

    "Stoneheart," by Charlie Fletcher is the first installment in the "Stoneheart" trilogy, soon to me made into a movie. Containing a good amount of action and adventure, this book is a good read, but may not completely win the reader's heart and stick in their mind forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    This book rocked!

    I read this book and couldn't put it down.!!!!!!I've also read the second book.If you read it, you'll find that Fletcher states 'you can't change the past, even though it hasn't happened yet' ''Hint. If you've read this book and are reading this, this quote connects to the Frost Fair incident.' This book rocked. I liked how George has gotten braver throughout the book. If Charlie Fletcher dosen't write the third book- I will be sad and a little angry!!!This series rocks.My copy has been worn out and the pages are falling apart!!!!!!!!!that's how much I love it! Charlie Fletcher, if you're reading this, Please hurry with the third book!! I can barely wait!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    Enjoyable reading

    While considered a 'teen' book, I found this to be quite enjoyable and similar in structure The Golden Compass series. Nothing real heady here, just an enjoyable venture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2007

    Twisting and Turning, This Ends With A Jump Off A Cliff

    How should I begin? This book begins when slightly troubled George Chapman brakes the head off a dragon stature. Bothe he and Edie are good people deep down, yet they have anger management issues. Anyway, he now has the stones rattled, and taints are after him. It is an unsuial book, and the author has a ralatively good vocabulary dispit the short sentences and paragraghs. I am not sure about the way it ended, nor how edie fits in in that particular mannor, and I still thinkin about the mirrow, the knife,the hat, the Frost Fair, and the friar. I read an reviwe by Snowstorm, and yes, it seems as if something between the minnows and the objects are conected, and, perhaps,the friar is hiding something because of that. I would give this book two stars, though I chose the three marking because 'disapointing' is not the word I would use. I do want to find out what happens, thouhg, so I might get the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2007

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    If you haven't read this book yet: A great book. I love the short sentences, the plot, and all the quotes. I just wish Fletcher would explain a little more. For all of you who have read this book: See, here's what I think: I think that the Black Friar and the Walker are connected somehow. After all, I suspect that the Black Friar is also a Servant of the Stone. Or something like that. That's why he looked so eager for the dragon head, because he wanted to go and make his amends. Also, they both had those mirrors - the mirrors that have the Gunner's knife and hat. And I wonder... What if the mirrors transport you to another time? Like to the time of the Frost Fair? I guess only time will tell...

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