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by Charlie Fletcher

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'Deep in the City something had been woken, so old that people had been walking past it for centuries without giving it a second look...'

When George breaks the dragon's head outside the Natural History Museum he awakes an ancient power. This prehistoric beast, sentry-still for centuries, hunts him down with a terrifying wrath. And this is just the beginning

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'Deep in the City something had been woken, so old that people had been walking past it for centuries without giving it a second look...'

When George breaks the dragon's head outside the Natural History Museum he awakes an ancient power. This prehistoric beast, sentry-still for centuries, hunts him down with a terrifying wrath. And this is just the beginning... The taints and spits - statues with opposing natures - are warring forces; wreaking deadly havoc on the city landscape. The World War One gunner offers protection of sorts; and the wisdom of the Sphinx is legendary. But George and his companion Edie are trapped in a world of danger. And worse - they are quite alone. The rest of London is oblivious to their plight.

This epic adventure exposes forces long-layered in the fabric of London. After entering its richly original and breathtaking world, the city streets and skyline will never again seem the same!

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9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Having studied English Literature at university , Charlie began his career in the film business carrying cans of film round Soho and making very bad cups of tea on the principal that he'd then be asked to do something a bit more interesting, a strategy that he recommends to anyone starting out as a tea-boy. He progressed to the BBC where he worked in film editing on everything from Drama to Current Affairs. He then went to California where he morphed into a screenwriter, having been awarded a Warner Brothers Fellowship in Screenwriting at USC School of Cinema and TV. He's written screenplays for Tri-Star, MGM, Paramount and Warner Bros among others. He continues to write for the movies, and also television. He still thinks that being a film editor is a pretty damn fine way to learn about story-telling in general, and narrative structure and pacing in particular. Charlie also moved into other types of writing including magazine features, a computer game and as both a national Sunday newspaper columnist and restaurant reviewer. Finally he found the way to combine all those writing strands and produced some rattling-good children's books! The Stoneheart trilogy has been a massive international hit and Charlie has recently sold the movie rights of Stoneheart to Paramount. He has also been asked to write the screenplay himself, which just shows you should never make plans, since he actually wrote the books to get away from Hollywood for a bit... In his personal life, Charlie met and married his wife, a fellow Scot, in LA. They have two children, whom Charlie calls his first, most important, and toughest audience. They've all now returned from California and live in Edinburgh with a terrier called Archie.

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Stoneheart 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 73 reviews.
SilentRanger More than 1 year ago
Review of the Book Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher Have you ever tried to fix something but something else prevented you from fixing it? Well, that happened to the main character in the book Stoneheart. His name was George Chapman and his life was normal in a big house at London. As soon as the rich boy broke a dragon gargoyle's head everything changed, his life, his friends, and most importantly, his sight. After he broke the head he saw gargoyles and other statues made out of rock, metal, gold, and many more. Soon he was running with a statue called the Gunner and the Gunner told George to find the Black Friar. Will he find it or not.. Stoneheart is an exciting and a book that you just can't put down! This story is very adventurous and is a great book for adventure lovers, curious people, and people who love thrilling books. This whole book is good for schools because you can make lots of predictions. I recommend this book to people because this fantasy book proves that even fantasy can be fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher is a fast pace adventure. It is a book filled with action. The book is for someone who enjoys action, adventure and the unexpected. It is about a boy named George, who breaks a stone carving in anger. Then suddenly finds himself in a world of bronze men walking around and gargoyles chasing after him. He is not the only one to see this other world. Edie and others who were cursed by the stone can also see this world. In order to escape he must make amends for his troubles. The book has a unique style of writing. At first the story happens fast, one thing after another, then the action starts to slow and it becomes easier to read. The book has many conflicts that become exposed after the pace starts to slow. The characters in the book are mostly human. They are confused by all the information being thrown at them. The author does such a great job in his writing that it makes the book thrilling. The book continues to add more and more plot twists and information. The way he writes it makes it easy to read. This book will keep you wanting to read to the end to find out if George and the others make it back to their world.
dakotadj More than 1 year ago
Browsing the store, I came across this first book in a series. The cover attracted me. I loved its great character description and the draw to keep on reading clear to the end. The tween world is a fascinating idea. I am anxious to gest a copy of the next book in the trilogy. I highly recommend this story.
brightmyer More than 1 year ago
"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 More than 1 year ago
I literally had no idea what was going on the entire time. Very poorly described settings and forgetful characters.
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Jadn More than 1 year ago
This story would make a fantastical film. Sadly, it is written in that manner, making it really hard to follow the story in book format.  The imagination of the author is fantastical, and this book is definitely refreshing and out of the box thinking. George finds himself swept up into another London, where all the rules he thought existed are turned upside down, and statues come to life. But not all statues are good, there are the spits who are human like and overall good, but then there are also taints that are gargoyles who are collectively seeking to destroy George. The story is filled with a lot of action, and unexpected twists that keeps the reader always wondering what is going to happen next. Or at least... what kind of trouble is George going to get into now.  The big criticism that I have about this first book is the Point of View (POV) problem that many first time authors face.  Throughout the book, the author is constantly jumping between characters. The reader gets snapshots of what are happening in the minds of all the characters at the same time. Which if this was a movie, it would work to constantly focus on different people, but in written format make it utterly confusing. However, this has not deterred me from reading the rest of the series, and the author does a much better job at keeping this to a minimum and eliminating this problem, in subsequent series of this book.  If you can splodge through this first one, the second one is much better. As for family friendliness, it rates a 5 out of 5, because this is a book about kids for kids to learn about the choices we make and the consequences that come from those choices whether good or bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wnted to like this book but found it haed to
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This book is totally EPIC!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is by far one of the best i've ever read and i dontnlikenreading that much. I thinkvthis is angreat book for anyone
cindylb More than 1 year ago
Good book
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I personally love this book I just started and I love it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally think that this book is te best you can get. I just started today and I already have this book on my Nook!!!
Mintheart More than 1 year ago
I randomly picked this book up and after having it for a while I finally picked it up to read. Its hard for me to not like a book,I can normally pick up any kind of book and love it, but this one didn't really catch me. Its kinda boring. I enjoy the storyline and I like the idea of statues coming to life. Overall this book had it ups and downs and plenty of confusing parts. I probably will not read the rest of this series.
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"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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