A Single Stone

By Meg McKinlay
Read by Lauren Ezzo

5.47 Hours 03/07/2017 unabridged
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In an isolated society, one girl makes a discovery that will change everything—and learns that a single stone, once set in motion, can bring down a mountain. Jena—strong, respected, reliable—is the leader of the line, a job every girl in the village dreams of. Watched over by the Mothers as one of the chosen seven, Jena has spent years denying herself food and wrapping her limbs, and it now pays off. She is small enough to squeeze through the tunnels of the mountain and gather the harvest, risking her life with each mission. No work is more important. This has always been the way of things, even if it isn’t easy. But as her suspicions mount and Jena begins to question the life she’s always known, the cracks in her world become impossible to ignore. Thought-provoking and quietly complex, Meg McKinlay’s novel unfolds into a harshly beautiful tale of belief, survival, and resilience stronger than stone.

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Summary

Summary

In an isolated society, one girl makes a discovery that will change everything—and learns that a single stone, once set in motion, can bring down a mountain.

Jena—strong, respected, reliable—is the leader of the line, a job every girl in the village dreams of. Watched over by the Mothers as one of the chosen seven, Jena has spent years denying herself food and wrapping her limbs, and it now pays off. She is small enough to squeeze through the tunnels of the mountain and gather the harvest, risking her life with each mission. No work is more important. This has always been the way of things, even if it isn’t easy. But as her suspicions mount and Jena begins to question the life she’s always known, the cracks in her world become impossible to ignore.

Thought-provoking and quietly complex, Meg McKinlay’s novel unfolds into a harshly beautiful tale of belief, survival, and resilience stronger than stone.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Lauren Ezzo’s somber tones reflect the harsh world of the girls who risk their lives in mountain tunnels to bring the harvest to their isolated village. Through inflection and pacing, Ezzo imbues McKinlay’s words with an enduring sorrow. Her greatest strength lies in her characterizations…A good listen for fans of dystopian fiction and mysteries.” AudioFile
“The prose flows gracefully, like rivulets down a mountainside…This Australian novel explores the ways in which identity is tied to the land one inhabits. A beautiful, sparkling gem.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“In addition to the book’s compelling story, McKinlay’s writing style is brilliantly poetic and spare.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Meg McKinlay

Meg McKinlay is a poet and the author of numerous books for children and young adults. She has a PhD in Japanese literature and divides her time between teaching and writing.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Runtime: 5.47
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English