The Stone Girl's Story

The Stone Girl's Story

Exploring the power of stories and storytelling, Sarah Beth Durst presents the mesmerizing adventure of a girl made of living stone who braves unforeseen dangers and magical consequences on a crucial 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 Exploring the power of stories and storytelling, Sarah Beth Durst presents the mesmerizing adventure of a girl made o...

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Nope. Magical symbols and marks carved into the stone statues are what give them life. (Not a spoiler). Plus she's carved as a 12 year old girl.

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  • Emma (Miss Print)
    Mar 22, 2018
    Mayka and her stone family were brought to life by the markings etched into their bodies--symbols that represent who they are and the stories of their live. Mayka's father was a talented stonemason. He created fish that could swim, rabbits, birds, and even a turtle before he used every...
  • Kim
    Apr 01, 2018
    What a wonderful story! A few years ago I read a few of Sarah Beth Durst's books; Into the Wild and the Girl Who Could Not Dream; and completely loved them; her way of telling a story appeals to the fantasy world I believe in as a child. When I saw The Stone Girl's Story I had to reque...
  • Tasha
    May 19, 2018
    Mayka is a stone girl, created by Father, a stone mason who lived alone with his stone creations on a mountain. Father died years ago and now some of Mayka?s friends, whose markings are wearing off with age, are in danger of becoming statues instead of living stone. So Mayka decides ...
  • Amanda
    Aug 20, 2018
    I picked this up several times and then put it down again before finally settling down into reading it. I loved Durst's books; she always has an unusual take on things, a different way of looking at the usual, that I adore, and this book took it to a whole new level. I feel like a f...
  • Melissa
    May 09, 2018
    While I don't read much MG, I'm always up for a good story. I also love the author's work so adding this to my reading pile was a no brainer. I was also not disappointed. The story is of stone which comes to life if a skilled stonemason carves and then gives story to the various for...
  • Suzanne
    Apr 02, 2018
    What if you were carved from stone, but alive? What if you slowed and eventually went to sleep as the carved marks wore away with time? This is what had begun happening to Mayka's friends. Their father was a stonemason who carved them all, but now there is no one to keep the marks fres...
  • Charlotte
    Mar 26, 2018
    I loved this story of a girl who, though she is made of stone, is just as alive as anyone else, with the capacity to grow, and change, and act on the side of justice. ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 22, 2018
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Mayka was made by Father, a master stone mason who has since died. She lives in the mountain with her family of stone creatures, but as their markings wear off with age, the creatures are in danger of slowing completely down, like Turtle, whom Mayka mourns....
  • Kathy Martin
    Mar 03, 2018
    THE STONE GIRL'S STORY is a wonderful middle grade fantasy. Mayka is a girl who was carved of stone by Father who also carved many other creatures: birds Jacklo and Risa, rabbits Dersy and Harlisona, the owl Nianna, Etho the lizard, Turtle, Badger, the cat Kalgray, and the fish. But Fa...
  • Karissa
    Sep 23, 2018
    I was super excited to read this and it ended up being good but not great. The story was a bit slow and boring for me, but I think younger readers would find it more entertaining and interesting. This book would be great for kids of all ages. Mayka is a girl carved from stone whose...
  • Jen
    Apr 14, 2018
    DISCLAIMER: I have met the author of this book at various book shows and she has come to our store to do a book signing before, so I already have a positive feeling towards this author. She is sweet and nice and funny and while I am sure that plays a part in her writing ability, that d...
  • Heaven Ashlee
    Sep 24, 2018
    To be completely honest, I picked up this book because of the cover. I'm a sucker for a good cover, especially one that is illustrated (hallelujah middle grade books almost always having illustrated covers!). I didn't know a single thing about the plot except what the title and cover g...
  • Sabrina Fox
    Mar 13, 2018
    "Turtle had stopped moving last week. He'd warned Mayka and the others a year ago, when he first began to slow - but he moved so slowly anyway that she hadn't believed him. Not really. She'd always thought they'd have one more afternoon. On the mountain, there was always another after...
  • Fafa's Book Corner
    May 02, 2018
    Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner! Beware spoilers ahead! Trigger warning: Abuse towards stone creatures, mention of war, and an abusive society. I have readThe Queen of Bloodby this author and thoroughly enjoyed it! When I heard that Sarah Beth Durst was releasing a m...
  • Mark Buxton
    Mar 18, 2018
    My name is Mayka, and my father has died. The etchings on our stone bodies are fading, and the marks are what give us life. I'm leaving our home on the mountain for the first time, and I must find a new stonemason to fix the carvings. I'm happy that Risa and Jacklo are with me. The sto...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Apr 02, 2018
    4.5 stars - really a delightful middle grade novel, and it's standalone! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: Fearless Girl statue High up in the mountains, in a marble house, live a stone girl and her animal friends, who are also carved from stone. In this world, magical...
  • Elaine
    Nov 10, 2018
    I really enjoyed this! It has a fairy-tale-like quality to it, with beautiful imagery and thoughtful world-building, similar to Grace Lin's "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" series. There's also stories within the main story that unveils more and more of this story world. I really en...
  • Kacey
    Apr 12, 2018
    I'm so glad I'm coming across these amazing works of children's literature. This one I loved because I am a storyteller, so of course anything having to do with that will pique my interest. I also loved the world this book created and all the beings inhabiting that world. I loved how e...
  • Becky B
    Dec 05, 2018
    Mayka, a girl, and her animal friends are all made of stone. Their Father created them with special marks carved into them that tells their stories and gives them abilities. But Father died many, many years ago and now their marks are starting to fade. Old Turtle has grown still becaus...
  • Suze Lavender
    Apr 11, 2018
    Mayka's creator made his stone creatures come to life through intricate markings that are telling their story. Mayka is a girl made of stone with her history etched on her body. Because stone lasts longer than a human life, Mayka and the stone animals she lives with now no longer have ...
  • snowplum
    Apr 03, 2018
    Full disclosure for people who've never read any of my other reviews: I've basically got two settings, Coldly Intellectual and Ball of Mush. The book caught me in Ball of Mush mode, and I started crying within sentences. Following is a rough transcript of what followed, serving the dua...
  • Tasha
    Jun 11, 2018
    See this review at https://booksandbiscuits674138277.wor... This book took me way too long to read, mainly because I just couldn't stay engaged. I think the most important thing to me in any novel is the characters, and unfortunately I just couldn't empathize with these ones. Maybe ...
  • Leah
    Jun 17, 2018
    This was different. I liked the stone creatures and the magic. I also liked the characters, especially Si-Si and Mayka. They had interesting stories. I liked the mountain and journey chapters better the town chapters. I thought they were more interesting. ...
  • Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
    Mar 23, 2018
    *I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This such a great book. It's really original, and managed to surprise me a lot. There's a charming cast of characters, a wonderful focus on how stories define you and who gets to tell those stories, bu...
  • Lisa Brintlinger
    Jul 26, 2018
    A fresh story! A live stone girl surrounded by stone animals, her family! It confirms the power of stories and storytelling, you make your family from those around you whom you love, and tells of a girl's journey of choices. An enjoyable read!!! ...
  • Janet Slipak
    Jul 30, 2018
    DESCRIPTION: Exploring the power of stories and storytelling, Sarah Beth Durst presents the mesmerizing adventure of a girl made of living stone who braves unforeseen dangers and magical consequences on a crucial quest to save her family. Mayka and her stone family were brought t...
  • Loretta Marchize (on hiatus)
    Jul 10, 2018
    This book was a little confusing at times, and I think it could have ended a chapter earlier, then had an epilouge that only included the last bits. OTHER than that (all minor) this was a great book! A middle-gread novel, so content-free and a nice story. I liked the ending. Note...
  • Erin
    Oct 16, 2018
    This was a wonderfully touching book about loyalty, bravery and friendship. Sarah Beth Durst has a very distinctive, thoughtful kind of writing style, at least to me. This book brought up things like what really makes a person alive, not letting others determine your story for you, a...
  • Talia
    Aug 19, 2018
    Goodish ...
  • hpboy13
    Sep 13, 2018
    I?ve been a loyal fan of Sarah Beth Durst for long enough to recognize her signatures: a fantastical world, an emphasis on the power of stories, and a fundamentally good heroine who becomes awesome. I?m happy to report that all of these things are deployed very effectively in The S...