Review: Stone Girl by Eleni Hale

Stone Girl

Winner of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2019

A heartbreaking novel of raw survival, hope, determination, and the children society likes to forget. A stunning and unforgettable debut Australian YA by author Eleni Hale.

An unspeakable event changes everything for main character twelve-year-old Sophie. No more Mum, school or bed of her own. Sophie is made a ward of the state and grows up in a volatile world where kids make their own rules, adults don’t exist and the only constant is never ending change.

Then she meets Gwen, Matty and Spiral. Spiral is the most furious, intense and beautiful boy Sophie has ever known. As their bond tightens and evolves Sophie really begins to confront what happened in her past.

“I’m at the cop shop. There’s blood splattered across my face and clothes. In this tiny room with walls the colour of winter grey sky I hug a black backpack full of treasures. Only one thing is certain … no one can ever forgive me for what I’ve done”.

Praise for Eleni Hale’s Stone Girl:

‘Eleni Hale’s Stone Girl is one of the most compelling YA novels I have read in a long time.’ – 2019 guest judge, Cath Crowley

‘Hale’s prose is precise and powerful, deftly balancing bleakness with glimmers of hard-won hope and inner steel. Stone Girl is a crucial and heartbreaking contemporary story for an informed generation.’ – Georgia Phelan, chair of judges 

Coralie Kouvelas – Reading Coordinator Whittlesea Library

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