A Single Stone

By MCKINLAY, Meg

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ISBN
9780763688370
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on January 1, 2017  |  Young Adult

Gr 6 Up—In a compelling and poignant dystopian novel, McKinlay tells the story of young Jena, bred through generations to be as small as possible. Jena is part of a team of impossibly petite, malnourished girls who spelunk through the tight tunnels and crevices of the large mountain near their village, harvesting a lifesaving heat source—mica. They live in a matriarchal society run exclusively by a team of elder women called the "Mothers." When Jena begins to notice that the Mothers are inducing pregnancies months early in orde...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2017

Jena lives in a completely isolated mountain valley settlement, in a dreary, hardscrabble world governed by the matriarchal group "The Mothers." During bitter winters, the only source of fuel is mica, which is harvested from inside the mountains by "the line," a group of seven pre-adolescent girls. (The nature of mica is the only "magic" detail in the story.) The girls are bound from birth and chronically starved to keep them thin enough to slip into t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2018

Jena lives in a completely isolated mountain valley settlement, in a dreary, hardscrabble world governed by the matriarchal group "The Mothers." During bitter winters, the only source of fuel is mica, which is harvested from inside the mountains by "the line," a group of seven pre-adolescent girls. (The nature of mica is the only "magic" detail in the story.) The girls are bound from birth and chronically starved to keep them thin enough to slip into t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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