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Flint Heart, The

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,110 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
Long ago, in the land of Dartmoor, a magic man created an enchanted charm that granted its possessor incredible power—at the cost of the wearer’s own tenderness and compassion. After the merciless Flint Heart causes much destruction, it is lost among the reeds and rocks of the moor, where a kindly farmer discovers it thousands of years later. With the Flint Heart in his po ...more
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Published September 27th 2011 by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
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Review of an advance copy:
I hope when the final edition comes out that the book will more clearly explain that this story was written in 1910 and was just abridged/updated by the Patersons. The only place I could find that on the ARC was in a little note on the back. It felt kind of funny, because the book was reading like an old classic and slightly old-fashioned and also not much like Katherine Paterson's other stories. When I understood it was someone else's story, it all made sense. As for t
Mar 20, 2012 Tami rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I want to begin by saying that I think Katherine Patterson is enormously talented author and her book The Great Gilly Hopkins is one of my all-time favorites. It is precisely because of my past experience with Patterson’s work that I was anxious to read The Flint Heart.

Unfortunately, The Flint Heart was a disappointment for me. I probably would not have actually finished the book had I not been confident that Patterson’s extraordinary gifts would eventually break through. For me, at least, this
Nov 03, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember the last time I've seen such a deluxe children's book as this newest book from Katherine and John Paterson. Imagine heavy, glossy pages, a large type face, lush gold trim swirling around the cover illustrations, and a multitude of rich, magical illustrations by John Rocco throughout the book. (See Wolf! Wolf! for another beautiful book by Mr. Rocco.)

The story itself is a true fairy tale. There are pixies and fairies and all sorts of tiny talking creatures. There is magic and mys
Please consider this a 3.5 rating and very nearly a four. Overall this was an interesting and well told story. It reminded me very much of something my fourth grade teacher would have read out loud to the class a chapter at a time after recess each day. And that's a big compliment. In fact, I think this book probably needs to be read aloud. That being said, I think I was expecting something that...consumed me and totally swept me into an imaginary world and this didn't deliver that.

Jan 20, 2015 Js26jl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
School Library Journal
( March 01, 2012; 9781455822430 )

I dearly loved the fantastical telling of the story in a manner akin to the old fairy tales -- where the wicked can cause a great deal of damage to people’s lives and where characters must make the initiative to solve the problem (with a little help of magic). What is alluring about this book is its layout, design, and the illustrations sometimes it is hard to ignore these pictures in favor of contin
Apr 13, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, cln
Five thousand years ago, a warrior named Phutt had a beef with the chief of his tribe, Brok, and asked the tribe's mystery man, Fum, to create a charm made of flint rock to give him a hard heart. Reluctantly, Fum does so and Phutt becomes a mad man, killing children, whacking a man in the head with an ax and killing him, acting defiantly towards the chief and eventually killing him too, etc. When Phutt dies and his reign thankfully ends, his remains and the Flint Heart are buried together and fo ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I enjoy the author and would read any new book by her that piqued my interest. I read this aloud to my son.

I'll start by saying that my son enjoyed this book much more than I did. That is factored into my rating. I read a chapter a day but before each reading I'd have my son give me a little recap on what happened last time as I was honestly so bored I couldn't remember what was going on. I kept thinking about the last book we read together! However when we were finished the
Jun 03, 2012 Teela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This past week I had my darling grandaughter, 9 yr. old Laney, who is growing up entirely too fast, but for right now, we have alot in common and I adore having her around. She is an avid reader and read The Flint Heart by Katherine & John Paterson. Since she was so quick in her reading, I asked if she would like to give a review and this is her review of this wonderful book:

The Flint Heart was created many years ago as a charm that is a rock that makes people evil. Many people end up gettin
Best part of this book: John Rocco's illustrations, which are literally breathtaking. The story itself is kind of cool, a stereotypical fable about greed vs kindness, with the tale spanning several eras/generations. The flint heart is a sort of Lord of the Rings ring, capturing all who possess it and turning their souls to badness. And I like fairy stories.

Unfortunately, I felt that the Patersons tried to be way too cutesy with it - they are clearly railing against simplified storybooks, and uph
Ardea Smith
Sep 07, 2013 Ardea Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-log
Title / Author / Publication Date: The Flint Heart/Katherine Paterson/2011

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Plot summary: An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe's magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. Thousands of years later, the talisman reemerges to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial
Jul 11, 2015 Noah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was exciting and awesome and I recommend it!

This book touches on what happens when a charismatic but roguish man insinuates himself into the realm of a happy, perfect marriage. Of course, that’s merely the setup and if it sounds clichéd don’t be discouraged. There’s a lot more to this story than meets the eye.

Ms. Hart eschews the easy route of a predictable ménage à trois. There is more than heated sex going on between the sheets. While the three main characters do enjoy their sexual romps, the story ranges further abroad. Other character
I really wanted to like this book. I loved the beginning with the cavemen, but once we got to Charles and Unity I found myself bored. The story had lost the charm and fun that it began with. I don't know if that was due to the re-writing of the original, or if Eden Phillpotts' story also had this failing.

I really did like Katherine Paterson's letter at the end and I'm glad I decided to keep listening.
Oct 15, 2011 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on I watch my grandchildren 3 days of the week after school, so upon recieving this book it I offered it up to my grandaughter to read. When she was finished I asked her how it was. She said it was excellent. I asked her what she liked about it. She said, "Every word." That's enough for me. She highly recommends this book.
Adele Broadbent
Fum is an artist. He is able to make strong charms for his tribespeople. One day he is asked to make a charm strong enough for the wearer to overcome the tribe leader and with one strike of his adze Fum makes such a charm.

This is where the story begins – crossing thousands of years and causing terrible heartache. The story picks up again with the Jago family. Purely by chance, Billy Jago, a kindly husband, father and farmer, finds the flint heart.

It’s wickedness goes to work immediately, changin
It's very interesting... I like how the authors told like a fairy tale as in you were watching it in your mind. I recommend it to anyone who likes Fantasy books.

Monday: 45 minutes
Katie Farmer
This was an okay read for me. I finished it fairly quickly and found the narrative style really easy to get through, but I wasn't very interested or invested in the story.
Oct 11, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The pictures are beautiful but the story is tough to get through. Geez, even though nobody likes a quitter, I finally had to put the book down. I couldn't get through it. :(
Feb 11, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-for-the-kids
I am happy to read anything written by Katherine Paterson. I thought this was a quick and imaginative fantasy read for kids. It is good to remember that it is a re-telling of an old story, as noted on the inside of my version. After I read it, my 10 year old picked it up and enjoyed it as well. The only difficulty in kids reading it alone (vs a read-a-loud with me) is that some of the character names (Chief Brickotickotock?) and some of the accents written into the dialogue are a little complica ...more
Van Ottergirl
I was excited to read this book, being a Katherine Paterson fan.

Unfortunately, the story was disjointed and didn't really seem to have a clear audience in mind. The plot seemed to jump around from new character to new character without pausing to invest much in any of them. The random tidbits where interesting, but I eventually became discouraged by the lack of direction. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, as is the language. I only wish I'd had a better reason to invest emotionally.
Apr 03, 2012 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

—Eden Phillpotts, from the introductory pages of The Flint Heart

This book is certainly not "typical" Katherine Paterson. That doesn't mean it's not good, of course, just that it's quite a bit different from most (if not all) of what she has previously written, and that caught me somewhat off guard. The Flint Heart hearkens back to an era of children's literature that would hardly be recognizable as such
Carol Royce Owen
Jul 18, 2012 Carol Royce Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been chosen as one of Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fischer nominees for 2012-2013. Indeed, Vermont is honored to have Katherine and John Patterson as local authors. My first introduction to Mrs. Patterson was through the magical world she created in Bridge to Terabithia. Now again, a magical world, Dartmoor, is created in The Flint Heart. This book is abridged from a 1910 fantasy by Eden Phillpotts and spans centuries. It begins in the stone age when the flint heart, which causes the ...more
Brandy Painter
I would give this one star except John Rocco' illustrations are so wonderful they knock it up a star.

Review originally posted here.

The Flint Heart is a "freely abridged" version of a story written by Eden Phillpotts. Katherine Paterson and her husband, John Paterson, did the abridging. Katherine Paterson is a beloved by me (and many others) author so I was naturally intrigued. Add to that I had heard buzz long before the book came out that John Rocco's illustrations for it were beautiful. Rocco'
In the Stone Age when magic was entwined with the life of humans, Putt, a power hungry hunter demanded a talisman from the local wise man, Fum. The Thunder God found this amusing and empowered Fum to make The Flint Heart. When worn this object replaces a warm, loving heart with a cold, power hungry stone and creates havoc in families and tribes. When Putt dies, Fum sends the stone into the grave with him imagining that the evil will rest alongside Putt.
Will that do? This is a story! Of course,
Feb 14, 2012 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published in 1910, "The Flint Heart" by Eden Phillpotts is a fairytale still relevant today. The original version of this tale can be found at It contains dark, black and white illustrations and, much like the stories of the Brothers Grimm, a dark storyline as well.

In this adaption of "The Flint Heart," Katherine Paterson and John Paterson retell the tale with modern sensibility and humor. The presentation is luscious - a beautiful cover in emeralds and golds,
I might have enjoyed it more if I were more familiar with the original Eden Phillpotts's 1910 Fantasy from which this fairy tale is "freely abridged." Unfortunately I didn't find it magical or enchanting. The initial premise seemed interesting. The flint heart is a talisman of power that brings out evil and greed in those who wear it. It was created 5,000 years ago, wrecked havoc on the stone age tribe in the south of England where it was created and then is discarded and forgotten until Billy J ...more
Jan 24, 2012 StorySeekers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This is only going to be a short review, because I don’t want to give anything away.

The Flint Heart is an object made by a magical man named Fum during the stone ages. The Flint Heart may appear to be just a rock with a hole in it, but it is actually quite powerful. Anyone who wears it will succeed at getting power but will also lose themselves into evil. Phutt was already kind of mean, but he was even more evil with the Flint Heart. Once he died, Fum buried the heart with him.

Now in present tim
Joshua Kronengold
Apr 09, 2012 Joshua Kronengold rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Updated? Really?

Decidedly not updated enough.

The Flint Heart in this book has 4 bearers in this book -- and -all- of them are males who are married to gentle women, each hurt horribly by their husband's turn into callous ambition. Oh, and then there's the fairy king (who is stern, powerful, and largely uncompromising) and the fairy queen (who knew--full of mercy and similar feelings)! Hello, Pattersons--1910 called, and they want their book back; meanwhile, if you're going to update something fo
Oct 21, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book rather intriguing for several reasons. First, the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. I especially appreciate Rocco's use of color as well as the addition of silhouettes. The illustrations in my opinion are the best part of the book. That does not mean, however, that the writing wasn't good. The writing reminded me greatly of Kate DiCamillo's The Magician's Elephant. In other words, the writing was very lyrical and a delight to read. The book's design is superb, with just e ...more
Jun 12, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson & John Paterson, illustrated by John Rocco is a fairy tale freely abridged from the 1910 fantasy of Eden Philpotts, much of whose work is out of print.

An ambitious Stone Age warrior, Phutt, demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe’s magic man, Fum, creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. Thousands of years later, the talism
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