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Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher
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Apr 02, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: own-it, fantasy
Read in January, 2007

In Stoneheart, we meet George, a boy who has a hard time getting along in school and is generally a bit of a prat, and who gets the story going when he runs afoul of the taints. Taints are a faction of the statuary of London; they are carvings and statues that can come alive and they don’t like people or spits. Spits are the other faction, and they’re the good ones, as they have a sort of soul. As George is running from a particularly nasty taint, he meets the Gunner, one of the statues on a WWI memorial and a kind (and very likeable) spit. As George and the Gunner attempt to fix the damage done by George, they meet Edie, a glint, that is, a girl who can see the past. This may sound a bit confusing, but Fletcher does a good job of keeping things straight and ensuring that his fantasy London follows the rules he lays down. At the end of the first book, George and Edie are separated from the Gunner, who is in mortal peril (yes, statues can be destroyed) and no closer to fixing the havoc wreaked by George in the world of the spits and the taints.


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