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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A strange rock in the forest. A mysterious crystal. A full moon. An ancient secret. How do you find your way home when you've never left?

Twins Jack and Kaya live in a small seaside town in Australia. When they see a dazzling white light shining from a giant rock in the forest near their home, it takes them on an adventure to a place both familiar and yet like nowhere they
ebook, 300 pages
Published August 8th 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published August 4th 2014)
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Nice cover and interesting premise but I felt this was aimed squarely at very young adults, maybe 13 or 14 years old. For the adult reader there was a certain naivety in the writing style and a much too obvious emphasis on the issues of climate change. I don't mind reading about it but I prefer a more subtle approach. For the young teenage reader this book would be perfect. There is plenty of action and drama but nothing ever gets too scary and there is certainly a lot of information about what ...more
Twins Kaya and Jack lived in a small Australian coastal town called Baytown; surrounded by Bay Beach to the east and a forest of thick trees and sandstone cliffs to the west they loved their home town. The night of the full moon when friends Jayden and Debbie along with Kaya and Jack ventured up to the High Plateau was like any other – it was a favourite haunt of the local teens, with the Stone Gate just a strange rock with an opening in the middle. But that night something very weird was happen ...more
The Stone Gate is very firmly set in the Young Adult adventure arena. It is, however also more than an exciting book for young adults. It is a look at Global Warming and what we, as a collective planet, are going to do about it.

For this reason, I have marked it down one star, because I felt that at times the constant discussion about what had been done to correct (or not) the path forward for humanity, came across a little like preaching. Now, this isn't to say that the information and the messa
I love cli-fi. It scares the pants off me because it buys into my deepest fears, but most cli-fi also has messages of hope. Given my deep seated anxieties around what climate change will mean for children's, and my children's children's futures, that message of hope is one I need to hear. Particularly given I'm blessed with a Prime Minister who believes climate change is "utter crap" (that's a real quote, by the way), and is steadily undoing all progress made by the previous government. Anyway, ...more
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Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Set in the fictional seaside town of Baytown, Australia, 16 year old Kaya and her twin brother, Jack are exploring a rock formation called The Stone Gate on the night of the full moon when they are entranced by a blinding, white light.

Thinking he is being silly, Jack grabs Kaya's hand and pulls her into the light. What happens next stuns both of them.

When they open their eyes they realize something has changed. Baytown is gone. Looking around they realize there are no
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had trouble putting it down

I enjoyed reading this book. The relationship between the siblings was better than other books, and made the story easier to read than ones with bickering brother and sister.
Tracie Lark
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Mark Mann plays with time and place in his book The Stone Gate, one constant small town, Baytown, is thrown through the ropes of time forcing an underlying topic of climate change as a main theme.

The Stone Gate represents an opening to other parallel worlds, told in a folk tale style with three stages, not unlike the tale of the Christmas past, future and presents but in this story, the lesson is an environmental one.

The book begins with twin siblings Kaya and Jack meeting two friends t
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got this for free for an honest review, and boy am I glad I read it. This story is about two young Aussies, Kaya and Jack, who go through a stone portal in their town of Bayton. They end up traveling to different Dreamings, alternate realities parallel in time. In each reality, or Dreaming, another aspect of climate change and environmental responsibility and consequence is examined. We see a society in which the Aboriginal people live completely off and in equilibrium with the land. We see an ...more
Veronica ⭐️

When the coolest guy in Baytown calls Kaya and asks if she wants to go to the Castle to watch the full moon, no-one could have possibly imagined that a sequence of events would cause Kaya and her brother, Jack, to be transported to another realm. How will they return home when they don’t really know how they got there?

This YA fantasy, with a climate change theme, pulled me in. It was not preachy or full of scientific facts. What it was full of was fantastic visual language, real people and suspe
Kris Runyon
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Goodreads for the opportunity to win and read The Stone Gate! I am very excited and will post my review as soon as I have received and read Mark Mann's book.

Update...... Thank you Mark Mann for this wonderful read! I have to say that this story kept me both intrigued and entertained throughout.

No Spoilers Review - I loved this story! I loved the journey with the characters! Set in the fictional town of Baytown, Australia, 16 year old Kaya and her twin brother, Jack, see a dazzling whi
Diane Goodman
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and I don't agree that it is strictly a young adult book. The relationship between siblings Jack and Maya is so special.I was sitting on the edge of my seat through this whole book, I was not only reading I was right beside them the whole time. I am extremely claustrophobic so I very uncomfortable through parts Of the story.I had to stop and get control of my heart rate and get my breathing under control, I know it sounds really stupid but it's true.I was gifted a copy of this ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Australian siblings Jack and Kaya accidentally travel back in time by stepping into a stone portal that is active only during the full moon. The book is an account of their effort to get back home, which, as it turns out, isn't so easy to do! Along the way they, they experience what their hometown was like in the past and how it will be in the future. Mann states in a epilogue that he wrote this book to educate people about global warming thr
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good book. I love the relationship between the brother and sister. I enjoyed the traveling through different realities and how the issue of global warming was addressed without being preachy. There were some solid ideas on that problem that could be implemented in our world not just in the pages of a book. Kudos on those ideas and for how the issue was woven into the story so easily. I really like the idea of alternate realities and how they differ from our own. It's an intriguing conce ...more
Tracey Lampley
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Stone Gate is clever. It plunges you into a different Australia and places a nice spin on climate change. Intriguing, it keeps you turning the pages. The author places a premium on characterization and setting, which was uncanny. One is compelled to delve into the characters of the victims and the villain. The plot was brilliant. This book is well worth its price. I recommend this book as it is a four-star read.

Christian West
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book about a pair of twins who go into alternate realities through a stone gate. The book utilises some Indigenous Australian stories as the basis for the alternate reality gateway which didn't sit too well with me, and it was a tad preachy about climate change, but it had wonderful pacing and was a great story. I'd recommend this for early teens, the writing is a bit too juvenile for older ones. ...more
Angel Wilde
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Stone Gate". The adventures that Jack and Kaya faced were extraordinary and quite nail-biting. I was on the edge of my seat worrying about them! And with a lesson on global warming mixed in, I'd say this book is a YA winner! I hope it gets the attention it deserves! ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First for business .... I received this book free from a Goodreads First Read Giveaway.

I loved this book and I do hope there will be a sequel. I can see this becoming a series although this book did not leave you out on a cliff so please do not feel that this is not a stand alone novel. It is just the characters are so much fun you want more stories for them.
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Edge of your seat gripping adventure, that takes you on a journey with the characters. Superbly written. This book needs recognition, I look forward to reading more from this author.
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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A superbly written adventure story which had me gripped from the start. The ending was predictable but you have to read to the end to make sure! Highly recommended for teens of all ages!
Damian Cloud
I have to be honest. The Stone Gate was not an enjoyable reading experience for me. Judging by the illustrious cover art and the enticing plot description, I expected memorable adventures, deep characters, and an ending that would keep me smiling and thinking about it for hours, or days. Unfortunately, it was the opposite, and I will tell you why.

First off, to summarize The Stone Gate in two sentences, it is about twin siblings who enter a mysterious light path shone from a rock archway that tak
Ericka Katwal
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I received this free ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review)

Brother and sister Jack and Kaya live in Australia. Set by the full moon the siblings go back in time and their journey to get back home is not as easy as it seems. They travel to through a stone portal and end up in different realities of time.

The story was great and the transitions that took place in the story was written very nice. The reading was light and easy. I found myself sometimes losing time because I would ge
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nature lovers, adventurers, Fantasy lovers, etc.
Recommended to Meghan by: Story Cartel
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

WOW! When I read the description of this book, I was expecting a dry and preachy book about recycling and saving the environment. I couldn't have been more wrong, and I am so glad I decided to read this book!

Jack and Kaya are siblings who are transported into a few different worlds. Not to put too many spoilers in, but their adventures in these worlds are based around the environment and it's impact on the people living there. There'
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-free
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Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is exceedingly well written. I don't like spoiler alerts, so you'll have to read it for yourself. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Trudy Pomerantz
I liked the premise of the different imaginaries but felt the book became to agenda driven. At times the writing also seemed somewhat clunky.
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