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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  211 ratings  ·  50 reviews
When eleven-year-old Liam moves house to be closer to his grandma, he's thrown into an unfamiliar place, with a family that seems to be falling apart.

Liam doesn't remember what Grandma was like before she became ill with dementia. He only knows the witch-like old woman who snaps and snarls and eats her birthday cards. He desperately wants to make everything bet
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Quercus (first published February 5th 2015)
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Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cover-love
Link to this review on my blog here!


My Review:

A big thank you to Quercus for sending me this copy in exchange for a full and honest review. My review has been in no way impacted by receiving this copy for review.

This book can be described in a single word ...... Magic.

The magical and fantastical element of the story really revolves around the gargoyle and his connection to Danny. I really enjoyed reading about the gargoyle and his abilities in this novel. The gargoyle lent a fairy tale s
Adele Broadbent
Liam isn't keen about starting a new school after moving to a new town with his mum and elder sister Jess. They have moved into his grandma’s house as she has worsening dementia and is in a care home nearby. Lying awake one night, Liam sees a dark winged shape outside. What could it be?

Liam is missing his mates and wondering what he can do in the new town. Following his escaped dog from their garden, he explores a little and finds a run-down church nearby, surrounded by scaffolding.
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I really wanted to give this book more stars, but in the end I can't because...

***This review contains spoilers***

- The way the blurb is written suggests that a lot is going to happen with the gargoyle, and that this is mostly a magical tale. In reality, the book is 99% realism and 1% magic, with the gargoyle featuring in very subtle, the-protagonist-doesn't-even-ever-see-him-move way.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the above, but I hate misleading blurbs.

Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is about a boy and a magical gargoyle. The gargoyle protects Liam and whenever Liam tells stories the gargoyle makes them come true. Liam uses the gargoyle to help his sick Grandma.

I liked the way that this was written, it was very easy and quick to read. This dealt with many themes such as family and how families have to cope in difficult times. The Grandma has dementia and I thought that this was dealt with very well. It also dealt with bullying as well, Liam fo
Book Bazaar
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Our junior book club read this and blew me away with their insightful comments on a book that held more complex issues than I had originally anticipated. They enjoyed the book, were understanding of the issues faced by the characters and participated in a great round table discussion.

They gave great marks:
^-^ Lucy
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a bit sad but really waste your time for this book
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Good debut, interesting story.

Liam is eleven years old. His absent father moved out of home for another woman several years ago, and his mother has never coped. Now his maternal grandmother being in a care facility with dementia, has pushed his mum over the edge.

But there are 2 mysteries to distract Liam from these cares. And from Matt, the bully, who uses his 2 henchmen to outnumber Liam like a lily-livered coward. Grandma's diary of her teen years hints to a mysterious
Another beautiful, magical, all-the-feels story to add to my middle grade reads! Liam is a rather put-together 11-year-old boy trying to understand his sick grandmother's dementia. Are the things she says real? Did she actually take someone's life when she was not much older than he? Does she know the gargoyle he met just the other night?

Liam's had to leave his friends behind so that his family can be closer to his grandmother. He encounters bullies at school, a kind teacher with a m
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a nice book! It is so nice that our school started an “anti bullying” day and I met this book! Living in a falling-apart family is my early life been like and move to strange places that is not familiar to me is almost the same in the book. Fantastic!
David J Grimshaw
Such a good story

Em well it was sad but happy also so good but has swearwords like cr*p and has hell in it but it was so good please read sooooooooooooooooooo good 😄😢
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has so much heart in it.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Loved the writing.
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, contemporary
This review first appeared on The Book Zone (For Boys) blog

I've said this before, but one of the best things about being a book blogger is the way you quite often end up reading truly amazing books that may otherwise have slipped by the wayside. I'm not sure whether Stonebird by Mike Revell would have suffered this fate as the cover artwork by Frances Castle is stunning and grabs your attention immediately, but I am still really grateful to those fab people at Quercus for sending me a copy
Bruce Gargoyle
Ten Second Synopsis:
Liam thinks it unfair that he has to move towns and schools to live nearer his grandmother, who lives in the care home and has dementia. When a new teacher arrives at his school, Liam discovers that he might have more power at his fingertips than he thought.

I must start off by saying that Stonebird is a handsome old brute! Obviously, as a Bookshelf Gargoyle, I am of a different family of stone creature than Stonebird, but I do envy his stately proportions an
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

What a beautiful story Stonebird was. Although a middle-grade novel, I think I took more out of this than I have of any other story that I have read.

The cover of Stonebird really reels you in with the phrase: "Believe in the magic of stories". Once you open up this story, it does not let you go until you have turned the last page.

Stonebird tells the story of Liam, who has had to move home to be closer to his Grandma who is suffering from
Katy Noyes
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I'm not usually a fan of magical realism stories, I mostly feel frustrated with them and find them neither one nor the other.

This, however, did keep my interest, mostly because of the Grandmother.

Liam has had to move house and schools so his family can be near his grandma, suffering from dementia. Bullied at school, Liam discovers a diary written by his grandmother when she was a girl, during World War II, and finds a connection that exists between th
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a heartbreaking yet stunning debut this turned out to be. I was hooked from the very beginning up until the moment I had reached the concluding sentence and just as it states on the front cover, the magic was definitely there and was consistent throughout.

Stonebird tells the story of Liam, a boy who lives alongside his mother and sister and as of the beginning of the story has had to move house in order to live close to his grandmother who is a dementia sufferer and who is at a critical s
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Quercus for providing me with a copy of Stonebird in return for an honest review.

This is a powerful debut book from Mike Revell. It is a fantasy novel telling the tale of 11 year old Liam who is uprooted by his mother and moved across country to live near to his grandmother who is suffering from dementia. His mother is not coping well, turning to alcohol to blot out her troubles. Liam starts his new school and is immediately the target of bullies. Life is not going so well for him! ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book for middle grade children is not what you think. First off the cover is misleading making you think you are in for a heartfelt fantasy tale. Yes it is full of heart and yes it is fantasy, but this book hits hard and has no lightheartedness behind it. Please understand this is an exceptional book- exceptional writing, exceptional plot development, excellent teachable moments, excellent characterization. However, the topics it covers are very serious and presented with grit. Parents need ...more
Heather Lawson
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from Quercus to review. Originally posted here:
Stonebird is a beautiful tale. Once I'd picked it up, it was hard to put down. It's one of those stories that is so effortless to read, it draws you in and before you know it, you've read the whole thing. It's a very poignant tale about the struggles a family goes through when a loved one is slipping away from them, children lashing out as they try to come
Sherreka Burton
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc, bookcon
***I received this ARC at BookCon 2015; thoughts are not based on the final, published version of the book and I was not paid for this review.***

One-Sentence Summary: Ten-year-old Liam is having a rough time dealing with his mom’s drinking, his grandmother’s dementia, his sister’s aloofness, and a new school, but a magical gargoyle that comes to life might be the answer to all his problems.

Time/Setting: Swanbury (which I assume is England? Wasn’t clear on that), present day

Review: This was a really cute a/>:
Penny Joelson
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This engaging and enjoyable debut by Mike Revell powerfully combines realism with a touch of fantasy in the form of Stonebird, a gargoyle who comes to life. Liam has moved with his mother and sister into his grandparents’ old house, to be near to the care home where his grandmother now lives. He has to cope with bullying at a new school as well as his grandmother’s dementia. The eery presence of a gargoyle, ‘Stonebird’ inside the local church, adds mystery and the suspense builds when his grandm ...more
Katy Cannon
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This magical, mesmerising story is something very, very special. It manages to be funny and heartbreaking, all at the same time - and deeper and more meaningful the longer I reflect on it after finishing the last page.

The way the author deals with dementia, as seen through a child's eyes, is absolutely spot on. As someone who has experienced exactly that, it felt as if I were living it all over again. The tiny details he includes make it so very real.

But somehow, despite
Sphinx Feathers
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy
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Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a stunningly impressive debut novel. Mike Revell tells the story of 11 year old Liam who moves to a new area so that his mum can be near his grandma, who is suffering from dementia. Liam struggles with the consequences of the move – a new school, his mum’s new friend, as well as with his elder sister’s advance into adulthood. Liam stumbles across an old stone gargoyle in the abandoned church behind his house, and after finding his grandmother's old teenage diary, discovers that the gargo ...more
Darby Karchut
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How good is STONEBIRD? I read it straight through in one sitting, because I had to know about the gargoyle. And because I was afraid if I stopped reading, something bad (okay, worse) might happen to Danny. Mike Revell did an outstanding job drawing me in as a reader with his spot-on voice, the touch of magical realism, and the oh-so-familiar family/school drama that so many kids go through every day.

As a writer, I often find myself reading books with a critical eye. But, this book wa
Jackson G
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought the book itself was great. I didn't like how they didn't say the characters names and what they are at the starting of the book. I like how Stonebird did whatever Liam send in his stories. I liked how his teacher knew his grandma. It was cool how everyone liked sharing the stories to each other. I didn't like how Liam dropped the magic egg and it broke. I wish that Liam told his grandma that he found Stonebird. I thought it was cool how they tied a demon to the sickness dementia. I lik ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, childrens
This is an impressive debut by Mike Revell. The story is told from the perspective of 11 year old Liam. His grandmother has dementia and he, his mum and sister move to be near her. At his new school Liam is bullied and his mum struggling to cope with her mother's dementia starts to drink heavily. Sounds depressing but the realism is balanced out with the fantastical Stonebird and a teacher who introduces the power of storytelling.
Claire Fayers
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is beautiful book about the power of stories to transform lives and connect people across generations. It deals with dark themes - dementia, bereavement and bullying among others - and combines them with the magic of a statue that may or may not come to life. The storytelling is reminiscent of Alan Garner and David Almond - it has the same blend of real world and magic - and it's one of those books that lingers in the memory long after you've finished it.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. The story of Liam, his disintegrating family and how he desperately holds things together by invoking the power of a stone gargoyle, is by turns heart breaking and life affirming. Liam has to deal with many serious issues within his family and school, including bullying, alcoholism and dementia, but his determined and brave character shines through. A book perfectly pitched for 9+ readers but to be equally enjoyed by all ages.
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