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The Stone Girl's Story

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Exploring the power of stories and storytelling, Sarah Beth Durst presents the mesmerizing adventure of a girl made of living stone who braves unforeseen dangers and magical consequences on a crucial quest to save her family. 

Mayka and her stone family were brought to life by the stories etched into their bodies. Now time is eroding these vital marks, and Mayka must find
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Clarion Books
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Nope. Magical symbols and marks carved into the stone statues are what give them life. (Not a spoiler). Plus she's carved as a 12 year old girl.

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4.5 stars - really a delightful middle grade novel, and it's standalone! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

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High up in the mountains, in a marble house, live a stone girl and her animal friends, who are also carved from stone. In this world, magical symbols and marks carved into stone make the stone come alive, giving it the power to move above, see, speak and hear, think, and even fly. Mayka, the stone girl, and her family of living stone birds, rabbits, a cat, an ow
Fafa's Book Corner
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner!

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: Abuse towards stone creatures, mention of war, and an abusive society.

I have read The Queen of Blood by this author and thoroughly enjoyed it! When I heard that Sarah Beth Durst was releasing a middle grade I didn't hesitate to add this. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!

The Stone Girl's Story begins with Mayka saying good-bye to Turtle. Turtle is a stone creature whose marks have completely faded. Mayka and the rest
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
DISCLAIMER: I have met the author of this book at various book shows and she has come to our store to do a book signing before, so I already have a positive feeling towards this author. She is sweet and nice and funny and while I am sure that plays a part in her writing ability, that doesn't sway me in this review. This book stands on its merits and not on the author's sweet personality. : )

This book was really amazing. It's geared towards middle grade readers, but had me at least three times ga
Ms. Yingling
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Mayka was made by Father, a master stone mason who has since died. She lives in the mountain with her family of stone creatures, but as their markings wear off with age, the creatures are in danger of slowing completely down, like Turtle, whom Mayka mourns. In order to restore him and keep the other creatures alive, Mayka decides to travel to the city of Skye, where father lived, in order to find another stone mason. Along with two birds, Risa and Jacklo she gets into th
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure for people who've never read any of my other reviews: I've basically got two settings, Coldly Intellectual and Ball of Mush. The book caught me in Ball of Mush mode, and I started crying within sentences. Following is a rough transcript of what followed, serving the dual function of catharsis and book review.

Coldly Intellectual Plum (hereafter CIP, pronounced 'Kip', I suppose, if you're thinking aloud) said (to myself, not aloud, and certainly not calling me Mushy Plum, or BoMP):
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of The Language of Spells
*I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This such a great book. It's really original, and managed to surprise me a lot. There's a charming cast of characters, a wonderful focus on how stories define you and who gets to tell those stories, but still incorporates high stakes and tension. It's about courage and autonomy and family, and it does it in my favorite middle-grade way: keeping it short and simple enough to be an easy read, but without dumbing it do
Suze Lavender
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mayka's creator made his stone creatures come to life through intricate markings that are telling their story. Mayka is a girl made of stone with her history etched on her body. Because stone lasts longer than a human life, Mayka and the stone animals she lives with now no longer have anyone to recarve their markings. When those marks are fading the stone creatures lose functions, until they stop moving completely. To prevent that from happening to her friends and herself, Mayka leaves home for ...more
Kathy Martin
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE STONE GIRL'S STORY is a wonderful middle grade fantasy. Mayka is a girl who was carved of stone by Father who also carved many other creatures: birds Jacklo and Risa, rabbits Dersy and Harlisona, the owl Nianna, Etho the lizard, Turtle, Badger, the cat Kalgray, and the fish. But Father died many years previously and the marks he carved into their stone are fading. When they have faded enough, all the carvings stop. Recently Mayka's friend Turtle has stopped and she is grieving his loss.

She d
Okay book. I was a little bit disappointed.
Anna Mussmann
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This early middle grade novel is an unusual tale with a gentle, good-hearted protagonist; and I especially loved the way the author depicted friendship and loyalty.

In the world of the story, stonemasons can add special marks to their stone carvings that bring them alive. It is possible for a stone creature to be designed to be capable only of fulfilling a single purpose (such as pulling a plow or cart), but more detailed marks create a being with a complex, vibrant personality. Ultimately, the
Heaven Ashlee
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be completely honest, I picked up this book because of the cover. I'm a sucker for a good cover, especially one that is illustrated (hallelujah middle grade books almost always having illustrated covers!). I didn't know a single thing about the plot except what the title and cover gave me.

In short, this is a story about a world where stonemasons can carve animals into stone and bring them to life by carving runes of a sort into the stone. Deep in the forest mountain, Mayka and her stone frien
Allison Parker
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mayka is just like any other girl - she loves her friends, she completes daily chores, and she delights in stories. The only difference is while some people are flesh and blood, she, and all her animal friends, are made of stone. Long ago, they were carved by Father, a master stonemason who lived with them on their idyllic, though isolated, home on the mountain. With skill and care, he gave each creature the magical ability to become alive, as well as a personalized story, using the carved langu ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This was different. I liked the stone creatures and the magic. I also liked the characters, especially Si-Si and Mayka. They had interesting stories. I liked the mountain and journey chapters better the town chapters. I thought they were more interesting.
Jenna (Falling Letters)
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, cybils, middle-grade
Cybils 2018 finalist for middle grade speculative fiction. Rating and review to come after Cybils winners are announced on February 14.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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This book took me way too long to read, mainly because I just couldn't stay engaged. I think the most important thing to me in any novel is the characters, and unfortunately I just couldn't empathize with these ones. Maybe because they're literally made of stone.

Mayka lives on a mountain with an assortment of stone animals, happy in her peaceful routine and unconscious of passing years. Unfortunately the marks that keep her and her frien
Oct 16, 2018 added it
This was a wonderfully touching book about loyalty, bravery and friendship.
Sarah Beth Durst has a very distinctive, thoughtful kind of writing style, at least to me. This book brought up things like what really makes a person alive, not letting others determine your story for you, and freedom. It was interesting to read through the perspective of an innocent stone girl. At times, her innocence was refreshing, like in the fact that she had never purposely lied before. At other times, I was like:
I’ve been a loyal fan of Sarah Beth Durst for long enough to recognize her signatures: a fantastical world, an emphasis on the power of stories, and a fundamentally good heroine who becomes awesome. I’m happy to report that all of these things are deployed very effectively in The Stone Girl’s Story, a lovely fable about the power and importance of free will.

Through the use of her fantasy world, Durst is able to address some very thorny issues cropping up in our real world – as, indeed, so much g
Sabrina Kaye Fox
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
"Turtle had stopped moving last week.
He'd warned Mayka and the others a year ago, when he first began to slow - but he moved so slowly anyway that she hadn't believed him. Not really. She'd always thought they'd have one more afternoon. On the mountain, there was always another afternoon. Another sunset. Another sunrise.
Until there wasn't."

Sarah Beth Durst is a master storyteller! In her newest book, we meet a girl named Mayka. She just so happens to be made out of living stone.
High up on her mo
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was super excited to read this and it ended up being good but not great. The story was a bit slow and boring for me, but I think younger readers would find it more entertaining and interesting. This book would be great for kids of all ages.

Mayka is a girl carved from stone whose Stonemason died. While Mayka and his creations live on in the mountains, some of the creations are starting to wear out and fade. As a result of this, Mayka decides to begin her long journey down the mountain to find
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst

The Stone Girl's Story reminded me a bit of Toy Story at first, but with stone creatures instead of toys. Each creature is carved by a Stonemason and their stories are told in the lines and marks of their carving. Mayka's father passed long ago however and the lines on her and her friends are beginning to fade. Turtle's marks have already faded and he no longer moves. Mayka sets out to find a Stonemason to re carve their marks and save them. Wha
Really sweet book — read aloud to my 9-year old who said, and I quote, “I would give this 10 stars if I could!”

It felt a bit slow to me in the first half, and I was surprised by how much my son liked it, considering that I was a little bored at times. But it really picked up in the second half, and the last few chapters were so fast-paced and exciting that I let him stay up past his bedtime so we could read longer and finish it.

I loved the theme of having the power to choose how to interpret t
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A creative premise here - stone carved animals and a young girl that are ambulatory. All are created by the same master carver who the girl (Mayka) considers her dad. The problem is that over time they have to be recarved or they stiffen up. So Mayka must journey from their mountain home (since dad died) to find a master carver in the city to update their cuts. They meet many on their quest including a very evil carver who wants to control the stone images by carving an obedience mark on them. ...more
Loretta Marchize
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a little confusing at times, and I think it could have ended a chapter earlier, then had an epilouge that only included the last bits.

OTHER than that (all minor) this was a great book! A middle-gread novel, so content-free and a nice story. I liked the ending.

Note: this was one of my vacation books
Lisa Brintlinger
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fresh story! A live stone girl surrounded by stone animals, her family! It confirms the power of stories and storytelling, you make your family from those around you whom you love, and tells of a girl's journey of choices. An enjoyable read!!!
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rc18, 2018
I loved this story of a girl who, though she is made of stone, is just as alive as anyone else, with the capacity to grow, and change, and act on the side of justice.
Aug 19, 2018 added it
Shelves: childerens
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Mayka is a stone girl, created by Father, a stone mason who lived alone with his stone creations on a mountain. Father died years ago and now some of Mayka’s friends, whose markings are wearing off with age, are in danger of becoming statues instead of living stone. So Mayka decides to see if she can find a stone mason to recarve her friends, though that will mean heading away from the her quiet home in the mountains into the valley below. Mayka is accompanied on her quest by two stone birds who ...more
Becky B
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mayka, a girl, and her animal friends are all made of stone. Their Father created them with special marks carved into them that tells their stories and gives them abilities. But Father died many, many years ago and now their marks are starting to fade. Old Turtle has grown still because of the fading of his marks, and Mayka knows that others in the family are close. She decides that she must venture down from their mountain and go to the city to find a stone mason to recarve their marks. With th ...more
Renee Babcock
I read a fair amount of YA fiction. I have often found it to be a lot smarter than much adult fiction I've read. A book seller friend of mine says that's because kids won't put up with the same crap adults will in a book.

I received this book (it's a middle grade book) as a freebie at World Fantasy and what a great find this was. I have previously read Durst's The Queen of Blood and really loved it. And now this is the second of her books I've read and loved. I'm starting to see a pattern here.
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is another one my 15 year old made me read. It is such a good book. It's perfect for it's target audience so even though I thought it was a little slow for an adult, it's a great story. So creative with the statues being alive. Interesting twist on slavery and imposing will on others. Also that we get to create our own stories and carry them with us. I really loved that the protagonist had the ability to solve her problem the whole time but just needed more confidence in herself. This could ...more
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Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of over twenty fantasy books for kids, teens, and adults, including Spark, Drink Slay Love, and The Queens of Renthia series. She won an ALA Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dra ...more

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“How would you like it if I said you weren't a person because you're made of mostly water, hmm? How would you like it if I said you weren't real because your body changes all the time, and you aren't made up of the same parts from one year to the next? Your blood changes, your skin changes, your whole body gets swapped out for new bits - it's happening all the time. But I don't say you aren't real, even though your very existence is ephemeral. You are no more real than a cloud. You're here, you live, you die, and the world goes on. You're a breath of wind. Of the two of us, I am more real. I am stone, eternally unchanging.” 1 likes
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