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Stone Voice Rising

(Chronicles of Kiva #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Lilibit can hear what the stones are whispering. She is meant to be the earth’s new Stone Voice who will ultimately connect the planet with the universe. Her protector, a stone warrior, attempts to take her to the place called Kiva to fulfill her destiny--but they are intercepted by Syxx, an evil entity devoted to finding the source of Lilibit’s power. Lilibit ends up at a ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 27th 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Pindari N.
May 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have mixed feelings about this book–on one hand, it was really good, these kids each have these stones that enhance/give them certain abilities. On the other hand…there are disturbing things. One of the characters seems to be mentally challenged and I don't know how I feel about that. The book is set in another world just like this one, with cars, computers and cellphones, but at the same times, nothing is the same–the cities, the names are all exotic and magical.
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Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A strong novel. Although the writing is basic, the plot is very original and intertwined.
Definitely recommended.

It starts with one character, Lilibit, who you think will be the central focus of the rest of the book. She is going to be the hero to save everyone, but no. An accident occurs and she arrives at a foster home. Alright, they're all orphans; no surprise there. However, her role is now very minor while the other children take the stage. Almost every kid gets equal screen time, but some,
Katie Cline
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprising and unique.
Dec 29, 2010 rated it liked it
I borrowed this book from a friend. It sounded like an interesting fantasy story and I thought I would give it a read. Overall it was an okay story. Parts of it are very flawed, yet it is an intriguing idea. This book is definitely not a stand alone and seems to be mostly setting things up for the next book.

The book starts by going back and forth between the viewpoints of 6 year old Lilibit and 8 year old Todd. Lilibit can talk to stones and use them for magic. Todd can talk to birds and is very
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lilibit has always heard the stones talking. But an act of childish stubbornness plays right into her enemy's hands, and those who see her power as a future threat capture her. Now, five years later, she's a shadow of the girl she used to be, washed out to a last-chance foster home. The enemy did not intend to lose her. He wants her back. Can she reach the legendary Kiva before he finds her again?

Much of this book borrows from the strength of thrillers: fast, high-stakes action, being pursued by
Jennifer Wardrip
Jul 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
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STONE VOICE RISING by C. Lee Tocci is the story of Lilibit, a young girl who has lived with her aunts and listened to stones whisper for as long as she can remember. She has no idea that she is a major piece in a larger plan - until a stranger shows up one day to introduce her to a new and magical world she did not know that she was a part of. This stranger, Keotak-se, is a stone warrior who has come to take her from her home to a place called K
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm a little torn about what I think of C. Lee Tocci's Stone Voice Rising. I thought overall the story was engaging even if it did drag on a bit in places. The best part of the story was the main character of Todd and the relationships between the children in the group. I felt Todd was a relate-able protagonist and one that was written as basically a good guy but with a lot of dimension and fallibility to make him interesting. The rest of the characters were kind of flat and one sided. Lilibit ...more
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it
A small girl named Lilibit has a special talent that she finds useful. She can hear stones, rocks, and pebbles of the Earth whisper to her. She has a destiny of becoming the next Stone Voice for the earth so it can finally can rekindle with the rest of the universe. When a stone warrior comes to take Lilibit to Kiva in order to fulfil her upcoming responsiblity a threat is appeared. Syxx the demon is been know as many things, but the one thing that has not change was his job. He's only purpose i ...more
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-fiction, ya, boybooks
Excellent, quick read -- one of the best new kids' fantasies I've read in a long time. Will appeal to both boys and girls. I'm a bit surprised at how negative the Booklist and School Library Journal reviews were, but I also think all the complaints were very adult in nature. My suspicion is that kids will get completely wrapped up in the plot, and not be too concerned that there are "too many belief systems cobbled together (Native American, Christian, and the Stone Voice mythology)," or "the st ...more
May 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-gr
Although written for younger readers, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It had much of what I want in a book, developed storyline, fast action, interesting ideas, likeable characters, obstacles, sorting out who to trust vs who not to, and adults interacting with young people in a healthy way (except for the bad characters who definitely acted bad).

The ending left room for more books and I"m looking forward to others by this author.
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book. It's a classic tale of good vs. evil, with the fate of the world in the hands of children. It was hard to put down. Stone Voice Rising is the kind of book that can translate into film very easily, as C. Lee Tocci has done a good job of keeping the tale flowing smoothly while throwing in bits of humor. I look forward to the sequel. ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
At first, I assumed this book would be set in something like medieval times. I was surprised when they introduced cars and computers and the internet, but obviously it works in modern times. There were times that I wished the book would just move on, but mostly it's a very good read, and I especially enjoyed the Keepers of the Trees; their rhymes were just too cute and clever! ...more
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-rl
Found in my secret second hand bookshop. This has an interesting concept and a few different story lines for some characters. This book was interesting enough so that I check for the second one every now and again. And I will until I find out what happens even if it continues to be further down my reading level. I'd recommend it to perhaps a 12-14 year old. ...more
Zeke Watcher
Jun 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly, I really liked this book! It was a fast read with good characters. Sometimes, I like kid-lit if it's well-written, and this one was! I recommend it. ...more
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