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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED. 1990s/2000s? Child/teen Fantasy book with magic stone that transports 2 kids to another world through a plane crash + a green skinned wizard. Spoilers ahead. [s]

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message 1: by Wrayth (last edited Jan 07, 2020 10:50AM) (new) - added it

Wrayth | 10 comments Hi! I'm looking for a children/teen book that I read when I was younger that I'd like to find and re-read :) Genre would probably be Young Adult, but I'm pretty sure that genre wasn't around then XD It would have been with the Michael Scott teen books and Tamora Pierce and such.

All I remember is part of the plot line of course...no useful title or author :P

I thought (probably wrongly) that the book was called something like touchstone, lightning stone, thunder stone, but no luck finding it. I think its definitely earlier than the 2010s, but beyond that, no idea about author etc!

So to start two teenagers (12 or 14 but definitely less than 16 I think) boy and girl, cousins maybe? friends, find a stone/rock in an abandoned quarry after or during a thunderstorm. (The stone glows?, something to do with lightning maybe?) ....I think they got some powers or something by using it but I'm hazy on this part,

spoiler ahead:

....but while they're on a plane it crashes except they wake up in a different world (fantasy/medieval with elves, dwarves, giants, magic - vaguely remember that someone was kidnapped & the dwarf is tracking them down while thinking about how elves would have been better at it? Maybe!)

They first meet/get rescued by a young man who was an apprentice or slave to a wizard and was cursed with green? skin. They have to help save the world or something... at the end they can travel back to their world (during the book they met at a forge? and after some magic they are informed that they could get home but decade(s) will have passed in their world, despite less than a year passing in the fantasy world...

and at the end they wake up in the farmers field the plane crashed in but decades later and the parents/aunt had still stayed by the phone waiting for news of them....

I would mention I live in Ireland and I read it in english. My brother has no recollection of it. I think I read it in end primary school or beginning secondary school so could even be before 2005-ish? But the book could have been written even before 1990s, I'm guessing there...

I think the cover was watercolour/ink art maybe?

Hope this helps! Please help. It is driving me nuts, I know I didn't make this up or dream it!

Books that aren't it include Weirdstone of Brisingamen, Motherstone & Demonata series.

EDIT: Started searching again after the last message and tried a bunch of "stone, Lightning stone, thunder stone, touchstone" names. Somehow, despite having done this before I posted this 2 years ago, I FOUND IT!!! Maybe someone added it on since then. But I recognised the cover! So yay!

"In a remote quarry near their homes, Patti and Simon shelter from a summer storm. A bolt of lightning erupts at their feet and afterwards they find the Touchstone, 'white in color with a green vein, about the size of a large apple', which is to be their password to another world."
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

annoyingly googling fantasy children's books with the words touchstone, quarry lightning and so on, never found the book for me. grrrrr


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Wrayth | 10 comments Bump?


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Wrayth | 10 comments -sigh- Still haven't found it! XD


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Wrayth | 10 comments Rainbowheart wrote: "The Magic Stone?

The Stones Are Hatching?

Breeze and Mugara's Magic Stones?"


ah nope! Thanks though
(first one doesn't sound right & is too old?, second one definitely doesn't match any of the details & 3rd is aboriginal/australian so no as well)


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Rainbowheart | 16894 comments Are you pretty sure "stone" was in the title?

Do you think the book was by an Irish author, or an author from another country?


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Wrayth | 10 comments Rainbowheart wrote: "Are you pretty sure "stone" was in the title?

Do you think the book was by an Irish author, or an author from another country?"


memory being easily mistaken, I'm not that sure about stone being in the title. Especially considering I read it so long ago.

I have no idea if it was an irish author, only that I was living in Ireland at the time.


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Kris | 34380 comments Mod
Wrayth, looks like we can eliminate The Dream of the Stone (1993) by Christina Askounis?

Where are the teenagers traveling to/from in the air/plane? Who and where are their parents/family?

Are there dragons?


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Wrayth | 10 comments Kris wrote: "Wrayth, looks like we can eliminate The Dream of the Stone (1993) by Christina Askounis?

Where are the teenagers traveling to/from in the air/plane? Who and where are..."


the teens were the ones travelling by plane which then crashed (during a storm maybe?), not sure where they were travelling from or to, and they woke up in the fantasy land. The parents (of one of the two teens, I think were cousins not siblings) is mentioned at the end of the book as still having been waiting for a phone call in 20 years (the teens reappear in the field that the plane had crashed in but something like 20 years later)

It had mage/wizard, elves, giants and dwarves in it, so maybe there were dragons and I've just forgotten.

I'll take a look at the book, see if I can track it down, but from the blurb and other review descriptions it doesn't seem like it. Thank you though!


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Rainbowheart | 16894 comments Glad you found it!

Touchstone for the link.


message 12: by Kris (last edited Jan 08, 2020 08:42AM) (new)

Kris | 34380 comments Mod
Wrayth, glad you found your book Touchstone by Peter Regan. I see you edited your first post. Next time, please post a new comment to confirm your book.


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Wrayth | 10 comments Kris wrote: "Wrayth, glad you found your book Touchstone by Peter Regan. I see you edited your first post. Next time, please post a new comment to confirm your book."

All right grand! Thank you

...I like how sure you are there will be a next time! XD


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