The Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst

The Stone Girl's Story

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 a stonemason to recarve them. But the search is more complex than she had im...

Details The Stone Girl's Story

TitleThe Stone Girl's Story
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure

Reviews The Stone Girl's Story

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    4.5 stars - really a delightful middle grade novel, and it's standalone! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:Fearless Girl statueHigh 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 fa...
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  • Jen
    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...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusMayka 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. Alon...
  • Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
    *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 en...
  • Suze Lavender
    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 ...
  • Kathy Martin
    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 Tur...
  • snowplum
    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, ...
  • Charlotte
    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.
  • Sabrina Fox
    "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 happen...
  • Suzanne
    What if you were carved from stone, but alive? What if you slowed and eventually went to sleep as the carved marks wore away with time? This is what had begun happening to Mayka's friends. Their father was a stonemason who carved them all, but now there is no one to keep the marks fresh and clear.Mayka begins a journey to find a stonemason who will come to help them. She heads down into the valley and toward the great city looking for someone who...
  • Melissa
    While I don't read much MG, I'm always up for a good story. I also love the author's work so adding this to my reading pile was a no brainer. I was also not disappointed.The story is of stone which comes to life if a skilled stonemason carves and then gives story to the various forms of rock. Mayka has been made by one of the most skilled stonemasons and she and her family of creatures all have the choice to expand upon their own stories. It's ve...
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    Mayka and her stone family were brought to life by the markings etched into their bodies--symbols that represent who they are and the stories of their live. Mayka's father was a talented stonemason. He created fish that could swim, rabbits, birds, and even a turtle before he used everything he had learned to create Mayka a girl who lives and thinks even if she does not need to breath or eat the way humans do.But stone erodes over time and Mayka's...
  • Kim
    What a wonderful story! A few years ago I read a few of Sarah Beth Durst's books; Into the Wild and the Girl Who Could Not Dream; and completely loved them; her way of telling a story appeals to the fantasy world I believe in as a child. When I saw The Stone Girl's Story I had to request it from Net Galley and was excited to be given a copy to read in advance.Stone Girl does not disappoint. Mayka has been carved from mountain stone by Father. He ...
  • Tasha
    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. Mayk...
  • Mark Buxton
    My name is Mayka, and my father has died. The etchings on our stone bodies are fading, and the marks are what give us life. I'm leaving our home on the mountain for the first time, and I must find a new stonemason to fix the carvings. I'm happy that Risa and Jacklo are with me. The stone birds can fly ahead to warn me of danger, although Jacklo tends to get distracted and off course. We've met a small, stone dragon named Si-Si, and she's helped u...
  • Kacey
    I'm so glad I'm coming across these amazing works of children's literature. This one I loved because I am a storyteller, so of course anything having to do with that will pique my interest. I also loved the world this book created and all the beings inhabiting that world. I loved how each of them had a story and even the most minor of characters had a personality. That was pretty genius.Since this book is all about taking your story and interpret...
  • Alexa Hamilton
    Mayka is a stone girl living with her stone family on the mountain. But they can only move because of their markings and their markings are fading since their father the stonemason died. Mayka sets out on an adventure to the city of Skye to find a stonemason who can help them. Along the way, she finds out harsh truths about the world that her father never wanted her to know. Stone carvings are basically indentured to their carvers or people who b...
  • Lynndell
    Perseverance and Friendship!Thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the opportunity to read and review The Stone Girl’s Story by Sarah Beth Durst! Mayka, a twelve-year-old girl carved out of stone, lives on the mountain with other stone creations carved by her father, a famous stonemason. Her father is no longer alive and when the markings on the stone creatures began to fade and when Turtle no longer moves, Mayka decides to leave...
  • Jan farnworth
    This is a charming middle grade novel, that centers around a stone girl who is desperate to save herself and her friends who are fading from this world.  She sets off an adventure to the valley where her farther came from in hopes she will find a stonemason who can re carve their marks so that they won't fade away.  What she discovers in the city of Skye is not at all what she expects.  The story moves along at a rapid pace and the whole conce...
  • Rebecca Schaeffer
    This book was full of clever, unique worldbuilding, a likeable, smart protagonist and a well fleshed out cast of supporting characters. I really loved the different types of stone creatures and seeing how different they were depending on the marks given. A really fun, interesting look at what makes us human, and the choices carved into us before we're born vs what we can choose afterwards.
  • Theresa Grissom
    Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book!I am officially a huge Sarah Beth Durst fan. This is the third book I have read by this author and I have loved every one of them. The Stone Girl's Story is another fantastic adventure. Loved the characters and especially loved the story. Durst's books are never boring and are always refreshingly unique. Never quit writing Sarah!
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  • Dandabek
    ARC graciously provided through NetGalley.comYes, the themes of stories and storytelling, family and friendship, kindness and compassion, are all central here, and definitely make The Stone Girl’s Story a Recommended Read. Certainly they, and the wonderful characterization, are what endeared the book to this reviewer. Yet there are also deeper currents to be found in Ms. Durst’s well-crafted world, as well, where Carvers can breathe life into...
  • Jackie
    Sarah Beth Durst just gets better and better. Mayka is amazing! I always love a strong middle grade heroine and this author dreams up my favorite worlds. I'm a sucker of stories about stories/storytellers and this novel really delivers on all the things I love best. I love the stone creatures and their personalities. This one has a whole set of characters ((view spoiler)[Jacklo, Risa, & Si-Si (hide spoiler)]) who join the ranks of Monster and Ale...