Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst

"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."

Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: April 3rd, 2018
Format: Papberback ARC via publisher
Pages: 323

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 mountain where her and her friends live, she realizes that her friends are going to eventually pass away if she doesn't find a stonemason to re-carve their stories into them.
We join her on a brave adventure filled to the brim with danger around every corner for her and her friends who accompanied her on her journey.

I loved Mayka as a main character. She was strong and introspective. She relied heavily on her friends for support and they relied on her as well. She had amazing problem-solving skills that proved to get her and her friends out of multiple sticky situations.
She is loyal and knows the difference between rights and wrong and puts an importance on friendship, freedom to do as you please (within reason) and love.
All of these traits add up to a wonderful  strong female lead any pre-teen should be able to look up to.

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