Review: Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher

Thursday, October 13, 2011

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Title: Stoneheart
Author: Charlie Fletcher

Release Date: August 2nd, 2006
Publisher: Hyperion
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 464 (audio book has 8 parts)
Source: Audio book from Library’s Overdrive Media Console
Series: Stoneheart (#1)
Other Titles in the Series: Ironhand (#2), Silvertongue (#3)
Summary ( A city has many lives and layers. London has more than most. Not all the layers are underground, and not all the lives belong to the living.
Twelve-year-old George Chapman is about to find this out the hard way. When, in a tiny act of rebellion, George breaks the head from a stone dragon outside the Natural History Museum, he awakes an ancient power. This power has been dormant for centuries but the results are instant and terrifying: A stone Pterodactyl unpeels from the wall and starts chasing George. He runs for his life but it seems that no one can see what he’s running from. No one, except Edie, who is also trapped in this strange world.
And this is just the beginning as the statues of London awake…
This is a story of statues coming to life; of a struggle between those with souls and those without; of how one boy who has been emotionally abandoned manages to find hope.

My Review:
I first learned about Stoneheart from my Uncle Jim. A few years ago he told me to find the audio book because it’s read by Jim Dale (the man who reads the Harry Potter books here in the States), who happens to be the best audio book reader on the planet. Anyway, I finally found it and it's brilliant (and not just because of Jim Dale). Stoneheart is an amazing story with characters that really come to life (sometimes literally). I love everything about it from the statues coming to life like the Gunner and Dictionary to everything that George and Edie have to navigate around in this strange new level of London. Stoneheart is one of those books where I want to buy it just so I can turn back and read my favorite passages over and over again and believe me there are a lot of them. This book is really funny and at times it’s quite serious. George needs to learn about this new world so he can figure out a way to make it to tomorrow and it turns out to be quite a ride. Stoneheart is one of the best books I’ve read (okay, listened to) this year!