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Article  •  09 May 2019


The School Library Verdict: A PLACE OF STONE AND DARKNESS

Choosing a book for your children can be a daunting task and sometimes it’s nice to have a recommendation from someone in the know. Who better than the people who spend all day every day helping children find the perfect read? School librarians!

We asked four school librarians to give us their verdict on Chris Mousdale’s epic new adventure A Place of Stone and Darkness.

Zac McCallum – Librarian at Halswell School (Christchurch)

A Place of Stone and Darkness is a dystopian story like no other, filled with heart-stopping action and characters that you don’t want to say goodbye to.  Chris Mousdale has created a world that drew me in and I got completely wrapped up in . . . A Place of Stone and Darkness is perfect for readers 10 years and up.  Children who love fantasy and futuristic stories or a really good adventure story will devour this book. This is one of my top reads of 2019 and I know it will be on my mind for a long time.

[read Zac’s full review here]

Desna Wallace- Librarian at Fendalton School (Christchurch)

Chris Mousdale’s book A place of Stone and Darkness had me hooked right from the start . . . The action is fast paced, even nail-bitingly at times, so that it was very hard to put the book down. I just wanted to keep reading . . . I loved this novel for so many reasons. The fast-paced action, its total believability, its warmth, the friendships, the loyalties and even the subtle messages. Great for older readers and with its buff coloured pages is ideal for children with dyslexia.  Loved it!

[read Desna’s full review here]

Kim Cook- Librarian at Greenmeadows School (Napier)

A Place of Stone and Darkness is a visually appealing and beautifully illustrated book . . . I was left with questions and wanting more, but I think this lends itself perfectly to a second book. Children who love fantasy and adventure would love this story. 

[read Kim’s full review here]

Simone Donaldson- Librarian at Papapmoa College (Tauranga)

With themes of ‘holding out hope’, ‘searching for redemption’ and ‘the strength of friendship’/’whakawhanaungatanga’, A Place of Stone and Darkness by Chris Mousdale is an dark enchanting read.  It takes you to a new world, with a new language; so tantalisingly close to our own.  I would highly recommend this book for use with gifted and talented year 7/8’s and above.  The A Place of Stone and Darkness carries the reader along effortlessly with fast paced action and well developed characters with whom you quickly build a rapport. 

[read Simone’s full review here]

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