Every girl dreams of being part of the line - the chosen seven who
tunnel deep into the mountain to find the harvest. No work is more
important. Jena is the leader of the line - strong, respected, reliable.
And - as all girls must be - she is small; her years of training have
seen to that. It is not always easy but it is the way of the things. And
so a girl must wrap her limbs, lie still, deny herself a second bowl of
stew. Or a first. But what happens when one tiny discovery makes Jena
question everything she has ever known? What happens when moving a
single stone changes everything?
'... an engaging, beautifully written novel that manages to pose big
questions about gender and power, and thoroughly entertain. This is a
quietly powerful, polished story for readers aged eight and above.' - Frances Atkinson, Books+Publishing
'A Single Stone
is a beautiful and delicate novel that tackles some big questions about
gender and power in an interesting manner, entertaining the reader.
With body image, women’s roles in society, and government corruption all
part of this powerful novel hopefully this book gets young adults
talking about these important issues.' - Katherine Dretzke, Readings
beautifully written, haunting novel warns of the consequences of blind
following, and shows the important difference between appearance and
truth. This is award-winning McKinlay's best yet.' - writingWA
'A beautifully written, quiet adventure that takes you spelunking into questions of gender and power.' - Michael Earp, Goodreads