Children of the Stone City (Hardcover)

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Children of the Stone City (Hardcover)


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A powerful novel by Carnegie Medal–winning author Beverley Naidoo that is in turns heart-wrenching, infuriating, and inspiring—and at its core, a call to readers to make a better world than they have found.

Adam and his sister, Leila, are Nons—second-class citizens, living under the Permitted ruling class. Though their life in the Stone City is filled with family, stories, and music, they must carefully follow the rules, have all paperwork on hand, and never, ever do anything to anger a Permitted. When their father unexpectedly dies, they are even restricted in how they are allowed to grieve.      

Soon, Adam and Leila are back to school and practicing music again. But when Adam’s friend Zak plays a bold prank on a group of Permitted boys, and Adam is implicated in Zak’s “crime,” Adam knows their lives will never be the same again.

Not to be missed by any reader who was moved by Veera Hiranandani’s The Night Diary or Alan Gratz’s Refugee.

Beverley Naidoo joined the resistance to apartheid as a student in South Africa, leading to detention without trial and exile in England. She is the author of the widely popular Journey to Jo’burg, the Carnegie Medal winner The Other Side of Truth, its sequel, Web of Lies, and the award-winning books Out of Bounds, No Turning Back, and Burn My Heart. Visit her online at

Product Details ISBN: 9780063096967
ISBN-10: 006309696X
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Pages: 240
Language: English

"Themes of equality, human rights, and justice prompt readers to reflect on how they can improve the world. A timely, powerful, relevant story." — Kirkus Reviews

"Well-developed characters, weighty themes, and a quick pace, along with evocative use of metaphor characterize this substantial novel." — Horn Book Magazine