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Compelling, involving and beautifully written, Stone Girl is the powerful and moving story of Sophie, who becomes a ward of the state.

A heartbreaking novel of raw survival and hope, and the children society likes to forget. A stunning and unforgettable debut YA for older readers.

An unspeakable event changes everything for twelve-year-old Sophie. No more Mum, school or bed of her own. She’s made a ward of the state and grows up in a volatile world where kids make their own rules, adults don’t count and the only constant is change.

Until one day she meets Gwen, Matty and Spiral. Spiral is the most furious, beautiful boy Sophie has ever known. And as their bond tightens she finally begins to confront what happened in her past.

I’m at the police station. There’s blood splattered across my face and clothes. In this tiny room with walls the colour of winter sky I hug a black backpack full of treasures. Only one thing is certain . . . no one can ever forgive me for what I’ve done.


A heartbreaking, authentic and exceptionally written story.

Fleur Ferris

Gripping, eloquent, and realer than real, Stone Girl will break your heart into a million tiny pieces, then quietly put it back together again.

Nicole Hayes

Hale has written a novel that is so much more than just a fantastic book. This is a book that gives a voice to the forgotten ones, the kind of book a child stuck in the system might pick up and feel some hope after reading it. And maybe, just maybe some real change will occur. (Five stars)


Stone Girl blew me away! It's the best YA debut I've read in a long time. Utterly unforgettable. Eleni Hale spills the blood of raw experience across the pages . . . Page by page, I was drawn into a world that was so visceral I could almost touch it . . . Eleni Hale's prose is stunning, her analogies fresh, her writing raw and uncensored. This is an honest story that doesn't shy away from the harsh realities facing kids on the fringes . . . Stone Girl is a rare and unique insight into modern day orphans, but more importantly, it examines a government system that professes to protect and shelter these vulnerable kids, while failing dismally. Hale manages to show us the complexity of meeting the needs of vulnerable kids in a system where there is no permanence - of home, of family, of friendships, of possessions. It is a stark reminder of the need for stability, love and care for all of us - especially kids. But Hale has one final message to deliver in this book, and it's a message of which she is living proof. We all have choices. Even in the most dire of circumstances, we each have the choice to take charge of our lives and work to make them better. This is an important book. It exposes a world few of us understand and teaches us about humanity along the way.

Hayley, Good Reads

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  • Paperback


    April 30, 2018


    RRP $19.99

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    April 30, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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