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‘Deep in the City something had been woken, so old that people had been walking past it for centuries without giving it a second look…’

When George breaks the dragon’s head outside the Natural History Museum he awakes an ancient power. This prehistoric beast, sentry-still for centuries, hunts him down with a terrifying wrath. And this is just the beginning… The taints and spits – statues with opposing natures – are warring forces; wreaking deadly havoc on the city landscape. The World War One gunner offers protection of sorts; and the wisdom of the Sphinx is legendary. But George and his companion Edie are trapped in a world of danger. And worse – they are quite alone. The rest of London is oblivious to their plight.

This epic adventure exposes forces long-layered in the fabric of London. After entering its richly original and breathtaking world, the city streets and skyline will never again seem the same!

(P) Hodder Children’s Books 2006
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Genre: Designed / Suitable For National Curriculum / For National Curriculum Key Stage 2 / Suitable For Uk Curricula & Examinations

On Sale: 7th March 2013

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781444916041


Thrilling stuff
The Scotsman
Intelligently and elegantly written, with pace and suspence, varied and convincing dialogue and big themes of loyalty, sacrifice and emotional growth, Stoneheart will make readers see London with new eyes
The Sunday Times
Lisa Brown, aged 13, Watford Observer
Exploding with action on every page. I was gripped from the very first line ... A must-read for fantasy and adventure lovers
Abbie Smith, aged 12, Watford Observer
A really exciting read
Surrey Quarterly Magazine
An immensely enjoyable page turner with a thrilling twist around every corner!
Eleanor Colquitt, year 7, The Whitehaven News
Another highly original fantasy ... the unrelentling thrills never let up and the careful and intelligent integration of realities never interefers with the action
School Librarian
A fantastical, fast-paced adventure
Publishing News
Erudition, lively prose and ingenuity combine, making this a not-to-be-missed addition to the fantasy oeuvre that will have readers thumping the air with delight!
Books For Keeps
After entering its richly original and breathtaking world, the city streets and skyline will never again seem the same
Children's Zone
An extremely clever and original book .... The idea alone is so interesting that is would appeal to almost everybody
Emily Morton, aged 14, Scottish Sunday Herald
Adventurous, believable and easy to get into the story
Andrew Reid, St Thomas Aquin's High, Teen Titles
The plot is intricate, multi-layered and the world in which the boys are trapped is breathtaking. Charlie Fletcher is a brilliant storyteller and Stone Heart is an epic adventure that's not to be missed
Love Reading 4 Kids
Darkly magical
The Guardian
A highly original page-turner ... This breathtakingly imaginative and inventive fantasy/horror story should come with a warning that once begun it is impossible to put down. The term page-turner does not do it justice and it will change your view of London forever
Book Trust