If one tiny thing, one moment, could change the way you and your community lived – for better or worse – would you take it? Jena’s whole life is thrown into turmoil with such a question in A SINGLE STONE by Meg McKinlay, our bookclub title for this month.
Jena lives with her family in an isolated community that has developed and changed in peculiar ways. Cut off from the outside world centuries ago, the girls of the community are all trained from birth to serve the Mountain as tunellers and harvesters, collecting the valuable rock that keeps the community alive. Despite being one of the community’s best harvesters, a strange discovery forces Jena to think about it all more deeply…
A SINGLE STONE is not Meg McKinley’s first work of fiction – she has also written poetry for adults, as well as a bunch of children’s books and chapter books for younger readers. She grew up in Bendigo, but now lives in Fremantle, Western Australia.
A SINGLE STONE won a Prime Minister’s Literary Award, an Aurealis award, and a Queensland Literary Award on release, and is a fascinating and original work of speculative fiction – I hope you enjoy it! Meg is planning to join us for a Facebook chat later this month, when you can ask all your burning questions. Remember, you can order A SINGLE STONE through Boomerang Books and use the ‘loveoz’ code to receive free shipping.
Australian YA is going through quite a renaissance lately – I’ve just come away from the launch of an exciting anthology of Australian YA writing, BEGIN END BEGIN, which I was incredibly proud to be included in. That book is currently #2 on the Dymocks YA bestseller list and it was a total thrill to see fans and bookclubbers on the night! Thanks to everyone who rocked up, and hope you’re enjoying the reads as much as we enjoyed writing them.