A Place Of Stone And Darkness (Hb)

Author: Chris Mousdale

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  • : $30.00(NZD)
  • : 9780143773122
  • : Penguin Group New Zealand, Limited
  • : Penguin Books (NZ)
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  • : May 2019
  • : 3.7 Centimeters X 14 Centimeters X 20.1 Centimeters
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Review by Helen

Flightless, bird-like Striggs live in Striggland, far underground away from the destructive humans Uptop. But the water supply is becoming poisoned and the community needs to move. Then, as plans are being made, a human (Toppa) falls down a well and is rescued by Ellee , an intrepid young Strigg. To get Blue, the Toppa boy, home the Striggs might have to do what they haven’t done in a thousand years - go Uptop. But who will  go and what will they find? I loved immersing myself in the dark world of the Striggs. Ellee and her friends are brave and intelligent and the story full of danger, friendship and unexpected devices and happenings. With environmental degradation as a backdrop, it is also a reminder of the destruction that us Toppas are unleashing on the planet. This imaginative story is highly recommended for 9-13-year-olds.


The amazing, mysterious realm of Striggworld can finally be revealed. When the human creatures appeared, they ravaged the forests and hunted many birds to extinction. The flightless Striggs had only one option: They went down, down under the ground . . . And it’s there, as you may have heard it whispered, that they still remain. Far below, in a place of stone and darkness . . . Over thousands of years, they colonised a labyrinth of tunnels and caves, but even underground the Striggs are not safe: chemicals now pollute their water and a deadly sickness threatens the flock. Even worse: an inquisitive young Strigg called Ellee Meddo discovers a human boy, trapped deep in a well. Humans are to be feared and saving him could mean travelling to the surface, a place of untold peril. What will Ellee decide to do?Are you brave enough to follow Ellee into the darkness?


'At last a fantasy novel with some depth . . . One of the best of the year' - Bob's Book Blog

'This is one of my top reads of 2019' - Goodreads, School Librarians