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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Review: One Stone Left Unturned


Title:  One Stone Left Unturned
Author: Marianna Heusler
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Publication Date: 
 May 1, 2013
Reviewer:  Carissa

Summary: At midnight on July 16th, 1918, Tsar Nicholas Romanov and his family were murdered, thus ending the Russian Empire. Historians believe that a peasant by the name of Rasputin was instrumental in the downfall of the dynasty. Because Nicholas thought that Rasputin could cure their son, Alexis, who was suffering from hemophilia, Rasputin was able to influence the Imperial Family.

But what if Rasputin's power did not come from God, as he claimed, but from a simple jewel, a tricolored, fifteen-carat tourmaline? And what if that very stone landed in the hands of a lonely teenager a century later?

The middle grade novel, One Stone Left Unturned is told from two points of view, two teenage girls, living in different times and different places leading parallel lives with parallel needs and desires.

Review: One Stone Left Unturned is a fascinating mix of history, mystery, and good writing!
            One Stone Left Unturned follows two girls, Tatiana Romanov, daughter of Tsar Nicholas, and Augusta, a bullied Catholic girl. The story starts when Augusta finds a colorful brooch in her church. At the same time, from her point of view, Tatiana finds the brooch. In alternating POV chapters, both girls discover the stones power: to protect the user from pain. Tatiana must decide whether to share the stone’s power with her family, or keep it to herself as her Grandmother suggested. Augusta must care for her slowly-singing-into-dementia grandmother and keep the stone safe.

            I really enjoyed One Stone Left Unturned! The idea was original, the characters were easy to connect with, and the end was…brilliant and sobbing-sad at the same time!
I can’t wait to read more novels by Marianna Huesler!
9/10 stars, for kids 10+

Thank you for the review copy provided by the author!
-Carissa

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