Registered Charity Number: 1120177
President: Dame Jacqueline Wilson; Patrons: Michael Morpurgo & Ian Whybrow
Mike Revell has always wanted to write for children. He studied Creative Writing at the University of Essex, followed by a postgraduate journalism course at Harlow College. Mike also has a passion for American Football, and when not writing fiction, he reports on the NFL for the Mirror newspaper. He lives near Cambridge with his girlfriend and their new puppy, Toffee. Stonebird is his debut novel.
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Published by Quercus Books
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When eleven-year-old Liam moves house to be closer to his grandma, he’s thrown into an unfamiliar place, with a family that seems to be falling apart.
Liam doesn’t remember what Grandma was like before she became ill with dementia. He only knows the witch-like old woman who snaps and snarls and eats her birthday cards. He desperately wants to make everything better, but he can’t.
Escaping the house one evening, Liam discovers an old stone gargoyle in a rundown church, and his life changes in impossible ways.
The gargoyle is alive. It moves unseen in the night, acting out Liam’s stories. And stories can be dangerous things
But Liam’s grandma’s illness is getting worse, his mum isn’t coping, and his sister is skipping school.
What if the gargoyle is the only thing that can save Liam’s family?
"Stonebird has good parts and bad parts, ups and downs. The start is one of the worst bits but as you get going it gets gripping and exciting. A young boy called Liam moves house into a big, old and creepy house. Near his house is a church and behind the church is a gargoyle, the gargoyle can't speak but it does react to Liam's grandmas special egg. Liam's grandma has dementia and Liam is desperate to help her and the only way might be with the gargoyle, read this book to find out more."
"Stonebird is an amazing book. It's action packed and we love the way the gargoyle comes to life in the dead of night. Stonebird is an emotionally gripping story. We really recommend it to all book worms! It's clever how every time he tells a story with the stone it comes to life. I wish that could happen. How cool it would be. The book is full of suspense and you never know whats going to happen next. It takes a while to read but it's worth every moment. Every time you turn a page, it gets even better. (if possible!!) It paints pictures in the reader's mind and they will feel as if they are in the story like a 3D film. If you like adventure this book's for you. This book is definitely adventurous!"
"I REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I think it really grabs the readers attention and is really fast paced. I got really moved when I thought Matt was going to die but I was released when he didn't. I enjoyed the stories he told about stone bird that he told in class but didn't like it when Matt bullied him about them. Quite often in this book I could really images I was there could see stone bird and all the people. I think it is a really lovely book, I would highly recomend it. = )"
"I think this is a really good book because of all the things that are happening behind the main plots and there is a lot of suspense in this book. My favourite character in this book is matt ,he is just very misunderstood. He only does those things so he can take his mind of his family. I think it is very strange that their mum and dad are close but matt is bullying Liam. I rate this book 7 out of 10. There are a lot of sad moments in this book. Some of the chapters are interesting and some are not. I recommend this book for ages for 10-15 years."
"This book is amazing because it has mysterious adventures. Even though he is being harmed in such a bad way Stonebird will always be there for him. This book is probably one of the best books I have read so far. I would really recommend this book to other children of my age. I hope this book does win but the other books are good as well. As well as that Matt - the type of character who's attitude changes - can be a great friend. Also some characters attitudes doesn't change!"
"I think that Stonebird is an ok book. The had some good parts and some bad ones. My favourite character is Matt because he sounds like a horrible person to Liam in the book. My favourite part of the story is when Matt gets hurt by Stonebird because I like how mike describe what had happened. I think that this would be better for children who enjoy these types of books. Mike Revell is a good author but this isn't one of my favourite books."
"Stonebird is a book filled with suspense, mystery and twists and turns. Liam gets himself in a whole lot of trouble when he meets a stone gargoyle, Stonebird. But this isn't a regular gargoyle...its alive. Having just moved house, his grandma having dementia and moving to a new school where he is bullied things couldn't get any worse. Well they can. Some parts of the book I enjoyed a lot and I couldn't put the book down. Other parts of the story were really boring and I really didn't want to read on. It was an ok book but I wouldn't recommend it because I didn't really enjoy it all."
"This book is my personal favourite because it is very mysterious and has a lot of secrets. It is very strange how Stonebird knew what Liam was worried about. This book is like a theme park ride and takes you in all directions. Mike Revell is a brilliant writer to follow and inspire everyone. I will love to read more of his books and see if they are better than this. Those books will have to be super to take over this one. I recommend this book to people who like books that are so confusing they make your brain hurt. You have to read it!"
"I found this book like a roller-coaster because at times I couldn't put it down but at some times it seamed quite sad. I would definitely advise reading it and reading at a decent speed or you'll probably get confused. It is an inspiring book and Mike Revell must have a fantastic imagination. In my opinion this book does the two extremes of happy and sad and is also funny at times as well. The characters' personalities are all original and well planned out; whether they're mean, loving or humorous each one is as well planned out as the other which takes a very good author to do, and Mike Revell has managed greatly."
"I liked Stonebird because it has lots of mysterious twists and turns this book make me want to read more and more. I felt Liam's Grandma had a demon inside her-she creeped me out, but I still really liked it . I would really advise people to read it if they like spooky and scary stories."
"I love Stone Bird because it's very sci-fi, like Doctor Who. I love the fact that a gargoyle comes to life. It's very descriptive and thrilling. Thanks for writing this story Mike Revell. It's the best book EVER!!!!!!!
"I found this book really well written I hope Mike writes another book. It was my first and my favorite bookfest book and it is the best book that I read. It was an epic because the character Liam reminded me of a freind"
"I didn't really like this book, I didn't want to finish it. I found it very strange and weird because I didn't get the point of him finding a gargoyle that re-inacts stories that he tells in School. I don't recommend this book. :( "
"It was a very griping book with lots of twists and turns. I thought the story was well written and I couldn't stop reading it. I hope he writes more books maybe even a sequel to Stonebird. It was one of the best books I have ever read. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read it. "
"I really didn't like Stonebird it was so bad I didn't want to finish it. Both me and my friend didn't like it but some people wont agree and that is fine as it is only my opinion. I don't recommend it."
"I haven't finished it yet so I don't know what's going to happen. It is sort of spooky and a tiny bit weird but I like books like that. I could say that Stonebird is one of the weirdest books of all time. There are a lot of twists. I don't think it was the book for me, but I know that other people love it."
"I really enjoyed stonebird,it took me a while to read it but that's because I was really hooked on it. I would say it is in my top 5 books I have ever read. At first I thaught it wouldn't be very good but I started to like it about a 1/4 of the way through the book. Over all I think it's a really good book."
"I think this book should be recommended to anybody who loves reading because you can take it anywhere and become engrossed in the story line. My favourite part is when Liam discovers his grandma used to write a diary for a gargoyle. I can't wait to read whether grandma gets better."
"Superb!This unusual novel was wonderfully creative wih a gripping problem full story line. Including a magical twist this book gave much detail. It is incredably touching with great writing I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly reccomend it."
"This is a fabulous book! Liam moves to a new town and a new school but meets a bully, Matt. Trying to save his grandmother that is suffering from dementia he will tell any story to keep him and his grandmother safe. Personally I think this book is very serious and if you were emotional after Half A Man I do not recommend it. It also a bit gory. Overall I thought it was an amazing book and I would not mind reading it again, Thank you Mike Revell!"
"Out of all the books I've read so far, Stonebird is my favourite. I like the fact that some of the things that happen in this book you can relate to in real life. Also I like the fact that this book makes you question yourself and think," Could this actually happen? Could this be real?" The main character (Liam) is experiencing bad real-life problems when he turns to stories to help him. In some places this turns quite emotional and in some places it's a mystery. To conclude, it is by far one of the best books I've ever read and I would recommend this to anyone."
"This book is amazing. At the start you might find it a bit scary, at some parts you might be a bit sad especially if a member of your family has been in hospital before. In some parts it is awkward and some parts it is a little bit funny. This book is not really funny it is more scary. there is a little bit of love in it. I really recommend this book if you enjoy stories about bullying, stories coming true and also about old people in hospital."
"Amazingly spiritual yet believably touching. Filled with adventure and packed to bursting point with happiness, feeling and joy. Every page comes a new problem it ends sadly yet in a way that was expected."
"This book is quite mysterious in some places, but to me it makes Stonebird a better read. This book is particularly sad because you care so much about the characters. The main character is bullied and he makes up stories in class. The plot is very good because it draws you in. When I finished the book I felt relieved and a bit sad."
Joseph Gregg, Castlefields Primary School, Bridgnorth
"AMAZING with a capital A. I loved it this was my second favourite book of the book award up next to - How to fly with broken wings . its such a amazing story with an kind of expected twist ending."
Charlotte Edge, Stottesdon Primary School
this book was a great story to read and would recommend it to others that like a thrilling story's.