The Singing Stone
First edition, Viking Kestrel hardcover (Canada and USA), 1984; Puffin mass market edition (Canada, USA, UK, Eire, Australia and New Zealand); revised edition, Penguin Canada, trade paperback, 2004
Short-listed, Ruth Schwartz Award
Short-listed, Young Adult Canadian Book Award
18 year old Kay, a Canadian orphan, has always been haunted by dreams and visions of a past she knows nothing about. Then she receives a parcel of books about legends of an ancient Celtic stone that sings. Suspecting that the key to her past lies in Ireland, she travels to that country and is drawn into a heroic quest for the four lost treasures of the Tuatha De Danaan: the Sword, the Spear, the Cauldron, and – most important of all – the Stone of Destiny. Druids plot and invaders threaten as Kay is caught up in a web of danger and romance.
“There is much to delight the armchair adventurer: a pace that rips right along, a sense of suspence that keeps us spellbound … and an assortment of wondrous, mystical, and occasionally terrifying characters.”
“A powerful, richly patterned tale.”
London Free Press