Find out more about the books of Phoebe Stone.

The Boy on Cinnamon Street

Cover art - The Boy on Cinnamon Street - by Phoebe Stone

from Booklist for
The Boy on Cinnamon Street

“A deeply affecting novel...”
--Booklist, March. 1, 2012
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from Kirkus Reviews for
The Boy on Cinnamon Street

“An outstanding tale of love, loss and the true power of friendship.”
--Kirkus Reviews, Dec. 15, 2011
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from Publisher’s Weekly for
The Boy on Cinnamon Street

“There’s a dark mystery propelling this extremely well-done novel…Executed with extreme wit and delicacy…”
--Publisher’s Weekly, Jan. 16, 2012
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Indie Booksellers Pick, Winter 2011-2012 Kids’ Indie Next List
Inspired recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers. “This tween story of first love will melt the hardest heart...a great read for any mother-daughter book club.” --Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
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“Stone’s control of her narrative is expert;”
“The way she brings the various elements together is unexpected and heart-wrenching. Occasional humor lightens things up, but the story’s core is its earnestness and heart. ”
--The Horn Book
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Cover of Deep Down Popular Phoebe Stones Latest Novel

Deep Down Popular
Jessie Lou Ferguson, a sixth-grade
tomboy, negotiates popularity, true
friendship and first love.
(Published by Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic; ages 9 and up)

STARRED REVIEW from Booklist for Deep Down Popular:
"An ode to love in many forms. Jessie
Lou tells her tale with the strong,
rough-edged purity of a young poet."
Booklist, March 15, 2008
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"Sweet and Winning."
--Kirkus Reviews, Jan. 15, 2008
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A novel for ages 10 and up:

All the Blue Moons
at the Wallace Hotel

"It's a book so full of joy and beauty that one wants to read and reread it, simply for the pleasure of revisiting this invented world. That to me is the sign of a true children's classic."
The Boston Globe


"Wallace is one of the most original and entertaining children in modern literature."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A haunting tale...Stone's prose is poetic, yet grounded in realistic adolescent language...adroitly handling preadolescent angst against a backdrop of family tragedy and gradual renewal"
The New York Times

"In clear, luminous writing, Stone directs the plot toward a satisfying, happy conclusion as the Hoppers learn to open up and trust once more. A full cast of interesting secondary characters flesh out this moving, tender story of familial love." --Booklist

JUST PUBLISHED!! (April 26, 2016): Phoebe Stone’s newest book

Paris for Two

Paris for Two - Phoebe Stone

“...delightful novel”
“Atmospheric and charming Stone’s intricately designed novel tells three interlocking tales. A poetically told story with a fairy-tale feel.” --Kirkus Reviews
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Paris for Two reviewed in Hornbook:

“Stone has created a grand, romantic, heartfelt tale that will make readers long for the city of light.” --Hornbook

Romeo Blue

Phoebe Stone's newest book is "Romeo Blue" to be published June 1, 2013

from Hornbook for Romeo Blue:

Romeo Blue is the best sort of sequel: one you didn’t know you wanted but are ever so grateful to have....Stone manages the cunning feat of writing in a style both lyrical and propulsive, with short chapters impelling the reader ever onward as the multifaceted story unfolds.”
--Hornbook, August 21, 2013
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from Booklist for Romeo Blue:

“Stone’s evocative writing sets time and place beautifully, and her passages about war feel relevant today (“Here in such a lush and green world, why do people hurt and kill one another and why is there such a thing as war?”) Compelling, and with plenty of heart and soul.”
--Booklist, May 1, 2013
Read the full Booklist review Silver Honor from Parents Choice for Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone

Romeo Blue Recevies Silver Honor Book Award from Parent’s Choice

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Young adult novel set in Maine will delight readers of all ages
Romeo Blue is suspenseful to the end. It doesn’t sugarcoat the war. Stone’s writing shines with great metaphors and similes. Buy this book for your literary teenager. Then you read it.”
--Portland Maine Press Herald, Sunday October 22, 2013
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MORE REVIEWS — Romeo Blue:

Wall Street Journal

Buffalo News

Rave reviews and praise for—

The Romeo and Juliet Code

Cover of the Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone

Top Ten Children’s Books of the Year 2011. The Boston Globe
The Best Books of 2011:
The Complete List: NPR.

from Publishers Weekly for
The Romeo and Juliet Code

“...intricate and lyrical novel,
resembles The Secret Garden in all the best ways. Stone’s accomplished tale provides a romantic yet realistic perspective on family, perserverence, and adaptation.”
--Publishers Weekly, Dec. 6, 2010
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“....Stone has written a masterpiece for young
readers everywhere.”

--The Boston Globe
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“...delightful novel”
“With witty self-possession, this thoughtful heroine decides that she must untangle the narrative strands around her. What she discovers, and how she discovers it, should keep children ages 8-13 engaged, amused and, eventually, stirred.” --The Wall Street Journal
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“In lyrical prose, Stone conjures up
America on the brink of WWII through the
eyes of a delightful British girl....
Truly charming...” --Booklist
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“...a quietly touching story of finding one’s place in the world.”
--School Library Journal, February 2011
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“ enimently satisfying read.”
--Kirkus Reviews, Nov. 15, 2010
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Girl riding tiger, artwork from "When the Wind Bears Go Dancing," by Phoebe Stone.

When the Wind Bears
Go Dancing

Phoebe Stone's vibrant artwork and lyrical text transform a scary thunderstorm into a joyful and exciting experience in this children's picture book.

Upcoming Phoebe Stone Events

Join Phoebe Stone and the Scholatic Road Trip at the Flying Pig Bookstore

Sun. July 10, 2016; 1-3 p.m.


For information or to schedule an event with Phoebe Stone: contact us here...

from Horn Book for
The Romeo and Juliet Code

“The story's strands satisfyingly come together in a plot full of intrigue, with well-integrated historical and literary references. On top of all that, Flissy is a kick...”
--The Horn Book, March/April 2011
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“With clever but restrained writing and an exciting plot, The Romeo and Juliet Code is a good read.”
--The Chicago Tribune, Feb. 21, 2011
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Artwork by Phoebe Stone

Before Phoebe Stone wrote and illustrated children’s books
she was a painter.
See a show of her new artwork in:

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“Literature doesn’t get much better than this!”
-- The Boston Globe

Deep Down Popular
was chosen as Summer 2008 Book Sense Children's Pick

"I think this is Stone's best novel."
-- Sue Carita
The Toadstool Bookshop Milford, NH

"Stone creates such vivid characters, such heartbreak and humor and loveliness, that her book approaches poetry."
--The Buffalo News 7/10/08

Cover artwork from the book "What Night Do the Angels Wander?," by Phoebe Stone 

What Night Do the
Angels Wander?

"A gentle rhyming poem of Christmas Eve. This book, both thrilling and soothing is one to read aloud on that night when so many children become insomniacs."
-- The Boston Globe

"Go Away Shelley Boo" by Phoebe Stone
Go Away Shelley Boo!
--an ABA "Pick of the Lists".
You can see more here.

Sonata #1 for Riley Red

Sonata #1 for Riley Red "Stone again does what she does best: creates characters who have depth and imagination, and puts them in situations where they confront a dilemma."
--The Burlington Free Press

Links to Phoebe’s books and other pages of interest:

Romeo Blue

The Boy on Cinnamon Street

The Romeo and Juliet Code

Deep Down Popular

Sonata #1 for Riley Red

All the Blue Moons at the Wallace Hotel

Go Away Shelley Boo!

When the Wind Bears Go Dancing

What Night Do the Angels Wander?

In God's Name

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