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Winner of the 2012 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
“A riveting book about the Anglo-Boer war at the turn of the last century and Canada’s place in it… Kent draws her characters and the landscape around them in penetrating prose… Today’s children will develop heartfelt admiration and respect for Corlie Rioux. Though this young heroine struggles with the loss of parental love, a special friendship, and her home, she holds steadfast, brave, and true and emerges a survivor… At times raw, but always gripping, this novel packs an emotional punch.”
– Jury Citation, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
“…Trilby Kent reveals the way South African Boers were targets for large-scale extermination during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), and how Africans were maligned and oppressed by the Boers. Through the eyes of twelve-year-old Corlie Roux, the narrator, we trace the suffering of Boer farmers….”
—2012 Children’s Africana Book Awards Committee
“The more prominent review media seem to have completely missed this gem from a Canadian-Brit. In quickly evocative prose, Kent creates an immediate and scintillating [story]. Kent has a keen craft and understands her audience, and the U.S. children’s literature world would do well to start paying her more attention.”
“… This book is particularly unique … its human rather than historical elements are what make this thread of the story the most compelling element in Stones for my Father. As is so often the case with historical fiction, the relationships, rather than the history, are what bring the tale to life; Kent performs this trick with impressive dexterity.”
—Recommended, CM Magazine
“… The descriptions of time and place in the novel are mostly strong and the language vivid … [an] entertaining story. Corlie is an excellent role model, and many young readers will be able to relate to her trials.”
—Quill & Quire
“In her powerful and compelling novel set during the Boer War, Kent explores friendship, loss, and the resilience of the human spirit… Corlie Roux is a fascinating, complex heroine, and Kent’s willingness to present her and her situation unblinkingly is a gift to us all… At times raw, but always gripping, this novel packs an emotional punch.”
—TD Canada Trust Canadian Children’s Literary Award Jury Comments
TRILBY KENT was born in Toronto, Ontario, but grew up in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. After completing degrees at Oxford University and The London School of Economics, she worked in the rare books department at a prominent auction house before turning to journalism. She now lives in London, England. Stones for My Father is Trilby Kent’s second young adult novel.
Reading this was hard because of the pain and hardship the girl went through. Glad she triumphed.Published 8 months ago by Pamela Stutsman
A bit of history, but with the personal trials of people who must endure the hardships and loss of conflicts that go on in the name of power.Published 15 months ago by Margaret Baker
Tundra|March 22, 2011|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-77049-252-3
Corlie Roux's farm life in South Africa is not easy. Read more
The Outreach Council of the African Studies Association named Trilby Kent's Stones for my Father the Children's Africana Book Award program's Best Book for 2012. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Harriet McGuire
Why I read this: I really enjoyed Trilby's previous book Medina Hill and was happy to join her tour for Stones of My Father. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Kristen M. Harvey
After reading Kent's debut novel, Medina Hill, I was excited to do another blog tour featuring her newest book. Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Books and Literature for Teens (BLT)
One of the reasons I enjoy historical fiction so much is that it can take you to a place and time you've never experienced. Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by M. Tanenbaum
Children are the most resilient. They can turn an untenable situation into a positive action. Adults tend to be so set in their ways that they are unable to see any other option... Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by Heather Pearson