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Book details
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:142
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9780997013443

Justin and the Magic Stone

by Dale Boyer

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When Justin moves to a new home in a small town, he misses all his old friends, especially his best friend, Tom. But, one day, while he's out in the woods, he finds a magic, heart-shaped stone. With the stone in hand, he finds he can speak with all the animals around him! What's more, the stone also has the power to let him change size, and even travel through mirrors and telescopes to other places. Could the stone help him find his way back to his friend? What else might the magical stone do?
A "tween" book that should also resonate with adults, Justin and the Magic Stone is a gorgeously illustrated story about a boy learning to accept the fact that he is growing up. Justin has just moved to a new town where he doesn't know anyone. He misses his best friend, Tom, and spends his lonely days daydreaming about his former life. One day, after discovering a vaguely heart-shaped stone, he realizes that he can suddenly hear the voices of all the creatures in the yard. He begins to hear something else in their words: a call to a new life and a new way of seeing things. Over the summer, Justin and his new friends map out the yard and its environs. One day, while using a magnifying glass, Justin suddenly tumbles through the glass and into a miniature world he never knew existed around him. There, he meets and befriends Barney Beetle and Artie Ant, who lead him on many adventures around the yard, including getting swept up on a milkweed seed and landing in a bird's nest. Later, Justin soars through the garden on the wings of a beautiful yellow butterfly, who becomes a close friend. After returning to his normal size, Justin finds himself contemplating his reflection in the mirror, puzzled by the physical changes he sees appearing there. Again, he falls through the glass, and explores the "reverse world" of the new house. In the meantime, he discovers that he is changing on the inside as well. Finally, after playing with the stone one day in the yard, he realizes he can connect with his former pal, Tom, just by thinking of him. What's more, once they're together, they discover they can use the stone to walk through a telescope into a whole new place, even onto the surface of the moon! As Justin's summer comes to an end, he realizes that soon he must begin classes at a new school. But first, he reunites with all his friends from the yard, along with his old friend, Tom. He realizes the stone has taught him to see and hear things in a new way; and that -- just by thinking about them -- he can be transported back to this magical summer when he first began to listen to the voice of things.
About the author

Dale Boyer is the author of The Dandelion Cloud, and Thornton Stories, both available from or He attended Blackburn College, The University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A.) and Vermont College (MFA). His book reviews have appeared in The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review (nka The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide) for many years. He is married to fellow novelist Scot T. O'Hara, and lives in Chicago. Visit the author's website at

Dan Holder received his B.A. from Blackburn College, and his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville.  He currently teaches Art History at SIU-Edwardsville, and lives in Alton, Illinois, with his wife, Kathleen.  His work has been featured in exhibitions in New York, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, Ohio, and Indiana. These are his very first book illustrations.

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