Thursday, October 29, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-Archer


An English teen questions all she knows about aging when she encounters a set of journals that date from the present back to the reign of King Louis XIV in this blend of contemporary and historical fiction from the author of the acclaimed Gideon trilogy. 

Stella Park (Spark for short) has found summer work cataloging historical archives in John Stone’s remote and beautiful house in Suffolk, England. She wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and her uncertainty about living at Stowney House only increases upon arriving: what kind of people live in the twenty-first century without using electricity, telephones, or even a washing machine? Additionally, the notebooks she’s organizing span centuries—they begin in the court of Louis XIV in Versailles—but are written in the same hand. Something strange is going on for sure, and Spark’s questions are piling up. Who exactly is John Stone? What connection does he have to these notebooks? And more importantly, why did he hire her in the first place?

REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 10 months


This book was fascinating! 

My favorite character is Spark because she is brave, intelligent, and kind. My favorite parts are when I read John Stone's notebook because it is a great and vivid description of the time of the Sun King's ruling. 

I recommend this book to anyone who likes immortals, history and great family and friends. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 and up. 

This book was published on October 20, 2015.