The Fire in the Stone

The Fire in the Stone

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 111 x 181mm | 147g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Puffin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Open market ed
  • 0140313605
  • 9780140313604

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This solid, tense, realistic adventure is set vividly in Australian opal mining country where fourteen-year-old Ernie, seemingly a middling kind of kid, lives with his shiftless father in a crude dugout. Early on Ernie makes a valuable find in an abandoned mine but loses all to an unknown thief except the few stones he's stuffed into his pockets - and his father takes off with the $1500 he gets from selling those. Later there's a much larger opal theft and Ernie and two friends, one of them Willie, an Aborigine from the Reserve, secretly track the culprit and the cache in the same underground mine. The thief is caught, but not before setting a trap that explodes on the unsuspecting boys; Ernie, blind to the "sea of red" (the gleaming treasure that is the fire in the stone) which he unearths in the process, desperately digs their way out from the resulting cavein. . . but Willie never recovers consciousness. In the end Ernie, restless in the limited mining community and unaware that his friend has just died, sets out with his reward money to look Willie up in the hospital in Adelaide; "after that he would see about himself." Ernie's relationships and encounters with his father, with Willie, with the motley townsmen and the Aborigines on the Reserve are observed with unsentimental clarity, and the unique, strongly realized locale gives further weight to the breathless moments of danger and impressive feats of endurance. (Kirkus Reviews)
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74 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 24% (18)
4 34% (25)
3 32% (24)
2 5% (4)
1 4% (3)
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