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About the Book
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Publication Date: July 12, 2016 | Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Number of Pages: 66
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Here's what they had to say...
"Stone Faces is a wonderful children's book that addresses the tough topic of divorce in such a way that children will be able to understand and identify with the struggles and emotions Alice faces when her parents separate." - Lizards Laughter & Love
"Stone Faces had good characters, an interesting plot and the story flows well. Children will relate to Alice and her emotions." - Stitch Says
"Great fun characters ten year old readers can relate to." - Kay LaLone
"Stone Faces: An Alice and Friends Book (Volume 1) by Anne Rotham-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks is a children's book that addresses the topic of divorce and complex emotions in a way that can be easily understood and relatable to the young reader." - Oh My Bookness
"I highly recommend Stone Faces for children in grade 3-6. It’s a dual-level tale rich in imaginative fantasy with its frolicking stones while also addressing real struggle with complex family dynamics."
- Cat’s Corner
"Alice thoughts and actions were realistically written in the story, I found the tale cleverly put together and I must admit the ending made me go “ahh . . . “ - 2ReadBook
"I felt the book was written well. It flowed smoothly and kept my interest. It was easy to understand a quite fitting for the age group it was written for." - Rockin’ Book Reviews
Alice is devastated when she learns that her parents are separating and decides she needs to go on their annual family vacation to Cape Cod by herself. Her parents reluctantly agree and she bids them farewell wearing the same stone cold face she's seen them displaying lately. Once in Cape Cod Alice spends most her time at the beach and one day finds a stone that looks like a laughing man. Alice names him Mr. Happy Man and is surprised when she learns he and the rest of the beach stones can talk. Mr. Happy Man and his friends vow to help Alice, but when an evil witch interferes it's Mr. Happy Man that needs help. Can Alice help Mr. Happy Man and mend the relationship with her parents before it's too late?
Stone Faces: An Alice and Friends Book is well thought out and the story is told in simple terms so young readers will be able to identify with Alice and the emotional turmoil she's facing. The characters are creative and engaging and children will enjoy Mr. Happy Man and his beach buddies.
As a child of divorced parents I understand what Alice feels and how desperately she wants her parents to fix their family. I applaud that authors for the "happily ever after" they chose for the book. It's a realistic ending that shows children they are much stronger than they realize and that things don't always work out they way they hope, but they can still find happiness.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Stone Faces: An Alice and Friends Book.
About the Authors
Between projects, they started a web site www.randh71productions.com. In case you were wondering about the address, “R” is for Rothman, “H” is for Hicks, and “71” is the year of their marriage. No secret codes or numerology anywhere.