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Carnegie Medal

Children's Laureate 2001-2003

Carnegie Medal 1989, 1992

Whitbread Award 1993, 1996

Guardian Fiction Award 1990


The cover of 'The Stone Menagerie'

A frighteningly bossy mother.

A wall of brambles.

And a secret path...

Ally hates being dragged along to visit Aunt Chloe each Sunday. But staring down from the hospital windows he notices something strange.

Then he discovers the stone menagerie - and two young people who help him see the world in a completely different way ...

Wise, compassionate and deeply moving, The Stone Menagerie is a life-affirming tale from a multi award-winning author.

"A book to read all in one sitting from cover to cover and end by wishing for more."

Louise Stothard, Carousel

"This author can make you laugh and cry and is too much of a treasure to be reserved for children alone"


"another excellent novel from a remarkable writer"

Peter Hollindale, British Book News

"It is Fine's special skill to be able to write about serious topics with a light hand."

Books for Keeps

The Stone Menagerie is a book for older children. It was first published in 1980, and was reissued by Corgi on 2nd July 2009, in a new edition revised by the author. Read an article intended for her child readers in which Anne Fine explains why she has allowed this much-loved book to remain out of print until the new edition was ready.

Click the Amazon logo to order The Stone Menagerie from Order 'The Stone Menagerie' from Amazon or order it from your local bookshop, quoting the ISBN: 978-0-552-55994-2.

A Kindle eBook edition of The Stone Menagerie was published on 31st October 2010; download it from Amazon today.