Stones For My Father

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title Stones For My Father
Authors and Contributors      By (author)   Trilby Kent
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 209,Width 139
CategoriesFamily and home stories
ISBN 9780735262706
Teenage / Young Adult

Publishing Details

Publisher Prentice Hall Press
Imprint Prentice Hall Press
Publication Date 5 June 2018
NZ Release Date 5 June 2018
Publication Country United States


Corlie Roux's farm life in South Africa is not easy: the Transvaal is beautiful, but it's also a harsh place where the heat can be so intense that the very raindrops sizzle. When her beloved father dies, she is left with a mother who is as devoted to her sons as she is cruel to her daughter. Despite this, Corlie finds solace in her friend, Sipho, and in Africa itself and in the stories she conjures for her brothers. But Corlie's world is about to vanish: the British are invading and driving Boer families like hers from their farms.

Author Biography

TRILBY KENT was born in Toronto, Ontario, but grew up in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. After completing degrees at Oxford University and The London School of Economics, she worked in the rare books department at a prominent auction house before turning to journalism. She now lives in London, England. Stones for My Father is Trilby Kent's second young adult novel.


Winner of the 2012 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award "A riveting book about the Anglo-Boer war at the turn of the last century and Canada's place in it... Kent draws her characters and the landscape around them in penetrating prose... Today's children will develop heartfelt admiration and respect for Corlie Rioux. Though this young heroine struggles with the loss of parental love, a special friendship, and her home, she holds steadfast, brave, and true and emerges a survivor... At times raw, but always gripping, this novel packs an emotional punch." - Jury Citation, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award "...Trilby Kent reveals the way South African Boers were targets for large-scale extermination during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), and how Africans were maligned and oppressed by the Boers. Through the eyes of twelve-year-old Corlie Roux, the narrator, we trace the suffering of Boer farmers...." --2012 Children's Africana Book Awards Committee "The more prominent review media seem to have completely missed this gem from a Canadian-Brit. In quickly evocative prose, Kent creates an immediate and scintillating [story]. Kent has a keen craft and understands her audience, and the U.S. children's literature world would do well to start paying her more attention." --BayViews "... This book is particularly unique ... its human rather than historical elements are what make this thread of the story the most compelling element in Stones for my Father. As is so often the case with historical fiction, the relationships, rather than the history, are what bring the tale to life; Kent performs this trick with impressive dexterity." --Recommended, CM Magazine "... The descriptions of time and place in the novel are mostly strong and the language vivid ... [an] entertaining story. Corlie is an excellent role model, and many young readers will be able to relate to her trials." --Quill & Quire "In her powerful and compelling novel set during the Boer War, Kent explores friendship, loss, and the resilience of the human spirit... Corlie Roux is a fascinating, complex heroine, and Kent's willingness to present her and her situation unblinkingly is a gift to us all... At times raw, but always gripping, this novel packs an emotional punch." --TD Canada Trust Canadian Children's Literary Award Jury Comments