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The Apple Stone

The Apple Stone, by Nicholas Stuart Gray, is very special to me. My sister and I discovered it in the library when we were little, and just devoured it. It is out of print, but I managed to find a nice ex-library hardback on Amazon to read from, since there is not one single copy in the entire San Diego Library system. Grr. It’s a forgotten treasure.


It takes place in England, and there are some elements I definitely didn’t understand when I was little, especially the way the narrator refers to his two Scottish cousins (a MacDonald and a Campbell) as “The Clans”, and why “The Forbidden Word” was so very forbidden. That was the olden days and we didn’t have Google…

This is not a typical “magic adventure” story. It’s beautifully written, and a bit dark, and so poetic. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Here are the first four chapters:

51 The Apple Stone, Ch. 1: The Golden Apple
52 The Apple Stone, Ch. 2: Bird Of Paradise
53 The Apple Stone, Ch. 3: Lost – One Old Rug
54 The Apple Stone, Ch. 4: The Bleep

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4 Responses to “The Apple Stone”

  1. Jenn

    We have been listening to your reading of “Our Island Story” by H.E. Marshall. We love it. Thanks very much for your reading.

    I was wondering if you would consider reading “The Wonder Clock” by Howard Pyle? We have found it is a wonderful read-aloud book, and would be great to have in the car on our long trips. Thanks again!

  2. kara

    Thanks so much Jenn! We don’t have that book at librivox yet, though Howard Pyle is famous and popular, and I’ve just found a nice online version to read from:

    So I’ll probably read that one for you as soon as I’m done with some of my current projects! I’ll post when I get started.

  3. Paula

    I just came across this. You said first four chapters, but I cannot find any more entries. Is this the entire book? Thanks! :D And did you ever do the book mentioned above (The Wonder Clock)?

  4. kara

    Whoops, I forgot to continue posting chapters here. Just hit the “Kayray Reads To You” link at the top of the page and you’ll find the rest of The Apple Stone and much more. I’ll email you, too, in case you don’t see this. :)

    I’m working on a recording of The Wonder Clock with a friend. I’ll be sure to post when we get it finished!

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