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The Stone Soup Blog

The blog is written by the young writers and artists of Stone Soup. If you are aged 13 or younger and have something to say on any topic—nature, science, cookery, sport, sewing, crafts, music, photography, travel—we would love to hear your voice. We are also always happy to hear from book reviewers. Please go to our Submittable site for more details on how to become a young blogger. We accept individual posts and are also always looking for writers to contribute on a regular basis—once a week or once a month.

Cover of The Giver by Lois Lowry, showing an old man with the silhouettes of trees and grassland

The Giver, Reviewed by Vivaan, 12

Intelligence, integrity, courage and wisdom. These are the four qualities a Receiver of Memory must have, and one more, which ...
Cover of Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland, showing an orange dragon flying above the ocean

The Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy, Reviewed by Jackson, 12

When people think of fairy tales, they often think of traditional stories like Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Shrek ...
A dark, morbid charcoal drawing of a slumped girl.

Schooling in the Midst of a Global Pandemic: Thoughts of an 11-Year-Old

“Returning to school is a privilege.” These were the first words I remember hearing when I stepped into the school ...
Cover of The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau, showing a boy and girl running down a staircase in flames

The People of Sparks, Reviewed by Orin, 11

Sometimes teachers are right. From the moment I set my eyes on the first word of The City of Ember, ...
Mixed media piece of humans in burrows under the soil

Apart Together, a mixed media piece by Ena, 12

"Last year, in the first few months of quarantine, I was feeling overwhelmed and hopeless, but most of all, alone ...
A Faraway Place looking at a house

Relocating, by Diya, 12

Hello, it’s Diya again! Today, I wanted to keep this write-up short and simple. I recently moved to the Bay ...

Book Reviews

Noggin, Reviewed by Lucy Ward, 13

Can you imagine waking up to find your head is stuck on a different body? Noggin, by John Corey Whaley, ...

Pictures of Hollis Woods, Reviewed by Faith, 11

S for sister and B for brother. M for mom, and D For dad. F for family, and W for ...

Stargirl, Reviewed by Keira Olson, 11

Stargirl is a beautifully written book by Jerry Spinelli. It tells about being different, and the problems and joy of ...

Taking Flight with Soman Chainani

Since I was small, I have been a passionate reader, instantly drawn into stories that could be painted in words ...

Alex Rider: Never Say Die, Reviewed by Aaron Du, 11

Following the tragic death of his female guardian, Jack Starbright, Alex Rider moves from his home in London to San ...

The Veldt, Reviewed by Lin, 13

“The Veldt" is a dystopian story by Ray Bradbury. Even though the story is only a few pages long and ...

COVID-19 Blog

Stone Soup author Sabrina Guo starts PPE fundraiser for Long Island medical staff: support LILAC!

Sabrina Guo, a Syosset High School freshman from Long Island, NY–and a name that readers of Stone Soup over the ...

Weekly Flash Contest – final week August 24, 2020

Contest based on Monday's Daily Creativity Prompt Every weekday morning from March to late August 2020, we published a Daily ...

Observations on COVID-19 by Sofie Dardzinski, 9

Somewhere in China, a bat had a virus. That is how it started, a virus no one had seen before ...