Children's Laureate 2001-2003
Carnegie Medal 1989, 1992
Whitbread Award 1993, 1996
Guardian Fiction Award 1990
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.
A Kindle eBook edition of The Stone Menagerie was published on 31st October 2010; download it from Amazon today.