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Her best friend is missing. And time is running out. Raleigh Harmon finally conquers her worst fear—by trespassing—and wants to tell her best friend, a smart-mouthed physics genius girl named Drew Levinson.  Only Drew’s gone. Really gone.  Everybody says Drew ran away. But that only skyrockets Raleigh’s suspicions. Drew Levinson is the least impulsive person she knows. ArmHer best friend is missing. And time is running out. Raleigh Harmon finally conquers her worst fear—by trespassing—and wants to tell her best friend, a smart-mouthed physics genius girl named Drew Levinson.  Only Drew’s gone. Really gone.  Everybody says Drew ran away. But that only skyrockets Raleigh’s suspicions. Drew Levinson is the least impulsive person she knows. Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of city criminal codes, her rock hammer, and a stubborn streak wide as the Chesapeake Bay, Raleigh scours her hometown for clues. But not even the cops are on her side. 
 Was Drew meeting somebody in secret? Escaping her loony parents?  Or is Raleigh’s hunch dead-on: her best friend didn’t choose to leave . . . . "Stone and Spark" is the first book in the long-running Raleigh Harmon mystery series. It introduces the girl who will become a forensic geologist and FBI agent—provided she survives her high school years....

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ISBN : 27856096
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Number of Pages : 297 Pages
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Stone and Spark Reviews

  • C.J. Darlington
    2018-11-29 13:32

    Just finished this book for the second time, and it was just as enjoyable. I stand by everything I said in my first review.LOVED! Sibella hits the mark once again with this prequel to her awesome Raleigh Harmon series. In Stone and Spark, Raleigh is fifteen and just starting to get into geology. It was so neat to follow her at this age and nod my head at some of the familiar people and landmarks I know will play an important role in the "adult" books. It feels like Sibella was truly free in her writing of S&P, like she got the chance to truly write the story of her heart as it shows on the page. The depth, grit, and suspense we've come to love from her pen is here in spades. I looked forward to every moment I spent reading this one, and was sorely disappointed when it ended. More please!

  • Kandra
    2018-11-17 12:37

    If I could award this book more than five stars, I would. It kept me glued to the pages all day. I was not surprised, though, since I am truly a fan of this gifted author and her intrepid heroine, Raleigh Harmon. It was a unique treat to be able to join fifteen-year-old Raleigh on one of her first big mysteries, even while five of her grown-up sagas reside on my bookshelf. She is such a real person to me...the writing is that good!Where do I begin, in reviewing the book? I need to tell you that I had to go back and reread the last three chapters to make sure I got the sequence of events. The first time I read it, the angst was so gripping and the fear was so real...the suspense was really killing me! I was reading way too fast, just to make sure that Raleigh was going to be okay! The whole book unfolds in typical Sibella Giorello style, though. There are all the subplots of Raleigh's relationship with her dad, Raleigh's relationship with her mother, and then the new relationship she is just beginning with the interesting DeMott Feilding. The only one that was new to me was the biggest one of this book, probably...her friendship with Drew, who has a whole passel of problems of her own. Conflict plays a huge part in these books, and I think that's what makes them interesting and haunting. Raleigh lives with a lot of sadness and a lot of knowledge beyond her years. Even as a teen, she is already telling us there is no such thing as luck. She is already speaking with the voice she will use in the five great books yet to come.It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I loved this book so much. It satisfied that craving of waiting so long for another Raleigh Harmon book to be produced. I really look forward to more in the future. Now that I have met the young Raleigh, I think I will revisit my bookshelf and enjoy those grown-up mysteries, one at a time.Thank you, Sibella, for giving us yet another fine story to enjoy. It was totally worth the wait!

  • Becky
    2018-12-11 17:26

    Could. Not. Put. This. Down! Raleigh's frustration and anger with her professor Teddy's seemingly-reluctant help with the search parallels her ambivalent relationship with God. The "red herrings" are plentiful - I was completely surprised with the ending. Excellent thought-provoking mystery!

  • Lisa
    2018-11-15 12:27

    This is a great prequel to the Raleigh Harmon series. It gives background to Raleigh that helps understand her more. All Raleigh Harmon fans need to read this one.

  • Katherine
    2018-11-13 18:27

    Stone and Spark is a six star book!

  • Olivia
    2018-11-28 14:44

    I pushed myself to finish this book mainly because I couldn't stand not knowing how it would end. On a general rating I might give this three stars because it held my attention and there were some great moments throughout, but because of content and lack of Spiritual content, I was pretty disappointed by this book. What I didn't like:-There were at least a half a dozen profanities of God's name. Guys, that's not okay at. all.-Several uses of one swear word, as well as a couple other euphemisms that just aren't nice. Not okay.-There were a couple moments of prayer and one scene at church (that was actually really good), but at the same time it felt so lacking. I don't know, it felt like Raleigh should have learned a lot more things from the whole experience. It would have been a big boost for the story.-Raleigh does a lot of lying and going behind her parents. Once again, not very encouraging for teenagers who want to do what's right. Even at the end she didn't seem extremely bothered that she lied (especially because her wrong actions end so well!)-There are a couple other reasons why I would be hesitant to hand this book to someone. There are a couple conversations about a rape (pretty non-detailed), and a couple scenes of worldly lifestyles that once again made it seem like a general fiction book.I did like Raleigh pretty well, and DeMott was a nice fellow, except it was strange he would consider spending so much time with a brat from school when he seemed so clean-cut.All in all I wouldn't recommend this book, but I do like the authors style of writing. I doubt I'll be reading more by her in the future or not.

  • Grace
    2018-11-28 19:17

    I really enjoy these Harmon mysteries. This is my second, but this one differs from the first in that this is about when Raleigh is just a teen. Even so I found myself pulled into the story and it was just as hard to put down as the first one I read (The Stones Cry Out). The writing is so insightful. For example when Raleigh has a conversation with a fellow classmate, Tinsley, whom she distrusts for good reason, she describes her this way. "I notice her skin...not a blemish. I decide evil had to look this good or else we would immediately recognize it." It reminded me of something I read in Proverbs that very day.Raleigh has a thing for geology and uses that to put the pieces together to solve the mystery of her missing bestfriend. You would, of course, expect there to be some talk about rocks and soils. One of the clues is about an unpronounceable kind of rock called, "Petersburg Batholith". This is how it is defined. "' Typically a homogenous pluton but subdivides into four distinct units. Granite gneiss, foliated granite, megacrystic granite, porphorytic grand and suidiomorphic granite.'" Our young detective, Raleigh then says, "Geology definitions-like all the adjectives are beating up the nouns." A clever way to describe such a glunk of words.The author has a lot of perceptive and witty phrases throughout the book. She is able to balance serious matters while throwing in funny stuff without diminishing the integrity of the story or making it flippant. It all works together.Another two thumbs up for this author

  • Susan Barton
    2018-12-10 16:43

    Raleigh Harmon is a fifteen-year-old high schooler who doesn’t have friends – except for her best friend, Drew Levinson. The two girls bonded a few years back because they share the same brainy intelligence and similar family issues. When Drew goes missing, Raleigh has a difficult time getting anyone to consider that Drew has been abducted – including Drew’s dysfunctional parents. Will Raleigh be able to solve Drew’s disappearance before it’s too late?I enjoyed this book on many levels. I love books that place girls in strong, intelligent roles and this one definitely does this. Although there were slight romantic undertones, they never took over the bulk of the book. The characters are genuine and realistic. The author’s writing is witty, intelligent and engaging. All of these things combined make a compelling and highly appealing YA book.The one thing I would say is that the book seemed to drag a little bit here and there – particularly early on in the story. However, when things did get going, they moved along nicely. There’s plenty of mystery and suspense to keep readers interested until the end. Overall, I’d say Stone and Spark is a wonderful book for teens and adults. It’s a great way to get a feel for the author’s writing and the rest of the books in this series. Recommended!5 of 5 Stars, Susan Barton,

  • Courtney
    2018-11-12 13:28


  • Marion
    2018-12-05 18:39

    This was my first book by this author, and I enjoyed the many layers to this mystery. I look forward to the rest of the series and moving onto the books of Raleigh as an adult.

  • Karina
    2018-11-14 18:39

    The perfect beginning to Raleigh Harmon's story. Superbly delves into all the facets that define Raleigh, yet leaves you on pins an needles waiting to read more.

  • Deena
    2018-12-09 17:22

    I've read nearly all of Sibella Giorello's books in her Raleigh Harmon mystery series. The stories are intense and packed with descriptive geological information. Not long ago, I discovered Giorello had written three prequel novels to the series, with Raleigh as a teenaged amateur detective. So I ordered "Stone and Spark" and settled in for what I thought would be a quick and enjoyable story.When you pick up a book that's geared toward a young adult audience, you have certain expectations. Especially if you are familiar with the high octane thrillers written for adults. Less intense action, a simpler plot, and a lighter tone.Wow, was I wrong! Young Raleigh is just as passionate and intent on solving cases and seeking justice as grown up Raleigh. And when her best friend goes missing, Raleigh leaves no stone unturned. . .literally! Sprinkled throughout "Stone and Spark" are elements typical of life as a teen: mean girls, crushes, poor judgment, and a dysfunctional home life.But the case is just as intense, the geological forensics just as authentic, and the heroine detective just as determined to find answers. Top notch writing, and good luck trying to figure it out before Raleigh does!

  • Anna
    2018-11-28 16:17

    Better than the adult Raleigh?Okay, I won’t say better because I’ve only read the first of that series. But this was really great. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys mysteries. I think it would be great for older teenaged girls. I say older because there is definitely sadness and tragedy.

  • maudann robinson
    2018-11-17 13:25

    Very engaging. Kept me reading to see what happens next. I would recommend it to my friends .I can't believe that this is a first book. It seems so polished. I give this book a 4 star rating.

  • Beth Kaminske
    2018-12-08 15:31

    Raleigh I really like this mystery series and her prequels are just as good. I never seem to know who the culprit is until Raleigh figures it out. I enjoy Raleigh's character and the sub storyline that runs through this series.

  • Fermentum
    2018-11-12 11:16

    Quite interesting for a young adult book. I learned alot about geology, baseball dirt and dirt in general. Deduction and process. But there is NO WAY in Hell my parents you'd let me galavant all over the place at all hours of the day like this.

  • Michael
    2018-12-02 14:45

    Great readGreat read. Keeps you wanting more. Set in the old South in Richmond,Va. Great for a first book of a new series

  • Ranee
    2018-11-26 12:21

    I love Sibella's books! Bravery, mystery, smarts, kindness, life.

  • Janis A Hewes
    2018-11-15 18:40

    Good bookAn interesting story that keeps your attention. A mystery that keeps you guessing. I would recommend this book to others.

  • Jenny
    2018-12-11 11:33

    This book was a lot better than I expected for a free book. The suspense was engrossing, it definitely kept my attention. I finished the book in two days! Giroello's writing is good; she is very descriptive about many events, room settings and mannerisms of her characters. I felt like I really knew Raleigh and Drew, even though Drew wasn't present in most of the book. The story flowed well, the book was well thought out and parts of the writing itself were intelligent. I enjoyed the geology and physics part of the book, it was interesting and intertwined greatly in the story. There were only a few aspects that I thought needed improvement. The first half of the story telling was lacking in showing Raleigh's age. I thought she was around 11 or 12 years old. I read how old she was but my brain kept imagining a young adolescent girl around 11 years old. I had to keep reminding myself of Raleigh's age. Raleigh's thoughts and actions seemed very young the first half of the story. As the book progressed, she changed and I could see her teenage years. There were some parts of the writing that could have been improved with better adjectives and descriptions. For example, here is one of Raleigh's thoughts, "I explain all the official rules regarding missing persons, how the situation is retarded because her parents are retarded". There are SO many other adjectives to describe idiotic people and horrible situations; retarded is not an adjective that appeals to my brain, it can be offensive to some people and it's harsh on the eyes.Overall, I would recommend this book, it's a young adult suspense/mystery that will keep you intrigued.

  • Lora
    2018-11-11 15:42

    YA (young adult) books (not dystopian, but present day) are extremely challenging to write. It’s TOUGH accessing a fifteen-year-old’s head and heart in real life, much less expressing all those emotions and struggles and confusion proficiently in writing. But, of course, Sibella Giorello is a MASTER at everything she writes. She nails young Raleigh perfectly and poignantly and powerfully. This book was incredible, revealing Raleigh’s daily struggles with a tumultuous home life, being attacked at school (by both students and teachers), just trying to make it through the best she can. Unlike most teens who either damage themselves or harm others under severe stress, Raleigh chooses non-destructive routes, especially because her father completely believes in her. She also has a quirky genius best friend whose life isn’t much better, so they bond and support each other. Until … her friend literally vanishes. No one, not even Raleigh’s father, believes something terrible happened to Drew. Everyone believes it’s a prank. But Raleigh knows better. There are too many things wrong. Even when she pursues every lead she can find and turns up solid evidence, the police think she and Drew are playing some kind of game. As time keeps passing with only false leads, Raleigh’s anxiety level increases (and mine, too)! This book kept me riveted until the very shocking end. I highly recommend it!

  • Carol Nicolas
    2018-12-04 14:19

    Sibella Giorello goes back in time and gives us a new series about Raleigh Harmon as a teenager. When her best friend Drew goes missing, Raleigh is sure that something terrible has happened, but no one will believe her -- not even the police. Her only friend is a gruff but good hearted teacher who encourages her to observe, learn, and keep on seeking the answers. Raleigh uses her budding interest in geology to help her uncover the clues. I loved this book! I'd already read the adult series, and I was so impressed with it. I loved Raleigh as a character. She suffers through so much angst, yet she refuses to give up in the face of overwhelming odds. As a teen, you see her at home, struggling with an insane mother, a desperate sister, and a father who wants everyone to pretend that there's nothing wrong. Her romance with DeMott Fielding begins and you understand why she is so drawn to him. The book is well-written, tense and exciting. I could not put it down.

  • J.S. Roberts
    2018-11-30 16:34

    Fifteen-year-old Raleigh Harmon isn't exactly living the dream. Her mother suffers from mental illness, her dad works full time as a judge and worries constantly about his wife when he's home, and her sister has escaped to college. Her best friend Drew is the only bright spot in her life.When Drew goes missing, Raleigh knows something terrible has happened. Sadly no one will listen. Everyone, including Drew's parents and teachers, thinks she ran away. Even worse, the police accuse Raleigh of being involved in a secret plot with Drew to make everyone they know look stupid. With no one to count on Raleigh must find Drew herself.This book didn't grab me in the first chapter, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Raleigh's unique voice and outlook on the world kept me turning pages. As the mystery unravels, everyone becomes a suspect. A great suspenseful read!

  • Chandler
    2018-12-04 17:37

    So far this book has been very entertaining. I haven't read all of it so I'm not sure how everything ends because my opinion on the book my change when I'm finished. But, this book is a page turning so far. The fifteen year old Raleigh Harmon wants to tell her best friend. But, her friend Drew is gone, really gone. She goes on a search to fine her best friend. The police aren't on her side but she wonders if she chose to leave because of her parents that are loons. Or if her best friend was taken and didn't want to leave. So far the book is very good and entertaining and the mystery is fun to learn about when trying to solve it in this book.

  • Kerstin Gunia
    2018-11-11 15:18

    Very engaging story line. If you have not read the "mature Raleigh" books, it will leave you wondering what will become of this young lady who is surrounded by dysfunction. This book, like the others, gives a glimpse of how the mental illness of a parent can alter one's own life. I found myself getting very angry at Raleigh's father, who makes the choice to keep her mother out of an institution at the expense of both of his daughters. This decision prevents Raleigh from feeling safe and loved in her own home and certainly explains who she becomes as a result.Giorello's writing is superb, I really enjoy her voice. I appreciate that she does not sugar coat or deliver lazy happy endings.

  • Catherine Leggitt
    2018-11-27 13:28

    Because I read all the grown-up Raleigh Harmon Mysteries and adore them, I was thrilled to discover Sibella Fiorello has launched a new prequel series featuring Raleigh as a precocious fifteen-year-old. What fun to peak into the beginnings of her brilliance. And this little book does not disappoint! I practically inhaled it, not wanting to stop reading. The characters are crisp and fresh, the writing is breathtakingly vivid and lively. Unforgettable even. I'm guessing this is YA, but the plot captivated my attention and I can't wait to read #2 in the series.

  • Donna
    2018-11-20 12:32

    This mystery held my attention. I really didn't guess who kidnapped her friend until she finally put the pieces together. You literally had to read the whole story to know who was responsible, which is what really got me. A lot of mysteries I can guess before I am even half way thru but this one got me. I plan to read more by this author.

  • Barbara Brink
    2018-11-11 12:42

    I've read all the Raleigh Harmon books and loved them. Going back to Raleigh's teen years in this book is pure genius and great fun. The story is absolute entertainment! Giorello's writing had me laughing out loud one minute, tearing up the next, and totally sucked into the mystery with page turning obsession. Can't wait for the next book!

  • Bonny Millard
    2018-12-10 11:29

    Missing LoveI chose 4 only because this story is too drawn out to engage most readers. The metaphors and analogies are fantastic. The references and explanations of geology are great! There are many good things about this mystery, but unless the readers like learning, they will not have the patience to finish reading.

  • Deborah aka Reading Mom
    2018-12-04 11:20

    This is the first of three prequels to the Raleigh Harmon series. I wasn't sure that l would be interested in the then 15 year old Raleigh, but it proved to be quite interesting. I liked the backgound information, the story was engaging, and l plan to read the two remaining books....and a re-read of the "grown up" Raleigh books as well.