A Single Stone book cover. Image of seven people digging under a mountain.

A Single Stone / Meg McKinlay

In this book, the inhabitants of a village must do whatever they can to keep their young ladies as small as possible in the hopes that they will one day join “the line,” a group of seven girls who enter the tiny crevices of the local mountain to mine the precious mica that the village uses for fuel during the harsh winters.  One day, mica miner Jena discovers that all is not as it seems among the ever-decreasing birth weights in the village, and that there may be more to the mountain than anyone could guess.  Ages 9 and up.