Stone Cold

Book 1

From the Series The Stone Man Mysteries

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

When young runaway Craig prepares to jump from a church rooftop, his salvation comes in the unholy shape of Silex: a beast trapped in the form of a gargoyle. Silex runs an investigative service, chasing redemption from atop his perch. And he needs a young lad to do his footwork.

Craig begins his new life by probing a series of murders that has menaced Scotland. The scenes are frightening, the motivation is a mystery, and the authorities are no help. So along with Father Harris, a hard-edged man of the cloth, Craig steps onto the streets of Edinburgh—and toward the dangerous task of catching a killer.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 80
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Mystery
BISACS YAF010150, YAF042000, YAF019000
Dewey 741.5'973
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 450
ATOS Reading Level 3.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 183890
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Adam Stemple

Adam Stemple is an author and American folk rock musician based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has co-written many books with his mother, Jane Yolen.

Author: Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen lives in Massachusetts and has written more than 400 books across all genres and age ranges, including the Sydney Taylor Honor book Miriam at the River. In 2022 she was named the The Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Winner. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.

Illustrator: Orion Zangara

Orion Zangara is an illustrator and comic book artist who lives in the Washington, DC, area. He is a graduate of The Kubert School, an art trade school, with a concentration in sequential art.



“Give this to middle- and high-school readers who enjoy mysteries mixed with dark fantasy.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A visually engrossing noir debut in the vein of Sin City, this setup promises a number of sequels.”—Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“[The story] sets up some enticing plot dynamics. . . . Zangara’s black and white drawings fit the brooding and menacing mood of this story . . . matching the bleakness and supernatural strangeness of Craig’s world.”—Publishers Weekly