Tiger Stone is a novel by Deryn Mansell
It’s a mystery adventure set in 14th century Java. The story follows the exploits of Kancil, a girl who takes refuge in a remote inland village after she and her mother are hounded from their coastal home by an angry mob. The villagers, however, have their own prejudices and Kancil must pretend to be mute to hide her coastal origins.
Kancil is befriended by the resourceful Kitchen Boy, whose own origins are a mystery – he was found in the forest as a baby, scarred and crippled from a tiger attack. He might be just a lucky foundling but there’s something about Kitchen Boy that makes Kancil wonder…
Together, they uncover a plot to destroy the village, but as Kancil is sworn to silence, and no-one will listen to Kitchen Boy, they must use their wits to come up with a plan to save the village.
Tiger Stone is a rollicking yarn that is by turns mysterious, exciting, and funny. The world of warring kingdoms in 14th century Java provides an exotic backdrop to the adventure.
Click on the cover to download a sample chapter.
Tiger Stone at the Frankfurt Book FairFollowing Tiger Stone's selection for this year's White Ravens Catalogue it will be exhibited at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Click to read what the judges from the selection panel had to say.
International Youth Library White Ravens CatalogueEach year, the International Youth Library in Munich compiles a catalogue of 200 children's and YA books that "deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design". Guess what book has made this year's list?
Makassar International Writers Festival 2016Deryn is leading a writing workshop in Sulawesi on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 September alongside two up-and-coming local writers: Aan Mansyur and Faisal Oddang. The workshop is a pre-event for the Makassar International Writers Festival 2016 and its aim is to get students from regional and rural areas in Indonesia to see themselves as writers.
Melbourne Writers Festival Schools Program 2015Deryn teamed up with Dragonkeeper Carole Wilkinson for a panel session at MWF15. They talked about how Asia inspired their work and offered writing advice to the budding young authors in the audience. Read more on Deryn's blog.
An Adventure of a MultilinguistTiger Stone's first international coverage! Here is an interview with Deryn that appeared in the Jakarta Post on January 26th 2015.
Fact from fictionHere is an interview that Deryn did with The Australian from a few weeks back. It is about the Cerpen Mini micro fiction workshop that Deryn ran at the UWRF.
Deryn at the 2014 Ubud Writers & Readers FestivalTiger Stone had its international launch and Deryn led a youth writing workshop at the 2014 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.
See what happened here.
Inspired by Asia, created in AustraliaWith two weeks to go until the international launch of Tiger Stone at the Ubud Writers and Readers festival here is an article by Radio Australia on the Castlemaine launch and the ascent of asian inspired fiction.
It's away!Tiger Stone was launched at the Castlemaine Library on Saturday 23 August, 2014.
Click here to check out the celebrations!