The Flint Heart
The Flint Heart
The Flint Heart
John Rocco, John Paterson, Katherine Paterson
A robust and wildly entertaining fairy tale, freely abridged from Eden Phillpotts's 1910 fantasy and wryly retold by Katherine and John Paterson.An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe's magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. Thousands of years later, the talisman reemerges to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consulted with fairies such as the mysterious Zagabog, wisest creature in the universe, find a way to rescue humans, fairies, and animals alike from the dark influence of the Flint Heart? This humorous, hearty, utterly delightful fairy tale is the sort for an entire family to savor together or an adventurous youngster to devour.

Book Details


  • Fantasy
  • For Reluctant Readers
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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 I read the book The Flint Heart by Katherine and John Paterson.  This book is about a heart made out of flint.  The heart makes the owner have a hard heart.  They are mean and unkind to everyone around them.  When they figure out what is making them so mean and try to get rid of the heart someone else finds it and becomes just as mean.  Finally, a boy named Charles finds a way to get rid of the heart forever.  When Charles decides to get rid of the heart he finds himself in the middle of an adventure with Jacky Toads, moles and other creatures.  The

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