Troubador A Stone Called Fred

Released: 28/08/2018

ISBN: 9781789014402

eISBN: 9781789012378

Format: Paperback/eBook

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A Stone Called Fred

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A unique take on a children’s fantasy book– the ‘hero’ is a pebble called Fred.
Although largely set in the present, the book transports reader’s to the early twentieth century.
Ideal for children 12 years and over.

Jack Watt is a teenager, rather given to over-quick conclusions. Finding what looks like an explosive device on his kitchen table one morning, Jack Watt alerts the rest of the house. The device turns out to be a mysterious object which leads him into all sorts of adventures and trouble.

Joe, his downstairs neighbour, is more sceptical. Even more so, when “the bomb” is found to be nothing more than a harmless stone one might find on a beach or garden path. Jack knows otherwise, for later that day, he has some weird experiences with the strange visitor he names Fred.

When Jack’s journalist girlfriend, Fiona McDuff returns from an assignment, she is eventually impressed by the powers of the stone and convinces the others to spy on the Royal Family at a theatrical event, but the evening doesn’t go according to plan...  

Through a turn of mysterious events, Jack and Fred travel in time to the early twentieth century. A Stone Called Fred is an ideal read for children 12 years and over, and fans of fantasy and adventure fiction.

Books Monthly

What a delightfully quirky reads. It reads like a Douglas Adams and will certainly path the way for children to enjoy the likes of Hitchhiker’s.

by Han Hunter


This was a fun little chapter book.
Definitely the kind of book I would have loved as a kid.

Jack Watt wakes up to find a stone on his kitchen table.
Realizing that the stone is not going anywhere and as everything needs a name, Jack names the stone Fred.
Jack and Fred get into some silly situations and eventually go on an adventure through time.

Definitely a cute book. and appropriate for the recommended age group.

by SL Spear


You know that book that catches your attention by the cover? That is why I requested the eArc of A stone called Fred, by S. M. Locke. I found the cover so different and so beautiful that it was the reason I choose this reading.

Jack Watt is a boy who just got out of adolescence. He lives alone, works in a small business and has a girlfriend named Fiona McDuff.

One morning, Jack hears a crash in his kitchen and upon arriving discovers a mysterious glowing object on the table: a stone, a small meteorite. He runs downstairs, in his to the neighbors' house, and asks them to come see the object, but the neighbor thinks it is a simple stone that children on the street threw out the window.

But the stone is not a simply one, and in trying to get rid of it, Jack discovers that he is dealing with something exceptional. He feels connected to the object and decides to give it a name: Fred.

Fred is not just a stone. As we get to know the characters and get involved in reading we find out that Fred gives Jack some special powers. Because of this, our protagonist ends up getting involved in many confusions.

The book starts well, but then it kind of starts losing its way, it seems that it loses its focus a little, and the reader gets kinda, not knowing what's going to happen. But from the half to the end there is a turnaround that holds the attention. The ending is interesting. Fred had a mission and so he appeared so suddenly to Jack. We also find out that Jack was chosen to accompany him on this mission. There is a reason he was chosen by it.

The book does not have a concern to deepen in the characteristics of the characters nor to give details of the described places. The intention is to tell a fun story and arouse interest for reading.

I had some difficulties with the chosen language. For being a book focused on the childish audience I found the vocabulary a bit difficult and in many moments, I had to use the dictionary to understand the meaning of some expressions that I found. Of course, this may have been caused also by the fact that I am not a native English speaker or because I am more used to reading American English books than British, since both languages have their peculiarities. But even being a reader with a good fluency I was lost in some parts and with some expressions.

It is a book for young readers, but it can please audiences of any age.

by Karin Oliveira


This book is very different from other sci-fi books as it enhances time travel war and mischief all into one. I like the book a lot and give it a 10/10

by Kayden Webby


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