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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Thornes Ltd; New edition edition (May 17 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748740600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748740604
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.6 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,901,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Swindells lives on the Yorkshire moors and is a full-time writer. He has won the Children's Book Award twice, for BROTHER IN THE LAND and for ROOM 13. In 1994, he won the Carnegie Medal for STONE COLD, and also the Sheffield Book Award. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I thought this was a fantastic novel providing an excellent unglamorised vision of life on the streets. There are certain passages that describe the main character's day-to-day life that seem so realistic that you feel uncomfortable just reading it. The naivety of Link (the main character) as he sets out to survive in a hard new world provides Swindells with an excellent tool to show just how tough an existence this can be. Swindells also deals with broader issues concerning community attitudes to the homeless. The way people react to being approached by homeless people.
This is made exciting through the use of a thrilling story about an ex-soldier who is stalking and murdering homeless people. A sort of one-man mission to rid the streets of this "filth". When Link becomes his tartget the reader is swept along to a thrilling conclusion. This combination of suspense and social comment make for an entertaining and thought-provoking read.
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By Hugo on June 30 2004
Format: Paperback
I thought Cold Stone was a good book,it could have been better in places. I found the "Daily Routines" rather amusing because the are writen in an whitty way by the auther, Robert Swindells. The "Daily Routines" are about a murder called shelter. A quote from Daily Routine Orders 4:
"I have aquired a cat. this was my finishing touch.I can't abide the arse-licking, hair- scattering beasts myself, but you have to admite that there's something reassuring about a homewith a cat in it. A cat speaks of warmth, comfort, placid domesticity. A man who owns cat can't possibly mean anybody harm, can he?"
This probable one of the most amusing parts of the book. As shelter is a murder who owns a cat. i would recommend the book to anybody.
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By A Customer on June 30 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was a bit boring. The switch between the two narrators was not at all confusing. Using bad language was a good writing technique because it emphasize that Shelter (the murderer) was mad. It includes big words like; scrounger, circumstances and distinctions. This may cause difficulty for the younger generation and may also be disturbing.
The author writes the book in a style that I've never met. He changes narrators often. This helps the reader to understand how both characters feel about the situation.
To conclude I feel that this book was relatively boring, but I have learned how hard it is to live on the streets.
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By me on March 12 2005
Format: Paperback
i thought that this book was great! (IF YOU WANT TO FALL ASLEEP) i just finished reading this book for school (what a surprise that its boring, as all things for english are) not only was this book BORING its was so pradictable. like "oh i could have never guessed that was going to happen" like who calles themselves "link" or "shelter" like hello if your going to change your name at least make up a good one. TOTAL RUBISH!!! although im really not surprised as this smelly old book is like 50 years old (or 12 or sum thin like that but 50 sounds betta!)
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