Young Adult Fiction

In a world where survival hangs by a thread, Kadya and Ruark race against time to discover the ancient secrets hidden within the seven stones of their ancestors, and reunite with their family.

Kim Ashley is a writer and educator with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and over twenty years of classroom teaching experience. A gifted pianist, she enjoys writing and making music in her free time. Her passions include anthropology, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology. She lives in Lawrence with her cat, Dawkins.

Book description:

Similar to “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner and “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, “The Seven Stones” shares themes of survival, family bonds, dangerous journeys, and the search for truth and reunification. It captures the courage and determination of siblings, Kadya and Roark as they navigate a challenging and uncertain world.
Guided by mysterious stones, outcast teenagers face a perilous journey to find their family and restore hope.

When their world is shattered by loss, Kadya and her brother, Ruark, embark on a quest to find their missing family. Guided by the brilliance of a mysterious gem stone, they navigate treacherous landscapes, encounter unexpected allies, and face their deepest fears. As they draw closer to the truth, they must unravel the ancient secrets hidden within the stones, for their destiny and the fate of their loved ones depend on it.

In this pre-historic adventure, teenagers Kadya and Ruark search for their family after their village is attacked. On their journey they discover brilliant gems—stones with many secrets—that may help them find their loved ones and change their world. They face obstacles and doubts, but the significance of the stones guides them forward. As they cross rivers, climb mountainsides, and uncover abandoned hideouts, the teenagers encounter challenges that test their determination and strength.

As Kadya and Ruark unravel the mysterious messages of the gem stones, they begin to unravel each stone’s special meaning—such as the blue stone representing hope and the yellow stone, prosperity. Each stone carries a lesson and a message only Kadya and Ruark can discover.
Will they be able to unravel the mystery of the stones and reunite with their family in time?


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