The Sky Beneath the Stone Blog Tour
When her little brother is transformed into a kestrel, Ivy follows him into Underfell, the strange and magical realm beyond the garden wall.
Battling her dread of being out in the open, can Ivy navigate this extraordinary world of powerful fairies and purple skies to break her brother’s curse?
Day 1: My Book Corner
Alex Mullarky weaves the reader through every twist and turn imaginable as the two friends and the ever-faithful Grendel take us on their quest in this fantastic magical adventure full of hope, courage and a little sprinkle of magic when all seems lost. A stunning cover by @diana_renjina sets the scene for this wonderful novel that has OS grid references at every chapter heading – a map lovers dream!
– Sarah Broadley, My Book Corner
Day 2: Armadillo Magazine
It was challenging to write Ivy’s story and lay down my own insight into mental illness in black and white. Like many people, I’ve grappled with anxiety over the course of my life. At the beginning of the story, Ivy’s mum tells her “It’s never a straight road,” and I really wanted to reflect this in Ivy’s journey.
– Alex Mullarky
Day 3: Discover Kelpies
Since day 3 fell on a weekend, we decided to share two posts here on our own blog! Discover the magical world of Underfell for yourself with our interactive map, or get stuck in to some fun and educational activities based on the book with our classroom resource pack.
Day 4: K&O: Bonkers about Books
One of the first things I knew about Ivy, the main character of The Sky Beneath the Stone, was that she would have a Border Collie named Grendel. I grew up in a house full of rescue dogs and when I was 13 I adopted my own dog – Snap, a Border Collie who made a funny groaning noise whenever you rubbed her behind the ears.
– Alex Mullarky
Day 5: Charlotte Somewhere
Growing up in Cumbria, you can’t travel far without someone pointing out a landmark in the hills and telling you its story. Take the Bishop, near Bassenthwaite Lake: a huge whitewashed stone on the mountainside. My parents told me that it marked the place where a bishop had died after a drunken attempt to ride to the top of the mountain. The story may not be true, yet the stone always has a fresh coat of paint.
– Alex Mullarky
Day 6: Roaring Reads
We were captivated by this book, which is filled with folklore, adventure and characters you can’t help but root for, in one of the most original magical worlds we’ve ever travelled through. Plus, reading it has added a few things to our own bucket lists (see hawfinches, visit Long Meg, buy a tup).
– Roaring Reads
More fun stuff:
Features for Teachers: The Sky Beneath the Stone
Adventures Through the Portal
Nature, art, map reading and storytelling activities; are you looking for rewarding reading resources that your pupils will relish? Then why not try this great resource pack for The Sky Beneath the Stone by Alex Mullarky?
The Learning Resource Pack has been created by author Alex Mullarky for schools and libraries. Activities are suitable for pupils aged 8-12.
Alex Mullarky is available for school visits, both virtual and in-person. Visit her website to find out more!
Did you know you can get funding for author visits in Scotland with the Live Literature funding scheme? Find out how to apply via the Scottish Book Trust.
More about The Sky Beneath the Stone
‘Beautiful, bright and brilliant – a perfect blend of magic, adventure and heart, with a gorgeous Cumbrian setting, a wonderful weaving of nature, folklore and history, heart-lifting incidental inclusivity, and OS grid references at the start of each chapter so you can map the journey!’
— Sophie Anderson, Carnegie-shortlisted author of The House with Chicken Legs
Thirteen-year-old Ivy North is an adventurer. She can pitch a tent in four minutes flat, knows the local landscape like the back of her hand, and she’s an expert map reader. There’s just one problem. She’s afraid to go outside.
When her little brother is transformed into a kestrel, Ivy follows him into Underfell, the strange and magical realm beyond the garden wall. Battling her dread of being out in the open, can Ivy navigate this extraordinary world of powerful fairies and purple skies to break her brother’s curse?
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The Sky Beneath the Stone Poster
Looking for something to brighten up your classroom, library or child’s bedroom? Download our free, printable The Sky Beneath the Stone poster, featuring gorgeous artwork by Diana Renjina. Click the image below to download your pdf, then print on A4 or A3 paper!
The Sky Beneath the Stone
An immersive and beautifully written fantasy adventure, The Sky Beneath the Stone is a soaring journey of family, friendship, overcoming fear – and realising that we are never as lost as we think we are. Alex Mullarky‘s debut novel introduces a captivating new talent in children’s fiction.
The Sky Beneath the Stone Map
Ivy North is an adventurer and expert map reader who can pitch a tent in four minutes flat. There’s just one problem.
She’s afraid to go outside…
When her little brother is transformed into a kestrel, Ivy follows him into Underfell, the strange and magical realm beyond the garden wall. This extraordinary new world is full of powerful fairies and purple skies, and is bursting with the unexpected.
Map of Underfell
Discover Underfell for yourself with our interactive map! Click on a location on the map below to uncover exciting extracts and interesting facts.
About the Author
Alex Mullarky is an author, playwright, screenwriter and veterinary nurse who loves to tell stories about nature and magic. Raised in Cumbria, she studied English Literature at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. She now lives on the edge of Edinburgh and spends her free time walking with her dog, wild swimming and playing roller derby. The Sky Beneath the Stone is her debut novel.