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Author: John Reynolds Gardiner Narrator: B. D. Wong Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780061432835
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Nine-year-old Allen Brewster has a fantastic idea that might even win the silver trophy at the science fair: human photosynthesis. He has several obstacles to overcome, but Allen persists in his mission by using the scientific method and finally comes up with a concoction that turns him into a human plant. He turns green, craves sunlight and water instead of food, and sprouts baby roots if he stands in mud too long. But then Allen is deemed a threat to national security, and his project is suddenly top secret.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a very funny satire on bureaucracy versus creativity. It's a great read, too.”

    Childrens Literature

  • A New York Times Notable Book
  • A John Newberry Medal recipient

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M | 1/22/2014

    " Such an awesome, awesome book! A boy who sets out to save his grandfathers farm by entering a race with his dog. A wonderful adventure but hold on to your seats because the author has a twist you won't be ready for! We weren't, that's for sure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isaac | 1/13/2014

    " Stone fox is very sad at the end and good for anyone at any age. its about a small boy that has to win a race to pay a tax collector. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/9/2014

    " Something I had to read for school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/5/2014

    " I read it in school "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lutfor | 10/7/2013

    " Amazing Period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 9/27/2013

    " this book is very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soccergirlmcq | 9/24/2013

    " I though this book had A SUPER sad ending!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 9/18/2013

    " The ending is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sad! But, its a really good book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 7/18/2013

    " I read this book in 3rd grade and I loved it. The ending was a little sad though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oscar | 6/2/2013

    " I thought it was a very good book. It's the best book I've read. I didn't like the fact that Searchlight died, but at least Grandfather was lively again because he got $500. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/20/2013

    " This was a really sad but good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moonianna | 4/23/2013

    " this was just as sad as Old Yeller but also like Old Yeller it was an extremely good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 2/4/2013

    " the book and the movie were amazing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 12/19/2012

    " it is petty sad but good book to read for ar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabbie | 11/30/2012

    " it was a little wierd "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mexican | 11/1/2012

    " there is a boy is going to race at a competition he is collecting money for the race and there is this man ho has not lost any time he always won .the boy won at the end of the book and he was happy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cary | 10/19/2012

    " It is anbout a boy who was brave enough to go on a eadvencker to save his grand fother "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colten | 9/24/2012

    " I love this book but sad ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murray | 6/27/2012

    " It was extraordinary. The end was really sad. But it was still wonderful. The words in the book were really passionate. This is a book you must read. I give it 5 stars all the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 5/15/2012

    " It is tragic at the end sad anyway still a great book :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mr. | 5/3/2012

    " I think it was a little interesting but a bit to easy for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheyenne | 1/22/2012

    " it was a sad book but i think that it was a sad thing in the end but it was good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moonianna | 5/14/2011

    " this was just as sad as Old Yeller but also like Old Yeller it was an extremely good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/27/2011

    " This was a really sad but good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cary | 1/29/2011

    " It is anbout a boy who was brave enough to go on a eadvencker to save his grand fother "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oscar | 12/15/2010

    " I thought it was a very good book. It's the best book I've read. I didn't like the fact that Searchlight died, but at least Grandfather was lively again because he got $500. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isaac | 7/28/2010

    " Stone fox is very sad at the end and good for anyone at any age. its about a small boy that has to win a race to pay a tax collector. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 5/13/2010

    " it is petty sad but good book to read for ar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 2/8/2010

    " The ending is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sad! But, its a really good book!!
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 1/28/2010

    " This book is about this little boy named little willy and his grandfather and dog searchlight. the grandfather gets sick and little willy has to pay the taxes so he enters this dog race and the winner gets $5,000 so he can pay theres more but i wont tell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 8/12/2009

    " Something I had to read for school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabbie | 5/12/2009

    " it was a little wierd "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 5/9/2009

    " this book is very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M | 1/16/2009

    " Such an awesome, awesome book! A boy who sets out to save his grandfathers farm by entering a race with his dog. A wonderful adventure but hold on to your seats because the author has a twist you won't be ready for! We weren't, that's for sure! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soccergirlmcq | 12/21/2008

    " I though this book had A SUPER sad ending!!!!!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mexican | 9/22/2008

    " there is a boy is going to race at a competition he is collecting money for the race and there is this man ho has not lost any time he always won .the boy won at the end of the book and he was happy "

About the Author

Author John Reynolds Gardiner

John Reynolds Gardiner, an engineer by profession, has also worked as a writer adapting children's stories for television. A native of Los Angeles, he has lived in West Germany, Central America, and the state of Idaho, where he first heard the legend that is the basis for Stone Fox, his first published work. He is also the author of Top Secret and General Butterfingers. Mr. Gardiner lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife, Gloria, and their three daughters: Carrie, Alicia, and Danielle.

About the Narrator

B.D. Wong was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He made his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly. He is the only actor to be honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theater World Award for the same performance. He starred in the television series All-American Girl, and has made guest appearances on Sesame Street and The X-Files.