NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I'm often asked about the connection between my novels. BORDER CHILD stands alone and was not written to be a sequel. I wrote it knowing readers may not have read my first novel. If your school, club, or group is considering reading BORDER CHILD rest assured this novel is a complete story between its covers. Thanks for reading!




See BORDER CHILD in the October 9, 2017 issue of THE NEW YORKER



Exciting news! BORDER CHILD and THE IGUANA TREE have been optioned for film. Stay tuned...


BIG NEWS! BORDER CHILD is lead title on's list of 10 recommended books published in April 2017!


Praise for BORDER CHILD:

A gripping and politically savvy look at the human impact of current immigration policy and an honest examination of the perils facing desperate immigrants as they travel north. -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A compelling and topical story -- Raleigh News and Observer

...a surprising and lovely end, showing a poet’s gift for choosing the perfect image to subtly convey meaning...It's social realism, reminiscent of Steinbeck - San Francisco Chronicle

Stone’s realistic tone avoids simplistic hero/villain dichotomies. Her economical writing style is... well suited for this contemporary and highly relevant story - NY Journal of Books

Stone delivers an often-poignant portrayal of Mexicans who dream of crossing to a better life -- Charlotte Observer

Stone is a great storyteller... never a dull moment in this lyrical, engrossing novel...Particularly important reading in our current political climate -- Library Journal

Poignant...perceptive -- Booklist

A poignant portrayal of the struggles and choices faced by those in difficult conditions --Publisher's Weekly

Gripping, visceral and beautifully written, Border Child carries the potential to stir awareness and trigger debate about an increasingly controversial issue - Shelf Awareness

A poignant, action-packed read...Stone deftly draws readers into the heart of her characters’ hopes and despairs, shining a humanizing light on the divisive subject of immigration - Charleston Magazine

... sustains an effective and relentless level of suspense...simultaneously creating a wholly convincing landscape in the city and the country. And she brings the mystery of the missing child to an extraordinary but realistic conclusion - Chapter 16 Book Reviews, Tennessee

Border Child is a big-hearted novel, probing the reasons so many illegals have sought safety and success in the United States. It’s full of suspense and concern for desperate people who believe that their lives will be better if they can enter our country. How ironic that so many Americans no longer believe in the American dream; yet people from the rest of the world will put themselves at terrible risk to prove to us that the dream still exists. - Counter Punch Magazine

Listed by Bustle (magazine) as one of "14 Books That Deserve Way More Buzz (So Read Them And Tell All Your Friends)"

Listed on as one of "17 Books by Latinx Authors You Should Read at the Beach This Summer"

... full-blooded characters miles removed from callow stereotypes - Northshire Bookstore, VT (Mike Hare)

 Listed on Huffington Post: "11 Characters Who Are Definitely Having A Worse Day Than You Are"

Extremely relevant and also insightful - Campus Circle, L.A.












"A timely and timeless tale...deeply compelling, imbued with characters who are as identifiable as they are foreign to readers who manage to grab hold of readers’ hearts and psyches and refuse to relinquish their grip long after their story has concluded. It is a notable first work of fiction that will leave readers clamoring for more from such a promising novelist. I highly recommend The Iguana Tree."

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