A dazzling, heart-wrenching and brutal descent into the world of the imagination.
This is not a children’s book. This is not a fairy tale. This is not your average heroine.
When her mother’s cruelty is too much, Amy holds her teddy bear’s paw and travels to the Other Place—a world where teddies become real bears, where children attend the Night School to escape whatever it is they face at home, where Amy becomes Aimee, and there’s magic in the air. But the Other Place is in danger—the Witch has awoken, and Amy must find the courage to save her baby brother before it’s too late.
A dazzling, heart-wrenching and brutal descent into the world of the imagination. This is not a children’s book. This is not a fairy tale. This is not your average heroine.
Praise for Aimee and the Bear:
A book as unique and astonishing as it is chilling.
– Fiction Reboot
Absolutely brilliant! I’m not usually a fan of ‘magic realism’, but this really works. I think that’s because the realism is very real (this is not a book for kids, despite the cuddly toy element) and the magic is serious, funny and dark. Stone is a superb writer – intelligent, stylish and quirky – who creates very rounded characters. As an evocation of the childhood mind, it’s the most convincing thing I’ve read since Alice in Wonderland.
– Amazon Reviewer
What a fascinating read!! This is, hands down, one of the best books I’ve found in years. Like I said, Wow. No matter what I render as a review, there is nothing left more important than WOW. This author just blew me away with the perfect clarity, perfect flow, perfectly satisfying writing style that made me smile or frown out loud at times. I may have said this before, but this time I mean it when I say that I was captivated from the first 4 paragraphs.
This is a very unusual book, a contemporary modern day novel with a twist. Amy has a cruel mother and she escapes to another world with her bear to escape her cruel mother, a world with a Night School, strange Teachers and creatures. It is not a children’s book (it is quite dark in parts)or a fairy tale. It is enchanting and pulls you along. This is Toby Stone’s first book according to the blurb, and for a debut novel it is stunning, he has massive potential.
– Goodreads Reviewer
Toby reads an excerpt from Aimee and the Bear for Enchanted Blogging:
To read an example of Toby’s writing, visit A Vampire’s Guide to Dummies