LIKE WATER ON STONE by Dana Walrath (WoW #192)

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!


Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse calls this story for readers of The Book Thief and Between Shades of Gray “a fine and haunting work.” Blending magical realism and lyrical free verse, this is an intense survival story of three siblings caught up in the horrific events of the Armenian genocide of 1915.

It is 1914, and the Ottoman Empire is crumbling into violence.

Beyond Anatolia, in the Armenian Highlands, Shahen Donabedian dreams of going to New York. Sosi, his twin sister, never wants to leave her home, especially now that she is in love. At first, only Papa, who counts Turks and Kurds among his closest friends, stands in Shahen’s way. But when the Ottoman pashas set their plans to eliminate all Armenians in motion, neither twin has a choice.

After a horrifying attack leaves them orphaned, Shahen and Sosi flee into the mountains, carrying their little sister, Mariam. Shahen keeps their parents’ fate a secret from his sisters. But the children are not alone. An eagle named Ardziv watches over them as they run at night and hide each day, making their way across mountain ridges and rivers red with blood.

LIKE WATER ON STONE releases on November 11th, 2014 from Delacorte Press.

It has a beautiful cover, and it sounds heartbreaking. Any comparison to BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY will have me sit up straight. I need this! What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Camille @ Girl meets Books

    March 19, 2014

    The book summary is already haunting in and of itself. I don’t really read much historical books because I can’t think my heart can take them. :) But I hope you enjoy reading this one when it comes out. Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s My WoW pick :)

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    Bieke @ Istyria book blog

    March 19, 2014

    This sounds amazing! :D

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    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

    March 19, 2014

    Oh wow, this sounds kind of intense! I’ve not heard of it before, but I hope you get your hands on it :)

    My WoW!

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    March 19, 2014

    Sounds amazing. I hope you enjoy it.
    Thanks for stopping by :)

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    March 19, 2014

    Sounds amazing, thanks for sharing.

    Check out our WOW.

    Also check out our Kindle Giveaway along with OUAT 4 year Giveaway and Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover giveaway.

    Leydy @OUaT & RCE

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    March 19, 2014

    What a beautiful color and the contrasts are great! I love reading historical fiction. Thanks for sharing.

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    Megan Nicole

    March 19, 2014

    This sounds so good! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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    March 19, 2014

    This sounds really interesting and like it could fit me

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    March 19, 2014

    Never heard of this one. Sounds interesting! My WOW

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    Melissa (Books and Things)

    March 19, 2014

    Oh this sounds good! I’m with you… any comparison with Betweens Shades of Gray is up my alley! :D

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    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

    March 19, 2014

    Oh wow! I hadn’t heard of this but I’m loving the cover and I really loved the Book Thief. Like Water sounds like it might be up my alley! Great pick.

    Also thanks for stopping by!

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    March 19, 2014

    Sounds like this one is going to be a really good read!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today :)
    Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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    Margie aka The Bumble Girl

    March 19, 2014

    This sounds intense, heart-ripping! It’s been a long time since I’ve read a good historical… adding it to my list.
    Thanks for sharing it!

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    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    March 19, 2014

    This one doesn’t seem like something I’d normally pick up, but the cover is lovely! I’ll keep an eye out for this one, Hafsah. :)

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    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    March 20, 2014

    This doesn’t sound like my typical read, but it does sound interesting. I hope you enjoy it.

    My WoW pick

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    March 22, 2014

    I don’t tend to read too much historical fiction, but this does sound like a compelling read. Thanks for stopping by my WOW earlier this week!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know