by Chris Van Allsburg

In a story recounted through the daily log of Captain Allan Hope, the sailors aboard the Rita Anne become mesmerized and transformed by a mysterious glowing rock, and only music and books can restore them to normal.

A strange glowing stone picked up on a sea voyage captivates a ship's crew and has a terrible transforming effect on them. 

The Wretched Stone

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  • About The Author Chris Van Allsburg (born June 18, 1949) is an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He has won two Caldecott Medals for U.S. picture book illustration, for Jumanji (1981) and The Polar Express (1985), both of which he also wrote; both were later adapted as successful motion pictures. He was also a Caldecott runner-up in 1980 for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.[1][2] For his contribution as a children's illustrator he was 1986 U.S. nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition for creators of children's books.[3] He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Michigan in April 2012. ISBN-13: 9780395533079 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: 10/28/1991 Edition number: 1 Pages: 32 Age range: 7 - 9 Years - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure - Voyages and travels -Sea stories