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The Stone House was the second of the three originally planned Class novels, tied to the first series. It was written by A.K. Benedict.

Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]

"If you get out, you'd think you'd be one of the lucky ones. But you're not. The house infects you."

There's an old stone house near Coal Hill School. Most people hurry past it. They've heard the stories. But, if you stop, and look up, you'll see the face of a girl, pressed up against a window. Screaming.

Tanya finds herself drawn to the stone house. There's a mystery there, and she's going to solve it. But the more she investigates, the more she realises that there's a presence in the house. One that wants her.

Something is waiting for Tanya in the stone house. Something that has been trapping others in its web over the years. Something that is far worse than any ghosts.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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Characters[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Individuals[edit | edit source]

  • Tanya Adeola has a neighbour named Mrs Cartwright.
  • Of all ghostbusters, Matteusz wants to be Kate McKinnon as the one with the best hair.
  • Miss Quill compares Tanya's invisibility with Derren Brown's magic tricks.

Alien species[edit | edit source]

Locations[edit | edit source]

London locations[edit | edit source]

Other Earth locations[edit | edit source]

  • Amira with her father, mother and sister Yana lived in Damascus in Syria until the war started.
  • Amira, Ummi and Yana crossed the border from Syria to Kahramanmaras on the Turkish side.
  • Ummi drowned in the Mediterranean Sea on their way from Turkey to Greece.
  • Tanya's aunt went for a holiday in Spain.
  • Among national dolls in the house there is a Spanish and Iranian dolls.
  • The last refugee camp Amira stayed in before England was in Calais. There she shared a tent with a family from Homs.
  • Yana suffocated while crossing the Channel in the back of a lorry with a refrigerator unit.

Extraterrestrial locations[edit | edit source]

Plants[edit | edit source]

  • Dandelions and overgrown roses grow in the garden of the old stone house.
  • Tanya sees geraniums.
  • The windows of the house are covered with ivy.
  • The back garden of the house is overgrown with nettle and dock leaf, which looks like nettle.

Animals[edit | edit source]

  • Trochulus hispidus is a species of snails with hairy shells.
  • Mrs Cartwright has a Collie.
  • Charlie draws ants.
  • A cat pisses on dandelions.
  • Tanya notices a pile of earth scurried up by a badger.
  • The hedges in the back garden of the old stone house have the shape similar to a squirrel or a woolly mammoth.
  • Tanya sees a dead wasp.
  • Earth spiders have no eyelids.

Human biology and psychology[edit | edit source]

  • Tanya read that even having not slept the night, a human still catches bits of non-REM sleep. She also read about five tricks to wake up from nightmares: concentrate, observe, scream, blink and run.
  • Human bones are wrapped in periosteum.
  • Shifting brainwaves from theta to gamma and beta results in waking up.
  • Stimulation of amygdala during sleep causes adrenaline flow and opening of the eyes.
  • Tanya thinks that Amira exhibits Stockholm syndrome towards the house.

Food and drinks[edit | edit source]

Organisations[edit | edit source]

  • Tanya often tries hacking the Pentagon.
  • To gather information about the house, Tanya impersonates a representative of the Mass Observation Centre at the local library.
  • Reyland Developers puts up an announcement for nightwatch staff in a local newspaper.
  • Alan F. Turnpike runs the urban legends website "Myth City" featuring stories about the old stone house.

Science[edit | edit source]

Technology[edit | edit source]

Earth technology[edit | edit source]

  • April uses Nair tubes to remove hair.
  • Tanya and Ram communicate via DM and FaceTime.
  • During a heat wave, April uses a battery-operated fan.
  • Amira communicated with Baba using Whatsapp before losing her phone in the sea.
  • Tanya mentions Instagram.
  • When Charlie says Miss Quill's pen might be a special device, Ram suggests it is a dildo.
  • Miss Quill has EMF readers, like on Most Haunted, that measure fluctuations in electromagnetic fields.
  • X-pro II filter modifies photos by blackening the edges.
  • Alan Turnpike drives a Mini.

Alien technology[edit | edit source]

Gardening[edit | edit source]

  • Flowers such as roses are supposed to be deadheaded.

History[edit | edit source]

  • There are dolls in Victorian dresses in the attic of the house.

Culture[edit | edit source]

Earth culture[edit | edit source]

Rhodian culture[edit | edit source]

Religion[edit | edit source]

  • Amira often prays that, insha'Allah, she sees Baba searching for his family.

Minerals[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The story makes repeated mentions of a heat wave and pictures of "packed British beaches" in newspapers, and it is later hinted that these weather anomalies are a result of the space-time tears. (This would give a form of in-universe explanation to why the TV episodes of Class occur during what is seasonally-incorrect weather for a October-December time setting.)
  • Matteusz's identification with Kate McKinnon makes even more sense given that she is openly gay.
  • When the Coal Hill defenders split up investigating the house with Tanya going upstairs with Charlie and Matteusz and Miss Quill, April and Ram trying to find the basement, Tanya suddenly interferes in the conversation of the latter team happening downstairs. (This erroneous assignment to Tanya is only present in the UK version. In the US version, this has been corrected to its proper state where these are actually Ram's words.)
  • April says: "My parents aren't going to let me out of the house..." even though her father is not living with them and is not even allowed to approach April without permission.

Audio release[edit | edit source]

  • The story was released as an unabridged 6x CD audiobook by HarperCollins, read by Lucy Rayner and Zehra Jane Naqvi.

Continuity[edit | edit source]

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