Ally's overbearing, acid-tongued mother makes his life difficult. Their Sunday visits to see his aunt in a mental hospital are particularly painful, until Ally discovers a hidden, overgrown garden inhabited by two eco-warriors. Inspired by his eccentric new friends Flora and Riley. Ally is surprised to find he's taking a greater interest in Aunt Chloe's locked-up feelings. Ally and Chloe each begin to find new ways of looking at the world and new responses to events around them. When Flora and Riley's baby arrives they too begin a new way of life, but not without showing everyone they meet that there is always another side to the story. For Ally, family tension is still a challenge, but both he and Chloe have found new strengths within themselves to cope with their situations.
Used availability for Anne Fine's The Stone Menagerie
July 1980 : UK Hardback
July 2009 : UK Paperback
July 1991 : UK Paperback
March 1991 : UK Mass Market Paperback
October 2010 : Canada, UK Kindle edition