If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. R. Kipling    



Nov. 2022
  Ronsdale Press

From East Prussian refugee to Soviet Starosta

In Crow Stone the reader follows Katya as she flees from the invading Red Army, only to be captured and forced to work in an Ural Mountain coal mine. 

Thanks to the cover designer, Julie Cochrane, for including my mother's POW release paper on the cover. 


  "An engaging story from the start ..."  BookList (ALA). 

"Goldstone paints the horrors of war vividly and comprehensively ... Difficult, harsh, and worthy of attention." Kirkus Reviews.

 “A story of resilience and survival, told from the unique perspective of Katya ... this little-known piece of history resonates with indelible images.”
 - Barbara Nickel, BC & Yukon Book Prize recipient & author of Dear Peter, Dear Ulla

Here's a link to my part in this YA author conversation.

Watch the Crow Stone book trailer here.

Stay on Ronsdale's Youtube channel to preview more of their recent historical releases.


trailer produced by R Camelin (in Yarmouth)

                 THANK YOU ... 
to the Brock House Society in Vancouver, BC, for letting me share Katya's story as part of their Esther Birney lecture series in time for Remembrance Day and to Canada Council for their financial support in helping writers share their stories. 

Ronsdale Press, July, 2021


Tainted Amber  - third book in my series exploring the tumultuous life of my mom during the Stalin and Nazi years. It's 1937 and Katya is now 18, working as a maid  in rural East Prussia. 

Being young and in love can be a wonderful thing but in 1937, in the Third Reich, it's all about genetics not romance. 

      Order here or at your own favourite bookstore. 

  • Gold Moonbeam Award for YA historical fiction. Fall, 2022.
  • 4 Stars and "Highly Recommended" in CM Review.  April, 2022.
  • Included in CCBC (Canadian Children's Book Centre's), Best Books. Spring, 2022.                                          

For a taste of the book, here's a link to Made in Manitoba Book Jam hosted by Anita Daher. My reading starts at about the 23 minute mark.

Here's an interview I did with nfreads.com 

Thanks to author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, author of Making Bombs for Hitler and many more books exploring untold war stories, who writes, "Goldstone deftly plunges the reader into a past when Hitler's ideas seemed new and fresh. A timely read."

Recording of July, 2021 launch available on YouTubeThanks to Jodi Carmichael who interviewed me. Grateful to McNally Robinson Booksellers for hosting the event. Thank you to all who attended!      




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