The Shapeshifter Stone

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Marie D. Jones

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A mysterious stone etched with animal shapes... A white swan with a broken heart... A black wolf with dreams of freedom... And a shy zookeeper who discovers his destiny.



Short Summary

Zookeeper Noah Hartman spends most of his life at Cloverdale Zoo tending to the wild creatures he loves, especially a sickly white swan named Lyra. His life changes forever when a strange old woman leaves him a black velvet pouch with something special inside.


A Texas zoo

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Rebellion Against 'The One',Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Noah Hartman

Age: Mid 20s

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic,Romantic,Honorable,Underdog,Lone Wolf,Heroic,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Calvin Rubbs

Age: late 20s

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Engaging,Funny,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Sarcastic,Outspoken

Additional Character Details

Name: Jennie Gordon

Age: 20s

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Faithful,Insecure,Romantic,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Terrence Goss

Age: 50s plus

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous,Confident,Criminal,Greedy,Manipulative

About The Author

Marie D. Jones is the best-selling author of over 26 non-fiction books and novels. She is also a contributing writer to dozens of publications. She has written and co-produced three short films, and recently sold her romantic comedy to Larry Levinson Productions, and optioned three projects to 881 Productions and Global Genesis Group. She lives in San Diego, California.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Marie D. Jones

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available



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Noah is a dedicated zookeeper who is trying to discover why a beautiful new swan is not well. He is given a stone by a mysterious older woman that turns the swan into a human. Noah finds out that illegal hunting is taking the animals to be killed by big game hunters. He must gather his animal turned human allies to help stop them while discovering his true destiny.

Overall Rating


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Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: EXCELLENT

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD


Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile is more of a logline than a summary of the story. It touches on the major plot points but in an abstract way.

Draw of Story

Noah is a genuine, likeable character with a great love and devotion to animals. He is a loner, but wants to branch out to find love. He is a very relatable character. The story also starts with a heartbreaking moment where two mated swans are forced apart and sent to separate locations. It sets the tone for the rest of the story.

Possible Drawbacks

The story was heartwarming and entertaining but does require the reader to suspend belief. The animals are turned into humans and know how to use their new bodies, speak and read immediately. They have knowledge about human tools and behaviors right away.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Noah must find out why animals are being transferred from the zoo and never seen again while using the shapeshifter stone to help the swan, Lyra, find her mate. I would watch this movie for the heartwarming story. Noah is compassionate about the animals, trying to help them with this unusual power he has acquired. He is also dealing with his dying mother and trying to figure out his feelings for his neighbor, Jennie.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase with younger audiences like other films that revolve around animals. There is a little something for everyone in this story. Magic, love, mystery, crime and fantasy.

Awards Potential

This does not have awards potential. The story does have good character development but it's wholesome and sweet. There are not many elements that would draw awards notice.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is original because of the magic within it. Noah can change animals into humans with a magical stone only he can use. There are many heartwarming moments that add depth to the story and compliment the main plot.

Lead Characters

Noah is a relatable character. He isn't really living his life, he is surviving and focusing on his love of animals. He loves his job but the rest of his life is blase. He is given a gift and a mission which he set out to accomplish while finding his destiny along the way. He has a satisfying character arc that would make him a much loved character.

Uniqueness of Story

This is a gem of a story even though not overly unique. It has been written well with a lot of heart and would be entertaining to audiences. It veers towards a younger audience but would be appreciated by adults as well.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



This is a recommend because it is full of heart and fun fantasy moments. It does cater to a younger audience with the many animals at the zoo but would be liked by all age groups. There is something for everyone: romance, intrigue, sadness, mystery, adventure and triumph. The characters are likeable and the story has a beautiful resolution. It is a well rounded, likeable story.