Jackie French began writing Rain Stones (having previously written only gardening books) when she was 30, in a desperate attempt to get enough money together to register her car. At the time, she was living in a tin shed with a black snake named Gladys and a wombat named Smudge.
Awards and nominations
- Shortlisted - NSW Premier's Literary Awards: Children's Book Award (1991)
- Shortlisted - CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award: Younger Readers(1992)
- Shortlisted - West Australian Young Readers' Book Award: Primary Age Group (1993)
- "Winners and Shortlists 1990 - 1999 - CBCA". 25 April 2012.