Start A friendship dating to 1976 resonates in 2016

A friendship dating to 1976 resonates in 2016

The Fifth Rule would make an excellent novel to study in the classroom, both for its composition and for its themes and issues.” – Highly Recommended, Canadian Materials The Space Between With his incredible high-wire talent for balancing sensitive subjects with sardonic, teen-friendly humour, Aker delivers another brilliant must-read novel.

– Canadian Materials One on One (Harper Collins Canada, Fall 2005)Nominee, 2008 Stellar Book Award British Columbia Teen Readers’ Choice Lilla Sterling Award for excellence in children’s literature, 2007 Canadian Author’s Association Nominee, 2007 Rocky Mountain Book Award Alberta Readers’ Choice Nominee, 2007 Hackmatack Award Nominee, 2007 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award (MYRCA) The First Stone (Harper Collins Canada, 2003) 2004 White Pine Award, Ontario Library Association 2004 Ann Connor Brimer Book Award, Nova Scotia Library Association “Read Canada’s Best” recommended booklist, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Discussed, 2006 Young Canada Reads Series CBC Radio “Don Aker has created in [The First Stone] a gripping and unflinching story that envelops readers from the first page….

This astounding and honest book will linger with readers long after they leave its final pages.” – Book News”…a page-turning story that also has sensitivity and genuine characters to whom the reader becomes attached.

Reef and Leeza’s frustrated love story and Reef’s justifiable anger at the manipulative politician Decker are the emotional threads that propel readers through the plot.

The climax involves Reef’s going to confront Decker while Leeza races to stop him, and Aker uses short chapters alternating between the characters to keep readers on the edges of their seats.

She lives and works in Ladner, in a houseful of boys, and is currently at work on a middle-grade mystery novel set in one of the nearby floathome communities on the Fraser River.

She teaches Writing For Children and Young Adults in the MFA program at the University of British Columbia.

The father of two daughters, Don lives with his wife on Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy shoreline.

More information about Don Aker can be found on his website:

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Her writings and interviews have been featured on CBC’s Fresh Air and Life Rattle Press.

There is no need to have read The First Stone in order to enjoy The Fifth Rule – it stands alone perfectly well-, but anyone who has read the original book will definitely want to read this conclusion to Reef and Leeza’s story.