Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Published: May 13, 2003
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0770428754
ISBN - 13: 9780770428754
Read from the Book
1. It was Ms. Clare who first noticed something was wrong with me. Three times a week she would come into our grade four class and teach us French. She was a short, blonde, overly energetic woman who reminded me of an elf. After the first day or so, I tuned her out completely. It wasn’t anything political; I didn’t hate French culture or cooking or the tattered posters of the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower that Ms. Clare had tacked onto the bulletin board beside the display of “Fish of the Great Lakes.” It was the repetition and the monotonous chanting. Bonjour. Comment vous appellez-vous? Je m’appelle Garnet, and so on. And on and on. Ms. Clare, in her chirpy new-teacher voice, would lead the recitations, occasionally throwing out a question in French that left us blank-faced and confused, and I would look out the window or draw pictures in my notebook or rest my cheek on my palm and doze. If she spoke to me, I’d ignore her. One day late in September, Mom and Dad got a letter from the school. Dad tore it open at the kitchen table. “It says Garnet is hard of hearing,” he read. “Or in their words, ‘Auditorily differently enabled.’ They want to move him to the front of the room and bring in a consultant to test his hearing.” My mother took a sip of her wine. “What’s wrong with those people, anyway? Garnet, have you been giving your teacher a hard time?” I gave her what I hoped was a charming
From the Publisher
Garnet Havelock was always a bit different from other guys. He
never quite fit in and he was okay with that. Now, in his final
year of high school, he's just marking time, waiting to get out
into the real world.
When a mysterious girl transfers to his school Garnet thinks he
might have found the girl of his dreams, if only he could get her
to talk to him.
As Garnet struggles to win over one girl, another girl is trying to
get his attention - unfortunately she lived over 150 years ago.
Garnet becomes fascinated by her history and that of the black
community she belonged to. As he draws closer to the truth, he
uncovers a horrifying chapter in his town's history, and discovers
the ways in which deep-seated prejudices and persecution from the
past can still reverberate in the present.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
William Bell, author, editor and educator, holds master''s degrees
in both education and literature. He has been a high school English
department head in Ontario and an instructor at universities in
Harbin and Beijing, China, and at the University of British
Columbia. Award-winning author of ten books for young people
including Zack, which won the Mr. Christie''s Book
Award, Bell lives in Orillia, Ontario with writer Ting-xing Ye.
"Bell writes with taut drama, building scene upon scene to the
climactic revelation." -- Booklist
"Full of pleasures…. William Bell is arguably one of the most
wide-ranging and reliable of Canadian authors." -- Books in
"Bell once again tackles substantial subjects in
Stones…a suspenseful, absorbing read." -- Quill &
"Thoughtful..exciting…Bell dips into interesting and complex
themes…[Stones] presents wriggling and stimulating
issues which will keep curious teen minds churning as they read."
-- St. Catharines Standard, Guelph Mercury