Mass Market Paperbound
May 13, 2003
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 grin and cupped one ear with my hand. “Pardon?” I said.2.In grade five there was Mr. Whitney, a t
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.
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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 Canada
“Bell once again tackles substantial subjects in Stones…a suspenseful, absorbing read.” -- Quill & Quire
“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