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Stones

by William Bell

Doubleday Canada | May 13, 2003 | Mass Market Paperbound

Stones is rated 4.2727 out of 5 by 11.
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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: May 13, 2003

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0770428754

ISBN - 13: 9780770428754

Found in: Fiction and Literature
Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me. Not story line; no character development... Please remember these are solely my ideas on the book. You don't need to agree. Everyone has their own opinion. Reading books for school can be a bummer. Especially when you get this book. Okay, so it wasn't all bad. You did get to learn some history about Canada that may or may not be true... I felt this story lagged in its writing style and in character development. Garnet seemed fully developed the first two chapters. And Raphaella, please don't get me started. At the end of the novel when she tells Garnet her "big secret" that's really nothing, she keeps insisting that if Garnet knew the truth about her he'd "break-up with her". Which isn't true. 'Cause Garnet knew about the secret the entire time just didn't know that was the "big secret". The story was contemporary then took a big veer to the left (or right) and turned paranormal. I only knew it was paranormal because someone told me about the ghost you see in the novel. Now, why oh why would there be ghosts? (Yes, there are more than one). This was the universal question for me when I finished this book. Nothing was explained in the end of this book. It didn't tell you why the ghosts continued to haunt that area in the forest. This book was to unsupported, I believe. Then William Bell started to throw in some romance on the side. I just found to many stories in the book to actually focus on the main one. Which is... yeah, still working on that. Rating: 1.2/10 Parental Rating: 14+
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 'Stones' - William Bell A ghost mystery. Exciting and funny at some times. A great book. As is the next, 'Fanatics' which has a red maple award
Date published: 2012-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, A Great Book! When I chose this book out of my school library I didnt think I would like it but once I started reading it I couldnt put it down.It is a good story and I recomend it to poeple looking for a good book. It is more of a teen book then A Kids book but it is still a great story.
Date published: 2006-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stones I had to read this book for an english project. Even at the begining of the book, i loved it! I recomend it for anyone that wants a good read.
Date published: 2006-03-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Filler The plot could have been carried out more. I found the book to be mostly filler.
Date published: 2005-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super I heard about this book from a friend and when i began to read it I wasn't expecting great things. But the farther I read the more I realised how well written and gripping this novel really is. He keeps you on your feet and wanting more. In all this book was very interesting and I found it really cool the way it had information on some of Canada's history in it.
Date published: 2005-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspensful & Interesting Stones is a book that really grabs your attention in terms of how people with the knowledge of medicine and healing were turned down against, or were classified as witches for their gift. This book about one such woman Hannah, is extremely suspensful, mysterious, and interesting. Garnet with the help of his mysterious girlfriend Raphella uncover the secrets of the past and help restore peace with Hannah and her husband, even though they had lived years ago. Extremely fascinating, and a great read!
Date published: 2003-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stones was amazing! This book is absolutley amazing. I hate reading but I picked up this book, and then couldn't put it down. I started it at 7:00pm and finished it at 2:00am. It is a mystery and a love story together! All I can say is , if you haven't read it, read it!!
Date published: 2003-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow A Book thats rare to find...one so good you can't put it down. And it keeps you thinking about it a week after you've read it.
Date published: 2003-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stones This book was great!
Date published: 2003-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the perfect teen novel This book was amazing, I couldn't put it down. It is a great book for all teens. I'm 13 and I dont usually like to read but this book was great.
Date published: 2003-07-07

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Stones

Stones

by William Bell

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: May 13, 2003

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

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
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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.

Editorial Reviews

“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

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17