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This novel is a journey, and one which will reward and keep readers thinking about it long after they’ve turned the last page.” Highly Recommended.– 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 YA novel has one of the best starts of any I have read. aloud to students elicits a most powerful reaction.As I read, their eyes grow larger and they lean forward, an indication of their involvement.Photos and essays detail the building of this collector’s model rifle, valued at over 0,000, which has made its way through the hands of the world’s most renowned artisan gunmakers, and from the walnut orchard in Australia where the wood was harvested for the stock to the checkering cradle in Montana; from the steel mill in Michigan to the engraver’s vise in Arizona — where it now sits waiting for final customization.
The book includes photos by award winning firearms photographer Ron Toews and descriptive narrative from many of the contributing artisans.
Everyone wants to read this book.” – The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, February 1996The Invitation 1998 Script Development Competition (feature length screenplay), Atlantic Film Festival Shortlisted, Mc Clelland and Stewart’s Journey Prize Award for best short fiction published in Canada, 1990 1989 Short Fiction First Prize, Atlantic Writing Competition Published in Harcourt Brace’s literary anthology, (Sourcebooks, 2011).
She began writing the memoir when her father, a WWII veteran, started having flashbacks and nightmares more than 60-years after the war.
More information about Don Aker can be found on his website:
Fiction The Fifth Rule Reef becomes the centre of controversy while he tries to rebuild his reputation and his relationship with Leeza, the only girl he has ever loved.
Agent: Sandra Bishop Reeve Abraben is a nationally recognized custom gunmaker and a member of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild.