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Stone Water

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Grant Hughes is asked by his beloved grandfather to help him die if he is transferred to the terminal ward of his nursing home. Both Grant's parents are lawyers, and his father is emotionally distant. Because Grant's grandfather does not feel he can trust his son or daughter-in-law to honor his last wishes, he turns to Grant as his only hope. Engaging and intelligent, Gran ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 10th 1998 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1996)
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Rebecca Goldstein
Mar 26, 2013 Rebecca Goldstein rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Grant studied the red thread. It was all that had stood between him and this mystery for two years. And now, on Wednesday afternoon, only four Wednesdays into eighth grade, at 3:40 P.M., Grandpa wanted him to unwind it."

Two years ago, Grant’s grandfather gave him an envelope with strict instructions: open it if, and only if, he was moved to the “Other Wing” of his nursing home. Otherwise, leave it alone. For two years, the envelope sits untouched, tucked away in Grant’s desk, until Grandpa’ s
I felt that this book was interesting in that the situation that main character, Grant, is put through is something that I could ever imagine myself dealing with. If anyone in my family or friends was to ask me to help put an end to their life, similar to what Grant is faced wit his grandfather is something that I dont think I will be able to do. I liked this book because I felt the conflict was interesting and something that I haven't read aout. A good discussion question for this book would be ...more
Mar 31, 2012 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I am still thinking about how this book made me feel. I can say at the very least that this book will start many conversations regarding euthanasia, and whether a person has the right to die. Part of me says that this was too much of a burden to put on a 14-15 year old boy. That being said, Grant's parents are closed-minded workaholics, particularly his father. His grandfather knew that he had no one else that he could trust as much as his beloved grandson.

This book will bring about much reflec
Jan 20, 2009 Armend rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11th-grade
This book is both sad and a happy story because it discusses every issue with family and conflicts in a family. The largest conflict muxt have been the conflict is the conflict in Grant's mind because he doesn't know if he should listen to his grandfather and actually use euthanasia or to let him die on his own. This conflict also adds to the overall theme of family by shgowing that family is so hard to get rid of.
Oct 19, 2009 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a theory I do not support euthanasia, but this book made it hard not to. It was very clear that Grant's grandfather did not deserve to be stuck here, but then somethings happen and we don't deserve them. So I'm really not sure...It definitely made me think.
Great book, very emotional. Also an easy read...I read it in two hours while I was home sick. :)
Apr 16, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A boy who's grandfather was one of the most highly looked upon figures in his life is living in a coma. They had a very close bond, but before his grandpa fell into a coma, grandpa wrote him a letter and a story. The moral of the story he told Grant to put him to sleep (euthanasia), but Grant was afraid to since he was so young and that it would require him to break the law. Great book.
Oct 19, 2010 Allen rated it liked it
good book kind of slow. I liked how detailed it was and it did pick up like two chapters in. otherwise it's a great book I would recommend this book to anyone. about a kid who doesn't spend much time with his dad and his grandpa gets hospitalized and that kid has to make one of the biggest decisions of his life.
Jul 16, 2007 Femmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A good YA novel dealing with the issue of euthanasia, when a boy is asked by his ailing grandfather to end his suffering. I believe all arguments for and against euthanasia are explored in this book, seen from a teen perspective.
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Barbara Snow Gilbert is an attorney, mediator, and an award-winning author. As a political science major with a minor in art history, Ms. Gilbert studied in Florence, London, and Washington, D.C., and graduated with a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Colorado College. She worked on various political staffs, including that of the Speaker of the House of the U.S. Representatives and the Governor o ...more
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