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Fifth Rule

(The First Stone)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Reef has been living in Calgary for the past year, but nowhe’s back in Halifax for the funeral of Frank Colville, hisformer mentor. Memories of Frank compete with memories ofLeeza and the terrible way their relationship ended. Mindful thatthe restraining order against him has been renewed by Leeza’smother, Reef has no intention of staying in Halifax for long.

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Paperback, 263 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by HarperTrophy
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May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh, wow.... amazing. I was so pleased with the ending of this :) Don Aker has made a wonderful story here that is so real that you can't help but feel exactly what the characters are feeling. Liza and Reef were the most lovable and enjoyable characters. They seemed to take a life of their own in my head, which was super cool. This is probably a book I'd read over and over again.
James Dekens
Apr 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
I really hated this book. The author piles one horribly depressing situation on top of another in an attempt to elicit some kind of emotional reaction. A book full of depressing experiences does not make a good book. I really can't believe I finished it. Every new chapter brought a new and horrible punishment to the two main characters. I couldn't help but laugh at the audacity of the author for deciding that this rubbish meant something. And this book won awards! What for? The only answer I can ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, highly recommended for teen boys in particular.
Mya Moniz
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Canadian Children's Book Centre
Readers moved by Don Aker’s The First Stone (winner of the 2004 White Pine Award) have waited eight years for the sequel. It has been two years since Reef threw the rock off an overpass, tragically changing Leeza’s life — and two years since their relationship flourished in the rehab centre where Reef performed his community service. Once Reef’s identity was revealed, Leeza’s mother obtained a restraining order forbidding him from ever seeing Leeza. Now 19, Reef has been working in construction ...more
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens, adults
I was going to read this book because of White Pine, but then I learned that it was a sequel to the famous The First Stone. So of course, I had to read that first, because I can't stand things not in order. I have to admit, I did like the previous one better, but not by a landslide.

It's the same characters as before, except Alex is gone. I was really disappointed when I finished reading because I really liked Alex, he was a funny, unique character. Brett was in it as well, being her usual aweso
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it
THE FIFTH RULE by Don Aker is the second installment to the Reef Kennedy series, upon which, now 19 year old Reef has moved out on his own and finally is doing good for himself. It's when his mentor dies that Reef is yanked back to Halifax, where he spends a couple days contemplating Leeza, his rep, and the accident. Through the course of this wholly interesting, though placid, story readers witness as star-crossed lovers finally get together in what has to be one of the world's most disappointi ...more
Angeli M.
Jan 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Today's been a lazy Sunday and I accidentally finished this book all in one go, but I'll definitely go back to it before book club on Thursday. I must say I'm absolutely smitten with Reef + Leeza! I don't normally go for teen fiction novels, but the book club at school consists of those (White Pine) novels and I have to admit I'm glad. I didn't know The Fifth Rule is a sequel to The First Stone, and even if it wasn't Aker's purpose, I really loved how the novel worked as a stand-alone story. At ...more
Pretty good. I just wish I had read The First Stone first! (I should definitely work on my research skills.) That said, The Fifth Rule stands well enough alone. Don Aker has this simple straight-to-the-point kind of writing that I haven't seen in so long that's totally great because it gets the job done. This novel has plot, solid character development, and lots and lots of drama, all stirred in a pot of realism that was totally appreciated. I don't know if it's my reading choices, but it just s ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: want-to-own
After finishing the First Stone with a major cliff hanger, I was desperate for a sequel, but there already was one thank goodness! I don't think I would've survived without one.
Unfortunately, the sequel was definitely not what I expected, but good in some ways. It starts off with a funeral for Frank and I'm like, okay? So time passed from the last book. (Later I learned that Aker wrote this book because of his dear friend)
I like how Don Aker seemed to give us a fill in on what happened to each R
Rachel Seigel
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
"The Fifth Rule" is a stunning sequel to the 2004 White Pine Award Winner "The First Stone". It's a novel about second chances, about living up to or down to expectations, about self-worth, healing and love. Reef grabs hold of your heart and doesn't let go, and by the end of the book you'll be his champion. Leeza is equally compelling, and presents a realistic picture of a young woman trying to rebuild her life, and figuring out how to stand on her own two feet after two years of trying to do wh ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
I read this book not realizing that it was a sequel to "First Stone." I was well into the second chapter before I figured this out. I decided to keep reading because I was already intrigued. I'm glad I did. Having said that, I do wish that I had read "First Stone" first and I still might get it and read it simply because I enjoyed this book that much. The point is that you don't have to read the "First Stone" to read, understand and enjoy "The Fifth Rule." Don Aker's easy-flow writing style and ...more
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am so overjoyed that there is a sequal to this story. It wasn't like I hated the ending of the first book, because honestly I loved the realism of it. Aker was right, if they had just gotten back together it wouldn't have made sense. But the romantacist in me kept wishing the ending was a bit more "happily ever after". And with this second installment, I found it! After reading it, everything was so much more fullfilled and I won't lie, I got teary eyed and really connected with the characters ...more
Trent Martell
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really did love this. I read "The First Stone" For school, and I finished it very quickly, and loved it, and learned of this book. I jumped on it just as I found it. And to be honest, I loved it, more then "The First Stone" by just a bit. I got the ending of Leeza and Reef ending up together I wanted in "The First Stone", and the build up to the both of them meeting was wonderful. I really did love this book and can't wait for the third book in the series.
Duncan Prescott
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story was excellent, although there was no hint it is the second in a series. I felt the narrative dominated and was a bit excessive, bordering on the soapy. Strong theme and a good ending. Also I felt that there was too much "telling" when she could have played the scene out before us. Also felt she went a bit overboard in the self pity angle with Reef.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
sequel to The First Stone. good character development, believable mother-daughter relationship, good message but not schmaltzy, some unnecessary language, e.g., 'his hand was shaking like a whore's vibrator' --so why did he need to put that in? some slang seems already dated, but overall really good, healthy portrayal of young persons...some laugh-out-loud moments.
Nov 25, 2011 marked it as to-read
"Aker is a master at creating appealing characters and powerful relationships." "also a master at creating plots with multiple (but believable) coincidences and almost unbearable tension" Read The First Stone to fully experience this book. (Taken from Can. Children's Book News) Recommended for Gr 7-12.
Jeff Black
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
*Reads last page* YES! OMG! HAPPY ENDINGS RULE!!!!!!!!!!

Oh........ anyways.

I'm so thankful Don Aker wrote a sequel to the First Stone because I really didn't like the ending of that book. But The Fifth Rule really made a difference of how much I really liked the First Stone. This book is AWESOME!
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Woohoo!!! Sequel! When I read The First Stone, I loved it, but I really wanted Reef and Leeza to end up together.

Now they do!! This fulfilled all my wishes, addressed all the issues left after The First Stone, and definitely deserves a full 5 star rating from me.
Feb 06, 2011 marked it as to-read
I'm wondering why there are so little community reviews. Maybe this is a new book? Boring? Well I really didn't understand the ending of the first stone, so I'm glad there is a sequal. I have no clue what could happen to tie the books off though.
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
As a book for 'young readers'..I liked this book a lot! It is one to pass on to teens.
The five rules are simple to remember..not always easy to do..
Respect yourself
Respect others
Be accountable
Honour your commitments
Do the right thing
Thankx Don Aker.
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was really good. It held a strong message, and shows that ultimately love can conquer all. I loved the fact the setting was in Halifax, as I live in Nova Scotia and am familiar with he surroundings.
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this sequel to The First Stone much more than the first one. I found it more realistic in terms of plot. Good read for (younger) teens, I think. Some language may be an issue depending on the reader or her parents.
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: at-library
I read it in one day, I loved it
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
It kept me entertained until the very end. It was interesting to learn that it was based on a headline in the newspaper.
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Must admit... it was better than I expected.
Laurena Carter-gallant
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read the first book because my daughter was reading it in school...i loved it! This one is just as great and I hope it is a required reading in junior high!
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hadn't idea this was a sequel. Glad I read it as a stand alone. :)
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
An easy read, as was The First Stone, which is in my school's senior reading list. The ending was a bit abrupt, but a relatively satisfying sequel.
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Don is a favorite friend of mine... I am loving part II of the First Stone.
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Born in 1955 in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Don Aker grew up in rural Hants County. He later attended Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where he received his Bachelor of Arts (1976), Bachelor of Education (1977), and Master of Education (1991) degrees. He has been a classroom teacher since 1977, and he currently works as Literacy Mentor for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. The fath ...more

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