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The First Stone

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  696 ratings  ·  65 reviews
REEF IS AN EMBITTERED YOUNG OFFENDER, hardly able to contain his anger at the world over the death of his grandmother, the only person who had shown him any love. Seventeen-year-old Leeza is mourning the death of her older sister. A stone hurled in rage shatters both their lives and throws them together in the most unexpected way—and offers them a chance at healing.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 13th 2004 by HarperTrophy (first published January 1st 2003)
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Maria (Big City Bookworm)
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
3.5 stars rated up

When I saw this book in my recommendations, the synopsis immediately grabbed me. I quickly looked it up on the kobo website to see if the price of the ebook and when I found out that it was less than $5 I purchased it right away.

Goodreads synopsis: Reef is a troubled sixteen-year-old, who likes to smoke pot and drink with his friends in a derelict abandoned building. He also likes to throw stones from bridges over roads. There's a reason he throws stones - stemming from an abu
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nova-scotia
This book has been one of my favorites so far.

Chad Kennedy ( Reef ) was an angry teenager, I think to say the least. His had a tough childhood, starting off with his mother dying during childbirth with Reef. The father wasn't every in the picture
Reef ended up living and growing up with his mothers parents. Reef absolutely adored his grandmother. She was his mother figure in his life until she passing away. After his grandmother dies his grandfather has a lot of anger and takes it out on Reef fa
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Swearing, violence, drama, young love, aggression, this is one of the most well liked novels I have encountered in the high school reading curriculum. Students who claim to hate reading even like this book, and the ones who I've been reading it out loud to, beg for me to continue.

Don Aker does a wonderful job relating to readers and I have to say I am impressed with the school board for taking the chance on this novel! Aker seems to capture the cruelties of the world and how these misfortunes c
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
One stone can do so much damage....

After throwing one stone that almost kills some girl. And after several long boring court hours. And after that stupid judge makes him move to yet another foster home, school, and has him volunteer at this lame rehab place,all just for probation. And after he starts volunteering. And after he meets Leeza. And after his best friend's pain. And after talking and sharing. And after finding out Leeza had been that "some girl" he almost killed. And after being forbi
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is categorized as young adult. Be prepared, there is a lot of the F word, which makes me wonder how this book ended up in the youth category. The story is about a teen whose one act changes the course of many lives. I liked the book. It's depressing, while at the same time uplifting. The main character, Reef, was very well written - description, dialogue, and thoughts. He felt like a real person, someone I may know.
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
Maybe it was because I was reading Looking for Alaska at the same time as this but I wouldn't say I loved it. It was really good and if goodreads would allow me I would have given it three and a half stars. My friend Kennedy and I are planning to read half the fiction books in our library (alternating one for her one for me) and I was surprised by this book ( the first one I have read so far)
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh dear god this book was amazing! I got so frustrated with the characters though and then the end broke my heart. I would seriously recommend this book for anyone and everyone! this is definitly a book I'm gonna be up late at night thinking about.
Rebecca McNutt
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting plot, but it's lacking in detail and good sentence structure. The characters are unoriginal and have nothing to make them memorable other than their misery. I did like that it took place in Nova Scotia, and the way the dialogue between characters was written.
Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
The first Stone is about a boy named, Reef, who is a young offender and has anger issues. This book contains foul language and may offend some readers. Reader discretion is advised.
Erin Furness-wilkins
I found this to be your typical "bad-boy from a dysfunctional family turns good with help" kind of book. Predictable, wasn't too impressed with the ending, but I did like the characters.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
honestly, a great book and amazing characters.
however, the ending left a sour taste in my mouth and it just didn't feel right for an ending.
I do know that the author created a sequal but I had to read this for my 10th grade English class so idk if I'll read the second book.
good overall I guess.
the writing style some times seemed very..... awkward...? I don't know, but other than that it was a good book.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Samantha Philip
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For a book that I was made to read in grade 11 english and the sequel in grade twelve I have to say that this book was by far one of the best books my High school made us read. It was captivating and interesting. Don did an excellent job at making characters that everyone was able to relate too.

Also Alex <3 I wish the books went into better detail about him and how his life ends up
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The First Stone is solid YA fiction, the kind, where you want to punch the characters in the face. I think the depiction of a "tough" teen was good and the other characters and storylines were also gripping. As always with YA, I was scared of the ending, but it was OK.

I was only annoyed by (view spoiler)
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book back in high school and it really stood out to me. How everything ties together and the consequences of one's actions stood out to me at the time at it still does. It was easy to relate to the characters and made it an interesting read. This is a book I often recommend to people, I feel as if a lot can be learned through reading it.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a great Canadian story by an amazing Canadian author. I actually emailed him and he sent me some questions to ask to my students.

It is a story of teenagers who just have bad luck. Reef is the orphan no one wants and Leeza is the girl who wants to keep going. It is a beautiful story. With a surprise ending.

Don Aker is one of my new favorite authors!
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by my 17 year son and I'm glad that I listen to him.

I really enjoyed the story, characters and smooth prose.

More importantly, gave me some really amazing time with my son discussing it.

May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. Read it because Jake is reading it in English class.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
had to read this for English class, I enjoyed it very much surprisingly
Emma-Lee Stephens
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
moving and thought provoking, reminds you that people can always change!
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
An engaging enough read for grade 9 students. Many were motivated to pick up the sequel The Fifth Rule.
Wang Shaoou
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can anybody tell me the brife storyline with some details of this book?
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
Just amazing. The First Stone shows the relationship between poverty and how it affects children, and how strong the emotions of empathy and compassion can be and how second chances are all thats needed in order to help turn someones life around. Reef is a complex character and it is fun to see how his change in character affects the relationship he has with others.
Braden Neville
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Don Aker's The First Stone is a story about a troubled teenage boy named Reef and a teenage girl in mourning from the death of her sister and both people are thrust together by fate. Reef and his friends are delinquents and the first time we see them they are defacing a government truck, but when Reef throws a rock off of an overpass, he nearly ended a life. The person in the car was Liza a teenage girl who was driving to get the death of her sister off her mind. But when forced to public servic ...more
Lynda Allison
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Nov 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rivkah by: Librarian
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Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, i-own
Possible Spoilers.
Although a lot of details were missing from this book, I think that this book was pretty good, and that the plot made up for it. I like Don Aker's style. The main characters, Reef and Leeza, seemed pretty much like complete opposites at first. Reef, the bad boy, and Leeza, the good girl; it was like that in a way. It's not really about the interactions about Reef and Leeza though, it's more about how the characters cope from that one stone thrown. Reef definitely improves a lot
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty awesome, I have to admit. At first, I hated Reef. He was such a loser, I couldn't believe he didn't feel any remorse for injuring a person and causing such an accident. I thought, was he even human? But that all changed when he went to North Hills. There, he met Frank Colville. Frank was so amazing, and a truly kind person, I just wish we got more interaction between the two. And I can't say I blame Leeza's mother either. Her only surviving daughter was almost killed, and he ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was a very interesting read, I read this in my grade 11 adv. English class. It was centered around a 3-dimensional well-developed character who went through experiences most books don't often center themselves around. This gave the book more meaning to me, especially because Don Aker is Nova Scotian. Knowing this fact before reading his book allowed me to vividly picture the locations he described and this really allowed me to integrate into the story. I really was able to truly picture mys ...more
Bailey Chapman
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this book as a young teenager and it had a very big impact on me. For one, it was the first ever book I read more than once - I have lost count of how many times I have actually read it. Secondly, its subject matter of at risk youth and the struggles they face is what inspired me to become a social worker.
Although this is a book geared towards youth, I strongly suggest anybody to read it. Don Aker is excellent with words and has provided an emotional story that can strike a cord with any
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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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