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The Stone Rainbow
By (author): Liane Shaw
9781772601084 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 13 - 18, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 13 - 18 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT Ontario Sep 17, 2019
$13.95 CAD
Active 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.7 in | 260 gr 288 pages Second Story Press
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award (MYRCA) Northern Lights Award 2021, Short-listed
Coming out. Falling in love. And standing with Pride.

Jack Pedersen is finding life complicated ever since he came out to his mom. Even though she’s been doing her best to understand, it’s obvious to Jack that his mom still wants to cry every time she says the word gay.

Complications go into overdrive when a new student named Benjamin arrives at his high school, and Jack starts experiencing feelings he’s never allowed himself before. When a near tragedy turns life upside down, Jack realizes that it’s time to stop hiding and to stand up—for Pride, for Benjamin, and for himself.

You can read more of Jack's story in Liane Shaw's previous book Caterpillars Can't Swim.

Liane Shaw is the author of several books for teens, including Caterpillars Can't Swim, Fostergirls, The Color of Silence, and Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell. Liane was an educator for more than 20 years. Now retired from teaching, Liane lives with her family in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario.

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The book is set in the same town with the same characters as Caterpillars Can’t Swim, but it can be read as a standalone novel.
Adds to the growing list of literature with LGBTQQIP2SAA characters.
The story also explores issues around physical disability and mental health.
ARCs to key reviewers, targeted review mailing and press release.
Digital ARC available on NetGalley and Edelweiss.
Co-op available.

"Stone Rainbow is an engaging and inspiring story about resilience, confronting fear, and overcoming trauma, even when it seems impossible. Shaw’s newest novel is an important addition to any school, classroom, or public library collection...Highly Recommended."
- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

While the story explores the intensity of both first love and vehement discrimination, it also presents joy and hope for its characters, and will likely find fans among YA readers. - Publishers' Weekly

With her diverse cast of characters, Liane Shaw demonstrates that differences make a community richer, though there are the unenlightened who still need to learn this lesson in compassion and tolerance. If The Stone Rainbow teaches us anything it's that it's the blending of all into a spectacular prism of life that makes our world complete and beautiful. - Helen Kubiw, CanLit for Little Canadians

This is a story of friendship and community, family and unconditional love. It will pull at your heartstrings and make you cheer out loud...This is a must-read for everyone across the board: teachers, parents and teens. The Stone Rainbow will give you hope. - Mighty Village

(R)eaders will be drawn in by the compelling story and empathetic characters. - Michael Cart, Booklist

"A deftly crafted novel with a strong social message, "The Stone Rainbow" is fully endorsed and unreservedly recommended for high school and community library LBGTQ fiction and YA general fiction collections." - Children's Bookwatch: The LGBT Shelf

This is a perfect book for all high school students, particularly for those who need a protagonist who is wonderfully human. This is a great book for anyone who loves ‘slice of life’ narratives that have diverse and relatable characters. Everyone will find something to relate to in this story and its characters. For young people on the hunt for diversity in literature, this is a triumph. - Jada-Parada Hemmings, CCBC

Also Available

Caterpillars Can't Swim Liane Shaw 9781772600537 $13.95 CAD Sep 12, 2017
Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell Liane Shaw 9781927583951 $12.95 CAD Apr 05, 2016
Time Out Liane Shaw 9781927583326 $19.95 CAD Apr 12, 2014
The Color of Silence Liane Shaw 9781926920931 $11.95 CAD Mar 11, 2013
Fostergirls Liane Shaw 9781897187906 $11.95 CAD Mar 01, 2011 Liane Shaw 9781897187623 $11.95 CAD Sep 12, 2009

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