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.
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When she’s not writing she attends Al Hikmah Islamic Centre for their full time program on the study of the Qur’an.
She also co-host of The Woman Up Podcast, an open discussion with women of all walks of life from almost every continent as they journey into self betterment, one conversation at a time.
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.