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She began writing the memoir when her father, a WWII veteran, started having flashbacks and nightmares more than 60-years after the war.Karen holds a master’s degree in education and is a speaker, writer, and educator.There is no need to have read The First Stone in order to enjoy The Fifth Rule – it stands alone perfectly well-, but anyone who has read the original book will definitely want to read this conclusion to Reef and Leeza’s story.This book will appeal to older readers looking for suspenseful realistic fiction.As I read, their eyes grow larger and they lean forward, an indication of their involvement.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).is on the IBBY List of Books for Children Living With Disabilities.
He is currently working with client Sarah Mirk on a YA graphic novel about relationships.
Her writings and interviews have been featured on CBC’s Fresh Air and Life Rattle Press.
When she’s not writing she attends Al Hikmah Islamic Centre for their full time program on the study of the Qur’an.
Chris Crutcher–move over.” – Leslie Koster, Toronto Public Library Stranger at Bayyoung adult novel(Stoddart Publishing, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1997) Shortlisted, CNIB Torgi Award, 1999 Shortlisted, Red Maple Award, 1998 Ontario Library Association Shortlisted, Ann Connor Brimer Award, 1998 Nominee, The 1998 Blue Heron Award Of Things Not Seen young adult novel(Stoddart Publishing, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1995) Shortlisted, Manitoba Young Reader’s Award, 1998 Lilla Sterling Award for excellence in children’s literature, 1996, Canadian Authors Association Ann Connor Brimer Award, 1995, Best book written by an Atlantic Canadian author Recommended for classroom study at the secondary level by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Culture “Read Canada’s Best” recommended booklist Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Aker’s intensity of characterization provides a multifaceted glimpse of the pressures facing a male teen….
This YA novel has one of the best starts of any I have read. aloud to students elicits a most powerful reaction.