Stones (novel)

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Author William E. Bell
Country Canada
Language English
Genre Young adult fiction
Publisher Seal Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN 978-0-7704-2875-4

Stones is a young-adult novel by the Canadian author William E. Bell centred on the stoning of a black Haitian woman in Orillia, Ontario in the 19th century.[1] The novel, narrated by the teenage character Garnet Havelock, explores the themes of racism, religious intolerance and the debate between scientific reason and religious faith.[1]

The book has been positively reviewed as accessible and highly involving, and appealing to a wide age of readers,[2] as well as being a suspenseful, absorbing read.[1] On the other hand, the novel has been criticised for having "not nearly enough of the ineffable spirit of a truly haunting ghost story".[1]

The novel won the Young Adult Book Award in 2002.[3]

A sequel to this novel, Fanatics, was published in 2011.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Posesorski, Sherie (2001). "Review of Stones by William Bell". Quill & Quire. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Fraser, Betsy (19 October 2001). "Stones.". CM Magazine. The Manitoba Library Association. VIII (4). Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Young Adult Canadian Book Award". Canadian Library Association. 16 July 2002. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
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"Stones by William Bell". Random House. Retrieved 14 January 2010.