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He went on to co-author (with renowned educator William Ayers) and illustrate TO TEACH: THE JOURNEY, IN COMICS for Columbia University’s Teachers College Press in 2010.
His more recent work has focused on creating comics that make underrepresented peoples and issues more accessible, for clients that include Medium.com, Buzzfeed.com, Talkingpointsmemo.com, Bitchmedia.org, and Planned Parenthood.
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.
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….
(Harper Collins, 2011) OLA Best Bet, Young Adult Fiction, 2012 “Pacing is fast and suspenseful throughout.The father of two daughters, Don lives with his wife on Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy shoreline.More information about Don Aker can be found on his website: Reef and Leeza’s frustrated love story and Reef’s justifiable anger at the manipulative politician Decker are the emotional threads that propel readers through the plot.The climax involves Reef’s going to confront Decker while Leeza races to stop him, and Aker uses short chapters alternating between the characters to keep readers on the edges of their seats.
The Fifth Rule would make an excellent novel to study in the classroom, both for its composition and for its themes and issues.” – Highly Recommended, Canadian Materials The Space Between With his incredible high-wire talent for balancing sensitive subjects with sardonic, teen-friendly humour, Aker delivers another brilliant must-read novel.