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What is "Stones" by William Bell about?

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William Bell's young adult novel "Stones" is about the death of a black Haitian woman by stoning. Her death takes place in Ontario in the 19th century, and it inspires the book's exploration of issues such as race, spirituality and science.

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"Stones" was published in 2001 and is narrated by a contemporary teenager named Garnet Havelock. Garnet thinks in terms of scientific reason, but develops feelings for a classmate who is spiritual and a bit of a romantic. With her help, he navigates the nightmares he has of a Haitian woman who is stoned to death. The plot also draws a connection between the stoning of the Haitian woman and the attack on Garnet's mother by religious fundamentalists.

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