Reef is a troubled sixteen-year-old, who likes to smoke pot and drink with his friends in a derelict abandoned building. He also likes to throw stones from bridges over roads. There's a reason he throws stones - stemming from an abusive childhood - but one of his stones ends up smashing the windshield of seventeen-year-old Leeza Hemming's car, causing a horrific accident and landing Leeza in a hospital for three months, learning to walk again. Meanwhile, Reef faces charges in court and ends up being sentenced to a group home, where he will have to attend classes and volunteer at a rehabilitation center. Because of some fluke in the assignment, he ends up volunteering with Leeza - they both don't know who each other is - and they start to help each other face life. Ironically, Reef is the key to Leeza's recovery, and vice versa. Then Leeza's mother walks in her daughter's hospital room and recognizes Reef from the courtroom...
"The First Stone might just break your heart. Luckily, however, Don Aker is right there to sew it back together again, an act he accomplishes with humor, real compassion, and a surgeon's eye for detail. Your heart will be stronger for the experience." - Tim Wynne-Jones
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Used availability for Don Aker's The First Stone
May 2014 : USA Paperback
September 2004 : UK Mass Market Paperback
July 2003 : UK Paperback
August 2010 : Canada, UK Kindle edition