Many Stones

By Carolyn Coman

Current Publisher: Front Street Books (Boyds Mills Press)
Digital Publisher: Namelos

Reading Level: Ages 12 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Adam Bagdasarian for Forgotten Fire
  • Michael Cadnum for The Book of the Lion
  • Carolyn Coman for Many Stones
  • Jerry Stanley for Hurry Freedom: African Americans in Gold Rush California

YPL Winner That Year: Gloria Whelan for Homeless Bird

Judges That Year: Khafre Abif, Kathleen Burke, Brock Cole, Norma Fox Mazer, Lois Metzger Hiss

The Year in Literature: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis won the Newbery Medal. Monster by Walter Dean Myers was the first recipient of the Printz Award.

More Information: Many Stones was inspired by the death of Amy Biehl, a white anti-apartheid activist who was stoned to death in South Africa by several young African men who claimed they were under political pressure to commit these acts. These men were released under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process, which Amy Biehl’s parents supported, and two of the men now work at the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust , a youth empowerment and anti-violence nonprofit organization.

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