Pebble in a Pool

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Alyson Books, 2003 - Fiction - 124 pages
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Two tragic deaths are handled very differently by school administrators. A drunk driving accident paralyzes Adrian Vanderlaar and kills his girlfriend. The outpouring of grief is starkly contrasted with the muted response to a gay-bashing murder, causing Paul Carter to speak out. Paul's growing awareness of his sexuality and Adrian's return to school play out artfully in a book brimming with emotion, humor, and humanity, and bravely unsentimental unsentimental in its treatment of both young men, "Pebble in a Pool" is a complex yet sparely written account of actions, reactions, and consequences.

William Taylor is the author of "Jerome" and "The Blue Lawn" which was selected for the prestigious New York Public Library's Books for the Teenage List and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. He lives and writes in New Zealand.

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Despite being cast out of his family by his father for being gay, Paul goes on to find a fulfilling life for himself. Set in New Zealand. Excellent! Read full review

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William Taylor was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand on October 11, 1938. He worked in banking before attending Christchurch Teachers' College. His teaching career includes a year in London and seven years as the principal of Ohakune Primary School. He wrote about his early teaching experiences in Burnt Carrots Don't Have Legs, which was published in 1976. His other books include Possum Perkins, The Worst Soccer Team Ever, Knitwits, Jerome, and Telling Tales: A Life in Writing. He has won several awards including the Library and Information Association of New Zealand's Esther Glenn Award for most distinguished contribution to New Zealand Literature for children and young people in 1991 for Agnes the Sheep, the Senior Fiction Award in 1995 for The Blue Lawn, and the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for lifetime achievement. In 2004, he was awarded an ONZM for services to literature and the community. He died on October 3, 2015 at the age of 77.

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