– Canadian Materials One on One (Harper Collins Canada, Fall 2005)Nominee, 2008 Stellar Book Award British Columbia Teen Readers’ Choice Lilla Sterling Award for excellence in children’s literature, 2007 Canadian Author’s Association Nominee, 2007 Rocky Mountain Book Award Alberta Readers’ Choice Nominee, 2007 Hackmatack Award Nominee, 2007 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award (MYRCA) The First Stone (Harper Collins Canada, 2003) 2004 White Pine Award, Ontario Library Association 2004 Ann Connor Brimer Book Award, Nova Scotia Library Association “Read Canada’s Best” recommended booklist, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Discussed, 2006 Young Canada Reads Series CBC Radio “Don Aker has created in [The First Stone] a gripping and unflinching story that envelops readers from the first page….This astounding and honest book will linger with readers long after they leave its final pages.” – Book News”…a page-turning story that also has sensitivity and genuine characters to whom the reader becomes attached.They are also the founder of the No Big Deal Campaign, a social media initiative that helps people show support for transgender peoples’ right to have their pronouns used. Airton received a 2017 Youth Role Model of the Year Award from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Airton has worked with hundreds of teacher candidates to widen the circle of belonging and participation for students of all genders and sexualities. Airton’s scholarly work has appeared in the journals Sex Education, Curriculum Inquiry, and Teachers College Record. Susan Woolley, they are editing a forthcoming collection of lesson plans on gender diversity for K-12 teachers.
As the tale unfolds, however, [the reader] follows the changes [he experiences] and sees that he is worthwhile, worth the effort.Agent: Marie Campbell A former high school teacher, Don Aker has written nineteen books, among them several novels for teenagers.His young adult fiction has earned him numerous awards, among them the Canadian Library Association’s Honour Book Award for The Space Between, the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award for The First Stone, Atlantic Canada’s Ann Connor Brimer Award for The First Stone and Of Things Not Seen, and the Canadian Authors Association’s Lilla Stirling Award for Of Things Not Seen and One on One.She immigrated to Canada in 1998 and since then, has considered Toronto her home.Silmy is working on a collection of short stories that highlight the Bengali immigrant experience in Toronto, inspired by the lives of families she observed while growing up in Scarborough.