Men of Stone

Men of Stone

Book - 2000
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Fifteen-year-old Ben can't make sense of his life. He lives in a house full of women, yet he can't talk to girls. He tries to be a jock, but can't even make the co-ed volleyball team. And ridicule from the guys has driven Ben to give up the one thing at which he truly excels -- dance. Now, he's being bullied by a thug named Claude, who's found out about Ben's ballet classes. Ben feels his anger and frustration grow with each passing day. Then Great-Aunt Frieda comes to visit and Ben learns about the old woman's life in Russia. He's surprised at how Frieda dealt with the Men of Stone -- Stalin's agents who terrorized her community and family. As Frieda tells her powerful story, Ben begins to understand who he is and what kind of person he wants to be. But first he must get past the rage that has taken control of his life.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, c2000
ISBN: 9781550747829
Branch Call Number: FRIE
Characteristics: 216 p


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Jul 26, 2011

Not many people know of Gayle Friesen's novels, which is a shame because they are amazingly unique and profound. She is the author of the Isobel Factor as well as Janey's Girl.
Similar to these books, Men of Stone captured so much heartfelt emotion and portrayed such a deep message. The protagonist's character was amazingly crafted, as was his story of fighting stigmas and stereotypes.
This is one book where I would recommend that it not be judged by its cover. While seemingly boring and flat, this book is in fact real and wonderful.

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