The Stone Rainbow

The Stone Rainbow


By Liane Shaw

Coming out. Falling in love. And standing with Pride.

Jack Pedersen is finding life complicated ever since he came out to his mom. Even though she’s been doing her best to understand, it’s obvious to Jack that his mom still wants to cry every time she says the word gay.

Complications go into overdrive when a new student named Benjamin arrives at his high school, and Jack starts experiencing feelings he’s never allowed himself before. When a near tragedy turns life upside down, Jack realizes that it’s time to stop hiding and to stand up—for Pride, for Benjamin, and for himself.

Read more of Jack's story in Liane Shaw's previous book Caterpillars Can't Swim.

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About the Author

Liane Shaw was an educator for more than twenty-five years and has been a parent for over thirty. She has long been a passionate advocate for the rights of youth facing a variety of physical, emotional, and academic challenges. All six of her YA novels, along with her teaching memoir, present a diverse array of stories based on young people she has had the honour to know. The Stone Rainbow was inspired by challenges facing members of her own family.

Product Information

  • Release: September 17 2019

  • $13.95 Paperback

  • 256 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.25

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 13-18 / Grades 8-12

  • Lexile: 760L

  • ISBN: 9781772601084


  • Character Education
    > Bullying
    > Friendship & Family
    > Prejudice & Tolerance

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Abilities
    > LGBTQ

Praise for The Stone Rainbow

The story explores the intensity of both first love and vehement discrimination, it also presents joy and hope for its characters.” - Publisher’s Weekly

“Stone Rainbow is an engaging and inspiring story about resilience, confronting fear, and overcoming trauma, even when it seems impossible. Shaw’s newest novel is an important addition to any school, classroom, or public library collection…Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This was a charming, realistic, and uplifting book about a boy coming of age and growing. It’s about a family who comes to not only love him but accept him and about a community coming together in pride. Five out of five stars.” - Books on the Brain

“I recommend this to young adults who may be struggling with their LGBTQ+ identity as well as people who are trying to understand LGBTQ+ youth.” - Unconventional Quirky Bibliophile

“This book is a powerful story of friendship, family, community and being true to who you are no matter what others think, or do.” - Openly Bookish

“Not only the character growth but the growth within relationships with family and friends was really great to see. There wasn’t a moment while I was reading where I wanted to put it down.” -Kirra Lewis, Book Reviewer

“A beautiful coming out story that will have you in tears, for the pain and the genuine heartfelt moments. The small town claustrophobia and bigotry is well done, the characters so relatable and real. A well written story and I really encourage everyone to read this.” - Tara Keating, Book Reviewer

“I really loved this story. It has a quiet fierceness to it.” - Erika Nelson, Book Reviewer

[R]eaders will be drawn in by the compelling story and empathetic characters.“ - Michael Cart, Booklist

This is a story of friendship and community, family and unconditional love. It will pull at your heartstrings and make you cheer out loud...This is a must-read for everyone across the board: teachers, parents and teens. The Stone Rainbow will give you hope.“ - Mighty Village