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Ebb and Flow

by Heather Smith

tagged: multigenerational, stories in verse, poetry (see also stories in verse)
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published: Apr 2018
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One summer, after a long plane ride and a rotten bad year I went to Grandma Jo's. It was my mother's idea. Jett, what you need is a change of scenery. I think she needed a change of scenery, too. One without me. Because that rotten bad year? That was my fault.

Thus begins the poignant story, told in free verse, of eleven-year-old Jett. Last year, Jett and his mother had moved to a new town for a fresh start after his father went to jail. But Jett soon learned that fresh starts aren't all they're cracked up to be. When he befriended a boy with a difficult home life, Jett found himself in a cycle of bad decisions that culminated in the betrayal of a friend - a shameful secret he still hasn't forgiven himself for. Will a summer spent with his unconventional grandmother help Jett find his way to redemption?

Writing in artfully crafted free-verse vignettes, Heather T. Smith uses a deceptively simple style to tell a powerful and emotionally charged story. The engaging narrative and the mystery of Jett's secret keep the pages turning and will appeal to both reluctant and avid readers. This captivating book offers a terrific opportunity for classroom discussions about the many ways to tell a story and how a small number of carefully chosen words can have a huge impact. It also showcases the positive character traits of empathy resilience, courage, and responsibility.

About the Author

Heather Smith

Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her family. Her Newfoundland roots inspire much of her writing. Her middle-grade novel Ebb and Flow was short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award, and her YA novel The Agony of Bun O'Keefe won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award and was short-listed for the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.
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Contributor Notes

Heather Smith is the author of two young adult novels, Baygirl and The Agony of Bun O'Keefe. Originally from Newfoundland, she now lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Recommended Age and Grade
9 to 12
4 to 7
  • , Silver Birch Fiction Award, Ontario Library Association
  • , Troybery Award, Troy School District
  • , Outstanding International Books, USBBY
  • , BMO Winterset Award, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
  • Winner, Best Books of the Year, Quill & Quire
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature - Text, Canada Council for the Arts
Editorial Reviews

... one of the year's best books.

— Quill & Quire, starred review

... a warm-hearted, compassionately observed novel that demonstrates that redemption is a quality we can achieve for ourselves.

— Resource Links

... a powerful and poetic story of emotional endurance.

— School Library Journal, starred review

Heartbreaking---but uplifting.

— Kirkus Reviews

Exquisite and heartbreaking ...

— Canadian Children's Book News

Smith's sparse language exposes the heart of Jett's anguish and destructive anger; he's a realistically complex character whose emotional development unfolds organically through Smith's quiet storytelling.

— Publishers Weekly

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