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Kids Can Press: Spring 2022

Ebb and Flow
By (author): Heather Smith
Heather Smith


Kids Can Press



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Form detail:

Paperback , Digest


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Jun 07, 2022
$11.99 CAD


8.75in x 5.25 x 0.75 in | 0.53 lb

Page Count:

232 pages
Kids Can Press
JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse
Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature - Text, Canada Council for the Arts 2018, Short-listed Silver Birch Fiction Award, Ontario Library Association 2019 Best Books of the Year, Quill & Quire 2018, Winner Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre 2018, Winner Outstanding International Books, USBBY 2019 BMO Winterset Award, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council 2018, Winner Troybery Award, Troy School District 2019 Just One More Page! Recommendation List, WSRA Children's Literature Committee 2019 Diamond Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards 2019 Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College 2019 Young Adults' Choices Reading List, International Literacy Association 2019 Northern Lights Award, MYRCA 2020, Short-listed Notable Children's Books in the Language ArtsAward, National Council of Teachers of English 2018 Teachers' Choices Reading List, International Literacy Association 2018 Violet Downey Book Award, IODE 2019, Short-listed TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards 2019, Winner White Raven Award, International Youth Library 2019, Winner Rocky Mountain Book Award 2020, Short-listed
  • Short Description
A powerful story of betrayal, forgiveness and self-discovery. One summer, after a long plane ride and a rotten bad year I went to Grandma Jo's. Ebb & Flow is the captivating story of eleven-year-old Jett's summer back home on the coast after “a rotten bad year” in a new town. When his father went to jail, Jett and his mother moved away, and Jett quickly learned that fresh starts aren't all they're cracked up to be. He returns to spend the summer with his unconventional Grandma Jo, bringing along a secret about the betrayal of a friend. Will a summer spent with Grandma Jo help Jett come to terms with his mistakes and forgive himself? This emotionally charged story, told in free verse, will pull readers in and captivate them.
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 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.

Heather Smith is the author of many critically acclaimed children's books, including The Agony of Bun O'Keefe and The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden. Her middle-grade novel in verse, Ebb & Flow, won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award. Originally from Newfoundland, Heather now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her East Coast roots inspire much of her writing.

Heartbreaking---but uplifting. - Kirkus Reviews

... a powerful and poetic story of emotional endurance. - School Library Journal, starred review

... one of the year's best books. - Quill & Quire, starred review

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

Exquisite and heartbreaking ... - Canadian Children's Book News

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

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