Driftwood by Valerie SherrardDriftwood by Valerie Sherrard


byValerie Sherrard

Paperback | September 30, 2013

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On the 2014 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award shortlist

New middle-grade fiction from the award-winning author of The Glory Wind
Adam's summer is off to a disappointing start. His so-called "best friend" has bailed on him, choosing to stay behind to care for a sick dog, instead of joining Adam and his family at the seaside campground as planned. Adam is furious with Billy for abandoning him, impatient with his mother for her artistic obsessions, and embarrassed by his dad's lame attempts at being funny. At least an ever-changing cast of new summer friends proves to be an entertaining distraction: Joey, the shoe-thief with the cute sister; the mischievous Linden twins; enigmatic Nevin; and Ethan, the adventurer. But it is Theo, the blind gentleman up on the hill, with his magical stories of driftwood, who helps Adam to see the true nature of friendship — and forgiveness.

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Valerie Sherrard's ambition to become a writer was kindled when she was in grade six and living with her family in Lahr, West Germany, where her father was stationed. Her homeroom teacher praised her efforts and instilled in her a lifelong belief in her ability to write. Valerie has written a number of ...
Title:DriftwoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 7 × 5 × 1 inPublished:September 30, 2013Publisher:Fitzhenry & WhitesideLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781554553051

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved this i love how there was so many adventures in it and how it was so good i loved it so much
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from simply brilliant Every one of Valerie Sherrard's books have delighted me, and what impresses me the most is that she's able to write such masterfully absorbing stories in so many different genres and forms. Driftwood is unlike anything she has written before. The seemingly simple narrative of a boy on summer vacation at a campground by the sea turns out to be a series of linked stories wrapped together, commenting and reflecting on each other. Every single person in this novel changes for the better in an unexpected way. By the last page I was openly weeping. I don't want to give the story away. Suffice it to say that you'll be drawn into Driftwood by the simple and engaging story, but you'll have a deeper appreciation of the world around you by the time you reach the end. Bravo Valerie!
Date published: 2013-11-01

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Glory Wind by Valerie SherrardSet on the Canadian prairie, as was Tumbleweed Skies (2009), Sherrard’s latest movingly documents 11-year-old Luke’s coming of age in 1946 as he comes to deeply love his new neighbor, Gracie, also 11. Gracie, endearingly spontaneous and affectionate, is the daughter of Raedine, who sets small-town tongues wagging when she takes a job at the local hotel, also a brothel, and people discover that her child is illegitimate. Luke and Gracie, in their innocence, initially have no idea why the townspeople and their children turn on Gracie. When she’s ostracized at school, Luke becomes her defender, a difficult position after their loving teacher is fired for trying to protect the child from classmates’ bullying. Yet Gracie seems almost ethereally indifferent to her situation. While Luke’s parents don’t shun Raedine, neither will they explain what’s behind the prejudice she and Gracie encounter, leaving him to explore the possibilities. Chapters begin with information about tornadoes, but it isn’t clear until the climax that this foreshadowing is more than just a symbolic representation of the town’s stormy bias. Luke’s first-person narration is fresh and emotionally true, charting his growing awareness of his own human failure to live up to Gracie’s tender yet believable goodness. This haunting depiction of small-mindedness will leave readers wondering, as Luke comes to, about Gracie’s true nature: heavenly child—or angel? (starred review, Kirkus Reviews)