Ebb And Flow by Heather SmithEbb And Flow by Heather Smith

Ebb And Flow

byHeather Smith

Hardcover | April 3, 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.
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.
Title:Ebb And FlowFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 5.75 × 0.88 inPublished:April 3, 2018Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771388382

ISBN - 13:9781771388382


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would highly recommend Ebb and Flow is another library book that I picked up on a whim. The cover instantly reminded me of Newfoundland and I was pleased to learn that it was indeed set in that province. I’ve never been a fan of poetry, but decided to give this book a try anyway. Surprisingly this was one of the top books I’ve read in 2018 to date. Wrote in free verse, it tells the story of a troubled boy, sent to spend the summer with his Grandmother. In flash backs, readers learn about the terrible year he had. Geared for the Middle Grades it teaches an important lesson about following your moral compass and forgiveness. It was beautifully written, which interesting characters. I found several poems to be really touching and the metaphors can be applied to many different situations. I would highly recommend Heather Smith’s Ebb and Flow. It would be a great addition to school curriculum’s as well.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Poignant, creative and relevant. Must read everything by Heather Smith!
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith is a beautiful new middle grade novel written in verse. Jett’s spending the summer with Grandma Jo on the island because Mom thinks he needs a change of scenery. He’s had a terrible year and done some pretty awful things. He’s not ready to talk about it. While Grandma Jo tells him Joanna stories and takes him to some of her favourite places and on her errands we slowly find out why Jett has had a terrible year and how he finds a way to take ownership of his actions and seek forgiveness. I really love a good novel in verse. They are so powerful and there is so much beauty in the simplicity of the words. So much is said in short little poems. Heather Smith takes such good care, with the subject matter, the perfect choice was to write Jett’s story in verse. Grandma Jo is the grandma we all want to have. One that is zany and marches to the beat of her own drummer and who is also filled with so much kindness and so much caring. Her treatment of Jett is the way we all hope we can treat another who has made a regretful mistake. Her forgiveness is all encompassing. She never let’s Jett off the hook and never pushes his to tell her his story. She simply waits and allows him the space to come to her in his time, when he’s ready. It’s a beautiful story for avid and reluctant readers alike. Peppered with themes of compassion, resilience, empathy, and courage, there is so many layers to this novel and so much to explore and take away.
Date published: 2018-04-03

Editorial Reviews

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