The Agony Of Bun O'keefe by Heather T. SmithThe Agony Of Bun O'keefe by Heather T. Smith

The Agony Of Bun O'keefe

byHeather T. Smith

Hardcover | September 5, 2017

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Little Miss Sunshine meets Room in this quirky, heartwarming story of friendship, loyalty and discovery.

It's Newfoundland, 1986. Fourteen-year-old Bun O'Keefe has lived a solitary life in an unsafe, unsanitary house. Her mother is a compulsive hoarder, and Bun has had little contact with the outside world. What she's learned about life comes from the random books and old VHS tapes that she finds in the boxes and bags her mother brings home. Bun and her mother rarely talk, so when Bun's mother tells Bun to leave one day, she does. Hitchhiking out of town, Bun ends up on the streets of St. John's, Newfoundland. Fortunately, the first person she meets is Busker Boy, a street musician who senses her naivety and takes her in. Together they live in a house with an eclectic cast of characters: Chef, a hotel dishwasher with culinary dreams; Cher, a drag queen with a tragic past; Big Eyes, a Catholic school girl desperately trying to reinvent herself; and The Landlord, a man who Bun is told to avoid at all cost. Through her experiences with her new roommates, and their sometimes tragic revelations, Bun learns that the world extends beyond the walls of her mother's house and discovers the joy of being part of a new family -- a family of friends who care.
HEATHER SMITH is originally from Newfoundland, and now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her east coast roots inspire much of her writing. Her first novel, Baygirl, received a starred review from Quill & Quire, named to the Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, and was a 2015...
Title:The Agony Of Bun O'keefeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.7 × 0.84 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143198653

ISBN - 13:9780143198659


Rated 5 out of 5 by from My fave of 2017 Poignant, creative and relevant. Must read everything by Heather Smith!
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story Nice change from depressing YA stories - it has some drama but overall a positive story.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what a great read loved this book from start to finish and loved taking the journey with this young girl
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible story for young adults and adults too I bought this book when it first was published knowing how much I loved the author's first YA novel, but choose to save reading it for vacation - I'm glad I did since I was so involved with the characters that I couldn't put it down. From delighting in Bun's innocence to being brought to tears by her struggles to laughing with the other quirky character antics - I simply fell in love with these characters and you will too!
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heart-warming and heart-breaking story I loved this. The story pulled me in completely, and I was entranced watching Bun grow up and discover the ways of the world. This story looks at a snapshot of life in Newfoundland in 1986, where the world isn't always fair, but we can only rely on each other to get through it and learn from each other.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Young girls at the age of maturing will love Bun! Fourteen-year-old Bun lives an unsafe and demoralizing life with her mother who is a hoarder. When she is ordered to leave, she takes to the streets. Luckily the first person she meets happens to be a young busker who opens his home and his heart to her. Readers will love Bun’s naivety, and her live in the moment spirit. This coming of age story contains mature content, and will be enjoyed by readers 12 and up.
Date published: 2017-08-27

Editorial Reviews

A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2017One of the Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books of 2017One of Bank Street’s Best Children's Books of The Year (2017)One of Toronto Public Library’s Great Reads for Youth 2018One of CCBC’S Best Books for Kids & Teens (2018)Selection – OLA Forest Teen Committee’s 2018 Summer Reading List"There's an abundance of humour both subtle and overt, and a shattering of stereotypes and tropes. . . . This is a book that grabs readers by the heart and the head." --Starred Review, Quill & Quire"Although Bun is 14, she possesses the endearing naiveté and honesty of a child, but her first-person narration isn't sappy or immature. . . . Bun O'Keefe will settle comfortably at home in readers' hearts." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews"Heather Smith's second novel burns with nostalgia, wonder and sadness… a quietly profound, starkly Canadian account of being unwanted by family and society." --Globe and Mail"Teens will truly dive into Bun’s mind and her surroundings through her understanding of the world… A nuanced, well-done novel about tough topics that deserves a place in most collections." --School Library Journal"Smith's strength is her attention to setting details and character development. . . . Recommended." --CM: Canadian Review of Materials