EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith (Kids Can Press, 2018) was longlisted for the Winterset Award, which celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing. The award is given in honour of the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn, the St. John’s-born social historian, prize-winning author, and passionate promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador arts. Her husband, journalist and author Richard Gwyn established the award in 2000, which is managed by ArtsNL.

Written in free verse, EBB & FLOW tells the poignant story of Jett, who is spending the summer with his unconventional grandmother after a year where his father went to jail and he started a new school have him caught in a cycle of poor decisions that culminated in the betrayal of a friend. EBB & FLOW was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award last fall, and is on the Silver Birch list.

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

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