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Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her Newfoundland roots inspire much of her writing.
9 books on the list
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The Agony of Bun O'Keefe
Heather Smith - 2017-09-05
Escape to the streets of 1980s Newfoundland with The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, a compelling tale of a 14-year-old girl who finds herself taken in by a group of city dwellers. Join Bun on her journey as she meets an eccentric crew of characters, including a pot smoking dishwasher with culinary aspirations, a drag queen with a heartbreaking past, and a Catholic school girl searching for a new identity. But will the man she's warned to stay away from derail her newfound sense of belonging? Explore themes of coming-of-age, friendship, and what it means to truly be a family in this unforgettable story.
The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden
Heather Smith - 2019-09-17
A young boy loses his voice and his father to a devastating tsunami, leaving him and his village engulfed in silence and grief. But when his neighbor, Mr. Hirota, builds a phone booth in his garden, the purpose of the mysterious structure becomes clear: it connects people to their lost loved ones. Inspired by a true story and the wind phone in Japan, this beautifully written tale explores the healing power of connection and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of tragedy.
Ebb and Flow
Heather Smith - 2018-04-03
A powerful free-verse story follows eleven-year-old Jett, who struggles with guilt after a series of bad decisions culminate in the betrayal of a friend. His summer with his unconventional grandmother may be the opportunity he needs to find redemption. Heather T. Smith's artfully crafted writing style tells an emotionally charged story that will keep readers engaged, while also offering a chance for classroom discussions about storytelling and important character traits.
A Plan for Pops
Heather Smith - 2019-02-19
A heartwarming children's book about a grandchild's plan to help their grandfather adjust to life in a wheelchair. Lou must use skills learned from their grandad and seek help from their neighbors to cheer up Pops and create a new routine filled with joy and adventure.
Barry Squires, Full Tilt
Heather Smith - 2020-09-22
Join twelve-year-old Finbar Squires on his hilarious journey to become a Full Tilt Irish Step Dancer in St. John's, Newfoundland, in this heartwarming and irreverent tale. Barry Squires, Full Tilt is a funny combination of Derry Girls and Billy Elliot with an East coast twist. Despite struggling with his talent and his parents' lack of support, Barry has an incredible cast of quirky characters, including his ever-present grandmother, Nanny Squires, and the geriatrics from the One Step Closer to God nursing home to cheer him on. This romp through the streets of St. John's promises to keep you rooting for Barry and his dream of making it into the Full Tilt Dancers.
Angus All Aglow
Heather Smith - 2018-09-11
"Experience the mesmerizing world of Angus and his love for sparkly things. Follow Angus as he navigates the challenges of being unique and faces teasing from his classmates. In this heartwarming tale of acceptance and friendship, Angus discovers that a simple act of kindness can restore his sparkle and make him glow from the inside out."
Annie's Cat Is Sad
Heather Smith - 2022-06-14
A heartwarming picture book about a young girl trying to help her sad cat. Through her attempts to cheer her friend up with TV, warm milk, and even yoga, Annie learns that sometimes we just have to face our bad days and find comfort in those we love. Heather Smith's gentle story and Karen Obuhanych's beautiful illustrations make Annie's Cat Is Sad a must-read for anyone looking to explore sadness and the healing power of love.
Baygirl is a coming-of-age story set in a Newfoundland fishing village, where 16-year-old Kit Ryan struggles to live with her alcoholic father. When a cod moratorium forces her family to move to the city, Kit must learn to fit in while dealing with trust issues and a budding romance with a boy named Elliot.
Heather Smith - 2019-03-05
Chicken Girl tells the story of Poppy, a former optimist struggling after becoming a target of online bullying. She trades her vintage clothes for a chicken costume and takes a job as a sign waver, where she meets six-year-old Miracle and a cast of characters who help her see beyond her own pain. Through the unfolding summer, Poppy learns to focus on the present and recognize the good and bad in everyone. But when confronted with a deep betrayal, she must decide if she can continue to see the world through a lens of hope.
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