At The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, the covers for THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE (Penguin Teen Canada) by Heather Smith, LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) by Kathleen Winter, and THE ONLY CAFE (Random House Canada) by Linden MacIntyre were recognized as the very best in book design in the prose fiction category! The Alcuin Society Awards is the only national competition for book design in the country, and was judged by Sue Colberg, Shelley Gruendler, and Frank Viva, who had the challenge of choosing the winning titles from 235 submissions, from 10 provinces and 107 publishers. Huge congratulations to Jennifer Griffiths who took home two first prize awards for her work on Heather’s and Kathleen’s novels, and to Terri Nimmo, who won second prize as a designer for Linden’s book!
Happy Book Birthday to Heather Smith whose gorgeous/funny/sad YA novel THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE publishes today with Penguin Teen! Little Miss Sunshine meets Room in this quirky, heartwarming story of friendship, loyalty and discovery. Already the recipient of two starred reviews, Quill & Quire praises it saying “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.”
Kirkus Reviews has given Heather Smith’s YA fiction novel, THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE, a starred review!
The book tells the story of Bun O’Keefe, a 14 year old girl living on the streets of St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1986. Heather Smith’s writing is commended: “Smith’s talent lies in deftly handling numerous heavy topics: suicide, sexual abuse, neglect, AIDS, homophobia, transphobia, and racism, without making them feel forced or gratuitous.”
According to Kirkus Reviews, “Although Bun is 14, she possesses the endearing naiveté and honesty of a child, but her first-person narration isn’t sappy or immature.”
THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE will be available from Penguin Teen on September 5, 2017.
The picture book A PLAN FOR POPS by Heather Smith to Andrew Wooldridge at Orca Books in a deal for world rights by Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Agency. Tom spends many happy weekends with his two grandfathers, Grandad and Pops, until one Saturday when something happens to Pops and Tom has to come up with a plan to help him.
World rights to EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith to Yasemin Ucar at Kids Can Press by Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Agency for publication in 2018. EBB & FLOW is a gorgeous middle grade verse novel in which Jett spends the summer in Newfoundland with his Grandma Jo after a “rotten bad year” on the mainland.