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.
English Canadian rights to Pauline Dakin’s childhood memoir, RUN, HIDE, REPEAT, have been sold to Diane Turbide, Publishing Director at Penguin Books Canada, for publication in the fall of 2017. This is the riveting story of a childhood steeped in unexplained fear and bizarre behavior as her family runs from the mafia. It reads like a thriller — complete with hit-men, doubles, and undercover agents. Pauline Dakin is a Halifax-based journalist who has worked in television, radio, film, and print. She is the Senior Producer of Current Affairs Programming for CBC Nova Scotia, the host of the regional documentary program, “Atlantic Voice,” and was the long-time network health reporter for CBC National News. Contact: Shaun Bradley