Ebb & Flow

Ebb & Flow

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"After "rotten bad year" on the mainland, eleven-year-old Jett returns to Newfoundland to spend the summer with his sprightly Grandma Jo (whose hair is dyed cotton candy blue to match her house), bringing along a shameful secret involving the betrayal of a friend. As summer unfolds, Grandma Jo nurtures in Jett his sense of caring for others while giving him space to breathe. Jett finds himself examining memories of his past like bits of sea glass-arranging them in a way he can make sense of as he struggles to come to terms with past mistakes. A powerful and engaging narrative, composed of artfully wrought vignettes, Ebb & Flow washes over the reader, pulling them into the mystery of what happened to Jett on the mainland, and into his journey to redemption."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Kids Can Press, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781771388382
Branch Call Number: Fiction Smith CHILD
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Ebb and flow


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Recommended by Sam-Have you ever done something you regret? Did you ever find yourself hanging around someone because you wanted a friend, but that person was mean to everyone, including you at times? After a tough school year in a new town, Jett is passing the summer on the coast with his happy-... Read More »

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Feb 03, 2019

The writing style just turned me off to the story.

vpl_childrens Dec 12, 2018

Jett has had a bad year, with his anger over family upheaval leading him to betray a vulnerable friend. He hopes that spending the summer with his grandma on the coast will help him remember who he was, but first he needs to take responsibility for his bad behaviour. Told entirely as a series of poems, this novel is emotionally complex and lyrical, with a strong narrative that keeps the reader turning pages

DBRL_LyndseyR Nov 29, 2018

This is such a beautiful book. It's sad and lovely and reminds us that we are not defined by our past decisions. The story is written in verse and discusses heavy topics such as family tension, abuse, and poor decisions, but it also talks about healing and second chances.

Aug 04, 2018

This is a beautiful middle grade book written in verse. Definitely written for slightly older readers this book focuses on themes of family, disconnection, betrayal, and the need for love. It looks at how a family's life can change in the blink of an eye, but also how children are strong and resilient even in times of crisis. This is a powerful read, and highly recommended.


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WVMLlibrarianShannon Jan 30, 2019

WVMLlibrarianShannon thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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