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One Summer,after A Long Plane Rideand A Rotten Bad YearI Went To Grandma Jo SIt Was My Mother S IdeaJett, What You Need Is A Change Of SceneryI Think She Needed A Change Of Scenery, TooOne Without MeBecause That Rotten Bad Year That Was My FaultThus Begins The Poignant Story, Told In Free Verse, Of Eleven Year Old Jett Last Year, Jett And His Mother Had Moved To A New Town For A Fresh Start After His Father Went To Jail But Jett Soon Learned That Fresh Starts Aren T All They Re Cracked Up To Be When He Befriended A Boy With A Difficult Home Life, Jett Found Himself In A Cycle Of Bad Decisions That Culminated In The Betrayal Of A Friend A Shameful Secret He Still Hasn T Forgiven Himself For Will A Summer Spent With His Unconventional Grandmother Help Jett Find His Way To Redemption Writing In Artfully Crafted Free Verse Vignettes, Heather T Smith Uses A Deceptively Simple Style To Tell A Powerful And Emotionally Charged Story The Engaging Narrative And The Mystery Of Jett S Secret Keep The Pages Turning And Will Appeal To Both Reluctant And Avid Readers This Captivating Book Offers A Terrific Opportunity For Classroom Discussions About The Many Ways To Tell A Story And How A Small Number Of Carefully Chosen Words Can Have A Huge Impact It Also Showcases The Positive Character Traits Of Empathy Resilience, Courage, And Responsibility

10 thoughts on “Ebb and Flow

  1. says:

    Trigger warnings include domestic violence and child abuse.First, an admission I used to be a free verse snob, prejudging something I had no experience reading That all changed the day I discovered Ellen Hopkins and realised that some of the most emotional and engaging books are written in this format, so I was excited to see what Ebb and Flow had in store for me Beside the joy of appreciating the story and characters, it also had me ugly crying in the form of This is so beautiful So, to all of the free verse authors out there, my sincere apologies I ve reformed and am converted now The past year of Jett s life has gone from bad to worse His father is in prison, his mother moved him to the mainland and Jett has allowed victimhood to define him and his behaviour As a result he s made some really poor decisions and he s been sent to stay with his granny for the summer, a well needed time out for Jett and his mother.I adored Jett s cotton candy granny, whose hair colour coordinates with her house colour She is one of the coolest grannies ever Her unconditional love for Jett came across as so genuine She loves him no matter what and she gives him the space he needs to work through the guilt and shame he s carrying about the events of the past year, yet also gently pushes him when he needs it.Jett s granny reminded me of my Nan and that s probably one reason why I instantly connected with her My Nan and I also played board games except she always played to win whereas Jett s granny takes it a little easier on him , she d take me to visit her friends Jett s granny takes him visiting as well and she was my favourite person in the entire world I expect Jett feels much the same My Nan passed on her love of reading, her quirkiness and her normal is boring attitude to me.The most valuable thing Nan ever gave me, which mirrors what Jett s granny gives him, was her unshakeable belief in my goodness and ability to do whatever I set my mind to Even now, over a decade after she went to hold my seat at the canasta table in heaven, I can still hear her telling me, I knew you could do it every time I accomplish anything, big or small.Without Jett s granny I expect things would have turned out a lot differently for this 11 year old I know he s going to look back years from now and credit his granny and those experiences with her that summer with the man he becomes Now I m talking about him like he doesn t live on pages but if any author can make me ugly cry at how beautiful their book is, their characters are going to become a part of me Especially when I cry while thinking about them to write my review that s a first Jett s summer is one of respite, of taking stock and learning to take responsibility for his actions He has the opportunity to consider the kid he was before he went to the mainland, who he became once there and the man he wants to become Shining a spotlight on how difficult it is to face up to the actions you regret and forgiving others as well as yourself, Jett s journey is ultimately one of redemption and hope.While this is marketed as a children s book, it has a lot to offer adults as well The writing is simply gorgeous and reminded me why I love this author There s at once a simplicity and depth to the way Heather Smith writes and as with The Agony of Bun O Keefe I was happily motoring along, loving the book but not realising my emotional investment in her characters until the ugly cry escaped I wound up on the final page of Ebb and Flow with a satisfied sigh and tears running down my face, and the only word I could think of was beautiful Heather Smith s writing reminds me of the feeling I get reading a Billie Letts book There s a vulnerability, openness and loveable quirkiness in their characters, and you re permitted access to the real person beneath the fa ade As you gradually delve into Jett s rotten year you meet Alf who is adorable and childlike and the alleged villain of the story who I really liked, and whose emotions and acts I could empathise with Cotton candy granny will remain my favourite character in this book, but she definitely had some pretty impressive competition for that title Ebb and Flow is both heartbreaking and heartwarming I half want to say that I hope schools use this book as part of their English curriculum but if schools are still like they were back in the olden days when I attended, they tend to analyse the fun out of really good books, and I d hate for that to happen to this one.Thank you so much to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the opportunity read this book I can t wait for Heather Smith s next book Initial Thoughts 26 01 2018 Below, Full Review 3 03 2018 AboveThat was so beautiful This is one of my new favourites Heather Smith, you ve done it again Also, do you know how hard it is to do the ugly cry quietly when it s 2 30am and everyone else is asleep Full review to come closer to the publication date.

  2. says:

    Ebb Flow s story is splendidly written in the free verse form that can be easily comprehend even kids below its target audience It is about Jett, a 12 year old boy who had a rough year and was sent away from the mainland to his grandmother for a vacation Problems emerged when Jett befriended Junior, a troubled classmate that acts as a bully Jett behaved like Junior, but he still tried to think straight instead of always obeying Junior However, he was still included in the troubles Junior did to Alf, Junior s uncle with down syndrome Teachers could make this book a recommendation or as a reading assignment, particularly to middle graders Students will learn a lot from perusing this wonderful book especially on the topics about growing up, peer pressure, bullying, and treating people with special needs.

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    On the shoreline there was a lion, tame enough to be climbed, wild enough to play with the waves I will stay here until I get stranded The water will get higher and higher and no one will be able to reach me, to save me, and I will deserve it I will deserve to be stranded on an island all by myself The fortunes of life are much like the waters of the sea, full of malice as often as they are full of kindness, both on different flipsides of the same waves This Ebb and Flow gently plucks at the heartstrings, enough to stir but not so much to hurt.Its prosaic soul tells of how a boy, Jett s, year and most vital friendships are marred by a few bad events and to him the damage looks like it might be beyond repair A bully for a friend, a criminal father, the loss of a real best friend who feels Jett s betrayed him, and a mother who has no patience for him, all culminate in the summer he leaves for his grandma s house on the seashore.Jett and Junior s friendship is really poignant, if poisonous while it lasted It s hard to describe other than a devil s deal they both shared a dark bond that came from having fathers who had done horrible things, and that no one but them understood, but with a friendship like that no matter how genuine it is, comes with some toxic costs In the fashion of such a deal, they may have gained a friendship for awhile but it loses them so much and in the end dissolves anyway I never knew the devil could cry Ebb and Flow s characterization is nothing short of beautiful Jett is a truly kind and patient character warped into cruelty by someone who has never known anything but cruelty, and while Jett can t change that he can change himself to be different.The relationships between Jett and his grandma, as well as Junior s mentally disabled uncle, are absolutely heartwarming but carry a powerful tinge of sorrow.An engaging and haunting story.Prose 4.5 5Story 4.5 5Characterization 5 5Overall 5 5 I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. says:

    I love verse novels for their musicality, emotional potency, and voice It is no surprise to me that Heather Smith, who delivers these things in her prose, would also be a fantastic free verse writer This is a lovely, sad, ultimately hopeful story about a boy who has made a terrible mistake and is spending the summer with his Grandmother in Newfoundland to get some perspective and hopefully forgive himself Jett s relationship with his cotton candy grandmother is very tender and she is exactly the person he needs right now My heart ached for Jett and his friend Junior, who is in a particularly hard familial situation A thoughtful book about hard truths and the journey to forgiveness.

  5. says:

    Yay, another book by Heather I knew I d want to read it straight through so I had to save it for when I had a bit of time It did not disappoint

  6. says:

    I have not read many free verse novels before, but have enjoyed a couple by Sarah Crossan which use the same technique Thus, my interest in Heather Smith s Ebb and Flow was piqued Eleven year old Jett is quite a complex construction, naive in some ways, but worldly wise in others, and clearly very troubled Smith s way of telling Jett s story is refreshing and engaging, and whilst I found it a bit lacking in some ways, it should be praised for exploring important themes, such as disability, violence, and peer pressure.

  7. says:

    Jett finds himself at his grandmother s house for the summer after he got into some major trouble His summer is spent unpacking what led up to the events of last year He discusses problems with his father being in jail, his bully friend, who is also going through his own tough time This novel in verse will appeal to reader who may be experiencing similar issues.

  8. says:

    This is a beautiful book While seemly an odd choice for a mid grade novel the free verse style make poetry accessible and relevant to young readers The imagery is simple but poignant The complicated subject matter is revealed in a beautiful narrative that young readers cannot only understand but with which they can relate on multiple levels This is one of the finest mid grade novels I have ever read.

  9. says:

    Fast read.

  10. says:

    I loved, loved this book I read it at the same time as my daughter did for her Silver Birch reading club, and I found it incredibly addictive, but at the same time, I didn t want to read too fast and finish it I wanted to savour it It was amazing what she could do with just a few words She hinted at things without slapping you in the face with information Lovely book, highly recommended.