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Newfoundland author Heather Smith nominated for children’s literary award and $50K prize

“Ebb & Flow,” by Heather Smith. Kids Can Press. $17.99. 228 pages
“Ebb & Flow,” by Heather Smith. Kids Can Press. $17.99. 228 pages - Contributed

“Ebb & Flow” a finalist for TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

WATERLOO, Ont. —

Newfoundland-born author Heather Smith has been nominated for a Canadian literary award for her book “Ebb & Flow,” released earlier this year.

Smith is one of five finalists for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award which comes with a $50,000 grand prize. It’s part of TD’s The Ready Commitment, the financial institution’s corporate citizenship platform, which acknowledges the positive impact early learning can have on lives from childhood to adulthood. 

“Ebb & Flow” tells the story of 11-year-old Jett’s summer back on the east coast with his unconventional Grandma Jo following a year in which his father was sent to jail and he and his mother moved away. 

The novel, Smith’s third and a follow up to “Bay Girl” and “The Agony of Bun O’Keefe”, won the Winterset Award this year, garnering a cash prize of $12,500. She’s since released another book titled “Chicken Girl.”

Today, Smith lives in Waterloo, Ont. with her husband and three children. 

The award-winner will be announced on October 15.

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