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The Agony of Bun O'Keefe Hardcover – Sept. 5 2017

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  • Publisher : Penguin Teen (Sept. 5 2017)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0143198653
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0143198659
  • Item weight : 329 g
  • Dimensions : 14.48 x 2.29 x 21.84 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 24 ratings

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2017
One of the Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books of 2017
One of Bank Street’s Best Children's Books of The Year (2017)
One of Toronto Public Library’s Great Reads for Youth 2018

One of CCBC’S Best Books for Kids & Teens (2018)
Selection – OLA Forest Teen Committee’s 2018 Summer Reading List
One of CanLit for Little Canadians' must-read Canadian YA books

"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." --Starred Review, Quill & Quire

"Although Bun is 14, she possesses the endearing naiveté and honesty of a child, but her first-person narration isn't sappy or immature. . . . Bun O'Keefe will settle comfortably at home in readers' hearts." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

"Heather Smith's second novel burns with nostalgia, wonder and sadness… a quietly profound, starkly Canadian account of being unwanted by family and society." --Globe and Mail

"Teens will truly dive into Bun’s mind and her surroundings through her understanding of the world… A nuanced, well-done novel about tough topics that deserves a place in most collections." --School Library Journal

"Smith's strength is her attention to setting details and character development. . . . Recommended." --CM: Canadian Review of Materials

About the Author

HEATHER SMITH is originally from Newfoundland, and now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her east coast roots inspire much of her writing. Her first novel, Baygirl, received a starred review from Quill & Quire, named to the Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, and was a 2015 White Pine Honour Book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Revelant! Superb Writing! Powerful!
By Joan Almond on June 3, 2018
#HeatherTSmith #TheAgonyOfBunOKeefe #PenquinTeen I was caught off guard more than once as I read Heather Smith's , The Agony of Bun O'Keefe. I let the tears flow. Why not? Her writing is tight and descriptive. Her mastery of dialogue impeccable. Strong voice gives authenticity to the characters. The Story is; current, revelant , and woven together with brilliance. "Why do people care if you are Innu or if you go to church or whether you're a Cher or a Chris?" He didn't answer. He just took my hand. And that was enough! - Heather Smith - The Agony of Bun O'Keefe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived super quick and in perfect condition!
By Kira on January 6, 2018
The book came super quick, three days before the expected delivery date to be exact! The book is in perfect condition and I'm especially impressed by the cover, it feels like actual water colour paper! I can't wait to read it, I'm actually a Newfoundlander my self which makes me all the more excited to see where the story goes! So happy I bought this, I've only heard good stuff about this book. Now I can't wait to read it and see what all the hype is about!😆
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book !!
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