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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > April 2018 > No boy is an island

No boy is an island

An 11-year-old has to leave the mainland in order to work through his guilt and regret


Ebb & Flow

Heather Smith

Kids Can Press, Ages 9–12

IN HEATHER SMITH’S new middle-grade novelin- verse, the wordplay grabs you first: “Jett, do you know what killed the cat?” “That’s a curious question Grandma – a dog?” So goes the back and forth between the protagonists of Ebb & Flow, an eccentric grandmother and her 11-year-old grandson. They’re into puns, homonyms, and jokes, and it’s adorable and satisfying to see an intergenerational relationship so connected through language.

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