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Heather T. Smith

Heather T. Smith

Photo: Donald Barnes

Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Heather is the author of several books for children and young adults including her middle grade novel, Ebb & Flow, which won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, and her YA novel, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, which won the 2019 White Pine Award. Heather’s east coast roots inspire much of her writing.



Baygirl. Orca Book Publishers, 2013
The Agony of Bun O'Keefe. Penguin Teen, 2017
Ebb & Flow. Kids Can Press, 2018
Angus All Aglow. Orca Book Publishers, 2018
Chicken Girl. Penguin Teen, March 2019
A Plan for Pops. Orca Book Publishers, February 2019
The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden. Orca Book Publishers, 2019
Barry Squires, Full Tilt. Penguin Teen Canada, 2020


White Pine Honour Book for Baygirl, 2015
USBBY Outstanding International Book Selection for The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, 2018
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books Selection for The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, 2017
Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books Selection for The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, 2017
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award , Winner for The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, 2018
Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist for Ebb & Flow, 2018
Silver Birch Finalist for Ebb & Flow, 2019
White Pine Award, Winner for The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, 2019
BMO Winterset Award, Winner for Ebb & Flow, 2018
USBBY Outstanding International Book Selection for Ebb & Flow, 2019
TD Canadian Children's Literature Award for Ebb & Flow, 2019
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

In my presentation I share my journey as a reluctant reader turned author and talk about beginnings, both in literature and in life. I use my personal story to demonstrate to students the importance of character growth, not only within the characters on the page, but within themselves. My presentation ends with a reading and a Q&A.

If there is a particular theme that a teacher/librarian would like addressed, I am happy to tailor my presentation accordingly.

I am also available for writing workshops with small groups or writers' craft classes.

Presentation Length:
45 mins - 1.5 hour depending on age of audience
Children's, Young Adult
JK- grade 12
Audience Size:
150 for presentations, 30 for workshops