Paul Harbridge's favourite book of 2018: Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith
As the year draws to a close, CBC Books is asking Canadian writers to share their favourite books of 2018. Paul Harbridge is the author of the picture book When the Moon Comes, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Young people's literature — illustrated books and the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award.
"I loved Ebb & Flow, the story of a boy's summer with his grandmother in Newfoundland after 'a rotten bad year.' Smith shows us Jett's thoughts, his struggles with his guilt, his lashing out when it's just too painful. Grandma Jo takes him to collect glass on the beach — once broken, now shaped by the pounding of the waves into little gems. All the characters are broken and struggling, but aren't we all? Will the blows of life destroy them or shape them into something special? For me, this little novel is a real gem."