The Boy, the Cloud and the Very Tall Tale

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$14.95  $13.90
Orca Book Publishers
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5.08 X 7.56 X 0.72 inches | 0.62 pounds

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About the Author

Heather Smith is the author of several picture books, including the award-winning The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden. Her middle-grade novel Ebb and Flow was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award, and her YA novel The Agony of Bun O'Keefe won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award and the OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award, and was shortlisted for the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People. Originally from Newfoundland, Heather now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her family.


"Reminiscent of Richard Kennedy and Kate DiCamillo in its mixture of strong, somewhat eccentric fantasy elements and confrontation of sorrow...Complex and memorable."

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

★"Wonderfully whimsical and positively poignant, Ewan's journey to find his father and his own strength propels him across a colorful 1920s Newfoundland landscape populated with imaginative characters...Compassionately explores how grief affects children and adults alike and how to forgive the perfectly imperfect people who love us. Acclaimed author Smith delivers a rollicking, dreamlike adventure full of humor and healing."

-- "Booklist"

"Ewan sets off on a journey up the coast in search of his wayward father, taking along his grumpy cat Kipper, Flora, and Mr. So-and-So, purveyor of notions...With a mixture of fantasy and mystery, touches of humor, and heartwarming love, Smith has woven themes of strength and resilience into a powerful story that will stay with readers."

-- "School Library Journal"

"Readers will enjoy the author's wonderful use of vocabulary as well as her blend of humour, anguish, and action in this delightful tale. Highly recommended."

-- "CM: Canadian Review of Materials"

"Heather Smith's new middle-grade novel explores the topics of grief and loss in a way that is touching, tender and true...The magical elements of the story are skillfully woven into the narrative and the mystery of what truly happened to the children's father is clever and satisfying in its resolution...Quirky and filled with whimsy, Smith's tale is a delight."

-- "Atlantic Books Today"