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Barry Squires: Full Tilt

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

It’s 1995. When the Full Tilt Dancers give an inspiring performance at the opening of the new bingo hall, twelve-year-old Finbar (Barry) Squires wants desperately to join the troupe. Led by Father O’Flaherty, the Full Tilt Irish Step Dancers are the most sought-after act in St. John’s, Newfoundland (closely followed by popular bagpiper, Alfie Bragg and his Agony Bag). Having watched Riverdance twice, Barry figures he’ll nail the audition. And good thing too — it’d be nice to be known for something other than the port wine stain on his cheek. With questionable talent and an unpredictable temper, Barry’s journey to stardom is jeopardized by his parents’ refusal to take his dreams seriously. Thankfully, Barry has the support of a lively cast of characters: his ever-present grandmother, Nanny Squires; his adorable baby brother, Gord; an old British rocker named Uneven Steven; a group of geriatrics from the One Step Closer to God Nursing Home; and Saibal, a friend with whom Barry gets up to no good.

Barry Squires, Full Tilt takes readers on a romp through the streets of St. John’s and into the Squires household, a place where tragedy strikes but love prevails. Derry Girls meets Billy Elliot with an East coast twist.

 

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Heather
Smith

Heather Smith is originally from Newfoundland, and now lives in Waterloo, Ontario.  Her novel, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, won the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, and was shortlisted for the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. It also received starred reviews from Kirkus and Quill and Quire and was named a best book of 2017 by Kirkus, Bank Street College of Education, Globe and Mail and Quill and Quire (honorable mention), as well as selected as an Outstanding International Book by USBBY.

Heather Smith is originally from Newfoundland, and now lives in Waterloo, Ontario.  Her novel, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, won the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, and was shortlisted for the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. It also received starred reviews from Kirkus and Quill and Quire and was named a best book of 2017 by Kirkus, Bank Street College of Education, Globe and Mail and Quill and Quire (honorable mention), as well as selected as an Outstanding International Book by USBBY.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

“Barry Squires has a port wine birthmark on his face. This both marks him as special but also foreshadows the cruelty of a random and indifferent universe. Barry Squires: Full Tilt by Heather Smith is a rare young adult book which deals with a riotously funny yet sensitive teenaged boy. This novel follows Barry as he copes (or doesn’t) with family strife, bullying, class and racial divisions, and even greater tragedy. A well-drawn community surrounds and supports Barry and his family as they get knocked down and struggle back up again in a story that refuses to give up its optimistic bent, even in the very darkest of times. Barry Squires is a kid you will never forget.

Barry Squires: Full Tilt by Heather Smith has been longlisted for the 2020 Winterset award and is a CBC Best Book (Young Adult) among many other accolades. Through this and previous works, Heather Smith has established herself as one of the leading young adult authors in Canada.”

St. John’s Public Libraries (Provincial Resources Division), Canada

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
22/09/2020
Country
Canada
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Penguin Teen

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