HEATHER SMITH is originally from Newfoundland, and now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her east coast roots inspire much of her writing. Her previous novel, The Agony of Bun O'Keefe, received a starred review from Kirkus and Quill & Quire and was named a best book of 2017 by Kirkus, Bank Street College of Education, The Globe & Mail, and Quill & Quire (honorable mention), as well as selected as an Outstanding International Book by USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People).
On CBC's 29 Canadian Kids Books & YA to Look For in Spring 2019 On OLA's Forest of Reading Teen Committee Summer 2019 Reading List Chicken Girl strongly advocates for the possibility of change and the importance of optimism, even as it acknowledges that bad things happen to good people all the time. . . . There is a lot to enjoy and admire here, including a heroine with a good voice, an immersive setting, an excellent cast of characters and deft pacing. --CM Magazine This book is filled with unexpected moments and must not be missed by YA readers and adults lucky enough to discover it. --Tulsa Book Review A vibrant, engaging read. --The Telegram (St. John's)