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The Resource The agony of Bun O'Keefe, Heather Smith

The agony of Bun O'Keefe, Heather Smith

Label
The agony of Bun O'Keefe
Title
The agony of Bun O'Keefe
Statement of responsibility
Heather Smith
Title variation
agony of Bun OKeefe
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It's Newfoundland, 1986. Fourteen-year-old Bun O'Keefe has lived a solitary life in an unsafe, unsanitary house. Her mother is a compulsive hoarder, and Bun has had little contact with the outside world. What she's learned about life comes from the random books and old VHS tapes that she finds in the boxes and bags her mother brings home. Bun and her mother rarely talk, so when Bun's mother tells Bun to leave one day, she does. Hitchhiking out of town, Bun ends up on the streets of St. John's. Fortunately, the first person she meets is Busker Boy, a street musician who senses her naivety and takes her in. Together they live in a house with an eclectic cast of characters: Chef, a hotel dishwasher with culinary dreams; Cher, a drag queen with a tragic past; Big Eyes, a Catholic school girl desperately trying to reinvent herself; and The Landlord, a man who Bun is told to avoid at all cost. Through her experiences with her new roommates, and their sometimes tragic revelations, Bun learns that the world extends beyond the walls of her mother's house and discovers the joy of being part of a new family
Summary
Fourteen-year-old Bun O'Keefe has lived a solitary life with her mother, a compulsive hoarder, and had little contact with the outside world. Bun and her mother rarely talk, so when Bun's mother tells Bun to leave one day, she does. Hitchhiking out of town, Bun ends up on the streets of St. John's, Newfoundland, where she meets Busker Boy, a street musician who takes her in. Together they live in a house with an eclectic cast of characters, and Bun gets to learn the world beyond the walls of her mother's house.
Theme
Tone
Character
Award
  • Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award for YA-Middle Reader, 2018.
  • USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2018.
  • White Pine Award (Ontario), 2019.
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2019.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10600753
Cataloging source
TOH
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Heather
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS8637.M5623
LC item number
A63 2017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Coming of age
  • Teenagers
  • Friendship
  • Runaways
  • Compulsive hoarding
  • St. John's (N.L.)
  • Teenagers
  • Friendship
  • Runaway teenagers
  • Compulsive hoarding
  • St. John's (N.L.)
  • Compulsive hoarding
  • Friendship
  • Runaway teenagers
  • Teenagers
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The agony of Bun O'Keefe, Heather Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1002665519
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
216 pages
Isbn
9780143198659
Lccn
2016952308
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1002665519
Label
The agony of Bun O'Keefe, Heather Smith
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1002665519
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
216 pages
Isbn
9780143198659
Lccn
2016952308
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1002665519

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