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Waiting Under Water

  • ISBN 9781443175135, Paperback
  • 240 Pages | Ages 9 to 14

A beautiful celebration of small town life, friendship, and opening up to change!

Hope’s world is shaken when her parents announce that they’re leaving their small New Brunswick town and moving to Toronto for her father’s job.

Hope’s anxiety, manageable before that point, skyrockets as she fears making new friends and leaving her beloved ocean, and the sea glass that she has been carefully nurturing for years. At least there’s a tremendous diversion for her final summer — her village of St. David’s is one of five entrants in a nationwide TV contest that celebrates “Canada’s Tiniest Treasures.”

In the countdown to the summer’s end — and the move date —Hope and her best friend, Willa, dedicate themselves to the St. David’s campaign, celebrating what is unique about small town life, and their friendship.

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Selling Points

• High-quality writing
• Timely theme of anxiety, alongside perennial themes of friendship, family, identity, and home.
• Watch this author! Her first two novels have been highly acclaimed.


  • Winner, Mrs. Dunster's Award for Fiction, New Brunswick Book Awards, 2020
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club, Top Recommended Read, 2023
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2020