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Barry Squires, Full Tilt

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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.

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 desp
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Penguin Teen
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✨Brithanie Faith✨
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When I read the synopsis for Barry Squires, Full Tilt, I knew that it was going to be a book that I needed to have in my life; being from Newfoundland and struggling to find books that take place in the province that I grew up in!

This was such a special book! It had me sobbing on more than one occasion, but there were a lot of laughs in between! Barry Squires is a character that I'll likely not forget
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I'll post that review upon publication. I continue to love this author.

Updated 9/23/20

5 stars

I am a huge fan of Heather T. Smith and can never understand why she is not more widely known on the YA circuit. Smith writes innovative and deep characters who are so round and intriguing, and Barry Squires is no exception to this high standard.

Barry is an unusual individual to say the least, and he
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This might be one of my favourite books I've read this year.

Anyone anyone ever asks me what kinds of books I'm looking for in my library - I always tell them: Middle school boy funny. It is such a rarity to find a book that fits the age group, that doesn't belittle in its humour.

Yet again, Heather Smith amazes me with her incredible wit (I still feel like I have a book hangover from the Agony of Bun O'Keefe). I love the character's authentic emotional roller coaster, his quirky love of words, h
Luanne Ollivier
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately drawn to the cover (and title) of Heather Smith's new YA novel - Barry Squires, Full Tilt. I had an inkling that dancing might be involved. I was right - but there's so much more to Barry's story....

1995 St. John's Newfoundland. Twelve year old Barry is determined to join the Full Tilt Dancers - a tap and step dancing troupe that is St. John's famous. There are a few obstacles to overcome on the way to that goal. And sometimes the biggest impediment is Barry himself. School is
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, arcs, mg, outside-us
Relentlessly teased for his port-wine birthmark, Barry was looking for a different way to stand out. After seeing the Full Tilt dancers, he was determined to become part of their troupe. In his quest, he faced many obstacles, but discovered so much about himself along the way.

This book was so funny and touching. This irascible young man stole my heart. I must admit, I wasn't sure about him at first. Yes, his temperament was less than desirable, but as I got to know more about him, those rough e
Jill Jemmett
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Barry Squires wants to find something to define his life, other than the birthmark on his face. He decides he wants to join the Full Tilt Dancers, a river dance team in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Barry gains the support of his friends and family on his quest to become a Full Tilt dancer, until tragedy strikes his family, changing their dynamic.

I loved the Newfoundland experience in this book. I went to Newfoundland for the first time last year, and this story reminded me so much of that trip. The
Liz Friend
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story: Barry Squires needs SOMETHING in his life that will help people see beyond the port-wine mark on his cheek, and he thinks he's found it: Irish step dancing. He IS Irish, but the dancing part...not so much. Plus he has the tendancy to abandon whatever ship he's on as soon as the going gets rough. Will he have what it takes to make the Full Tilt Dancers at St. John's Parish, or will it be another sink-or-swim moment--especially now that his whole life seems to be sinking at the same tim ...more
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
3.5 STARS (rounded up to 4): In her latest book, Heather Smith (one of my favourite authors of Canadian Teen fiction) weaves the vibrant Newfoundland culture and humour into a touching story about a quirky main character who will dance his way into readers' hearts.

Barry Squires is a misfit who is direct to a fault and has his fair share of obstacles in his life, including a port wine stain birthmark on his cheek and a temper he's trying to keep in check. But he is determined to make something of
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 10-and-11
Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for providing an ARC of Barry Squires, Full Tilt in exchange for an honest review!

This book has so much heart. Barry Squires feel a little over the top (but what pre-teen boy doesn't honestly) and while I initially thought it'd bother me, he quickly grows on you. Its jam-packed with jokes and manages to turn the most mundane of events into something zany and fun, which made it insanely more emotionally impactful when the book delves into more serious topics
Melanie McFarlane
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. Barry made me laugh and cringe on more than one occasion with this direct attitude and quick wit. There were moments I heard hints of Joel Thomas Hynes with his snappy underground characters, and hope to see Barry hit a number of award categories for the same reasons we need to see more books of kids from supportive yet low income households. And though I laughed my way through the majority of the story, I was hit hard by the last 10% and found myself in tears. Well done Heath ...more
Dara Yoder
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quirky, fun and unique story with a strong male main character! River dancing, little brothers, annoying siblings, moms going through hard times, trouble with the principal! This book has it all....and some heart!! #bookposse
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am such a Heather Smith fan and this book is now my favourite! Barry is such a multidimensional character. The tragedy in the novel and it’s effect on him was so realistic and believable. Incredibly moving!
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Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many laugh out loud moments. I loved this book.
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Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Wow! This book is fantastic! All the feels in this perfectly told story!
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Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her Newfoundland roots inspire much of her writing.

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