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  1. 1. eaching More eaders Fall 2014 Middle-School Fiction for Reluctant Readers Reaching More Readers for 30 Years
  2. 2. Contents Highlights...........................................................................................................................................................1 Board Books • Ages 0–3..................................................................................................................................2 Picturebooks• Ages4–10................................................................................................................................5 Orca Echoes • Ages 7–9..............................................................................................................................12 Orca Footprints • Ages 8–12......................................................................................................................14 Juvenile Nonfiction • Ages 8+.....................................................................................................................16 Middle Readers • Ages 9+...........................................................................................................................18 Orca Audio—GoReaders • Ages 10–13...................................................................................................23 Lorimer Sport Stories • Ages 10–13..........................................................................................................24 Orca Limelights • Ages 11–14.....................................................................................................................26 The Seven Sequels • Ages 10+..................................................................................................................28 Seven (the series) Audiobooks • Ages 10+............................................................................................36 The Seven Sequels Audiobooks • Ages 10+............................................................................................37 Seven (the series) • Ages 10+.....................................................................................................................38 YA Fiction • Ages 12+...............................................................................................................................40 Lorimer Podium Sports Academy • Ages 13+.........................................................................................43 Orca Currents • Hi-Lo • Ages 10–14........................................................................................................46 Orca Sports • Hi-Lo • Ages 10+................................................................................................................48 Orca Soundings • Hi-Lo • Ages 12+..........................................................................................................49 PathFinders • Ages 12–16.............................................................................................................................50 Lorimer SideStreets • Ages 13+................................................................................................................51 Rapid Reads Fiction • Adult..........................................................................................................................52 Polestar Planners and Calendars................................................................................................................57 Ordering Terms & US Retail Sales Representatives...............................................................................................59 Frontlist Order Form...................................................................................................................................60 Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit. Printed in Canada.
  3. 3. Highlights Fall 2014 Remember customer service? We do too! At Orca, a real live person always answers the phone. Got questions? Give us a call. 1-800-210-5277 Find us online! Lots of Kisses A new board book from award-winning poet Lorna Crozier. Babies just wanna be kissed. See page 2. They’re baaack! Seven (the series) published in 2012 was a huge success selling over 100,000 copies.Now the 7 grandsons are at it again. The Seven Sequels will be available October 1 with more action,adventure and sevenishness.See page 28. Rapid Reads Great storytelling from authors like Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Linda L. Richards, William Kowalski and Melodie Campbell. See page 52 for more details. This fall escape on a quick adventure with Rapid Reads. Wallace Edwards Unnatural Selections, a new picturebook from Wallace Edwards comes out this fall.With strange beasts in Wallace’s captivating style this is sure to be an evolution of the picturebook. See page 5. the orca blog orcabook.com/blog
  4. 4. Board Books 2 www.orcabook.com Kisses for baby from nose to toes! October 2014 9781459807457 $9.95 bb 7 x 7 24 pages 9781459807464 pdf 9781459807471 epub ages 0–3 Lots of Kisses Lorna Crozier If I kiss your eyelids If I kiss your toes If I kiss the top of your head where your wispy hair grows Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier’s soothing lullaby delights in kisses for baby from head to toe. Combined with beautiful photographs, Lots of Kisses is the perfect board book for parents and caregivers to snuggle up and read with their oh-so-kissable little ones. Lorna Crozier has authored fifteen books of poetry and received many awards, including a Governor General’s Award,the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award,the National Magazine Award (Gold Medal) and first prize in the National CBC Literary Competition. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Lorna has read her poetry on every continent except Antarctica, and in 2005 she recited a poem for Queen Elizabeth II as part of Saskatchewan’s centennial celebration. For more information, visit www.lornacrozier.ca. Keywords: babies, kisses, parts of the body, toddlers, love
  5. 5. 3www.orcabook.com Board Books A fun way to teach baby to count! September 2014 9781771080026 $8.95 bb 6.5 x 6.5 12 pages ages 0–3 Nimbus Halifax Harbour 1-2-3 Yolanda Poplawska Halifax’s busy and beautiful harbor is on display in this new counting book from bestselling illus- trator Yolanda Poplawska. Young readers can search out one lighthouse, two bridges, three ferries—all the way up to ten. Featuring tugboats,container ships,starfish and dolphins,Halifax Harbour 1-2-3 is the perfect baby board book for any ocean-loving family.Yolanda’s bright and whimsical paintings will make readers of all ages happy to pore over the pages. Yolanda Poplawska is a professional painter and children’s book illustrator. This is her second concept book for babies; her first was Halifax Harbour A-B-C. Keywords: counting, learning, babies, numbers, ocean More board books from Nimbus Hockey Night Tonight by Stompin’ Tom Connors Illustrated by: Brenda Jones 9781551097336 • $12.95 24 pages • ages 0–3 Christmas with the Rural Mail by Lance Woolaver Illustrated by: Maud Lewis 9781551097909 • $12.95 12 pages • ages 0–3 Baby's Lullaby by Jill Barber Illustrated by: HildaRose 9781551097954 • $8.95 16 pages • ages 0–3
  6. 6. Little Bundle of Love Words of love for baby 9781459807372 $29.95 $24.95 Set of three board books EiF j k GlH The newest board-book bundle from Orca Baby's First Bookshelf From ABCs to lullabies—the perfect gift for baby 9781459804470 $29.95 $24.95 Set of three board books The Board Book Collection from Orca Introduce the new arrival in your life to the exciting world of books with Orca’s board-book bundles. These packaged sets, wrapped in an inscription band for personalizing your gift, each feature three of our bestselling board books. 9781551097954 $8.95 9781554691876 $9.95 9781551097336 $12.95 9781551099378 $8.95 9781551099026 $8.95 9781771080002 $8.95 9781459804678 $9.95 9781459801639 $9.95 9781554693603 $9.95 9781459801233 $9.95 9781459804104 $9.95 9781554690794 $9.95 9781459802483 $9.95 9781551436616 $9.95 9781551097909 $12.95 Over 40,000 copies sold
  7. 7. 5www.orcabook.com A fantastical collection of unnatural selections! October 2014 9781459805552 $19.95 hc 8.75 x 10.75 32 pages 9781459805569 pdf 9781459805576 epub ages 4–8 Unnatural Selections Wallace Edwards Beloved illustrator Wallace Edwards invites us into the world of Professor I.B. Doodling, a trav- eling artist who takes suggestions from schoolchildren in order to create fantastical hybrid animals. The result of these visits is Unnatural Selections, a collection of magnificent beasts, from the stately Whalephant to the talented Lizabouboon. Sure to inspire the imagination, Wallace Edwards’s intricate illustrations invite you to pore over them again and again. A supplementary index lists addi- tional creatures to spot throughout the book’s pages, encouraging readers to go back for a second, and a third, look. Wallace Edwards is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and an award-winning author and illustrator. Wallace’s previous picturebook with Orca, Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe, received critical acclaim for its stunning illustrations and was nominated for several awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Blue Spruce Award. He was also the illustrator of the best- selling Mixed Beasts by Kenyon Cox. Wallace lives in Yarker, Ontario. For more information, visit www.wallace-edwards-art.com. Keywords: creatures, animals, imagination, hybrids, fantasy, artists, creation Also by Wallace Edwards Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe 9781459801547 · $19.95 hc 9781459801554 pdf 9781459803206 epub ages 4–8 Picturebooks
  8. 8. Bear on the Homefront Stephanie Innes and Harry Endrulat Illustrated by Brian Deines The true wartime story of a tiny teddy who always comes home. During World War II,ten thousand children from British cities were sent to live with host families away from the war zone. Bear on the Homefront retells the true story of two “guest children,” Grace and William Chambers, who cross the ocean and meet Aileen Rogers, a nurse serving on the homefront.With her is Teddy,the stuffed bear whose trip to the front lines of World War I is chron- icled in A Bear in War. Using archival images and Aileen Rogers’ wartime diary, Stephanie Innes and Harry Endrulat recreate William and Grace’s journey by train to their host family’s prairie farm. Aileen, seeing William’s anxiety, lets her stuffed friend stay with the little boy throughout the train ride and ultimately throughout the war. Brian Deines’s soulful oil paintings capture the spirit of the war years,communicating both the loneliness of children separated from their families and the joyful conclusion when Grace,William and Teddy all return to their homes again. The great-niece of Aileen Rogers, Stephanie Innes co-wrote A Bear in War and Bear on the Homefront. Stephanie lives in Tucson, Arizona. Writer and editor Harry Endrulat has also written numerous books for the Max and Ruby series and The Adventures of Franklin and Friends collection. Brian Deines is the illustrator of over twenty children’s books, including Caribou Song and Dragonfly Kites, which were shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for illustration. Keywords: World War II, biography, history, teddy bears 6 www.orcabook.com Picturebooks October 2014 9781927485132 $19.95 hc 9.5 x 10 32 pages ages 6–9 Pajama Press October 2014 9781896580838 $16.95 hc 10.65 x 9.5 32 pages ages 3–6 Tradewind No-Matter-What Friend Kari-Lynn Winters Illustrated by Pierre Pratt A great story about the special relationship between a boy and his dog. This book is about the special relationship between a boy and his dog.Though the boy and his dog are growing older, they can always count on each other as special friends. Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning picture book author, poet, and performer. She enjoys being in the classroom in any capacity, as a presenter, a teacher, or as a student. She now works at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, where she teaches drama-in-education. Pierre Pratt has been illustrating and writing children's books for over two decades. He is a three-time recipient of the Governor General's Award and has won the Mr. Christie Book Award, among many other prizes. Pierre lives in Montreal and Lisbon. Keywords: dogs, best friends, aging
  9. 9. When Emily Carr Met Woo Monica Kulling Illustrated by Dean Griffiths An eccentric painter. A rambunctious monkey. A true story of friendship and mischief. In 2013 a painting by Emily Carr sold for $3.39 million. But in the 1920s, Emily Carr was consid- ered a strange bird who made paintings nobody wanted,kept a houseful of pets and often disap- peared into the woods in a tiny house on wheels. But even those familiar with Emily’s eccentricities were surprised when she adopted a small, lonely monkey. When Emily Carr Met Woo is the story of Woo the monkey’s joyful and chaotic introduction to Emily Carr’s household. She snatches at the parrot’s feathers, chases the cats and dogs—and wins Emily’s big heart. But when Woo’s mischief turns dangerous, Emily fears she may lose her little friend. Dean Griffiths’s watercolors capture the mood and architecture of the 1920s. Monica Kulling, using prose as simple and expressive as Emily’s own brush strokes, retells the true story of one of the era’s greatest artists—and of the monkey who loved her.The book includes photos, reproduc- tions of Emily Carr’s paintings, and a biography of the artist. Monica Kulling’s many acclaimed titles include In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps it Up,All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine and Lumpito and the Painter from Spain. Dean Griffiths lives in the very region of British Columbia that Emily Carr loved.He has illustrated critically acclaimed titles like Maggie Can’t Wait, Perfect Man and Lumpito and the Painter from Spain. Keywords: biography, art, monkeys, Emily Carr 7www.orcabook.com Picturebooks August 2014 9781927485408 $19.95 hc 9 x 10.5 32 pages ages 5–10 Pajama Press September 2014 9781927485583 $19.95 hc 9 x 10.75 32 pages ages 5–8 Pajama Press Peach Girl Raymond Nakamura Illustrated by Rebecca Bender Momoko is here to make the world a better place. One ogre at a time. When the farmer and her husband find a giant peach at their door, they can’t imagine how it got there. But they are even more surprised when the skin bursts open and out leaps…a girl. Momoko is here to make the world a better place,and what better way to start than by inves- tigating the rumors about a fearsome local ogre? Everyone says the ogre has teeth like knives, shoots flames from his eyes and eats small children.The villagers won’t go near him. But Momoko wants to find out for herself, and her new friends Monkey, Dog and Pheasant just might be able to help her—as long as she’s willing to share those tasty peach dumplings. Inspired by Japan’s Peach Boy story, Raymond Nakamura's quirky adventure reminds readers that rumor is no substitute for seeing with your own eyes. Award-winning illustrator Rebecca Bender’s spirited acrylics bring to life a spunky heroine, a trio of expressive animals and a vivid Japanese landscape. Raymond Nakamura is an educational consultant and avid science blogger who has also taught English while exploring his cultural heritage in Japan. Raymond’s own spunky daughter inspired the character of Momoko in Peach Girl, his first book. Rebecca Bender is an author and illustrator known for her award-winning Giraffe and Bird books. In addition to her writing and illustration work, Rebecca is a designer, an art director and a mother of two. Keywords: Japan, courage, humor
  10. 10. Music is for Everyone Jill Barber Illustrated by Sydney Smith The ideal book for young makers and lovers of music. We can sing an operetta with a big booming voice, Or hum a quiet little tune— It’s your choice! Music is for Everyone is sure to get you excited about making music! Canadian singer-song- writer Jill Barber takes her young readers through many different kinds of music—hip-hop, jazz, classical, country, folk, rock, reggae—in an energetic rhyming tour. Sydney Smith’s gleeful illustrations capture all the joy that comes from making music in all its forms! Jill Barber is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and author with four albums of original music, an album of classic French covers and a bestselling baby board book to her credit. Sydney Smith’s artwork is well known throughout the Toronto music scene for his eye-catching album art, as well as illustrations in popular children’s books—the perfect combination for this project. Keywords: music, creativity, Jill Barber, performing arts Dolphin SOS Roy Miki & Slavia Miki Illustrated by Julie Flett A great story about our relationship with nature. Based on true events, Dolphin SOS recounts the story of three dolphins trapped in an ice- covered cove off the coast of Newfoundland. After the government fails to provide assistance, local children take matters into their owns hands in order to save the distressed dolphins. Roy Miki is a poet,writer,and editor. He is the author of Redress:Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice (Raincoast 2004) and Surrender (Mercury Press 2001),which received the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Roy and Slavia Miki grew up in Winnipeg and moved to Vancouver in the late 1960s shortly after getting married. Slavia Miki is a life coach and studied feng shui under the late Henry Dorst. She earned her teacher’s licence in ikebana while living in Tokyo. Dolphin SOS, written in collaboration with her husband Roy Miki, is her first book. Julie Flett is a Vancouver-based artist and illustrator. She is a recipient of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize as well as a two-time nominee for the Governor General's Award. Keywords: dolphins, the Maritimes, animal welfare 8 www.orcabook.com Picturebooks September 2014 9781771081504 $19.95 hc 8 x 10 32 pages ages 4–8 Nimbus October 2014 9781896580760 $16.95 hc 10 x 9 32 pages ages 4–8 Tradewind
  11. 11. Our Heroes How Kids are Making a Difference Janet Wilson Kids opening their hearts to change the world. Biographies of ten children from around the world who opened up their hearts and minds to the injustices of the world and took action, changing their world for the better. In addition to the ten main profiles, sidebars feature many more children. Included is eleven-year-old Andrew Adansi-Bonnah from Ghana, who raised thousands of dollars for refugee children in Somalia after seeing their desperate situation covered in the news. Another child profiled is twelve-year-old Mimi Ausland from the United States,nicknamed“Dr. Doolittle” by her family. After learning about the shortage of food for shelter animals, she started a website to collect donations of dog and cat food; her site is now one of the most visited animal-rescue websites in the world.These children never set out to be heroes or to become famous, but they are role-models for us all. Janet Wilson is an author and fine artist. She wrote the books Our Rights: How Kids are Changing the World, Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet and One Peace: True Stories of Young Activists. Continually inspired by the activism of young people, Janet lives in Eden Mills, Ontario. For more information, visit www.janetwilson.ca. Keywords: activism, human rights, social justice The Magician of Auschwitz Kathy Kacer Illustrated by Gillian Newland A young boy’s life is changed thanks to the Magician of Auschwitz. Once there was a renowned magician called Nivelli,who performed before packed audiences in the grandest theaters of Berlin. Night after night, his fans applauded and called out for more astonishing feats of magic.“Bravo!” they would shout, as Nivelli bowed low with a great flourish. But that was in a different, happier time, before the Jews of Europe were rounded up and sent to concentration camps.This is the true story of a young boy on the inside of Auschwitz, whose life is changed by the actions of a prisoner who performs magic for the guards and who the boy later learns was the famous Nivelli. Kathy Kacer is an award-winning author of Holocaust stories for young readers. She began by writing her own mother’s story in The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser and continued with seven other stories in the Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers:The Underground Reporters,Clara’s War,The Night Spies, Hiding Edith,The Diary of Laura’s Twin,To Hope and Back and We Are Their Voice: Young People Respond to the Holocaust.  Gillian Newland finds most of her inspiration outside her studio. She can often be found sketching her fellow customers at Starbucks or the animals at the zoo. Gillian lives in Toronto, Ontario. Keywords: the Holocaust, intolerance, bravery 9www.orcabook.com Picturebooks September 2014 9781927583418 $18.95 hc 8.5 x 8.5 32 pages ages 7–12 Second Story September 2014 9781927583463 $18.95 hc 8.5 X 11 32 pages ages 7–8 Second Story
  12. 12. 10 www.orcabook.com Picturebooks Celebrating 25 years with award-winning author Sheree Fitch Sheree Fitch has won almost every major award for Canadian children's literature including the 1992 Mr. Christie Award for Best Canadian Children's Book for There Were Monkeys in my Kitchen and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work Inspirational to Canadian Children in 2000. Her first two books (Toes in my Nose, 1987 and Sleeping Dragons All Around, 1989) launched her career as a poet, rhymester, and a “female Dr. Seuss.” Since then Sheree has published over 25 titles for children and adults, and has read her work to audiences worldwide. She lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. www.shereefitch.com Sleeping Dragons All Around Sheree Fitch Illustrated by Michele Nidenoff A hilarious rhyming poem on how to befriend cranky dragons. In Sleeping Dragons All Around, a girl wakes up in the middle of the night and wants some cake. But to reach the refrigerator, she has to tiptoe past a host of sleeping dragons, like Priscilla in her pink pantaloons, the punk-rock dragon Fagan with his spiky green hair, and Beelzebub (who sleeps in the tub). When she stubs her toe, the dragons wake up, and she has to think fast to befriend them. Fitch’s celebrated lipslippery poetry and Michele Nidenoff’s colorful illustrations combine to make this one of the most delightful children’s books ever published in Canada. This is Michele Nidenoff’s first Sheree Fitch book,and she thoroughly enjoyed bringing the silly, imaginative poems to life. Keywords: dragons, nighttime, imagination, creativity, poetry August 2014 9781551097725 $12.95 pb 8 x 10 32 pages ages 4–8 Nimbus
  13. 13. Mabel Murple Sheree Fitch • Illustrated by Sydney Smith A tongue-twisting poem about purple people on a purple planet. What if there was a purple planet with purple people on it? Sheree Fitch answers that ques- tion with a zany tongue-twister of a poem featuring Mabel Murple, a daredevil who rides a purple motorbike through purple puddles, skis on purple snow, and on her pancakes pours—you guessed it!—purple maple syrup. With a rich and vivid purple palette, Sydney Smith’s brand-new illustrations reflect the wild joy in this classic poem. Sydney Smith happily took on the task of re-illustrating three of Sheree Fitch’s all-time classics, updating them for a new generation of readers. Keywords: girl power, poetry, adventure, nonsense There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen Sheree Fitch • Illustrated by Sydney Smith A creative, imaginative, hilarious introduction to poetry. Willa Wellowby’s house has been overrun by monkeys! They’re ballet dancing, playing the bagpipes,listening to the Beatles and causing mayhem and destruction all over the house and yard. And the more Willa asks them to leave, the more havoc they wreak. She calls the city police, the RCMP, the FBI and Scotland Yard to get rid of these monkeys…but when help finally shows up, it’s Willa who’s in trouble! First published in 1992, There Were Monkeys in my Kitchen won the Mr. Christie’s Award for Best Canadian Children’s Book. Sydney Smith happily took on the task of re-illustrating three of Sheree Fitch’s all-time classics, updating them for a new generation of readers. Keywords: monkeys, nonsense, poetry Toes in My Nose Sheree Fitch • Illustrated by Sydney Smith A book of poems to stimulate young readers’ imaginations. Toes in my Nose is the book that helped launch Sheree Fitch’s career as Canada’s premier nonsense poet. Hers are some of the best-loved poems and characters in children’s literature. In this twenty-fifth-anniversary edition,award-winning illustrator Sydney Smith’s new illustrations hilariously portray a neighborhood of kids flying to the moon, playing the banjo with orangutans and bathing with submarines. Toes in my Nose will introduce a whole new generation to Sheree Fitch’s magnificent feats of imagination. Sydney Smith happily took on the task of re-illustrating three of Sheree Fitch’s all-time classics, updating them for a new generation of readers. Keywords: poetry, nonsense, imagination, creativity 11www.orcabook.com Picturebooks August 2014 9781551099392 $19.95 hc 8.25 x 10.25 • 32 pages ages 4–8 Nimbus August 2014 9781551099941 $12.95 pb 8 x 10 • 32 pages ages 4–8 Nimbus August 2014 9781551098593 $12.95 pb 8 x 10 • 24 pages ages 4–8 Nimbus
  14. 14. Soapstone Signs Jeff Pinkney Illustrated by Darlene Gait Only the carver knows the soapstone’s true shape. One spring,a nine-year-old Cree boy is visited by a master soapstone carver named Linny,who gives him four pieces of soapstone. The primary secret to carving, the boy learns, is recog- nizing that each piece of soapstone already holds its true form inside. Linny teaches the boy to listen to the soapstone and look to the world around him for signs as to what to carve. As the seasons change, the young boy’s experiences lend him opportunities to develop his carving skills and become attuned to the signs around him. He eagerly awaits the following spring, which will bring Linny’s return and a chance to show off his carvings. Jeff Pinkney holds an English degree from Trent University, is a former newspaper columnist, and currently works as a business advisor. Soapstone Signs, his first work of fiction, draws on Jeff’s experiences while traveling as a development consultant in Canada’s James Bay Frontier, where he acquired a deep appreciation for the people and the landscape. Jeff is an emerging poet, writer and an amateur stone carver. He and his wife Leslie share a brood of three story-loving daughters. They are surrounded by soapstone carvings in their Peterborough, Ontario home. Keywords: soapstone carving, First Nations, Cree, coming of age, family, seasons 12 www.orcabook.com November 2014 9781459804005 $6.95 pb 5.25 x 7.625 64 pages 9781459804012 pdf 9781459804029 epub ages 7–9 Orca Echoes Early Chapter Booksfor emerging readers ages 7 to 9 Also available: Orca Echoes Collection $298.85 retail 43 paperbacks in a convenient display 9781554692613 Orca Echoes Resource Guide Professionally written guides with curriculum connections, writing exercises, discussion questions and activities for each title in the Orca Echoes series. 9781554692408 • $45.00 coil-bound 9781554697991 • $45.00 CD • Engaging early chapter books to hook new readers • Include 15 black-and-white illustrations • Free teachers’ guides online for individual titles • Guided Reading selections • 64 pages each Themes include:adventure, the environment, animals, humor, imagination and play. Discounts available for schools and libraries
  15. 15. Justine McKeen vs. the Queen of Mean Sigmund Brouwer Illustrated by Dave Whamond The Queen of Mean has no time for green. Justine McKeen is back, and she’s on a deadline. With only days left before Earth Day, Justine enlists the help of her classmates to count flower buds, frogs, spiders and ants in their natural habitat as part of an environmental science project. But there’s a species right in her own class- room that she’ll have to tackle first—a class bully. Savannah Blue, aka the Queen of Mean, criti- cizes Justine’s secondhand clothes and calls being green a waste of time.Their teacher, Mrs. Howie, gives the girls a new assignment for Earth Day—they must present together to the class on why it’s important to care for the environment. In the sixth book in this bestselling series, Justine is up against her biggest challenge yet—can she convince the Queen of Mean to go green? Sigmund Brouwer is the bestselling author of many books for children and young adults, including the popular Justine McKeen, Queen of Green series. Justine McKeen vs. the Queen of Mean is the sixth book in the series. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta, and Nashville,Tennessee. For more information, visit www.rockandroll-literacy.com. Keywords: environmentalism, sustainability, activism, being “green”, humor, Earth Day, bullying, friendship Skye Above Eric Walters Illustrated by David Parkins Can Skye fly? She’s about to find out. Nine-year-old Skye has always had a fascination with flying. She’d love to be a pilot someday, like both of her parents, but deep down she really wishes she could be a bird. When Skye’s parents take her to Costa Rica, she is thrilled about all of the beautiful exotic birds she’ll get to see. What she doesn’t realize is that her parents have three big surprises planned, and each will offer her a different opportunity to feel what it’s like to fly. From snorkeling with baby sea turtles to parasailing out on the open ocean to zip-lining through the Costa Rican jungle, Skye will have more than one chance to fly like a bird before this trip of a lifetime is through. Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his grade-five students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. At the end of the year, one student suggested that he try to have his story published. Since that first creation, Eric has published more than eighty novels. Many of his novels have become bestsellers, and he has won over one hundred awards. Often his stories incorporate themes that reflect his background in education and social work and his commit- ment to humanitarian and social-justice issues. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to more than seventy thousand students per year in schools across the country. Eric is a father of three and lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with his wife, Anita, and dogs Lola and Winnie. For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net. Keywords: Costa Rica, zip-lining, parasailing, snorkeling, tourism, adventure, birds, wildlife, exploration 13www.orcabook.com Orca Echoes November 2014 9781459803978 $6.95 pb 5.25 x 7.625 64 pages 9781459803985 pdf 9781459803992 epub ages 7–9 November 2014 9781459807013 $6.95 pb 5.25 x 7.625 64 pages 9781459807020 pdf 9781459807037 epub ages 7–9 Includes green project ideas for the classroom!
  16. 16. Reaching More Readers “These books feature accessible texts, appealing layouts, and global perspectives. Inviting choices for informing and inspiring curious readers and world citizens.” —School Library Journal
  17. 17. 15www.orcabook.com Picturebooks Home is where the heart is. October 2014 9781459807426 $19.95 hc 8 x 9.5 48 pages 9781459807433 pdf ages 8–12 Take Shelter At Home Around the World Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton Aroof, a door, some windows, a floor. All houses have them, but not all houses are alike. Some have wings (airplane homes), some have wheels (Romany vardoes), some float; some are made of straw, some of snow and ice. Some are enormous, some are tiny; some are permanent and some are temporary. But all are home. Take Shelter explores the way people live all over the world and beyond—from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from an underground house in Las Vegas to the International Space Station. Everywhere people live, they adapt to their surroundings and create unique environments, using innovative techniques to provide that most basic of needs: shelter. Nikki Tate is the author of many books for children and teens, including Down to Earth in the Orca Footprints series. When she isn’t writing, she can be found caring for the many animals on her small farm, tending her garden or snuggling between her two dogs, reading. For more information, visit www.nikkitate.com. Dani Tate-Stratton lives with her husband, mom and grandfather on a small urban farm near Victoria, British Columbia, where she is a graphic designer, writer, compulsive crafter and reluctant farmer. Take Shelter is her first book. For more information, visit www.danitatestratton.com. Keywords: shelter, innovation, home, ingenuity, adaptation Also by Nikki Tate Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World 9781459804234 · $19.95 hc 9781459804241 pdf ages 8–12 Orca Footprints
  18. 18. 16 www.orcabook.com Juvenile Nonfiction The extraordinary story of the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario. September 2014 9781459406315 · $9.95 pb 9781459406322 · $16.95 hc 4.25 x 7 144 pages ages 12+ Lorimer Annaleise Carr How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer Annaleise Carr and Deborah Ellis Over eight months of planning, hundreds of hours of hard physical training, amassing a team of dedicated crewmates, approaching sponsors and collecting donations—and, finally, swimming for twenty-seven hours across the cold, rough waters of Lake Ontario. Why would a fourteen-year- old girl take on such a challenge? For Annaleise Carr, the motivation did not come from a desire for glory. Her ultimate goal was to raise money for her new friends at Camp Trillium, a charity that provides a camping experience for kids with cancer. What kept her going through the cold water, the exhaustion and the terrifying night swim was the thought of those kids and their families that she was helping. In August 2012, she became the youngest person to cross Lake Ontario. Readers will meet an extraordinary fourteen-year-old girl in this book. As she tells her story, it becomes clear how idealism and an intense desire to help others can lead a young teen to almost unimaginable achievements. Annaleise Carr became the youngest marathon swimmer to cross Lake Ontario in August of 2012. She is the recipient of many citizenship and philanthropic awards. Deborah Ellis is the award-winning author of several books for kids and teens. She is best known for her novel The Breadwinner, which she wrote following her work at refugee camps in Afghanistan. Keywords: swimming, overcoming obstacles, community
  19. 19. Skydiver Saving the Fastest Bird in the World Celia Godkin The inspiring true story of how the peregrine falcon was saved from the brink of disaster. High in the sky,a peregrine falcon joins her mate for some swooping and diving before returning to her nest to guard her eggs.The couple doesn’t know it yet,but they will lose most of these eggs—the first clutch to a volunteer scaling the cliff, and the next to the harmful effects of DDT. Told against the backdrop of scientists’ efforts to understand the raptors’ decline in the wild, this illustrated nonfiction book tells the story of several generations of falcons as they are taken to a sanctuary, reintegrated into the wild and ultimately relocated to the ledge of a city skyscraper. With dynamic oil illustrations, author and wildlife artist Celia Godkin effortlessly captures the detail of the falcons and brings to life the different landscapes they inhabit. Skydiver will delight and inform readers with a passion for species preservation,as it documents the struggles and the even- tual success of the efforts to save the fastest bird in the world. Celia Godkin’s many picturebooks with environmental themes are informed by her studies in zoology and her career in scientific illustration. Among other honors, Fire! was shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award and Wolf Island won the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Award. Keywords: conservation, birds, activism 17www.orcabook.com Juvenile Nonfiction August 2014 9781927485613 $19.95 hc 10.5 x 9.5 32 pages ages 6–9 Pajama Press October 2014 9781927583449 $17.95 pb 6.5 x 8 72 pages ages 9–13 Second Story Because I Am a Girl Rosemary McCarney with Jen Albaugh and Plan International When a girl is given her basic human rights, she can lift herself— and everyone around her—out of poverty. From the author of Every Day is Malala Day. Because I am a Girl is a global initiative from Plan International to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty. Plan helped the UN declare October 11th the "International Day of the Girl" to recognize and advocate for girls’ rights globally.This book illustrates the Because I am Girl call to change by telling stories of girls around the world.They begin by telling us “Because I am a girl, I eat if there is food left over when everyone is done” and “I am the Poorest of the Poor.” But it ends with the inspiring section “Because I am a Girl, I can change the world.” Each part begins with one real girl’s story, illustrated with Plan’s amazing photographs. Rosemary McCarney leads the Plan International Canada team, where she helped create the Because I am a Girl campaign and worked to have an International Day of the Girl declared by the United Nations to celebrate the lives of girls and draw attention to the challenges they face. Jen Albaugh is a former elementary school teacher and librarian currently working as a free- lance writer and editor in Toronto. Plan International was founded in 1937. It is one of the world’s oldest and largest international charities, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Keywords: social justice, women’s rights
  20. 20. 18 www.orcabook.com Middle Readers Mission interruptus. October 2014 9781459806832 $9.95 pb 6 x 7.5 192 pages 9781459806849 pdf 9781459806856 epub ages 8–11 Dirk Daring, Secret Agent Helaine Becker When eleven-year-old Darren Dirkowitz’s evil stepbrother (code name: Waldo) gets hold of Darren’s tippity-top-secret spy journal,he threatens to expose it to the entire Preston Middle School student body. Unless,that is,Darren starts doing his dirty work for him. Now Darren’s got to use the oh-so-cloak-and-daggery skills he’s honed in his secret alternate life as Dirk Daring, Secret Agent to spy on kids at school. Naturally, he also sets up a separate, sneaky surveillance program to unearth Waldo’s own secrets. As more and more ugly truths are exposed, new alliances are forged and old friendships broken. Can Darren learn to be true to himself and build real friendships for the first time in his life? Or will he retreat back into his exciting but imaginary shadow world? Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than fifty books for children and young adults, including the “enduring Canadian Christmas classic” A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and the giggle-inducing Ode to Underwear. She’s also a three-time winner of the Silver Birch Award and a two-time winner of the Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing for Children. Helaine lives in Toronto with her husband and her dog, Ella. For more information, visit www.helainebecker.com. Keywords: secret agent, spy, mystery, espionage, blackmail, teamwork, best friends
  21. 21. 19www.orcabook.com Middle Readers Dunces to the rescue! October 2014 9781459805859 $9.95 pb 5 x 7.5 192 pages 9781459805866 pdf 9781459805873 epub ages 9–12 Dunces Rock Kate Jaimet The Dunces—Josh, Magnolia,Wang and Wilmot—are back, and this time they’re going up against a formidable foe: Principal Hale, who has canceled their school’s drama and music program just when Wilmot needs it most. He has a guitar (given to him by a teen named Headcase), but no teacher and nowhere to practice (his dad hates rock ’n’ roll).The Dunces’ plan to convince Principal Hale to reinstate the program involves Josh’s reluctant participation in a hockey team, Magnolia’s enthusiastic role-playing and Wang’s disillusionment with a suspicious character named Hui Bing (aka Larry). But can the Dunces really rock, even when they rebrand themselves as Uncle Willy and the Wang Dang Doodles? Kate Jaimet developed an early taste for madcap plotlines due to childhood exposure to the novels of P.G. Wodehouse. Her batty characters are mainly based upon members of her own family. Kate enjoys limericks, yoga, clever repartee, kayaking and spending time with her two young daughters, except when they are trying to injure each other. Kate lives in Ottawa and for more information,visit www.katejaimet.com. Keywords: music, drama, humor, friendship Also by Kate Jaimet Dunces Anonymous 9781554690978 · $9.95 pb 9781554690985 pdf 9781554694600 epub ages 9–12
  22. 22. 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6 Catherine Austen You’ll survive…never fear! Dave Davidson’s heart is in the right place. He believes it’s his mission to cure his friends of their fears. But his solutions are harebrained at best and often come with unintended and hilarious consequences. Afraid of dancing at the school dance? Dave’s got ways to fix that: sprain an ankle, eat expired food to get sick or even get yourself suspended for a few days. Have a public-speaking phobia? Dave has fixes for that too: get laryngitis, forge a note from a therapist or get your friends to hold up cue cards.  This hilarious new novel will appeal to reluctant tween readers, especially boys. Catherine Austen is the acclaimed author of many picture books and novels for young readers. 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6 won the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award and the QWF Children’s Literature Prize. Keywords: facing fears, humorous stories, honesty Bone, Fog, Ash & Star The Last Days of Tian Di, Book III Catherine Egan Yours is the lonely road. You will lose all those you love. You will cut out your own heart. Now a formidable Sorceress, Eliza Tok at sixteen is a world away from the unknowing child she once was. But unlike the previous Shang Sorceresses, Eliza will always act out of love, for those she loves, above all else. Above even the greater good of the worlds Tian Di and Tian Xia? The Mancers, and her enemy the Xia Sorceress, think so. And Eliza, when she unhesitatingly uses her tremendous abilities to save her best friend Charlie from a terrible attack, is inclined to agree. As Eliza, Charlie, Nell and the ever-loyal Mancer teacher Foss embark on a quest to protect Charlie’s life from an unrelenting enemy, Eliza is brought to the very edge of what she can with- stand, both as a Sorceress and as a human girl. Forced to trust her enemies, face up to devastating truths and gather the greatest and most ancient power her world has ever known, she must confront and question her most profoundly held beliefs. Is Eliza powerful enough to shape her destiny, or will she let it shape her? Catherine Egan is the Gold Moonbeam Award-winning author of The Last Days of Tian Di trilogy. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut. Keywords: magic, friendship, quest, fantasy 20 www.orcabook.com Middle Readers September 2014 9781459406179 · $12.95 pb 9781459406186 · $16.95 hc 5 x 7.75 192 pages ages 9–12 Lorimer September 2014 9781550505931 $12.95 pb 5.5 x 8.5 320 pages ages 11–15 Coteau
  23. 23. Flight of the Griffons Kate Inglis Illustrated by Sydney Smith A timeless coming-of-age middle reader. In Flight of the Griffons, the sequel to Kate Inglis’s bestseller The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods, we follow young Missy Bullseye as she ventures from her pirate crew’s adopted home base to begin probationary work terms along the road to union-certified junking. From deep northern woods to great western prairies, Missy wanders far on a secret mission—one that will turn her against her own. While tracking and spying on a blacklisted crew, Missy encounters mechanical moths, an outlawed tilt-rotor airship,a mega-pipeline and the unexpected sound of grassland drums. Includes fifteen full-page illustrations from artist Sydney Smith. Kate Inglis is absolutely thrilled to be back writing about Missy Bullseye and her lovably smelly pirate friends; this book has been three years in the making! Sydney Smith did the illustrations for Kate’s first book in this series, The Dread Crew, and was happy to jump on board for its highly anticipated sequel. Keywords: environment, pirates, secrecy, spies, mystery, friendship, loyalty Abby’s Fabulous Season Alain M. Bergeron Can a girl play hockey with the boys? In 1955,girls who played hockey were rare,and there was no chance of them playing on the boys’ team. Abby, age 9, with her short haircut, supportive parents, and sheer bravado, bluffs her way onto the All-Star team of her league. When her secret is found out, she has to fight to stay on the team. Her story captures the attention of her city and then her whole country, as people begin to root for the plucky young girl who is as good as any boy. As many girls still struggle to be taken seriously in sports, they will find inspiration from this story inspired by the real-life Abby Hoffman, whose bravery on and off the ice helped pave the way for girls in hockey. Alain M. Bergeron is an author from Quebec, Canada. He is a big hockey fan. Keywords: hockey, girls in sports, hidden identity 21www.orcabook.com Middle Readers September 2014 9781771081320 $19.95 hc 7.5 x 5.5 296 pages ages 9–14 Nimbus October 2014 9781927583470 $10.95 pb 5.25 x 7.5 200 pages ages 8–11 Second Story
  24. 24. 22 www.orcabook.com Middle Readers Will is getting revenge on disease—and on the flies that carry it. September 2014 9781927485569 $12.95 pb 5.75 x 8 216 pages ages 8–12 Pajama Press Revenge on the Fly Sylvia McNicoll When twelve-year-old William Alton and his father sail from England for new opportunities on the Empress of Ireland, they leave behind the graves of his mother and baby sister. Will only hopes they will leave death and disease behind them too. But a shipmate’s baby falls ill and is forced into quarantine on Grosse Île, and when they finally arrive in their new home, they discover that Will’s Uncle Charlie is in the hospital. Why must everyone around him get sick and die? A competition at Will’s new school offers an answer…and a challenge. In 1912, cities around the world declare war on the fly, blaming it for the spread of the diseases—summer complaint, typhus, consumption and typhoid—that are wiping out families. To avenge his mother and his sister, Will throws himself into the local fly-killing contest. But when his snobbish classmate Fred Leckie uses his wealth to give himself an advantage, Will’s own ingenuity and determination might not be enough to win. Can he beat Fred without cheating? How much does it matter? Like Will, Sylvia McNicoll discovered a knack for writing because of a composition in the fourth grade.Today she is a full-time, award-winning author who has published more than thirty novels for young people. Keywords: history, immigration, disease
  25. 25. • Arrives at your school or library ready to play • No downloads, cds or cassettes • Batteries and headphones included • Two unabridged audiobooks on each GoReader • Read along while listening • Custom GoReaders available • Call for details: 1-800-210-5277 Digital Reading Aid Orca Soundings GoReader Volume 6 $49.95 Runtime: 3:00 hrs 9781459803367 Includes: Infiltration, Lockdown Orca Currents GoReader Volume 6 $49.95 Runtime: 3:00 hrs 9781459801837 Includes: Laggan Lard Butts, Pigboy Orca Currents GoReader Volume 1 $49.95 • Runtime: 3:00 hrs 9781459800410 Includes: See No Evil, Dog Walker Orca Currents GoReader Volume 2 $49.95 • Runtime: 3:00 hrs 9781459800496 Includes: Skate Freak, Sewer Rats Orca Currents GoReader Volume 3 $49.95 • Runtime: 3:00 hrs 9781459800502 Includes: Chat Room, Mirror Image www.orcabook.com Portable, pre-loaded audio. No downloads, CDs, or cassettes. Easy to use. Hit the play button, and go. ©2010 Go Reader All Rights Reserved. Powered by BookBuddy Digital MediaTM WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small Parts Not for children under 3 years Volume3 ChatRoom•MirrorImage Chat Room by Kristin Butcher When Linda’s high school sets up online chat rooms, she can’t resist the urge to visit them. Fueled by interest in a student with the nickname Cyrano, Linda, a girl who suffers from extreme shyness, gets chatty online. Using the nickname Roxanne, she gains a reputation as the queen of one-liners. Soon Linda starts receiving gifts from a secret admirer, and she feels like her life might be turning around. But she has a lot to learn about the risks of online anonymity. Mirror Image by K.L. Denman Sable wears only black and has always felt that doom is near. Lacey wears pink and seeks beauty everywhere. A sadistic art teacher pairs them together for a project. Sable is less than thrilled at having to spend time with Lacey, who she believes to be nothing more than a brainless doll. As Sable gets past her resentment, she learns some surprising truths about Lacey—and herself. Volume 3 Orca Currents GoReader Volume 4 $49.95 • Runtime: 3:00 hrs 9781459801813 Includes: Daredevil Club, Wired Orca Currents GoReader Volume 5 $49.95 Runtime: 3:00 hrs 9781459801820 Includes: Finding Elmo, Hypnotized Orca Soundings GoReader Volume 1 $49.95 • Runtime: 3:00 hrs 9781459800427 Includes: Back, Stuffed Orca Soundings GoReader Volume 2 $49.95 • Runtime: 3:00 hrs 9781459800489 Includes: Picture This, Battle of the Bands Orca Soundings GoReader Volume 3 $49.95 • Runtime: 3:00 hrs 9781459801790 Includes: Blue Moon, Breathless Orca Soundings GoReader Volume 4 $49.95 • Runtime: 3:00 hrs 9781459801806 Includes: Fastback Beach, Overdrive Orca Soundings GoReader Volume 5 $49.95 Runtime: 3:00 hrs 9781459803350 Includes: Knifepoint, Saving Grace www.orcabook.com Portable, pre-loaded audio. No downloads, CDs, or cassettes. Easy to use. Hit the play button, and go. ©2010 Go Reader All Rights Reserved. Powered by BookBuddy Digital MediaTM WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small Parts Not for children under 3 years Picture this by Norah McClintock Ethan lives in a foster home, struggling to put his life on the right track. Involved in a photography program for at-risk kids, he finds himself threatened again and again by someone who wants his camera. What does Ethan know? And what is on his camera that someone is willing to kill for? battle of the bands by K.L. Denman Jay, Kelvin and Cia are The Lunar Ticks, a dedicated band who are convinced they are on their way up. They want to win an upcoming battle of the bands where the first prize is a full day in a recording studio. Going up against Indigo Daze, a band from another school, Jay finds himself falling for Rowan, the leader of the other band. When Rowan’s guitar is trashed right before the contest The Lunar Ticks are the prime suspects. picturethis battleofthebandsVolume2 Volume 2Volume 1 Volume1 www.orcabook.com back•Stuffed Orca Picturebook GoReader $49.95 Runtime: 1:30 hrs 9781459803374 Includes eight picturebooks Gail Bowen GoReader $49.95 Runtime: 6:00 hrs 9781459805644 Includes: Love You to Death, One Fine Day You’re Going to Die, The Shadow Killer, The Thirteenth Rose www.orcabook.com Volume 1 Volume1 SeeNoEvil•DogWalker www.orcabook.com Portable, pre-loaded audio. No downloads, CDs, or cassettes. Easy to use. Hit the play button, and go. ©2010 Go Reader All Rights Reserved. Powered by BookBuddy Digital MediaTM WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small Parts Not for children under 3 years SkateFreak•SewerRats Skate Freak by Lesley Choyce Dorf has always lived by his personal motto: If it’s worth doing, do it. If it’s not worth doing, do it anyway. But now he’s in a new city, and the terrain has changed. He’s no longer free to skateboard where he wishes, school is hard, and he has the reputation as a freak. With daring stunts he gains the grudging respect of local troublemakers, but he needs to tap into a more elusive kind of courage to effect real change in his life. Sewer Rats by Sigmund Brouwer Every Saturday Jim, Mickey and Lisa battle in paintball wars held in the city’s storm-drain system. The new kid, Carter, wants to join their club, the Sewer Rats. Lisa doesn’t want him in the club. She devises risky tests for him and puts him in the path of danger at every oppor- tunity. But the tunnels under the city are dangerous enough on their own. Volume 2 Volume2 23www.orcabook.com Orca Audio—GoReaders
  26. 26. Pick and Roll Kelsey Blair Run the play, stand your ground, be aggressive— but be prepared to face the consequences. Jazz Smith-Mohapatra is the toughest and best player on her basketball team—and this year she’s determined to lead the team to a championship win. But in the last game of the regular season, Jazz sets an offensive move called a pick and roll, sending her opponent onto the floor. Now Jazz’s position on the team is in question: there’s a Fair Play Commission, and her teammates are suddenly questioning her physical style of play. Will the team have to make it all the way to the pennant without her? Kelsey Blair played professional basketball in Sweden for two years before returning to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she now works full-time as a writer and coaches high school basketball. Keywords: basketball, fair play, sportsmanship, competition Hustle Johnny Boateng Find your time to shine. Fourteen-year-old Johnny Huttle—nicknamed “Hustle” by his best friend, Rex—comes from an inner-city neighborhood where the streets are tough and the street ball games are rougher. More than anything, Johnny wants to shine as the school’s star basketball player. But the one thing standing in his way is his best friend, Rex, who outshines Johnny effortlessly at everything, on and off the court.This makes Johnny angry enough that his game and their friendship suffer. When Rex starts getting into trouble in the neighborhood and is suspended from the team, Johnny has to put his jealously aside to help his friend—and his basketball team at the championship. Johnny Boateng played division basketball in Indiana. He starred as a ballplayer in video games, movies and commercials before an injury sidelined his basketball career. He serves as a mentor for disadvantaged youth. Keywords: basketball, rivalry, loyalty 24 www.orcabook.com Lorimer Sports Stories September 2014 9781459406049 · $9.95 pb 9781459406056 · $16.95 hc 5 x 7.75 128 pages ages 10–13 Lorimer September 2014 9781459406018 · $9.95 pb 9781459406025 · $16.95 hc 5 x 7.75 136 pages ages 10–13 Lorimer
  27. 27. Power Hitter Christine A. Forsyth Go down swinging. Connor might need a pinch runner, pinch catcher and pinch thrower, but can he ever hit a baseball out of the park! So when Connor ends up staying with his baseball-loving relatives for the summer, he allows his cousin to talk him into trying out for the baseball team. Connor isn’t surprised when he doesn’t make it, but he is disappointed. It’s going to take some powerful coaching and more than a little help from his friends to get Connor on the team. Christine A. Forsyth is the author of several Lorimer Sports Stories novels. Keywords: baseball, perseverance, courage, bravery Curve Ball John Danakas Take control of the game. On his old team,Tom Poulos was a star catcher. But his new team is different. For one thing, all the players are older and bigger than him. For another, no matter how hard he tries and how hard he practices, he can’t catch the curve balls that the pitcher sends flying over the plate. Tom feels like he’s letting the team down, a feeling that gets worse once a new catcher joins the team and Tom is benched. Can Tom find a way to regain his rightful place behind the plate? John Danakas is the author of several Lorimer Sports Stories novels. Keywords: baseball, perseverance, courage and bravery 25www.orcabook.com Lorimer Sports Stories—New Editions September 2014 9781459405936 $9.95 pb 5 x 7.75 192 pages ages 10–13 Lorimer September 2014 9781459405905 $9.95 pb 5 x 7.75 128 pages ages 10–13 Lorimer New Edition New Edition
  28. 28. Honeycomb Patricia McCowan How can Nat create harmony when she doesn’t trust her own voice? When Nat, her best friend Jess and singing-star wannabe Harper sing together, their harmo- nies bring down the house. For Nat, the experience sparks a driving new desire to perform. But when the girls form a trio and enter a contest for a chance to play at theTall Grass Music Festival, Nat finds that harmony—musical and otherwise—is hard to maintain. Her bandmates almost never agree, her new boyfriend starts behaving more like a non-boyfriend, and the trio’s famous-musician mentor doesn’t even like the way Nat breathes. Every day, Nat’s dream of performing at Tall Grass seems farther away, and she questions whether she has what it takes to get there. Patricia McCowan originally wanted to be an actor. She took acting classes as a kid, was a drama-club nerd in high school and studied acting at the University of Winnipeg and the Banff Centre. After acting for a while (and then becoming a mom), she directed her creative energies to writing. Her short stories have appeared in YA anthologies,as well as in print and online magazines. Honeycomb is her first novel. Patricia lives in Toronto and Honeycomb is her first novel. For more information, visit www.patriciamccowan.com. Keywords: singing, teamwork, competition, folk music When all the world's a stage An ongoing series of performing arts novels “Orca Book Publishers’ new Limelights series takes readers backstage and into the lives of teens trying to make it in the performing arts…Given how many kids dream of stardom, the Limelights series is sure to hold wide appeal.” —Quill Quire 9781459803824 • $9.95 9781459803831 pdf 9781459803848 epub 9781459804586 • $9.95 9781459804593 pdf 9781459804609 epub 9781459804135 • $9.95 9781459804142 pdf 9781459804159 epub 26 www.orcabook.com Orca Limelights September 2014 9781459805798 $9.95 pb 4.75 x 7.25 144 pages 9781459805804 pdf 9781459805811 epub ages 11–14 9781459804289 • $9.95 9781459804296 pdf 9781459804302 epub 9781459804616 • $9.95 9781459804623 pdf 9781459804630 epub 9781459804319 • $9.95 9781459804326 pdf 9781459804333 epub www.orcalimelights.com Junior Library Guild Selection Junior Library Guild Selection Starred Review in Booklist
  29. 29. Off Pointe Leanne Lieberman Camp Dance is all about taking risks. When Meg’s summer ballet program is canceled and her ballet teacher suggests she attend Camp Dance to learn new dance styles, Meg is devastated. Worse still, her teacher thinks she lacks stage presence and needs to connect more with her audience. At camp, Meg struggles to learn contemporary dance. A girl named Logan, who is jealous of Meg’s ballet technique and her friendship with Nio, a cute contemporary dancer, makes Meg’s life even more difficult. When Meg, Nio and Logan have to work together to create a piece for the final show, arguments threaten to ruin their dance. Unless they are able to overcome their differences, Meg’s time at Camp Dance will have been a disaster from start to finish. Leanne Lieberman is the author of three YA novels: Gravity, The Book of Trees and Lauren Yanofsky Hates the Holocaust. Her fiction has been published in Descant,The New Quarterly, Fireweed, The Antigonish Review and other journals.These days Leanne only dances in her kitchen,but she still dreams from time to time that she’s dancing onstage. Leanne lives in Kingston, Ontario. For more information, visit www.leannelieberman.com. Keywords: dance, insecurity, risk taking Forcing the Ace Erin Thomas Sometimes the real magic happens offstage. Alex wants to enter the Silver Stage magic competition, but he needs a sponsor. Jack, a veteran card wizard,is willing to take on the role,but only if Alex agrees to team up with Zoe,another young magician—and Alex’s rival. Working with Jack and sharing the spotlight with Zoe, Alex comes to see that there are other ways to be a magician besides competing—and that magic is about entertaining people, not fooling them. Erin Thomas is the author of six books for young readers, two of which—Haze and Boarder Patrol—are part of the Orca Sports series. She has yet to perform a successful magic trick,although she’s working on a fancy card shuffle. She lives in Whitby, Ontario, with her family. For more infor- mation, visit www.erinthomas.ca. Keywords: magic, competition, friendship 27www.orcabook.com Orca Limelights September 2014 9781459802803 $9.95 pb 4.75 x 7.25 136 pages 9781459802810 pdf 9781459802827 epub ages 11–14 September 2014 9781459806450 $9.95 pb 4.75 x 7.25 144 pages 9781459806467 pdf 9781459806290 epub ages 11–14
  30. 30. 7 NOVELS WRITTEN BY 7 BESTSELLING AUTHORS READ ONE. READ THEM ALL. YOU CHOOSE THE ORDER. www.thesevensequels.com Watch the trailer here! THE SEVEN SEQUELS BUNDLE 9781459808256 • $64.95 9781459808263 pdf 9781459808270 epub ages 10+ 7 linked stories published simultaneously 10.01.2014 ALSO AVAILABLE AS EBOOKS! The bestselling Seven (the series) continues with The Seven Sequels! All seven authors from the original series will return October 1, 2014 with a second set of seven novels. bring their signature writing styles to a series of adventures that take readers from the cobblestones of Cambridge to the beaches of Uruguay. Who was David McLean? A loving grandfather? A spy? Or a traitor? Eric Walters John Wilson Ted Staunton Richard Scrimger Norah McClintock Sigmund Brouwer Shane Peacock 7 grandsons 7 new missions 7 authors 7 extraordinary sequels
  31. 31. 29www.orcabook.com The Seven Sequels October 2014 9781459805439 $10.95 pb 5 x 7.5 240 pages 9781459805446 pdf 9781459805453 epub ages 10+ Sleeper Eric Walters DJ wants it all: the car, the girl and the truth about his grandfather. DJ jets across the Atlantic to England to follow a series of obscure clues and symbols he hopes will reveal the truth about his grandfather. In London,he stays with Doris,the elderly woman he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with. Laid up with a broken ankle, Doris has her grandchild, Charlie, offer assistance. Charlie—short for Charlotte—is a beautiful model who is romantically (and secretly) linked to a member of the British Royal Family. Spies, guns, double agents, the Cambridge Five and a vintage E-Type Jag are a few of the things DJ and Charlie encounter on an adventure that makes climbing Kilimanjaro look like a walk in the park. Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his grade-five students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. Since then,Eric has published over eighty books and won more than one hundred awards. Often his stories incorporate themes that reflect his background in education and social work and his commitment to humanitarian and social-justice issues. He speaks to over seventy thousand students per year, in schools throughout North America. Eric has three grown children and lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with his wife and two dogs. For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net. Keywords: Cambridge Five, espionage, James Bond, England, adventure, romance Also by Eric Walters Between Heaven and Earth 9781554699414 · $9.95 pb 9781554699421 pdf 9781554699438 epub ages 10+ “The rich setting and the thrilling details…will make readers yearn for their own adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews for Between Heaven and Earth, Eric’s novel in Seven (the series). ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹
  32. 32. 30 www.orcabook.com The Seven Sequels Broken Arrow John Wilson Nothing says “I love you” like plutonium. Steve thinks he made the right choice turning down a snowy week with his cousins at a cabin in northern Ontario in favor of a relaxing (and perhaps romantic) time under the Spanish sun with his friend, Laia. But when an email from his brother DJ arrives, implicating their grandfather in some shadowy international plots involving nuclear bombs, Steve and Laia immediately put aside all thoughts of a lazy, sun-drenched vacation. In a desperate attempt to find out if Steve’s grandfather was a Cold War-era spy,they crack mysterious codes,confront violent Russian mobsters,dodge spies, unearth a bomb and avoid nudists. But the more they uncover, the more Steve wonders: whose side was Grandpa really on? Born in Edinburgh,Scotland, John Wilson grew up on the Isle of Skye and outside Glasgow without the slightest idea that he would ever write books. After completing a degree in geology at St. Andrews University, he worked in Zimbabwe and Alberta before taking up writing full-time and moving to Lantzville on Vancouver Island in 1991. John is addicted to history and firmly believes that the past must have been just as exciting, confusing and complex to those who lived through it as our world is to us. He has written over forty books of fiction and nonfiction for kids, teens and adults, and has won or been shortlisted for many awards. For more information, visit www.johnwilsonauthor.com. Keywords: Cold War, Spain, romance, adventure, espionage, nuclear bombs October 2014 9781459805408 $10.95 pb 5 x 7.5 256 pages 9781459805415 pdf 9781459805422 epub ages 10+ Also by John Wilson Lost Cause 9781554699445 · $9.95 pb 9781554699452 pdf 9781554699469 epub ages 10+ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ “The dialogue is witty and sharp… The Spanish setting oozes charm, beauty and history.” —Resource Links for Lost Cause, John’s novel in Seven (the series).
  33. 33. 31www.orcabook.com The Seven Sequels Coda Ted Staunton In the murky world of espionage, how can you tell who’s on your side? When his brother Bunny vanishes from the Toronto City Hall skating rink, Spencer, a budding filmmaker,finds himself plunged into the stuff of movie thrillers:kidnapping,terrorists,intrigue, a missing document, a world-famous pop star, disguises, romance and a rogue alligator. As he races the clock to save his brother, he must sort the real from the make-believe and unravel a murder mystery involving his grandfather. The last time Spencer got tangled up in an adventure from his grandfather’s past, he didn’t believe it was for real. Now he can’t get anyone to believe him when he says that Bunny has been kidnapped and that someone is going to die. When he isn’t writing, Ted Staunton has a busy schedule as a speaker, workshop leader, story- teller and musical performer for children and adults.Ted is the author of numerous books for young readers of all ages, including Puddleman, the Morgan series and the acclaimed Hope Springs a Leak, which was shortlisted for both a Silver Birch Award and a Hackmatack Award. His most recent novel is the YA mystery thriller Who I’m Not. Ted lives in Port Hope, Ontario. For more information, visit www.tedstauntonbooks.com. Keywords: humor, brothers, loyalty, espionage October 2014 9781459805491 $10.95 pb 5 x 7.5 224 pages 9781459805507 pdf 9781459805514 epub ages 10+ Also by Ted Staunton Jump Cut 9781554699476 · $9.95 pb 9781554699483 pdf 9781554699490 epub ages 10+ “An entertaining story with a heart of gold.” —Kirkus Reviews for Jump Cut, Ted’s novel in Seven (the series). ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹
  34. 34. 32 www.orcabook.com The Wolf and Me Richard Scrimger Life isn’t about making sense. It’s a gift, and you do your best with it. Bunny is in trouble. He’s been kidnapped from the skating rink at City Hall in Toronto, and now he’s locked in a cold basement room, still in his parka and skates. Where is he? And why do his kidnappers keep asking questions about his dead grandpa and some weird national anthem? Bunny may not always know what’s going on, but he has an innocent’s ability to get to the heart of things and find out what it’s all about. When he manages to escape, he skates across hockey rinks and down frozen highways, always a few strides ahead of his kidnappers. He gets help along the way from an assortment of characters—some kindly, some crazy, some scary and at least one that will make your jaw drop. Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and adults. His middle-school novel The Nose from Jupiter won the Mr. Christie’s Book Award. His books have appeared on ALA’s Kids’ Picks list and on The Globe and Mail and ALA’s notable books lists and have been translated into almost a dozen languages (actually, eleven). Richard lives in Toronto, is the father of four, and is used to being laughed at. For more information, visit www.scrimger.ca. Keywords: brothers, skating, friendship, loyalty October 2014 9781459805316 $10.95 pb 5 x 7.5 256 pages 9781459805323 pdf 9781459805330 epub ages 10+ The Seven Sequels Also by Richard Scrimger Ink Me 9781459800168 · $9.95 pb 9781459800175 pdf 9781459800182 epub ages 10+ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ “Bunny’s a rare hero—not on anyone’s journey but his own.” —Kirkus Reviews for Ink Me, Richard’s novel in Seven (the series).
  35. 35. 33www.orcabook.com From the Dead Norah McClintock The mean streets of Detroit hide a multitude of sins. Rennie is in Uruguay when his cousins discover a secret cache at their dead grandfather’s cottage. Thousands of dollars in foreign currencies. A mystifying notebook. Multiple passports, some obviously fake. A gun. A disguise. And a photo of some Nazis. Rennie’s mission: to find out whether there was more to the old man than anyone knew. Was he a spy? If he was, what did he do? And for whom? Did he help a Nazi war criminal escape justice? Rennie’s quest leads him to Argentina and then to Detroit, where he finds more questions than answers and more than one gun pointed—and fired—in his direction. Norah McClintock writes mystery and crime fiction for young adult readers. She is the author of the Chloe and Levesque,Mike and Riel,Robyn Hunter,and Ryan Dooley series,as well as many stand- alone novels. Norah grew up in Montreal, Quebec, is a graduate of McGill University (in history, of all things) and lives in Toronto, Ontario. She is a five-time winner of the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Novel. Her novels have been translated into sixteen languages. For more information, visit www.norahmcclintock.com. Keywords: espionage, Nazi war crimes, Detroit, murder October 2014 9781459805378 $10.95 pb 5 x 7.5 272 pages 9781459805385 pdf 9781459805392 epub ages 10+ The Seven Sequels Also by Norah McClintock Close to the Heel 9781554699506 · $9.95 pb 9781554699513 pdf 9781554699520 epub ages 10+ “A neat, suspenseful mystery tailor-made for young readers.” —Kirkus Reviews for Close to the Heel, Norah’s novel in Seven (the series). ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹
  36. 36. 34 www.orcabook.com The Seven Sequels Tin Soldier Sigmund Brouwer When things hit you out of nowhere, pick yourself up and pretend nothing happened. Jim Webb’s pursuit of the truth about his grandfather’s role in the Vietnam War puts him squarely in the sights of someone high up in the US military—someone who wants certain events from that war left in the past. Webb goes on the run in the American Deep South with Lee, a Vietnam vet, trying to smoke out the man they call the Bogeyman by using Webb as bait. The Bogeyman may be powerful and smart, but Webb and Lee, with the help of a few of Lee’s old army buddies (and one motorcycle-riding girl), are ready to take him down. Sigmund Brouwer is the bestselling author of nineteen novels and several series of children’s books, including titles in the Orca Echoes, Orca Currents and Orca Sports series, with over three million books in print in seven different languages. His 2012 novel, Devil’s Pass, was a finalist for the John Spray Mystery Award, a Red Maple nominee and a Kirkus Reviews Critics’ Pick. For more infor- mation, visit www.rockandroll-literacy.com. Sigmund and his family divide their time between his hometown of Red Deer, Alberta, and Nashville,Tennessee, where his Grammy-nominated wife is a singer and songwriter. Keywords: honor, racism,Vietnam War, friendship, trust October 2014 9781459805460 $10.95 pb 5 x 7.5 272 pages 9781459805477 pdf 9781459805484 epub ages 10+ Also by Sigmund Brouwer Devil’s Pass 9781554699384 · $9.95 pb 9781554699391 pdf 9781554699407 epub ages 10+ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ “A strong, fast-paced survival story with a kick.” —Booklist for Devil’s Pass, Sigmund’s novel in Seven (the series).
  37. 37. 35www.orcabook.com Double You Shane Peacock Adam discovers the true meaning of “live and let die.” When Adam Murphy learns that his late, revered grandfather, David McLean, hid a huge stash of foreign cash and fake passports in the family’s cottage, he is stunned. Was Grandpa really a traitor, as some of the evidence suggests? And why was a loaded Walther PPK pistol hidden at the cottage? Determined to prove his grandfather’s innocence, Adam takes the famous James Bond gun and follows the clues to Bermuda,where he encounters danger,evidence of espionage,and an unusual girl named Angel Dahl. Desperate and on the run with Angel, pursued by a deadly operative, Adam races to other exotic locations, unsure if Angel is friend or foe, or if his grandfather was a hero or a villain. Three clues hold the dark secret of David McLean’s past—the letter W, a glass eye with a golden iris, and the haunting words of someone named Mr. Know. Shane Peacock is a biographer, journalist, screenwriter and the author of more than a dozen books for young readers,including The Boy Sherlock Holmes series. His work has won many honors, and his novel, Becoming Holmes, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Because Shane often writes about unusual subjects, his research methods have, at times, been out of the ordinary too; he has learned the arts of tight-rope walking, silent killing, trapeze flying and sumo eating, all in the service of his art. Shane and his wife, journalist Sophie Kneisel, live with their three children on a small farm near Cobourg, Ontario, where he continues to search for and imagine larger-than-life characters. In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey, reading, and sometimes even walking the wire. For more information, visit www.shanepeacock.ca. Keywords: espionage, James Bond, loyalty, friendship, Cuban Missile Crisis October 2014 9781459805347 $10.95 pb 5 x 7.5 272 pages 9781459805354 pdf 9781459805361 epub ages 10+ The Seven Sequels Also by Shane Peacock Last Message 9781554699353 · $9.95 pb 9781554699360 pdf 9781554699377 epub ages 10+ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ ‹ “A fantastic and thrilling page-turner.” —CM Magazine for Last Message, Shane’s novel in Seven (the series).
  38. 38. Seven (the Series) Audiobooks Rediscover the original Seven with these audiobook adventures. SEVE N SERIES THE 9781459808805 • Runtime: 5.5 hours 9781459808836 • Runtime: 4.5 hours 9781459808867 • Runtime: 5.5 hours 9781459808812 • Runtime: 5 hours 9781459808829 • Runtime: 4.5 hours 9781459808850 • Runtime: 4.5 hours9781459808843 • Runtime: 5.5 hours Seven (the series) Complete Audiobook set Includes Between Heaven and Earth by Eric Walters, Lost Cause by John Wilson, Jump Cut by Ted Staunton, Ink Me by Richard Scrimger, Close to the Heel by Norah McClintock, Devil's Pass by Sigmund Brouwer, Last Message by Shane Peacock. 9781459808874 • $199.95 Runtime: 35 hours $29.95 each!
  39. 39. The Seven Sequels Audiobooks Complete unabridged action-packed audio on CDs. 9781459808515 • Runtime: 4.75 hours 9781459808461 • Runtime: 5 hours 9781459808478 • Runtime: 6.25 hours 9781459808492 • Runtime: 5 hours 9781459808522 • Runtime: 4.5 hours 9781459808508 • Runtime: 5.25 hours9781459808485 • Runtime: 6.5 hours The Seven Sequels Complete Audiobook set Includes Sleeper by Eric Walters, Broken Arrow by John Wilson, Coda by Ted Staunton, The Wolf and Me by Richard Scrimger, From the Dead by Norah McClintock, Tin Soldier by Sigmund Brouwer, Double You by Shane Peacock. 9781459808539 • $199.95 Runtime: 35.5 hours $29.95 each!
  40. 40. OVER 100,000 COPIES SOLD “Richly detailed and satisfying.” -Kirkus Reviews 9781554699414 • $9.95 9781554699421 pdf 9781554699438 epub 9781554699445 • $9.95 9781554699452 pdf 9781554699469 epub 9781554699476 • $9.95 9781554699483 pdf 9781554699490 epub 9781459800168 • $9.95 9781459800175 pdf 9781459800182 epub 9781554699506 • $9.95 9781554699513 pdf 9781554699520 epub 9781554699384 • $9.95 9781554699391 pdf 9781554699407 epub 9781554699353 • $9.95 9781554699360 pdf 9781554699377 epub Also available as Seven (the series) bundle 9781459802704 • $59.95 Ages10andup SEVEN SERIES THE THE O RIGINAL SERIES 9781459802711 pdf 9781459802728 epub www. seventheseries .com
  41. 41. 39www.orcabook.com PRAISE FOR THE SERIES GRANDSONS JOURNEYS AUTHORS 1 AMAZING SER I ES www. seventheseries .com READ ONE. READ THEM ALL. YOU CHOOSE THE ORDER. Readers can look forward to Richard Scrimger's sense of humour, Norah McClintock's sense of mystery, John Wilson's take on history, Shane Peacock's dark plotting, Eric Walters' character- building challenges, Ted Staunton's musicality, and Sigmund Brouwer's problem-solving strategies to enrich the tales. Definitely a series for all readers. —CanLit for Little Canadians blog “I had to force myself to take a break for food and sleep once in a while. I just wanted to keep reading.” —Sam D. (teen reviewer with bookhype, a YALSA’s Teens Top Ten review program) “Every reader will doubtless have his or her own favourite...but all will find an intriguing package of books to savour.” —Canadian Children’s Book News Exciting and good fun...It's wonderful to read a book where you love all the characters and here I certainly did. —Back to Books blog “This series is going to be very popular...The Seven series is a must-purchase for public and school libraries that are looking to add more action and adventure stories to their collections for older children and teens. Highly Recommended. —CM Magazine Also available as ebooks Free Teachers’ Guide available online
  42. 42. 40 www.orcabook.com YA Fiction Two disappearances in one night. Someone knows the truth. September 2014 9781459805941 $12.95 pb 5.5 x 8.25 240 pages 9781459805958 pdf 9781459805965 epub ages 12+ About That Night Norah McClintock In the depths of winter,a woman wanders off in the snow. She is a popular former teacher and wife of a local policeman. A full-blown search begins. Meanwhile, Derek is staying with his new girlfriend and her parents while his family is out of town. He can’t believe his luck—Jordie is the hottest girl in school,and he’s going out with her.When Ronan,school bad boy and Jordie’s ex-boyfriend,shows up,Jordie decides that maybe Derek isn’t the one after all. But before she can end it with him, Derek disappears. Did he run away? Or did some- thing happen to him? Is there a connection between the two disappearances? As Jordie slowly starts unraveling the truth, she finds that nothing about that night is as it seems. When she finds Derek’s body, suspicion falls on her. And then on Ronan. But Jordie knows she didn’t kill Derek. And she is sure Ronan didn’t. So who is responsible? And why was Derek marked for death? Norah McClintock is a five-time winner of the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Novel. Her books include Guilty, Taken and She Said/She Saw. Norah lives in Toronto, Ontario. For information, visit www.norahmcclintock.com. Keywords: murder, small towns, rumor, suspicion, Alzheimer’s, love, loyalty, death
  43. 43. 41www.orcabook.com YA Fiction Two young people have made their way against the odds to find a new life in America. September 2014 9781927583425 $12.95 pb 5.5 X 8.25 288 pages ages 12+ Second Story Rachel’s Hope Shelly Sanders Rachel, a young Jewish woman from a small town in Russia, has made an incredible journey. Forced to leave her homeland because of the anti-Semitic violence that killed her father, she has made her way across land and sea to find refuge in Shanghai, China. Separated from her sweetheart, Sergei—a Christian who stayed behind to make his way in revolutionary Russia—Rachel finally gets to America—to California—where she won’t let anything stop her from achieving her goal of starting a new life—not poverty, not the great California earthquake. She meets and is inspired by women’s vote activists Emma Goldman and Anna Strunsky. When Rachel and Sergei are finally reunited, they realize that they have grown to have different dreams of what it means to be free. This is the final book in the Rachel Trilogy. Shelly Sanders was inspired to create the character Rachel (Rachel’s Secret, Rachel’s Promise, Rachel’s Hope) by the story of her grandmother, who fled Russia as a girl to escape the persecution of Jews,making her way to Shanghai,China,and then on to America. She went on to become the first Jewish woman to be accepted into University of California, Berkeley’s science program.  Keywords: American history, refugees, trailblazing women Also by Shelly Sanders Rachel's Promise 9781927583142 · $12.95 pb ages 12+ Rachel's Secret 9781926920375 · $12.95 pb ages 12+
  44. 44. Nix Minus One Jill MacLean “[A]n engrossing family drama in which both young and old learn what it means to grow up.” —Kirkus Reviews Nix Humbolt doesn’t talk much. Though at fifteen he’s taller and leaner than in his “Fatty Humbolt” days, he still lies low at school. At home, Nix finds refuge in his father’s workshop, where he builds intricate boxes and tables—and avoids arguments with his polar-opposite older sister. Roxy is so alive, the air around her vibrates. Nix would slay ten dragons for her, but she drives him crazy—especially when she decides to go after Bryan Sykes.The guy is seriously toxic, but Roxy won’t listen, so what can Nix do? The only battles he ever fights are on his Xbox—until the day he finds the guts to fight for Swiff Dunphy’s neglected dog. Twig won’t win any beauty contests, but Nix is determined to save her. And when things start to spiral out of control, she might just be the one who saves him. Publisher’s Weekly selected Nix Minus One as a Best New Book, adding,“Writing with careful, evocative language, MacLean explores love in myriad forms.” Kirkus Reviews calls it “Well-crafted and intense” and School Library Journal says,“Readers used to a diet of cliché-ridden YA fiction will enjoy this refreshing take on the teenage plight.” Jill MacLean divides her time between writing in her East Coast home, presenting in school classrooms and pursuing her love of nature. Keywords: siblings, dogs, grief Twist of the Blade The Shards of Excalibur, Book II Edward Willett The race is on to find the second Shard of Excalibur. Someone’s got a head start…and it’s not Ariane. Having saved the first Shard of the sword Excalibur from Internet mogul Rex Major (aka Merlin), Ariane and Wally are on the lookout for the second.Wally’s worried that the power of the first Shard is already changing Ariane,giving her the strength to do good and evil—and when she seriously hurts his bullying sister, Flish, it seems he’s right. Meanwhile,they have a serious problem: Ariane’s located the second Shard in France. Sure,her inherited powers from the Lady of the Lake enable her to travel magically through fresh water, but it hasn’t escaped their notice that there’s a huge saltwater ocean separating them from their next target. And Rex Major is already on his way there. As Major uses Wally’s doubts—and his secret wish to be more than just a nerdy sidekick— to cause a rift between the friends, Ariane takes the chance to go it alone. But if the first Shard’s power is barely controllable, how will she fare when two Shards are united? And what can Wally do to get his friend back? Edward Willett is the award-winning author of nearly fifty science fiction and fantasy,science and other nonfiction books for both young readers and adults. Keywords: quest, Arthurian legend, water, magic 42 www.orcabook.com YA Fiction October 2014 9781927485255 $14.95 pb 5.5 x 7.5 296 pages ages 12+ Pajama Press September 2014 9781550505993 $14.95 pb 5.5 x 8.5 256 pages ages 12–15 Coteau New in paperback!
  45. 45. 43www.orcabook.com Lorimer Podium Sports Academy It takes mind over matter to play through an injury. September 2014 9781459405875 · $9.95 pb 9781459405882 · $16.95 hc 5.5 x 8.5 136 pages ages 13+ Lorimer Hoop Dreams Lorna Schultz Nicholson Playing ball is what keeps Podium Sports Academy’s basketball captain going when things get rough. When there’s trouble back home, Allie turns to basketball. Ditto when her relationship is in trouble or when she’s at odds with her friends. But then tragedy strikes: an old knee injury resur- faces and Allie is told she might not be able to play again.With her hope of a future as an elite basket- ball player gone, Allie is overwhelmed by dark thoughts and feels she has nothing left to live for.That is, until unexpected support comes from two unlikely sources: her folks back home and her friends at Podium, her home away from home.  Lorna Schultz Nicholson has published more than a dozen sports novels for tweens as well as sports nonfiction. Inspired by real teen athletes, Podium Sports Academy novels follow the lives of superjocks at an elite high school where they train for a future in pro sports. Keywords: basketball, injury, suicide, courage, bravery
  46. 46. Reaching Reluctant Readers Hi-Lo books from Orca Book Publishers are short, high- interest novels, written at a lower reading level but with age-appropriate plots and characters. These books feature linear storylines, limited vocabulary and contemporary topics. Short, high-interest novels for ages 10 to 14 • Reading levels from grade 2.0 to 4.5 • 112–136 pages each • Accelerated Reader selections • Lexile levels available • Free individual teachers’ guides online Mystery stories with sports themes for ages 10+ • Reading levels from grade 2.0 to 4.5 • 144–192 pages each • Accelerated Reader selections • Lexile levels available • Free individual teachers’ guides online Contemporary, compelling stories for ages 12+ • Reading levels from grade 2.0 to 4.5 • 112–144 pages each • Accelerated Reader selections • Lexile levels available • Free individual teachers’ guides online Engaging, short novels for adults • Reading levels from grade 2.0 to 6.0 • 128–144 pages each • Great storytelling • Easy-to-read format • Free reading guides online 44 www.orcabook.com
  47. 47. Orca Soundings Collection Orca Currents Collection Orca Sports Collection Literacy starts in the classroom. Making the case for high-quality reluctant reader fiction. All of these titles are also available as ebooks. Email digital@orcabook.com for more information. 9781554692590 $696.50 Price valid until July 31, 2015 collection of 70 paperbacks ages 10–14 Orca Currents Resource Guide 9781554692347 • $45.00 cd 9781551439563 $45.00 coil-bound 9781554692583 $378.10 Price valid until July 31, 2015 collection of 38 paperbacks ages 10+ 9781554697984 • $25.00 cd 9781551439259 $25.00 coil-bound Orca Sports Resource Guide 9781554692606 $915.40 Price valid until July 31, 2015 collection of 92 paperbacks ages 12+ 9781554692330 • $45.00 cd 9781551439549 $45.00 coil-bound Orca Soundings Resource Guide 45www.orcabook.com www.reachingreluctantreaders.com Online Resources available at For Educators: • Classroom Projects • Common Core Resources • Digital Audiobooks • Research for Educators, including reading strategies and webinars • Reader’s Theater scripts • Text2Reader For Students: • Writing Tips • Debating Tips • Links to great research material on a variety of themes • Book Trailers The Middle Ground Zoe WhiTTall Reading level: 4.2 Interest level: Adult Themes: relationships, trust, literacy 978-1-55469-288-0 pb Summary Missy Turner’s son has gone to summer camp for six weeks, leaving behind an empty house— and a mother who realizes her only child will soon leave home. Missy heads for work, only to learn that the hardware store is closing and she’s out of a job. Naturally upset, she returns home—and walks in on her husband Dale making out with their next-door neighbor. Shocked, Missy heads to the café in town. Her day turns from bad to worse when, moments later, she finds herself being held at gunpoint—even if it is by a sexy Jude Law lookalike who smells like wood chips and soap. but the robbery goes wrong, and the police show up. Right there, Missy makes a choice. Her son is growing up. Her husband is a beer-bellied cheater in sweatpants. Maybe her sister is right: maybe she does need some adventure in her life. Missy helps the thug escape and eventually agrees to join him on a road trip to New York. Enthralled by her sudden freedom—and uncharacteristic badness—Missy camps out with her renegade outlaw in a tawdry motel. She buys his stories about how he’s really not a criminal, just a guy who’s been dealt a bad hand. but hours later, the guy pulls a gun on yet another cashier— and Missy finally connects the dots. Missy and her husband spend the summer apart. but her dangerous fling with the gunman has helped her see what matters most—and where she needs to make changes. As the summer draws to an end, Missy and Dale are back together, preparing to welcome their son home. There is a good chance they will work things out. READING GUIDE “These short, well-constructed books written by best-selling, award-winning authors are a gold mine for reluctant readers. It's not simply the short chapters and intelligently controlled vocabulary. The value of these books is the text's absence of condescension and the authors' inclusion of current vernacular phrases that don't sound contrived. The stories—contemporary in tone and situation­—engage the reader from the get-go and maintain their credibility.” —Resource Links
  48. 48. 46 www.orcabook.com Orca Currents October 2014 9781459807518 · $9.95 pb 9781459807549 · $16.95 hc 4.25 x 7 128 pages 9781459807525 pdf 9781459807532 epub ages 10–14 rl 2.8 September 2014 9781459807389 · $9.95 pb 9781459807396 · $16.95 hc 4.25 x 7 128 pages 9781459807402 pdf 9781459807419 epub ages 10–14 rl 3.2 Siege Jacqueline Pearce There’s more than one siege on this battlefield. When Jason agrees to go camping with his cousin Sean, he doesn’t picture two weeks at a War of 1812 reenactment camp. But that’s where he ends up.The historically accurate camp bans all trappings of modern life, like cell phones and electricity. Jason is not impressed, but they do get to fire muskets, and he secretly likes that, despite the general dorkiness of the camp. And then there’s the cute girl who works in the mess tent. And the sneaking around at night getting into trouble, which is fun—until Jason and his friends keep running into a camp counselor who is clearly up to no good.They resolve to find out exactly what the counselor is up to, but they may have taken on more than they can handle. Unlike her protagonist, Jacqueline Pearce enjoys learning about history. The author of numerous books for young people, including Manga Touch in the Orca Currents series, Jacqueline lives in Burnaby, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.jacquelinepearce.ca. Keywords: War of 1812, historical reenactment, history, adventure, muskets The Big Apple Effect Christy Goerzen Big city, big dreams and big drama for Maddie and her wacky mom. After a lifetime of New Age “adventures” with her weirdo hippie mom, fifteen-year-old Maddie is realizing a lifelong dream and visiting New York City. Armed with her 130-item to-do list, Maddie hits the streets of New York with her friend Anna and Anna’s brother,Thomas. Maddie drags her friends around on an epic quest for the ultimate art-show outfit, oblivious to the fact that they don’t share her passion for vintage clothing.Three days into the trip, a most unwelcome surprise—the arrival of Maddie’s mother—threatens to derail the entire adventure. As her mother’s obsession with dietary trends and fortune-tellers takes center stage, and everyone’s tempers get thin, Maddie has to face some ugly facts about how she’s been treating her friends. The Big Apple Effect is Christy Goerzen’s second novel featuring Maddie and her crazy mom. In the first, Farmed Out, the two wreaked havoc at Anna’s family’s farm. Christy lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Keywords: New York, NYC, art, fashion, vintage clothing, comedy, hippies, friendship
  49. 49. Alibi Kristin Butcher What to do when all the suspects have an alibi? Fifteen-year-old Christine is visiting her eccentric great-aunt in historic Witcombe, where a pickpocket has been victimizing tourists. Aunt Maude owns an antique store and also runs the town’s ghost walk, which gives Christine the opportunity to meet local characters and visi- tors, including a mysterious young man who seems to know far too much about the crimes. When the pickpocket targets Aunt Maude’s store, Christine is determined to find out who is behind the thefts. Her search takes her through the nooks and crannies of the quaint town full of stories, and she unearths more than one surprise. Kristin Butcher’s other Orca Currents titles have been featured on recommended-reading lists such as the PSLA Top 40 (Cheat) and YA Quick Picks nominee list (Caching In). Kristin lives in Campbell River, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.kristinbutcher.com. Keywords: mystery, intrigue, small towns, antiques 47www.orcabook.com Orca Currents September 2014 9781459807754 · $9.95 pb 9781459807761 · $16.95 hc 4.25 x 7 128 pages 9781459807778 pdf 9781459807785 epub ages 10–14 rl 3.5 October 2014 9781459807679 · $9.95 pb 9781459807686 · $16.95 hc 4.25 x 7 128 pages 9781459807693 pdf 9781459807709 epub ages 10–14 rl 3.8 Hate Mail Monique Polak Sometimes silence is uglier than the cruelest words. Jordie’s cousin Todd has moved back to Montreal and is attending Jordie’s high school. Todd has autism and requires an aide. Todd has not been welcomed in the school. He’s known as a freak,and even other parents seem to resent Todd’s special needs. Jordie does everything he can to distance himself from his cousin,fearful of what his friends might think.When he learns that Todd’s whole family is buckling under the pressure of a hateful letter, Jordie starts to question his own behavior. But Todd’s resources are unique, and he soon finds a way to prove his worth to his peers and to the community at large. Inspired by real-life events, Hate Mail examines the transformative power of speaking out against prejudice. Monique Polak has written several books in the Orca Currents series, including Pyro and 121 Express, an ALA popular paperback selection. Monique lives in Montreal, Quebec. For more information visit www.moniquepolak.com. Keywords: autism, bullying, hate mail, depression, family
  50. 50. 48 www.orcabook.com Orca Sports There’s a shark in the waters of Gulf Coast High. October 2014 9781459804418 $9.95 pb 4.25 x 7 192 pages 9781459804425 pdf 9781459804432 epub ages 10+ rl 4.2 Hardball Steven Barwin Baseball season has begun for the Gulf Coast Sharks. As a senior, Griffin has college in his sights and plans to land himself a baseball scholarship. His determination causes him to turn a blind eye to the hazing of new players by the team captain, Wade. But when Griffin senses that his cousin Carson is getting the brunt of Wade’s aggression, Griffin finally stands up to him. Soon after, steroids are found in Carson’s locker, and he’s kicked off the team. Can Griffin stop Wade’s reign of terror, prove his cousin’s innocence and still stay on track with his baseball dreams? Steven Barwin is a middle school teacher in Toronto, Ontario. He is the author of Hurricane Heat in the Orca Sport series and several Lorimer Sports Stories novels, including Fadeaway, Rock Dogs, SK8ER and Icebreaker, which was chosen as a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens selection. For more information, visit www.stevenbarwin.com. Keywords: baseball, college, scholarship, steroid use, hazing, competition, Florida Also by Steven Barwin Hurricane Heat 9781459802131 • $9.95 pb 9781459802148 pdf 9781459802155 epub ages 12+
  51. 51. The Way Back Carrie Mac Could things get any worse? Colby Wyatt has had a rough year. Her dad disappeared, she doesn’t have a place to live, and she’s addicted to meth.Thankfully,her best friend Gigi’s grandma takes her in,and Colby helps out with the family business, selling stolen goods in Gram’s pawnshop—stuff that Colby and Gigi along with Gigi’s brother Milo steal when they break into people’s houses, which Colby is pretty good at. Now she’s pregnant. Colby doesn’t tell anyone who the dad is. Instead, she checks herself into rehab so she can get clean and figure out how to keep the baby.Though Colby isn’t sure how to make a family, she’s determined to make things work, and she’s sure she can save Gigi too. But sometimes, no matter how hard you wish for something, it just doesn’t come true. Carrie Mac is the author of The Beckoners, Crush and Charmed. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For information, visit www.carriemac.com. Keywords: homelessness, crime, teen pregnancy, homosexuality, drug abuse, parenthood, family Homecoming Diane Dakers Maybe innocence is never clear-cut. Fiona’s dad comes home after sixteen months and eight days in jail. Along with her mother and family friends, she awkwardly welcomes him home. Uncle David is there, because he picked Dad up at jail. Dad’s best friend Simon, his wife May and neighbor Elisabeth are also at the house to greet Dad. He’s been away so long, it’s an uncomfortable reunion for Mom and Fiona, who have suffered financially, emotionally and socially in his absence. Even the dog, Honey, isn’t sure about Fiona’s dad anymore. Fiona’s dad was in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Or did he? Fiona thought she knew him. Believed he was innocent. But now that he’s home, her friends, her teachers, even her mom— everyone is treating him like a criminal. Guilty or not, Fiona’s father has ruined everything. When she starts getting lured into the darker side of life, she discovers who her father really is. Diane Dakers is a freelance writer and journalist. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For information, visit www.dianedakers.com. Keywords: crime, innocence, peer pressure, false accusations, sexual assault 49www.orcabook.com Orca Soundings September 2014 9781459807150 · $9.95 pb 9781459807167 · $16.95 hc 4.25 x 7 128 pages 9781459807174 pdf 9781459807181 epub ages 12+ rl 3.8 September 2014 9781459808034 · $9.95 pb 9781459808041 · $16.95 hc 4.25 x 7 128 pages 9781459808058 pdf 9781459808065 epub ages 12+ rl 3.5