Orca LGBTQ+ through December 2020

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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Hey Jude Star Spider Canada
    9781459826359 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: September 22, 2020 Print Run: 6000
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.25 in | 200 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      ? “An emotionally layered book with accurate insight into mental illness, ideal for reluctant readers.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      Seventeen-year-old Penny is struggling to balance caring for Jude, her sister with mental health challenges, working part-time to help her mother with money issues and facing her final year of high school. She does not need any distractions. But then she meets Jack. The two of them click immediately. But as quickly as things heat up, they then cool down, and Penny isn’t sure why. Does she have room for her feelings for Jack alongside her worries that her sister is crashing into suicidal depression again?
      Bio

      Star Spider's stories and poetry often explore mental health and LGBTQ themes. Her debut novel, Past Tense (HarperCollins), was published in 2018. She lives in Toronto.

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      Awards
      Reviews
      ? “An emotionally layered book with accurate insight into mental illness, ideal for reluctant readers.”
      “Realistic and well-developed...Highly Recommended.”
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    Series: Orca Echoes
    Genius Jolene Sara Cassidy Canada, Charlene Chua Canada
    9781459825291 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date: April 07, 2020 Print Run: 3000
    $7.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.25 in | 120 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 84 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      On her annual trip in her father’s 18-wheeler, eight-year-old Jolene is headed to Los Angeles on a six-day road trip to deliver some newsprint with her dad. Just like last year, they tell each other stories and listen to music. They also keep up their favorite tradition: critiquing one type of food at every stop. This time it’s onion rings.

      But this year is also different. Unlike last year, Jolene’s parents are no longer together. They split up when her father came out as gay. These are big changes for Jolene, but she is spunky and smart and has a good heart. She’s ready for new adventures and to stand up for what’s right—both on and off the road.
      Bio

      Sara Cassidy is a journalist, editor and author of over 15 books for young readers. Her books have been short-listed for many awards, including the Chocolate Lily Award for both Black Gold and Blackberry Juice, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award for A Boy Named Queen and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize for Skylark. Additionally, both A Boy Named Queen and Double Play were Junior Library Guild selections. Her poetry and short fiction have been widely published. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.



      Charlene Chua grew up in Singapore, where she divided her time between drawing, reading comics and failing her Mandarin classes. She has worked with clients from Canada, USA, Europe, Singapore and Australia on a wide variety of illustration projects. Charlene lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
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        Marketing and Promotional Plans
        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution
        • Blog and social media promotion
        • Outreach in Orca newsletter
        • Planned appearances at local writers festivals
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “Father-daughter bonding story in a remarkable setting.”
      “Jolene’s enjoyable and insightful journey makes the complex themes of family, acceptance, and forgiveness accessible to young readers through easy-to-read text and spirited illustrations.”
      “[An] approachable, representative, middle grade chapter book focusing on father-daughter relationships.”
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    Series: Runecaster
    The Stone of Sorrow Brooke Carter Canada
    9781459824393 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: April 07, 2020 Print Run: 8000
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75 in | 400 gr | 312 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      In a land of myth and ice, seventeen-year-old Runa Unnursdóttir is not the runecaster her clan has been hoping for. She spends her days daydreaming of sailing away and exploring the world instead of studying the runes and learning her spells. The villagers consider her odd, in looks and in manner. She’s nothing like her talented sister, Sýr, keeper of the sacred moonstone that ensures the village’s continued survival. But when a rival clan led by an evil witch raids the village and kidnaps her sister, Runa is forced to act. With a fallen Valkyrie by her side, and the help of a gorgeous half-elf Runa is not quite sure she can trust, the apprentice must travel to the site of an ancient runecasting competition to try to win back the magical gem. But the journey will not be easy; the three unlikely companions encounter malevolent and supernatural creatures at every turn. Somehow, Runa must summon the courage and strength to face her destiny, a destiny she never wanted. Or die trying.
      Bio
      Brooke Carter is Icelandic-Canadian. She is the author of several books for teens, including Another Miserable Love Song, Learning Seventeen and The Unbroken Hearts Club in the Orca Soundings line. She earned her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.
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        Marketing and Promotional Plans
        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including LibraryThing and NetGalley
        • Blog post interview with author
        • Social media promotion
        • Planned appearance at local writers festival
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “An atmospheric fantasy steeped in Norse mythology—my delight in this story grew with each page!”
      The Stone of Sorrow is darkly magnificent and filled with wonders. The story of Runa and her quest is raw and terribly beautiful and I cannot wait for the next installment in the Runecaster trilogy. The most exciting fantasy I have read in a very long time.”
      “Fast-paced, engaging narrative...An appealing story for readers interested in fantasy and myth.”
      “Readers who enjoy Norse mythology, magic and adventure will find The Stone of Sorrow, with its hints of humor and its complicated characters, a compelling read. Highly Recommended.”
      “Spirited...A magical alternate Iceland results in evocative atmospherics...Empathy is a major theme, and a queer relationship and a nonbinary character are inclusive additions to the novel.”
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    Pride The Celebration and the Struggle Revised and Expanded Edition Robin Stevenson Canada
    9781459821248 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / LGBT Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: March 24, 2020 Print Run: 10000
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.56 in | 620 gr | 168 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      ? “An indispensable and celebratory primer on the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights. An excellent resource that is as thorough as it is visually appealing.” —School Library Journal, starred review

      Like the original version, this new edition of Pride: The Celebration and the Struggle celebrates the LGBTQ+ community's diversity and the incredible victories of the past 50 years—but it also has a larger focus on activism, the need to keep fighting for equality and freedom around the world and the important role that young people are playing. The new edition has been updated and expanded to include many new Proud Moments and Queer Facts as well as a profile of LGBTQ+ refugees from Indonesia, a story about a Pride celebration in a refugee camp in Kenya and profiles of young activists, including teens from a Gender and Sexuality Alliance organizing Pride in Inuvik and a trans girl from Vancouver fighting for inclusion and support in schools. There is also a section on being an ally, a profile of a family with two gay dads (one of them trans) and much, much more!

      Praise for the first edition, Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community

      “LGBTQ culture and rights are covered through the prism of Pride in this timely work...This attractive work will be welcomed by readers searching for guidance and hope.”—Kirkus Reviews

      “Informative...Positively festive in its attitudes and outlook, this book more than lives up to the word celebrating in its subtitle.”—Booklist

      “Upbeat and matter-of-fact...These stories, sad and happy, are where vulnerable preteen kids may see themselves.”—Quill & Quire

      “An excellent and necessary addition for all collections.”—School Library Journal
      Bio
      Robin Stevenson is the author of more than 25 books for kids and teens, including ?The Summer We Saved the Bees and Pride Colors. The first edition of her nonfiction book Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (2016) won a Stonewall Honor and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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        Marketing and Promotional Plans 
        • Local and national media initiatives
        • Author tour of cross-country Pride events, writers festivals and school presentations
        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        • Blog and social media promotion
        • Promotional bookmark
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      ? “An indispensable and celebratory primer on the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights. An excellent resource that is as thorough as it is visually appealing.”
      “If your school or library already has Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community, that’s fantastic, but I would strongly recommend getting the revised and expanded edition so the young people in your life are as enlightened and invigorated as possible, to make a better future for all. Highly Recommended.”
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Blood Sport Tash McAdam Canada
    9781459824362 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: January 28, 2020 Print Run: 3000
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in | 120 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 128 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Jason is sure his sister, Becca, was murdered, but he’s the only one who thinks so. After finding a photograph Becca kept hidden, he decides to infiltrate a boxing gym to prove that she didn’t die accidentally. As a transgender kid, Jason’s been fighting for as long as he can remember, and those skills are going to come in handy as he investigates. Quickly invited into the inner circle, Jason must balance newfound friendships with the burning hate that drives him. Jason soon feels torn between two worlds, determined to discover what happened to his sister but struggling with the fact that this is the first time he’s ever felt like he belonged somewhere.
      Bio

      Tash McAdam is a Welsh Canadian author of several books for young people. Tash identifies as trans and queer and uses the neutral pronoun they. As an English teacher, they are fully equipped to defend that grammar! They teach high school English and computer science and have a couple of black belts in karate. They live in Vancouver.

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        Marketing and Promotional Plans 
        • Print and online advertising campaigns 
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences 
        • Extensive ARC distribution 
        • Blog post and social media promotion; season's social media splash for new hi-lo 
        • Outreach in Orca newsletter 
        • Planned appearance at local writers festival
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “This contemporary thriller offers suspense, intense sports competition, and a fast-paced plot leading to a resolution that emphasizes chosen family and inner-community support...A gripping mystery for reluctant readers.”
      “Sure to grab readers and keep them interested as they follow Jason and his quest for justice. The novel is a rip-roaring read that does exactly what it sets out to do—be engaging, highly readable, and incredibly thoughtful. Highly Recommended.”
      ? “This book checks all the boxes of a hi-lo text. It has an exciting hook, a modern teen worldview, and is at a lower reading level...A must-buy for libraries looking for diverse and compelling hi-lo books.”
      “The focused, deliberate writing keeps up the pace; this agile murder mystery moves like a bantamweight champion. Gritty yet without the pitfalls of trauma porn, this novel has the tough shell of noir but a tender underbelly, making it a great read for those looking for realistic yet trans-affirming fiction.”
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    Pride Colors Robin Stevenson Canada
    9781459820708 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date: March 12, 2019
    $10.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.56 in | 320 gr | 28 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Through gentle rhymes and colorful photographs of adorable children, Pride Colors is a celebration of the deep unconditional love of a parent or caregiver for a young child. The profound message of this delightful board book is you are free to be whoever you choose to be; you'll always be loved.

      Celebrated author Robin Stevenson ends her purposeful prose by explaining the meaning behind each color in the Pride flag: red = life, orange = healing, yellow = sunlight, green = nature, blue = peace and harmony, and violet = spirit.
      Bio
      Robin Stevenson is the author of more than twenty-five books for kids and teens, including The Summer We Saved the Bees and Pride Colors. The first edition of her nonfiction book Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (2016) won a Stonewall Honor and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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        Key Selling Points

        Babies and toddlers are introduced to the PRIDE flag and the meaning behind each color.

        Images show diverse babies and family structures: LGBTQIA+.

        Photographic color concept book explores the meaning behind each color of the PRIDE flag ie. red = life, orange = healing.

        Award winning author of the 2017 Stonewall Honor book, USBBY Outstanding International Books selection, and BC Book Prizes Honor Book Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (2016).

        Robin Stevenson's YA book, A Thousand Shades of Blue (2008), was nominated for the
        Governor General's Award.

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        Print and online advertising campaigns

        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences

        Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley

        Blog and social media promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Lambda Literary Award LGBTQ Children's/Young Adult Books 2020, Short-listed
      ALA Rainbow List 2020, Commended
      Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2020, Commended
      Bank Street College of Education Best Books 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "Affirming phrases remind adults reading the text (and ensure those listening) that no matter what, they are loved and accepted and are recognized within the open-ended nature of the flag. Along with Richard Van Camp's Welcome Song for Baby and Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang's Toesy Toes Pride Colors is a declaration of human difference and resilience in the face of so much adversity seen around the world today."
      ★ "Awash in messages of love and the celebration of individuality, this dual concept book highlights LGBTQIA+ families in a positive, glittery light. A rare treat for both Pride Day and everyday sharing. Essential for all libraries serving young children and their caregivers."
      "Parents will enjoy reading Stevenson's loving words as much as children will enjoy the uplifting statements, gentle rhythms, and bright photos of children (and a few parents) on the pages…A delightful addition to the small number of LGBTQ-inclusive board books and to young children's books celebrating LGBTQ history and Pride."
      ★ "A good thing comes in a small, rainbow package...A joyful, affirming, pride-filled read."
      "Stevenson captures the essence of Pride...an expansive celebration with room for all who love and cherish others."

      “Parents and educators will want a copy of this book for their library. Both the text and photographs show the beauty of all people of this world and the importance of sharing our love with everyone.”

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    A Plan for Pops Heather Smith Canada, Brooke Kerrigan Canada
    9781459816145 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: February 19, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.31 in | 380 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 38 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. They walk to the library hand in ?hand, like a chain of paper dolls. Grandad reads books about science and design, Pops listens to rock and roll, and Lou bounces from lap to lap. But everything changes one Saturday. Pops has a fall. That night there is terrible news: Pops will need to use a wheelchair, not just for now, but for always. Unable to cope with his new circumstances, he becomes withdrawn and shuts himself in his room. Hearing Grandad trying to cheer up Pops inspires Lou to make a plan. Using skills learned from Grandad, and with a little help from their neighbors, Lou comes up with a plan for Pops.
      Bio
      Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her family. Her Newfoundland roots inspire much of her writing. Her middle-grade novel Ebb and Flow was short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award, and her YA novel The Agony of Bun O'Keefe won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award and was short-listed for the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.

      Brooke Kerrigan has loved to draw ever since she was a little girl, so it seemed only natural that she would grow up to be an artist. Of all her creative endeavors, illustrating children's books is her favorite. Born in Toronto, Ontario, she currently lives with her husband in the French Alps, in a little town that inspires her every day. For more information, visit brookekerrigan.com.
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        Key Selling Points

        Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. But when Pops has a fall, Lou and Grandad come up with a plan to make Pops smile.

        Themes of multigenerational relationships, imagination and play, depression.

        LGBTQ+ content: Lou has two grandfathers--Lou's gender is never specified.

        Heather Smith's previous picture book, Angus All Aglow, was purchased by Scholastic.

        Also available in French: Une idee for Papi.

        Includes STEM content: Lou and grandparents build a Rube Goldberg machine.

        Marketing and Promotional Plans


        Print and online advertising campaigns

        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade
        conferences

        Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley

        Blog and social media promotion

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Blue Spruce Award 2020, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      OLA Best Bets—Top Ten 2019, Commended
      ALA Rainbow List Top Ten 2020, Commended
      Best Spiritual Book of the Year 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "A positive and realistic representation of both a wheelchair user and an elderly, interracial gay male couple. "
      "Accompanied by Kerrigan's muted, pastel-coloured illustrations… Smith's narrative creates a fully rounded and sympathetic storyline with characters with whom youngsters will likely be able to identify…A delicious, enjoyable, and necessary narrative for modern families with a non-normative makeup. Highly Recommended."
      "A fond and sympathetic story, told with attractive particulars, of the challenging pitfalls of aging and their effects on the family…[A] welcome reminder that even after a daunting change, family can still be family."
      "A beautiful and uplifting book to help children learn how to handle challenges and help others; a great choice for intergenerational picture book shelves."
      "The bond between Lou and his loving grandparents shines through in this unique story. The matter-of-factness of their relationship is worth noting, as this type of representation for same-sex couples will help children appreciate the diversity that exists in many families, without overstating it."
      "Uplifting and empowering, A Plan for Pops is a great read with inspiring messaging and lovely illustrations."
      "A marvelous book on many, many levels and deserves a wide readership. Pick it up for your children, grandchildren, grandparents, or others in your lives, and recommend it to all the children’s librarians you know."
      "Add this one to your go-to list."
      "[Children] will be instantly drawn in by the warmth and love that binds these three characters together."

      “Smith’s characters are real and honest…Kerrigan’s digital artwork…is both engaging and touching.”


      “Whatever message a young child gets out of this book, it will be a powerful one… This book is an excellent choice for the pre-school land the early elementary-aged child.”
      “A warm intergenerational story accompanied by expressive illustrations full of engaging detail.”
      “One of those books that bursts out of its ages 3 - 5 range because of its tender, funny pictures and heartwarming storyline that speak to the best in humanity, at any age.”
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    Une idée pour Papi Heather Smith Canada, Brooke Kerrigan Canada, Rachel Martinez Canada
    9781459822054 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: February 19, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.31 in | 380 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 38 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Lou passe tous ses samedis avec Grand-Papa et Papi. Ils se rendent à la bibliothèque main dans la main, comme une guirlande de personnages en papier. Grand-Papa lit des livres sur la science et le design, Papi écoute des disques de rock and roll et Lou va de l’un à l’autre. Mais un jour, tout bascule. Papi fait une chute qui a des conséquences terribles: il sera confiné à un fauteuil roulant pour toujours, tout le temps. Incapable d’accepter son état, il se renferme et ne sort plus de sa chambre. En entendant Grand-Papa essayer d’égayer Papi, Lou a une idée. En utilisant des compétences qu’il a apprises de Grand-Papa et avec un peu d’aide des voisins, Lou élabore un plan pour Papi.
      Bio
      Originaire de Terre-Neuve, Heather Smith vit à Waterloo, en Ontario, avec son mari et ses trois enfants. Ces derniers lui ont appris beaucoup de choses dans la vie, mais surtout que l’amour, c’est l’amour, et que tous les problèmes peuvent se régler grâce aux deux P : la persévérance et la patience. Heather Smith a écrit des livres pour les enfants de tout âge, dont son plus récent est Angus All Aglow.

      Brooke Kerrigan aime dessiner depuis qu’elle est toute petite. Elle est donc devenue artiste. De tous ses projets créatifs, c’est l’illustration de livres pour enfants qu’elle préfère. Née à Toronto en Ontario, elle s’est installée avec son mari dans une petite ville des Alpes françaises qui l’inspire jour après jour.

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        Key Selling Points

        Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. But when Pops has a fall, Lou and Grandad come up with a plan to make Pops smile.

        Themes of multigenerational relationships, imagination and play, depression.

        LGBTQ+ content: Lou has two grandfathers--Lou's gender is never specified.

        Heather Smith's previous picture book, Angus All Aglow, was purchased by Scholastic.

        Also available in English: A Plan for Pops

        Includes STEM content: Lou and grandparents build a Rube Goldberg machine.

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        Print and online advertising campaigns

        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade
        conferences

        Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley

        Blog and social media promotion

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “Je suis tombée en amour avec la douceur des portraits, les détails et les couleurs pastel. Vraiment, c’est du bonbon pour les yeux. Le récit est chouette car il est vraiment d’actualité…Le récit nous amène aussi sur les thèmes de la résilience face aux difficultés.”
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Cub Paul Coccia Canada
    9781459820821 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: January 29, 2019
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in | 120 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 120 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      In the gay community, a young, husky man is known as a "cub" Seventeen-year-old Theo fits the definition perfectly, but he is very self-conscious about his body. So when his best friend signs him up for a cooking competition at Heat, the city's newest trendy restaurant, Theo is nervous. He's confident in his baking ability, and dreams of opening his own bakery one day, but he's not a chef, and he hates being in the spotlight.

      As Theo survives round after round, he gains the admiration of both the audience and the restaurant owner, a sexy celebrity chef known as KCC. When the owner makes it clear he is more interested in what Theo might do outside the kitchen, Theo has to decide how far he is willing to go to launch his career.
      Bio
      Paul Coccia has an MFA in creative writing from UBC. He is a great cook, although he prefers to bake. His specialty is cupcakes, but he has also experimented with animal-shaped macarons and flooded cookies. Paul lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his family and two dogs.
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        Key Selling Points

        A talented teen chef navigates the world of celebrity and power when he's thrust into the spotlight as a contestant on a cooking show.

        Themes of abuse of power, and self-consciousness.

        Top Chef for teens

        Orca Soundings are written in accessible language for teens who are struggling or undiscovered readers.

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        Print and online advertising campaigns

        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences

        Digital and print ARCs available
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "Short paragraphs and straightforward dialogue make this ideal for reluctant readers. A gay protagonist and a drag queen will resonate with an LGBTQ+ audience…The tough truth of marginalized communities attacking their own is difficult to face but accurate in its exposure of toxic behavior; Theo's shaky navigation is inspiring."
      "Cub allows Theo to fully develop as a young gay man…An encouraging and necessary story, Cub is a book that will start important conversations among younger readers, librarians, and educators."
      "Fiction for teens that deals with the LGBT experience is in short supply, and this one tackles the important concepts of consent and age appropriateness."
      “Sure to delight young and reluctant readers…especially LGBTQ audiences.”
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Learning Seventeen Brooke Carter Canada
    9781459815537 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: January 16, 2018
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in | 120 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 76 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      New Hope Academy, or, as seventeen-year-old Jane Learning likes to call it, No Hope, is a Baptist reform school where Jane is currently being held captive.

      Of course, smart, sarcastic Jane has no interest in reforming, failing to see any benefit to pretending to play well with others. But then Hannah shows up, a gorgeous bad girl with fiery hair and an even stormier disposition. She shows Jane how to live a full and fulfilling life even when the world tells you you're wrong, and how to believe in a future outside the "prison" walls. Jane soon learns, though, that Hannah is quietly battling some demons of her own.
      Bio

      Brooke Carter is the author of several contemporary books for teens, including Learning Seventeen and The Unbroken Hearts Club from the Orca Soundings line and the YA fantasy The Stone of Sorrow in the Runecasters series.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      "Learning Seventeen is more than a simple coming-of-age story. Carter does not back down from the difficult topics…A very deep read. Highly Recommended."

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