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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 | 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.
      Marketing & Promotion
        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

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        Blog and social media promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      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 | 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.
      Marketing & Promotion
        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
      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.”
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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 | 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 | 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.
      Marketing & Promotion

        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
      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 | 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 earned her MFA in creative writing at UBC and lives with her family in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. For more information, visit brookecarter.com.
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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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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Identify Lesley Choyce Canada
    9781459814066 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: April 18, 2017
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.31 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 144 Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Ethan is an anxiety-ridden loner who relies on medication to get through his day. During one of his fairly frequent panic attacks, a girl from school named Gabriella comes to his rescue. Gabe, as she prefers to be known, is facing her own inner turmoil. She has always been a tomboy, but the more pressure she faces to act and dress "like a girl," the more she wonders just who she really is.

      When he learns that Gabe is being constantly harassed at school, Ethan discovers he is able to overcome his own fears in order to stand up for his new friend. Then Gabe finds a disturbing note in her locker, and the threats begin to escalate. Ethan confronts the person responsible, but things take an unexpected turn, and he suddenly finds himself being questioned by police, accused of assault. With a dose of courage and a surprising ally, the two friends come up with a plan to set things right and end up discovering who they really are along the way.
      Bio
      Lesley Choyce, who has been teaching English and creative writing for over thirty years, is the author of more than ninety books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Ann Connor Brimer Award. He has also been short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor, the White Pine Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, the Aurora Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and, most recently, the Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "Choyce is conscientious in dealing with gender and anxiety...Definitely worth exploring for those completely new to gender fluidity or anxiety issues in teens, as it makes a good primer."
      "The subject matter is very strong and very necessary."
      "Well-written and compulsively readable…While both teens make progress in the story, they still have growing to do, and this helps make the book uncommonly powerful."
      "Identify does not hold back in exploring difficult but relatable topics."
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    Subject to Change Karen Nesbitt Canada
    9781459811461 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: February 28, 2017
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.68 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Declan's life in small-town Quebec is defined by his parents' divorce, his older brother's delinquency and his own lackluster performance at school, which lands him with a tutor he calls Little Miss Perfect. He likes his job at the local ice rink, and he has a couple of good buddies, but his father's five-year absence is a constant source of pain and anger. When he finds out the truth about his parents' divorce, he is forced to reconsider everything he has believed about his family and himself.
      Bio

      Karen Nesbitt works as a high school counselor near Montréal, Québec. The mother of two teenagers, Karen spends most of her days immersed in teen culture. She lives with her husband and children in Pierrefonds, Québec. Subject to Change is Karen's debut novel.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      White Pine Award 2018, Short-listed
      Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature 2017, Winner
      Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      "Nesbitt has crafted a sensitive portrait of a teen's uncertain relationship with a gay parent...Fans of John Corey Whaley and John Green will enjoy this realistic young adult story."
      "This is a realistically portrayed segment of the teenage population that is under represented in literature. The author...seems to have significant insight to the adolescent characters."
      "Vividly illustrates the confusion, elation, pain, and self-doubt typical of adolescence. Nesbitt does a great job of personalizing issues such as homosexuality, divorce, substance abuse, racism, and poverty...It is touching to see how [Declan's] character develops and changes...All in all, Subject to Change is a gritty, touching, well-told story with great character development."
      "Nesbitt makes adept use of her experience working with teens. Declan's convincing observations about the world around him are sharp, but he still comes off like a real teenage boy."
      "Nesbitt's debut novel brilliantly captures the anger, angst, and alienation left by a socially marginalized teenager struggling to make sense of his fractured family relationships. The book touches on an aspect of the Holocaust that many young people may not be aware of. A smattering of profane language and scenes involving marijuana use and alcohol abuse provide a gritty sense of reality to this finely written book."
      "The characters are realistic and sympathetic…The story rings true and the reader roots for Declan as he becomes more mature. Readers ages 13 and up will enjoy this story of a boy who faces his problems with the help of family and friends."
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Another Miserable Love Song Brooke Carter Canada
    9781459813120 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: August 30, 2016
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.3 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Kallie Echo is starting to think dreams are dangerous. Her dad had one—to be a rock star—and then he died. Now Kallie is practically homeless and her life is falling apart. So when a punk band asks Kallie to sing for them, she must decide if she's got the heart to front a band of rocker chicks (and one trans guy). Can she find a new purpose in punk? And will the drummer with the amazing smile break her heart?

      The band goes on tour, and everything hinges on Kallie. It's a lot of pressure—especially when you throw in substance abuse and Kallie's deadbeat mom showing up at the worst time. Kallie must learn to trust her friends, and herself, if she's going to get over the past and make a new future. But if she dares to dream again, will she lose it all?
      Bio
      Brooke Carter earned her MFA in creative writing at UBC and lives with her family in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. For more information, visit brookecarter.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "Carter's novel is a quick paced read that packs a lot of action into its 127-pages...The novel is able to knit together weighty themes including transgender issues, dealing with death, finding love and substance abuse. Specifically, Carter's presentation of transgender issues and how someone might experience them in a real life are believable and may help readers understand these realities more deeply...Recommended."
      "A thoroughly modern and realistic love story unencumbered by moralizing or politics…There is depth to this truncated story and the author's edgy delivery saves it from shallow breathiness. The title is a characteristic touch of the book's unadorned view of life balanced by a faith in abiding goodness, regardless of context. The story of the transitioning Jamie and her-then-his involvement with Kallie has a ring of genuine truth about it."
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    Pride Celebrating Diversity & Community Robin Stevenson Canada
    9781459809932 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Holidays & Celebrations Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: April 19, 2016
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.3 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it?
      Bio
      Robin Stevenson is the award-winning author of many novels for kids and teens. Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community is her first work of nonfiction. Robin has identified as queer since she was a young adult and has been taking part in Pride Day celebrations for thirty years. She lives on the west coast of Canada with her partner, Cheryl, and their twelve-year-old son. For more information, visit www.robinstevenson.com.
      Marketing & Promotion
        • Promotion at 2016 Pride events
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      PNBA Book Award 2017, Short-listed
      Red Maple Non-Fiction 2017, Short-listed
      Stonewall Honor Book in Children's and Young Adult Literature 2017, Winner
      USBBY Outstanding International Books 2017, Winner
      Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize 2017, Short-listed
      Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award 2018, Short-listed
      Red Cedar Book Award nominee 2018, Short-listed
      Information Book Award 2017, Short-listed
      Bolen Books Children's Book Prize 2017, Short-listed
      Rocky Mountain Book Award 2018, Short-listed
      Rainbow Book List 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      "A fantastic achievement, a book that gives serious attention to often ignored groups within LGBT history...Stevenson’s account of the history of Pride is peppered with historical photos and documents, personal stories—including Stevenson’s own—“Queer Facts,” and highlights of the growing Pride movements around the globe, many of which all too often become background noise on global news stations...What makes this book suitable and relevant to young readers is the emphasis that Stevenson places on youth involvement in contemporary and historical celebrations and activism. A number of the personal accounts and quotes throughout the book are also from young people. This is an incredibly detailed account, considering the short page count, and Pride should be shelved in school libraries and classrooms alike as a more contemporary companion to Ken Setterington’s Branded by the Pink Triangle. Highly Recommended."
      "LGBTQ culture and rights are covered through the prism of Pride in this timely work...Using Pride as a way to talk about LGBTQ gives the information a new slant...The appropriately rainbow-themed design features plentiful photographs, both black-and-white and color, in a lively design...This attractive work will be welcomed by readers searching for guidance and hope."
      "Informative...Positively festive in its attitudes and outlook, this book more than lives up to the word celebrating in its subtitle."
      “Upbeat and matter-of-fact...I can see this book nestled between Canada Day and Thanksgiving in the celebrations section of the library, filling a gap...Solid non-fiction...As useful and appealing as this book will be to a general audience, there will be another group of readers seeking it out with more focus. Not every kid, even in this country, lives in a joyous climate of acceptance, and books are often a place where they find information and community. Much of this is provided in the form of individual vignettes. These stories, sad and happy, are where vulnerable preteen kids may see themselves."
      "[Pride] does well to address the obstacles that the community has faced and puts names and faces to those who are the agents of change."
      “A visually appealing, quick, and thorough look at Pride parades and celebrations, how they came to be, and what they celebrate...An excellent and necessary addition for all collections.”
      "This timely, attractive and cheerful book will engage any student from middle school and beyond...Extremely well designed...The writing is clear and completely straightforward, addressing the intended reader honestly and without talking down at all. The writer portrays the LGBTQ community as normal and welcoming, powerful and inclusive, the way most Canadians, especially students, view it today. This book is a must-buy for all schools in Canada."
      "Not only about celebration, but also protest and the future of acceptance. Colorful pictures with bold captions coupled with sidebars labeled as Queer Facts make this an eye-pleasing option for a broad audience and will lend itself to the conversation."
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Under Threat Robin Stevenson Canada
    9781459811317 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: March 01, 2016
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 76 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Franny is close to her parents, adores her horse and is head over heels in love with her girlfriend, Leah. But Franny’s parents are abortion providers at the local hospital, and an anonymous stranger is prepared to do whatever it takes to stop them. A stranger who phones at all hours. Who knows where they live. Who knows Franny’s name. When Leah’s older brother, Jake, refers to her parents as baby killers, Franny starts to wonder if perhaps the threats aren’t coming from a stranger at all. If she tells the police about her suspicions, she could lose her girlfriend. But if she doesn’t—and if she’s right—she could lose her parents.
      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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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Commended
      Rainbow Book List 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      "Out of the mouths of teens come a most succinct and unabashed argument for reproductive rights...[Stevenson] doesn't preach to readers but allows the conversations to organically arise in familiar circumstances, such as a lovers' quarrel or a family discussing the meaning of safety...A smart, realistic, fast-paced piece of fiction for teens."
      "Being in a gay relationship is particularly challenging for teens, and especially in a fundamentalist household. But Stevenson...manages to safely and effectively control...combustible topics."
      "Stevenson offers an effective portrayal of young adults discussing issues in the history of abortion...[The book] underscore[s] the importance of really knowing and acting on your values, as well as knowing the beliefs of the people you call friends."

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