Orca Soundings through December 2019: Contemporary, compelling stories for teens

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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Crime Club Melodie Campbell Canada
    9781459822382 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: August 27, 2019
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.33 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 76 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Sixteen-year-old Penny has moved with her mom and huge dog, Ollie, to live above a small-town pub owned by her aunt. It's a relief to start over in a place where no one knows her father is in prison.

      It's summer, and the only person she knows is her nerdy cousin Simon. Soon she meets Simon's best friend, Brent, and Brent's twin sister, Tara, and their pug, Wolfgang.

      When Ollie digs up a human bone in the backyard of the pub, police are called. It turns out the bone is over twenty years old. Who can the dead person be? Surely Aunt Stella can't be involved.

      Penny and Simon decide to investigate. Together with Brent and Tara, they form The Crime Club. And before long they discover one thing: if you've killed before, you can kill again.
      Bio
      Winner of many awards, Melodie Campbellhas been both a finalist for and a winner of the Derringer and Arthur Ellis awards for crime writing. She has over two hundred publications, including a hundred comedy credits, forty short stories and the Goddaughter series in the Rapid Reads collection. Her work has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Star Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Canadian Living, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and many more. Melodie lives in Oakville, Ontario.
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        Key Selling Points
        Melodie Campbell is the author of the successful Goddaughter series.
        Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine recently called her “the Canadian literary heir to Donald Westlake.”
        The book is a delightful combo of the amateur sleuthing and adventure of the Nancy Drew series and the mafia family calamities of the Sopranos, but without the violence.
        This is a fast-paced, funny murder mystery.

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    • Awards & Reviews

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      "Fun thriller...An accessible thriller for reluctant readers."
      “A breezy engaging read, particularly for reluctant readers.”
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Watch Out Alison Hughes Canada
    9781459822351 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: August 27, 2019
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.34 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 76 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Fifteen-year-old Charlie stays home from school so he can help his older brother, Tom, who is in a hip-to-toe cast after breaking his leg in a football game. When not waiting on his brother hand and foot, Charlie investigates a series of break-ins that have the whole neighborhood on edge. Things really hit home when Charlie nearly catches the thief and then foils an attempted break-in at his own house. As he continues to piece together the clues, Charlie realizes that the easiest way for the culprit to avoid suspicion is to hide in plain sight.
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      Alison Hughes is an award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including Hide and Shriek in the Orca Soundings collection. Alison volunteers for children and literacy and gives frequent presentations at schools, libraries and young-writer conferences. She lives in Edmonton with her family.
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        Key Selling Points
        Alison Hughes has written many books for young people including the YA novel Hit the Ground Running, which was nominated for a Governor-General’s Award.
        Resource Links called Hide and Shriek, Alison Hughes’ first Orca Soundings title, “a suspenseful page-turner.”
        In the vein of old-fashioned mysteries like Hitchcock’s Rear Window or To Catch a Thief, this story is full of mile-a-minute drama.
        The brothers are good friends rather than rivals, a trope that is often used in literature.

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    • Awards & Reviews

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      "An entertaining roller-coaster ride of emotions for reluctant readers.""
      “A solid book with an engaging plot. Recommended.”
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    Girls Like Me Kristin Butcher Canada
    9781459820555 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: August 27, 2019
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.34 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 76 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      After accepting a ride home, sixteen-year-old Emma Kennedy is raped by a boy from school. But handsome, popular Ross Schroeder tells everyone the sex was consensual, and Emma is immediately branded as a slut. Even Emma's best friend, Jen, doesn't believe Emma's version of events. In fact, she is angry with Emma because she feels betrayed. After all, she liked Ross first.

      But when Ross starts showing interest in Jen, Emma knows she will have to find a way to get Jen to believe that she really is in grave danger.

      Before it's too late.
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      Kristin Butcher is the author of several books for young readers, including The Trouble with Liberty and The Hemingway Tradition in the Orca Soundings collection. Kristin lives in Campbell River, British Columbia.
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        Key Selling Points
        This novel explores the psychological (emotional and social) aftermath of rape and suggests positive avenues of action, post rape.
        Kristin Butcher has written several books in the Orca Soundings series, including Zee’s Way, which was a Chocolate Lily Award winner.
        Timely topic given the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
        Encourages thoughtful discussion about consent.

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    • Awards & Reviews

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      "An emotional, positive #MeToo story for reluctant readers."
      "The plot is fast-paced and engaging, something that young readers will enjoy."
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    The Unbroken Hearts Club Brooke Carter Canada
    9781459820616 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes 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 0.44 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 76 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Ever since her mom died of Huntington's disease, Logan has been in a permanent state of neutral. Her dad has been depressed and lonely, but Logan is . . . something else. So much so that she doesn't even see that her best friend, Cole, is head over heels in love with her.

      To make matters worse, Logan's dad is now hosting a bereavement group in their basement. That was Logan's place to escape; it's where she keeps her darkroom and where she and Cole indulge their mutual love of cinema and black-and-white photography. But Logan agrees to help her dad out with these sad "Broken Hearts Club" meetings, unaware of the effect the group will have on her as she struggles to find meaning in her life.
      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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        Key Selling Points

        A heartfelt romance about a young woman who is too distracted by her father's grief and her own apathy to notice her best friend is head-over-heels in love with her.

        Themes of grieving the loss of a family member, group therapy, first love.

        Brooke's previous novels have been well-received for their romance element.

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

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    • Awards & Reviews

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      "Tackles serious topics with sincerity…An appealing choice for reluctant readers who enjoy romance and realistic fiction."
      "Recommend The Unbroken Hearts Club to readers who enjoy realistic fiction. The plotline moves quickly…The descriptive sections are well done."
      "Readers will be enticed by the edgy theme and compelling story…multidimensional characters and briskly paced plot."
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    Cub Paul Coccia Canada
    9781459820821 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: January 29, 2019
    $9.90 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      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.

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      "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."
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Thicker Than Water Natasha Deen Canada
    9781459821989 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories 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 0.31 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 128 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Zack Bernard has a thing for crime shows, especially the forensic-investigation kind. So when his friend Ella goes missing, Zack can't help piecing together what he thinks is concrete evidence that could lead to her whereabouts. The problem is, it's all pointing toward his dad. He knows his dad is lying about not having seen Ella because Zack saw them together at the mall the day she disappeared. What he doesn't know is why. With the help of his friend Ayo, Zack tries to solve the mystery himself to avoid having to make the ter-rible choice between losing someone close to him and betraying his family.
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      Award-winning author Natasha Deen loves stories: exciting ones, scary ones and, especially, funny ones! As a kid of two countries (Guyana and Canada), she feels especially lucky because she gets a double dose of stories. When she's not working on her books or visiting schools, she spends a lot of time trying to convince her dogs and cats that she's the boss of the house.For more information, visit natashadeen.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @natasha_deen.
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        Key Selling Points

        Certain his dad is responsible for his friend's disappearance, a young man struggles with where his loyalties lay.

        Themes include family loyalty and struggling to do the right thing.

        Natasha's writing is cheeky, the focus is on Zack's obsession with trying and failing to make the situation a procedural drama.

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

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      "Readers will definitely keep turning the pages…For reluctant readers with a taste for crime, this title should scratch the itch."
      "Readers will be enticed by the edgy theme and compelling story…multidimensional characters and briskly paced plot."
      "Action in Thicker Than Water will keep readers engaged. The moral pitfalls will present good discussion opportunities."
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    The Bodyguard Sean Rodman Canada
    9781459822016 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes 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 0.31 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 88 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Ryan Hale, aka Replay, is the most successful running ?back in his high school's history. With university scouts making him offers he can't refuse, his future seems set. The problem is, Ryan would much rather go to film school. But his dad doesn't want to hear it. His teammates sure don't. He can't afford the application fees anyway. But then a solution appears when Markus, a strange exchange student with outrageous stories about mobsters and hackers, offers to pay Ryan to be his bodyguard. Things get complicated when Ryan realizes the stories may be closer to the truth than anyone imagined.
      Bio
      Sean Rodman is the child of two anthropologists, who gave him a keen eye for observation and a bad case of wanderlust. His interest in writing for teenagers came out of working at schools around the world, including the Snowy Mountains of Australia, where he taught ancient history to future Olympic athletes. When not working on his own books, Sean works with The Story Studio, a charity that is dedicated to getting kids excited about writing. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit srodman.com.
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        Key Selling Points

        A young football player becomes a bodyguard for a mysterious new classmate in order to pay for film school.

        Themes include forging your own path, out of your comfort zone, and organized crime.    

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

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      "The accessible writing and occasional humor will keep readers engaged."
      "Readers will be enticed by the edgy theme and compelling story…multidimensional characters and briskly paced plot."
      "The Bodyguard is quickly paced with interesting plot turns. Ryan's character is one that is nice to see unfold."
      "There is suspense, teen interests, and family drama in a quick-read format: formula for success. Excellent."
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    The Thing You're Good At Lesley Choyce Canada
    9781459818040 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: August 28, 2018
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.5 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Jake's friend Maria is the daughter of undocumented immigrants who have been living and working in the country for a long time. But the new government has implemented a crackdown. Maria's parents are detained and quickly sent out of the country. Maria, who was born here, decides to hide out in Jake's basement rather than risk becoming a ward of the state. But when she returns to her old apartment to retrieve her hidden birth certificate, Maria is abducted by young men on the lookout for teenage girls who have lost their parents to deportation. Jake is determined to rescue Maria before she's turned over to the authorities. Or worse.
      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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      "Fast-paced and easy to read…A novel that will hold student readers' attention and will enable them to connect with the text in a variety of ways. Recommended."
      "Fast-paced…a good start for reluctant teen readers."
      "Teens will find this easy-to-read novel riveting…reluctant readers will be drawn to the action packed drama and regard this timely novel with interest."
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Hide and Shriek Alison Hughes Canada
    9781459818736 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: August 28, 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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      When Emily, Tess, Cam and Dylan decide to ignore the new town curfew during their Friday-night game of hide-and-seek, they get more than they bargained for. Down by the river, they witness a shady deal go down involving some criminal types who recently moved into their neighborhood. When the teens are discovered, they are hunted through the dark streets and back alleys. They will have to use all their hide-and-seek skills to save each other. Ultimately, Emily, the youngest of the group and the best hider, discovers that sometimes staying hidden is the best way to escape.
      Bio
      Alison Hughes is an award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including Hide and Shriek in the Orca Soundings collection. Alison volunteers for children and literacy and gives frequent presentations at schools, libraries and young-writer conferences. She lives in Edmonton with her family.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "Fast-paced…a good start for reluctant teen readers."
      "This is a suspenseful page-turner, written in the easy to read format typical of Orca Soundings. Ready or not, well worth a read!"
      "I read Hide and Shriek in one sitting. The plot left me hanging on the edge of my seat, needing to find out what would happen next. A page-turner! Highly Recommended."
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Mayan Murder Martha Brack Martin Canada
    9781459819603 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: August 28, 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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      Tom is looking forward to spending spring break in Mexico with his girlfriend, Kat. Her father, an FBI agent, has invited Tom to join them at a fancy Cancun resort for some much-needed R&R. But when the daughter of a local law-enforcement officer goes missing, Kat's dad is pulled into the investigation. Soon after, Tom notices a yacht in the marina with a suspicious-looking crew and a kid matching the missing girl's description. Investigating further could lead Tom into the dangerous world of ruthless Mexican drug cartels.

      Mayan Murder continues the story started in River Traffic.
      Bio
      Martha Brack Martin is the author of River Traffic and Mayan Murder from Orca Soundings. She is also an award-winning teacher–librarian and has written several nonfiction books for children. She frequently facilitates workshops on children's literature, teaching with technology, and librarianship. She lives in a small town near Windsor, Ontario.
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      Awards
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      "Fast-paced…a good start for reluctant teen readers."
      "The author deserves credit here for creating a reasonably complex story using simple language within a truncated story structure."

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