Orca Soundings through March 2020: Contemporary, compelling stories for teens

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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
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in | 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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      “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.”
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    The Ledge Lesley Choyce
    9781459824614 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Disabilities & Special Needs Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: January 28, 2020
    $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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      Nick was used to being good at everything. Hockey, football, track, they all came easy to him. Surfing was his latest passion. That is, until the accident. Now partially paralyzed, Nick is angry, depressed and getting far too fond of his prescription meds. But his frequent visits to his physiotherapist, a Syrian refugee, and a budding friendship with a partial amputee who has also experienced firsthand the horrors of war help him start to piece his life back together. A story about overcoming the odds and changing your life for the better.
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      Lesley Choyce, who has been teaching English and creative writing for over 30 years, is the author of more than 90 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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      “An accessible and engaging read...A realistic exploration of post-trauma life and the power of friendships with appeal for reluctant readers.”
      “This story is simple, but it contains much food for thought. Such a short book needs to be impeccably structured to keep from being one-dimensional, and Choyce achieves this task admirably.”
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Easy Street Jeff Ross Canada
    9781459824010 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: January 28, 2020
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 128 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Three years ago Rob’s brother, Adam, was sent to jail for his part in the death of a girl who overdosed at a rave. But now that he has been released, Rob hopes that things can go back to the way they used to be. He soon realizes this is impossible. His brother has changed, the times have changed, and Rob has changed. Adam tells his mom and brother that he is planning to apply to a college in Toronto. He has already discovered how difficult it can be for someone with a criminal record to land a job and thinks he needs to get some education under his belt. He invites Rob to go on a road trip to the city to check out the college. However, Rob suspects that Adam hasn’t asked him along just for company. Adam still believes that there’s an easy way to get to where he wants to be. And if Rob can’t find a way to save Adam from himself, he just might go down with him.
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      Jeff Ross is the author of several novels for young adults including Coming Clean and Up North, the first two books featuring Rob and his brother Adam. He teaches scriptwriting and English at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
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      “Takes the reader on a fast-paced adventure that explores themes relevant to teenagers, including family struggles and connections.”
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Stella Rising Nancy Belgue Canada
    9781459825628 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: January 28, 2020
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 128 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Stella Connors has spent her whole life bouncing around from one town to the next, following the latest musician her mother has fallen in love with. She has always vowed she will never become a pathetic groupie like her mother, Viv. But then her best friend uploads a video of Stella singing a cover of her favorite band’s biggest hit. It goes viral, and suddenly Stella’s ideas about who she is and what she wants take a real hit. As a publicity stunt, the band’s manager asks Stella to perform with them when they come to town. Stella is thrilled and agrees immediately. Soon she finds herself in the spotlight, with everyone after her for interviews and photo ops. And unless she’s reading things wrong, she’s pretty sure the band’s lead singer has a thing for her. When she gets invited to go on the road with the band and perform in another concert, Stella forgets every bad thing she ever thought about being a groupie. After all, she’s nothing like her mother. She’s a star. Isn’t she?
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      Nancy Belgue is the author of several books for young people, including the popular Casey Little, Yo-Yo Queen. Her writing has appeared in magazines in both Canada and the United States. In addition to speaking to children as a visiting author, Nancy has worked as a literary/drama artist with the Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through The Arts program and has acted in television commercials, training videos and documentaries. She lives in Kingsville, Ontario.
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      “Told in an engaging, first-person narrative using accessible language, this novel will resonate with teens trying to find themselves artistically and personally...A strong choice for reluctant readers who enjoy stories that explore relationships.”
      “Will appeal to readers who enjoy realistic fiction as well as stories about musicians.”
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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.
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      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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        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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      "Fun thriller...An accessible thriller for reluctant readers."
      “A breezy engaging read, particularly for reluctant readers.”
      “Campbell’s intriguing, plot-driven mystery for high-low readers will hold teens’ attention and keep them guessing.”
      “Written in a simple and straightforward way with short sentences and an easy vocabulary, making it an excellent choice for a struggling reader or a reader learning English. The fast pace and plot focus will also please any reader looking for a quick mystery read.”
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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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      "An entertaining roller-coaster ride of emotions for reluctant readers.""
      “A solid book with an engaging plot. Recommended.”
      “In this short but very effective story, Hughes conveys a credible mystery and subsequent detection without resorting to cliché or shortchanging the dynamic.”
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    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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      "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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    Series: Orca Soundings
    The Unbroken Hearts Club Brooke Carter Canada
    9781459820616 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 0.44 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

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "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."
      “A quick, easy read for teens looking for teen romance as a secondary plot. The messages in The Unbroken Hearts Club are the meat and substance of the story.”
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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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      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.
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      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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    • 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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    Thicker Than Water Natasha Deen Canada
    9781459821989 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: 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 terrible choice between losing someone close to him and betraying his family.
      Bio

      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.

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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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        Digital and print ARCs available
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "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."
      “Deen brings insight and complexity…I’ll be looking for more from this talented author.”

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