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

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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: August 18, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.25 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      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?
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      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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    Stranded Jocelyn Shipley Canada
    9781459823891 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: August 18, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.25 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      After his girlfriend’s accidental death by overdose, Kipp has been living on the streets, overwhelmed by his grief. He wants to honor her memory and finds help to get clean, but just when he feels like he’s getting his life together, everything comes crashing down. He gets fired from his job and kicked out of his rented room on the same day. So, when Reba, a friendly woman he met at the shelter, offers him a job and a place to live, he leaps at the chance. This is his lucky break. But when a girl comes to Reba's house looking for her missing brother, Kipp starts to wonder what Reba's real story is and if his lucky break might actually be a nightmare.
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      Jocelyn Shipley is an award-winning writer who has written several books for teens, including Raw Talent, Impossible and Shatterproof. A graduate from York University, Jocelyn has studied writing at St. Lawrence College and the Humber School for Writers. She lives in Toronto and on Vancouver Island.

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    Double or Nothing Brooke Carter Canada
    9781459823815 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: August 18, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.25 in | 152 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Ester "Essie" Tomasi is a genius. She got an early entrance scholarship to university and at eighteen years old is already in her second year of pre-med. But Essie also struggles with a dark secret: she has a serious gambling problem. She is falling deeper and deeper into debt, struggling to keep up with her heavy course load and unable to make even the simplest of decisions without flipping a coin.

      But when Essie makes a bet that she can’t cover, it’s her identical twin sister, Aggie, who comes to the rescue, making a dangerous deal with the gangsters holding Essie’s latest bet. Essie must find her way out of this mess or risk losing everything she’s ever cared about.
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      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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    Dreaming in Color Melanie Florence Canada
    9781459825864 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: August 18, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.32 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Jennifer McCaffrey has been working hard on her art for years and is thrilled when she is accepted to a prestigious art school. The school is everything she always thought it would be, mostly. There is one group of kids who seem to resent her and say she only got in because of her skin color. Jen, who loves to create new pieces of artwork that incorporate her Indigenous heritage, finds herself a target when the group tells her to stop being “so Indian”. The night before the big art show at school, Jen’s beading art project is defaced. Jen has to find a way not to let the haters win.
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      Melanie Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Indigenous themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimâmâ (Clockwise Press), which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, Stolen Words (Second Story Press), which won the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award and the bestselling He Who Dreams in the Orca Limelights line, a story that shares the same setting and characters as Dreaming in Color. She lives in Toronto.

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    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.
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      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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        • 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
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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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    The Ledge Lesley Choyce Canada
    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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        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
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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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    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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        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
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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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        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 forthcoming hi-lo
        • Outreach in Orca newsletter 
        • Planned appearance at local writers' festival
    • Awards & Reviews

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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.”
      “Engaging...This story of a young musician finding herself is a solid choice for collections serving hi-lo readers at the high school level.”
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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 Campbell has 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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        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        Planned appearance at local writers festival
        Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        Blog post and social media promotion
        Outreach in Orca newsletter
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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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    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.
      Bio

      Alison Hughes is an award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including Hit the Ground Running, a nominee for the Governor General's Literary Award. Alison is a university Writing Advisor, volunteers with children and literacy groups and gives frequent workshops and presentations at schools, libraries, festivals and conferences across Canada. 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.

        Marketing and Promo Plans

        Print and online advertising campaigns
        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        Planned appearance at local writers festival
        Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        Blog post and social media promotion
        Outreach in Orca newsletter
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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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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