Orca Awards

  • Scrolling view
  • Grid view
more
Titles per page
  • 1
    catalogue cover
    Series: Orca Currents
    121 Express Monique Polak Canada
    9781551439761 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: March 01, 2008
    $9.95 CAD 4.5 x 7 x 0.3 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 108 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      The students of the 121 Express are infamous for bad behavior and Lucas knows his role on the bus will determine his social standing at his new school. Lucas is tired of being one of the nerds. When he attracts the negative attention of the cool troublemakers, he saves himself by teasing another kid. His ploy works and soon Lucas is right in the center of the mayhem on the bus. He loves his new found popularity, but when the fun and games push the bus driver to a nervous collapse and hospitalizes an elderly lady, Lucas begins to question his choices.
      Bio
      Monique Polak is the author of over twenty novels for kids and young adults. She has also written two nonfiction books for kids as well as a board book for toddlers. Monique teaches English literature, creative writing and humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      ALA Popular Paperbacks 2012, Long-listed
      Reviews
      "The plot and characters...provide good basic morals for teens who read at a lower level. Recommended."
      "Explores weighty topics - racism, self-respect, compassion - without preaching, through an honest narrator to whom readers can relate."
      "Teens will appreciate the desire to fit in with the cool crowd and will laugh at the pranks."
  • 2
    catalogue cover
    9781459816732 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: August 29, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 1 in | 312 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      On the last day of high school, Sophie's boyfriend breaks up with her. It turns out he thinks she is too predictable, too responsible, too mature...too boring.

      When Sophie turns to her best friend, Ella, for comfort and reassurance, Ella just confirms what her boyfriend has said. And that hurts even more.

      Then Ella comes up with a plan to help Sophie find her wilder side. In the ninety days between the end of high school and the start of university, she is going to arrange for Sophie to do amazing, new, different and sometimes scary things. The deal is Sophie has to agree to everything, no matter what. And she has to share her adventures through social media.

      Can ninety days of different create a different life? Can stepping outside your comfort zone help you find yourself?
      Bio
      Eric Walters began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. A Member of the Order of Canada, he has now published more than 100 novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.
      Marketing & Promotion
        • Social media profiles for protagonist across multiple platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      "Addictive and inspiring! You'll want to dive into your own '90 Days of Different' as soon as you've read it!"
      Canada's great story teller for young readers strikes again with a compelling tale that will connect with his legions of readers. Sophie and Ella are a dynamic duo and their intriguing experiment in pushing boundaries will keep readers turning the pages.
      "A how-to book for creating the ultimate summer."
      The biggest thing about this story that I liked was the message it held. Sophie's summer of different taught and reminded her…that it's ok to fail. It's ok to look like a fool. It's ok to try new things that may scare you. It's ok to let go of absolute control from time to time…I would recommend this read to others.
      "This well-told narrative shows how one can branch out of one's comfort zone, and also how social media and the Internet can have a positive impact on the world. A fun, engaging read, particularly for those who are about to begin a new phase in their lives. A great pick for libraries in need of more contemporary fiction."
      "It is truly a fun read with a good message: that it is ok to push boundaries and do things one would not normally do. This book is an easy read and is suitable for preteens and teens."
  • 3
    catalogue cover
    Series: My Great Bear Rainforest
    A Bear's Life Ian McAllister Canada, Nicholas Read Canada
    9781459812703 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date: August 22, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 10.75 x 8.75 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Black bears, grizzly bears, and spirit bears all make their home in the Great Bear Rainforest. A Bear's Life uses Ian McAllister's stunning photographs to follow these beautiful animals through a year in the British Columbia wilderness—catching fish, eating berries, climbing trees and taking long naps.

      A Bear's Life is the second in the My Great Bear Rainforest series.
      Bio
      Ian McAllister is an award-winning photographer and author of many books, including A Whale's World, The Seal Garden, Wolf Island, A Bear's Life, The Salmon Bears, The Sea Wolves and The Great Bear Sea (all with Nicholas Read). He is the founding director of Pacific Wild, a Canadian nonprofit wildlife-conservation group. He lives with his family in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. For more information, visit pacificwild.org.

      Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and journalism instructor who has written 10 books for children including two series about the Great Bear Rainforest with Ian McAllister. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with two rescued cats.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Resource Links The Year's Best 2017, Commended
      Silver Birch Award Express 2019, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "The incredible close-up photos lead the reader from spring to fall in the rainforest as the easy-to-read text introduces each unique and special aspect of the bears' home...Impressive presentation. The writing style is especially inviting to younger readers...Hopefully this author-photographer duo still have more to offer all ages about British Columbia's endangered rainforest as a way to encourage conservation efforts. Highly Recommended."
      "The heart of this album is [McAllister's] photography: two beautiful landscapes showing the pristine Great Bear Rainforest bookend many, many close-ups of bears…An appropriate companion to Wolf Island to nourish the sense of wonder."
      "Read emphasizes how much time it takes for cubs to learn survival skills from their mom and the importance of a balanced ecosystem…McAllister's close-up images of the creatures and the forest radiate with energy and atmosphere, in part because of the clean layout, which lets them shine…A title sure to be enjoyed over and over again. An easy pick for nonfiction animal collections."
      "Extensively photo illustrated by McAllister, images range from stunning landscape portraits to impressive action shots to playful photos of a cub lounging in the grass…this stuns."
      "This well-designed companion to Wolf Island features McAllister's exquisite photographs of black bears, grizzlies, and rare spirit bears…It's a captivating and intimately photographed look at the lives of wild bears."
      "Visually spectacular, Wolf Island and A Bear's Life work best as a pair, showing how different types of animals navigate the vast and ancient rainforest in both different and similar ways. Read together, these books—and undoubtedly any others that will be added to the series in the future—provide opportunities for readers to compare and contrast the habits, homes and personalities of some of their favourite animals in a highly engaging and informative way. Full of universal themes the books in the My Great Bear Rainforest series will delight readers of all interests and abilities. "
      "A Bear's Life is highly recommended for school and public libraries for study units and for story times. This book would enhance study units on bears, ecological systems, rainforests, indigenous mythology, the Raven, and photography. Both books in My Great Bear Rainforest Series further understanding of the beauty and importance of the Great Bear Rainforest and by extension all forests and their inhabitants."
      "This is a beautiful, fact-filled book that should enchant the reader."
      "We have talked about the Great Bear Rainforest in other posts, all by this talented and impressive pair whose glorious nature photography and impeccable research have given us other books to admire and inspire. Following Wolf Island, this second picture book is perfect for younger readers."
  • 4
    catalogue cover
    Series: Secrets
    A Big Dose of Lucky Marthe Jocelyn
    9781459806689 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: September 29, 2015
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.63 in | 264 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Malou has just turned sixteen—hardly old enough to be out in the world on her own—and all she knows for sure is that she’s of mixed race and that she was left at an orphanage as a newborn. When the orphanage burns to the ground, she finds out that she may have been born in a small town in Ontario’s cottage country. Much to her surprise, Parry Sound turns out to have quite a few young brown faces, but Malou can’t believe they might be related to her. After she finds work as a cleaner in the local hospital, an Aboriginal boy named Jimmy helps her find answers to her questions about her parents. The answers are as stunning—and life-changing—as anything Malou could have imagined back at the orphanage.

      Part of the SECRETS—a series of seven linked novels that can be read in any order.
      Bio
      Marthe Jocelyn is the award-winning author and illustrator of over thirty-five books for babies, kids and teens. Her illustrated books have been shortlisted for both the Governor General's Literary Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. In 2009 she was the recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. For more information, visit www.marthejocelyn.com.
      Marketing & Promotion
        • Seven-author launch tour in Ontario, October 5–9, 2015
        • Ebook giveaways and e-retailer promotions
        • Book trailer and info at www.readthesecrets.com

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Commended
      Reviews
      "A fresh coming-of-age tale with an unconventional twist."
      "A compelling genealogical mystery...Through this inspiring heroine and characters that include a gay, biracial couple living as sisters-in-law, Jocelyn illuminates racial and social inequality as significant today as it was during the civil rights movement. Poignant and resonant, it’s an important exploration for readers seeking their own identities."
      "Short, diary-style chapters keep the plot moving as our charming and optimistic heroine uncovers some startling information about herself and learns about the true nature of family and friendship. Sharp writing keeps this dramatic coming-of-age story from taking a turn toward the saccharine or melodramatic...Lovely and easily digestible historical fiction."
      "Malou has led a sheltered life at the orphanage and often reveals an innocent naiveté, but her resourcefulness and intelligence counteract this to make her an engaging and likable character to whom readers will relate. The cast of characters in the book is very diverse, but it never feels forced and avoids the pitfalls of tokenism...An entertaining book and a great mystery that will also introduce readers to an interesting sliver of medical history...Highly Recommended."
      "Stunning in its ability to captivate readers. The short titled scenes make for a quick read, adding wit and suspense to an otherwise classic coming-of-age story. Malou has a clear, clever, and strong voice, with believable emotions that hit the heart. This is an underdog story with a likable and relatable protagonist. It does not delve deep into subplots or secondary characters, but there are allusions to heartache, mental illness, domestic issues, racism, and prejudice. It is a fascinating story with a bit of Three Times Lucky (Dial, 2012/VOYA August 2012) charm."
      "Enchanting. It depicts the racial tension of the 1960s and the longing an orphan feels for an explanation. The narration is unique and endearing. The characters are all delightful and the protagonist’s introduction to the world causes readers to look at things in a new light...A charming read for all."
      "Facing racial hatred from a myriad of sources, Malou’s experiences highlight racial, social and sexual inequalities of the era without being preachy. At times, the situations were frightening and all too realistic, but Jocelyn manages to weave the issues of the day into her story without having them take over...This is, ultimately, a story of finding out who you are—a concept every teenager struggles with at some point in their life. Although Malou answers many questions about her past, there are still some issues left unresolved, and I liked that. In life, not every question has an answer, but we learn to move past that in order to make our own future."
      "Adept at historical research, Marthe Jocelyn brings into her story issues of racism, homosexuality, and the advancement of modern medicine in the 1960s."
  • 5
    catalogue cover
    Series: Orca Soundings
    A Dark Truth Jeff Ross Canada
    9781459813274 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: October 25, 2016
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.28 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 144 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Riley and Dashawn have been friends since they were three. They got into skateboarding together and have advanced to the point where it's time to create a Sponsor Me tape. They bring a third skater along, Natasha, and try to get some good clips around a new office development. Then the police storm into the lot. The three skaters quickly scatter, trying their best not to get busted. Riley and Natasha arrive at the meet-up spot. They wait and wait, but Dashawn never shows.

      The next day Riley visits Dashawn, only to discover that the police have given him a “beat-down.” Nothing like this has ever happened before, and for Riley it is a wake-up call that whether they know it or not, not everyone lives in the same world he does.
      Bio
      Jeff Ross is the author of several novels for young adults. He teaches scriptwriting and English at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      "A good read...Highly recommended."
      "At the heart of this high-interest low-vocabulary title is an edgy exploration of racism and its consequences and impacts. Ross examines the abuse of power, in this case attributed to the police officers, and the fear and anger that results when these abuses are not addressed. A Dark Truth is a powerful and emotional story."
  • 6
    catalogue cover
    Series: Orca Young Readers
    A Different Game Sylvia Olsen Canada
    9781554691692 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: April 01, 2010
    $7.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.3 in | 136 pages Carton Quantity: 90 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      In this sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap, Murphy and his three friends, Danny, Jeff and Albert, are making the transition from the tribal elementary school to the community middle school. They are all trying out for the middle school's soccer team, and they're pretty confident that The Formidable Four will all make the team. But once the tryouts begin, Albert, the tribal-school superstar, plays like a second stringer. Murphy's new friend, Molly, is determined to help the boys find out what's wrong with Albert, but when they discover the truth, they realize that Albert is playing a whole different game.
      Bio

      Sylvia Olsen is the author of many books and has been nominated for and won numerous awards. She has spent most of her life living in theTsartlip First Nation, where her children and grandchildren now live. Sylvia usually writes for children and young adults about the place between cultures where Canada's First Nations and settlers come together. She is also a storyteller who loves to work with young people to help them find their written and spoken voice. Sylvia is the mother of four and grandmother of seven. She lives in North Saanich near Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.sylviaolsen.ca.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Silver Birch Express Award nominee 2011, Runner-up
      Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2010, Commended
      CCBC Best Books 2011, Commended
      Reviews
      "A novel of courage and achievement told from the point of view of four native youths who must learn to cope with life off the reserve and their friend's illness…Many life lessons are taught with meaningful thematic messages, values and spirit…Highly recommended for primary/junior male readers both for recreational reading and for literature circles or discussion groups."
      "Part of the terrific Orca Young Readers collection, A Different Game is the story of four boys who strive to make their school's soccer team only to discover that sometimes you get call[ed] up to play in a bigger game, and that life, like soccer, is better when it's a team effort...A solid, well-crafted story with strong, likable characters that will appeal to readers from Grade 3 up."
  • 7
    catalogue cover
    Series: Orca Footprints
    A Fair Deal Shopping for Social Justice Kari Jones Canada
    9781459810433 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Lifestyles Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: October 03, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 8 x 9.5 x 0.38 in | 48 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Fair trade is not about spending more money or buying more stuff. It's about helping producers in developing countries get a fair price for their goods. In A Fair Deal: Shopping for Social Justice, Kari Jones provides a history of trade, explaining what makes trade systems unfair and what we can do about it. By examining ways in which our global trade systems value some people over others, the book illustrates areas in which fair trade practices can help families all around the world and suggests ways to get involved in making the world a more equitable place.
      Bio
      Kari Jones is the author of several well-received books for kids and teens, including A Fair Deal, in the Orca Footprints series. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she teaches English and creative writing at Camosun College.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Content Preview

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Resource Links The Year's Best 2017, Commended
      CCBC Best Books 2018, Commended
      Red Cedar Book Award 2019, Short-listed
      Silver Birch Award Non-fiction 2019, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "A Fair Deal is another worthwhile addition to the Orca Footprints series focused on ecological literacy, and it will help youngsters become better and more thoughtful consumers. Highly Recommended."
      "Jones catches the beauty of fair trade in the way it strengthens morale and human dignity for all those engaged, and she provides a grounded (and painless) introduction to world geography."
      "Jones explains why shoppers should be more thoughtful about what they buy and how their consumption affects people all around the globe. Moreover, by offering practical ideas for simple changes in the grocery story aisle, along with strategies for more organized activism, she asserts that fair trade is more than just a buzz word—it is a concept that is actually achievable."
      "The author effectively uses vignettes from her own travels as well as a wide variety of visuals and fact boxes to engage readers in the cause. Jones has taken the mantra 'think globally, act locally' and provided a strong case. Useful for school research as well as service-learning."
      "This quick read inspires the reader to take action for social justice concerning all people in the world. Recommended."
      "She educates readers on the disparities in our world while providing examples in how we can curb the problem. Jones tackles this task with simple vocabulary, concise explanations, real world analogies and questions that make learning about fair trade and economics fun. Jones' humour is sure to encourage young readers to think globally and become more aware of how one small change can have a huge impact."
      "This book would work well for a middle school research project…It's a well written and appealing book."
  • 8
    catalogue cover
    A Frog in My Throat Frieda Wishinsky Canada, Louise-Andrée Laliberté Canada
    9781551436326 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date: April 01, 2008
    $6.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.2 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 160 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Kate and Jake have always been best friends; always, that is, until Jake's cousin, Lionel, moves nearby and Jake starts spending time with him instead. Kate struggles with his abandonment and her own loneliness as she seeks new friends that share her likes and dislikes. And, perhaps there is a place in her life for her old best friend after all.
      Bio
      Frieda Wishinsky is the international award-winning author of over seventy books. She writes picture books, chapter books, novels and nonfiction. Her books have been translated into many languages. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit friedawishinsky.com.

      Louise-Andrée Laliberté is an author and illustrator from Quebec. For more information, visit www.louiseandreelaliberte.com.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books 2009, Commended
      Reviews
      "A good story about how to be a friend and solving problems amicably."
  • 9
    catalogue cover
    A Kind of Courage Colleen Heffernan Canada
    9781551433585 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: September 01, 2005
    $14.00 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 64 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Everything changes when Hattie Tamblyn's much-adored older brother, Will, enlists in the Canadian army in 1916 and is sent to fight in France. Hattie lives for Will's letters from the front, but her mother retreats into depression, her younger brother, Johnny, becomes violent and her father despairs of running the family farm without Will's help. Tension mounts when Hattie's father hires a young conscientious objector to work on the farm. Although his wealthy Toronto family is mystified and disgusted by his decision not to fight, David Ross's friendship with an elderly German musician has led him to question the narrow notion of patriotism that has overtaken the country. His appearance at the Tamblyn farm enrages Hattie and Johnny, who, like most of their neighbors, believe all "conchies" are cowards. As more and more of her childhood friends are maimed and killed overseas, Hattie fears for Will's safety. But when her own safety is threatened, it is David who protects her, putting himself squarely in harm's way. In a world gripped by prejudice, fear and hatred, David and Hattie discover that there are many kinds of courage and that real power lies in forgiveness and redemption.
      Bio
      A Kind of Courage is Colleen Heffernan's first novel for young adult readers. She has previously published two early chapter books and several pieces of short fiction for young readers. Colleen lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Our Choice 2006, Commended
      Golden Eagle Children's Choice nominee 2007, Short-listed
      New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age 2006, Commended
      Tayshas List 2007, Commended
      R. Ross Annett Award 2006, Winner
      Reviews
      2006 New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age list
      "A hugely timely novel for kids...A superb resource book."
      "Well written, has an interesting plot, believable characters, and it covers a variety of war related issues not always covered in fiction. Recommended."
  • 10
    catalogue cover
    A Noodle Up Your Nose Frieda Wishinsky Canada, Louise-Andrée Laliberté Canada
    9781551432946 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date: April 01, 2004
    $6.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.2 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 180 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Kate has decided on a pirate theme for her party. She thinks that seven is going to be the best age to be. Her friend Jake is going to teach her to ride a two-wheeler. And her party is going to be fabulous. That is, until Violet starts spreading stories. Kate goes right on with her planning, but she is worried. When Violet is the only one to show up on the big day, Kate thinks that her worst fears have come true.
      Bio
      Frieda Wishinsky is the international award-winning author of over seventy books. She writes picture books, chapter books, novels and nonfiction. Her books have been translated into many languages. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit friedawishinsky.com.

      Louise-Andrée Laliberté is an author and illustrator from Quebec. For more information, visit www.louiseandreelaliberte.com.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Canadian Toy Testing Council Great Books 2005, Short-listed
      CCBC Our Choice 2005, Commended
      SYRCA Shining Willow nominee 2005, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "Creating suspense around the eventual outcome and incorporating a clever twist into the story's resolution, Wishinsky affirms the value of friendship in resolving Kate's dilemma."
      "Will resonate with young readers, but parents will identify with the turmoil and energy as well."
      "Many young children will take great pleasure from Kate's perseverance and indomitable spirit as she plans a truly excellent pirate-theme party...A good choice for readers who are becoming confident with beginning novels."
      "Laliberte's cartoony illustrations ooze personality."
      "An engaging story with which new readers can easily identify....School and public libraries, plus classroom collections, should add A Noodle Up Your Nose to serve the newly emerging independent reader who wants the challenge of moving on to chapter books."

Select a Market


Register

Step 1 of 2

Thanks for signing up! Please tell us a little about yourself.
* Indicates required field




Step 2 of 2

Forgotten Password

Please enter your email address and click submit. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be sent to you.

Forgotten Password

An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.