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    You Hold Me Up / Ki Kîhcêyimin Mâna Dual Language (English & Plains Cree) Monique Gray Smith Canada, Danielle Daniel Canada, Mary Cardinal Collins Canada
    9781459821750 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: September 04, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other's well-being in their every-day actions.

      Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about Reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.

      Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this hardcover picture book as a dual-language (English and Plains Cree) edition.
      Bio

      Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and a proud mom of twins. Monique is an accomplished consultant, writer and international speaker. Her first novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Monique and her family are blessed to live on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit littledrum.com.

      Danielle Daniel is the author and illustrator of Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, a finalist for the First Nation Communities Read Award and the Blue Spruce Award and a New York Public Library's Most Notable Books of 2015. Danielle is currently working on two novels and completing an MFA in creative writing through UBC. She writes and paints in Sudbury, Ontario. For more information, visit danielledaniel.com.


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         Key Selling Points
           
        This vibrant picture book encourages children to
        show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in
        their everyday actions.
           
        You Hold Me Up /Ki Kîhcêyimin Mâna is one of five English/ Plains Cree books being published by Orca this season
            
        Text is written in both English and Plains Cree
             
        Monique Gray Smith wrote this book to prompt a dialogue about Reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends and families
              
        Monique Gray Smith is an award-winning author of
        Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry.
         
        Debbie Reese (American Indians in Children’s Literature) calls You Hold Me Up “heartwarming…the illustrations reflect Native
        people in the present day.”

        Kirkus Reviews calls You Hold Me Up “calming,positive, and serenely affirmative.”

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books 2018, Commended
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2018, Short-listed
      Quill & Quire's kidlit and YA Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      AICL's Best Books 2017, Commended
      Resource Links The Year's Best  2017, Commended
      Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year starred selection 2018, Commended
      Global Read Aloud  2018, Commended
      CCBC Best Books  2018, Commended
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2018, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "You Hold Me Up is a gentle but effective way to introduce the topic of Reconciliation to students of all ages."
      "You Hold Me Up is a welcome addition to the ongoing conversations around healing and rebuilding relationships…Gentle, relevant and never heavy-handed, this book serves both as a quiet lullaby and a starting point for discussions on empathy, community and wellness."
      "A seemingly simple picture book that conveys a valuable message for all ages…The distinctive and soft illustrations by Daniel enhance the positive message by Smith about the power of companionship, compassion, respect and togetherness…This quiet book has a deep beauty and a universal message. "
      "Ideal for early readers by themselves, for lap-sitting, or as a read-aloud."
      "A strong and powerful message that even the youngest reader can understand...Very timely message indeed."
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    After Life Ways We Think About Death Merrie-Ellen Wilcox Canada
    9781459813885 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: September 04, 2018
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.56 in | 88 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Why do we die? Why can't we live forever? What happens to us after death? Moving between science and culture, After Life: Ways We Think About Death takes a straightforward look at these and other questions long taboo in our society. By showing the fascinating, diverse ways in which we understand death, both today and throughout our history, the book also shines a light on what it is to be human. Each chapter includes a brief telling of a death legend, myth or history from a different culture or tradition, from Adam and Eve to Wolf and Coyote, and ends with a section on a common theme in our thinking about death, such as rivers and birds in the afterlife, the colors that different cultures use to symbolize death, and, of course, ghosts. The final chapter is about grief, which is both a universal human experience and unique to each person. The text offers suggestions for ways to think about our grief, when to ask for help and how to talk to friends who are grieving.
      Bio
      Merrie-Ellen Wilcox is a writer and editor whose first book for children, What's the Buzz?: Keeping Bees in Flight, is part of the Orca Footprints series. She has two adult children and lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and a busy Jack Russell. For more information, visit www.merrieellenwilcox.com.
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      Awards
      OLA Top Ten Best Bets 2018, Commended
      TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2019, Short-listed
      Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction 2019, Short-listed
      USBBY Outstanding International Books list 2019, Commended
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "Young people need death education! After Life: Ways We Think About Death opens the door and welcomes them to learn about this important life event. Merrie-Ellen Wilcox successfully marries culture and the natural world in an attractive and engaging format for readers. This book will be an excellent resource for teachers, parents, libraries and hospices wanting to support young people to learn about dying and death."
      "An unashamedly honest, visually compelling guide to death and dying for young readers. Just as essential as Sex Ed!"
      "In the age of social media, it is now more important than ever that we talk about death with young people. After Life explores the subject of death in a compassionate, straightforward and age-appropriate way. It is an essential resource for middle schoolers—and their educators and parents."
      "A sensitive approach to a difficult subject."
      "Chapters are packed with information…Kids will love the sidebars…Teachers can use After Life for interventions when death and grieving arise in a classroom and can use it as a comprehensive introduction to the topics for study."
      "Wilcox skillfully tackles the subject of death and dying…Thorough and well organized, this book honors its intended audience's ability to handle the subject matter…[A] meaningful, straightforward look at an often taboo topic."
      "Readers curious or needing solace after a personal tragedy will find this insightful book very helpful…A welcome selection for most collections, especially those in need of bibliotherapy titles for middle schoolers."
      "This fresh, friendly and matter-of-fact tone is what makes After Life really work. This is a useful and interesting book intended to help nine to 12-year-olds deal with all of the thoughts and issues around this sometimes shunned topic."
      "Takes on this difficult topic and offers both historical and mythological perspective while, at the same time, giving concrete advice on ways to personally deal with death…It's a valuable book to have on shelves."
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    Quid Pro Quo New edition Vicki Grant Canada
    9781459819313 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Law & Crime Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: August 28, 2018
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.56 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 51 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Quid Pro Quo is a high-stakes, fast-moving legal thriller about real people, and funny ones at that. Cyril MacIntyre's mother is an ex-street kid who dragged her son to all her law-school classes, then proceeded to get kidnapped. That aside, Cyril's life isn’t too different from that of other thirteen-year-olds. He has all the usual adolescent issues to deal with: parent problems, self-esteem problems, skin and hair problems, and girl problems. But he has legal problems too. And he's got to solve them if he wants to save his mother's life.

      Quid Pro Quo won the Arthur Ellis Award and the cbc Young Canada Reads 2009 award. It has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar Allan Poe and the Ann Connor Brimer. This 2018 edition has been updated with a new cover.
      Bio
      Vicki Grant is the award-winning author of sixteen books for teens. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.vickigrant.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Ann Connor Brimer Award 2006, Short-listed
      Arthur Ellis Award 2006, Winner
      Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2006, Commended
      CBC Young Canada Reads 2009, Winner
      CCBC Our Choice 2009, Commended
      CLA Book of the Year for Children 2006, Short-listed
      Edgar Allan Poe Award 2006, Short-listed
      Garden State Teen Book Award 2007, Long-listed
      New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age 2006, Commended
      Red Cedar 2007, Short-listed
      Silver Birch 2006, Short-listed
      Tayshas List 2007, Commended
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "Funny, clever! Four and a half stars."
      "The narrator of this thoroughly engaging whodunit is the smartest mouth on two legs any of us could expect to meet."
      "A narrative laced with lighthearted and self-deprecating humor…Fast-paced and funny."
      "Investigation and legal components will engage fans of straightforward mysteries."
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    Dominion Shane Arbuthnott Canada
    9781459820029 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: March 27, 2018
    $10.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.81 in | 312 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Molly grew up hearing the tales of Haviland Stout, her ancestor who discovered the dangerous magical spirits that inhabit the far corners of the world. Now, on the edge of the New World, in the British Dominion of Terra Nova, Molly and her family collect spirits aboard their airship, the Legerdemain.

      But when Molly captures a spirit that can speak and claims to have been Haviland's friend, her entire life is upended. What if everything she knows about the spirits, and her own history, is a lie? In her hunt for the truth, Molly will have to challenge the most powerful company in Terra Nova and find the courage to reshape her world.
      Bio
      Shane Arbuthnott grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and now lives in southern Ontario with his family. Dominion, his debut novel, was released in 2017. His short fiction has appeared in On Spec and Open Spaces. When he is not writing, he can be seen chasing his three adventurous children, trying to convince them to eat green things. For more information, visit www.shanearbuthnott.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      OLA Top Ten Best Bets 2017, Commended
      SYRCA Snow Willow 2018, Short-listed
      Red Cedar Book Award 2019, Short-listed
      Kobo Emerging Writers Prize for Fiction 2018, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "Arbuthnott's debut novel is the first part of an original, fascinating tale that offers an unusual, magical spin on how far human beings will go to gain dominion over the world...Feisty young Molly will keep [readers] grounded in this page-turning mystical adventure."
      "Molly's heroic rebellion against everything she has been brought up to believe and value is at the heart of an action-packed narrative. The derring-do is non-stop...The strange world the novel inhabits is inventive and loads of fun...The roustabout world of these soldiers of fortune is gender equal. Heroes and rogues can be male or female, the engineer is as likely to be a woman as a man...How refreshing."
      "This book will appeal to both historical fiction and science fiction fans. I found myself unable to put this book down and envisioning it as a movie much like the beloved Harry Potter series."
      "What a fabulous read! There are elements of Airborn and The Golden Compass there...and there was also a huge welter of originality, a charming band of characters—including some truly horribly baddies—and, well, all the ingredients to make it an extraordinarily imaginative first novel. What a poignant plea for our environment, not to mention a stirring indictment of slavery in all its myriad forms. A truly moving book. I hope there are many more to come."
      "Molly is an independent and thoughtful character, and her skill as an engineer enhances her appeal...Arbuthnott creates an intriguing steampunk world with a smooth combination of technology and magic...A fast-paced read with a strong female lead, this will leave steampunk and adventure fans looking forward to a hinted-at sequel."
      "Molly is an intelligent and spirited character…The book is filled with danger, mystery and political maneuvering, and readers will be caught up in this steampunk adventure, and will be eagerly awaiting the next installment."
      "Sometimes a book comes along that rocks you back on your heels, smacks the self-pity, the selfishness, and ignorance out of you, and makes you ashamed of your own timidity. And sometimes that book happens to be a kids' book. Read Dominion, and then read Terra Nova. Read them for you. Read them for your kids. Read them to your kids. Let your kids read them and ask you questions. I don't care how you do it; I'm just asking you to do it."
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    The Middle Ground 2nd edition Zoe Whittall Canada
    9781459818187 Paperback FICTION / Women Publication Date: February 06, 2018
    $9.95 CAD 4.75 x 7.25 x 0.38 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Rapid Reads
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      Missy Turner thinks of herself as the most ordinary woman in the world. She has a lot to be thankful for: a great kid, a loving husband, a job she enjoys and the security of living in the small town where she was born. Then one day everything gets turned upside down. She loses her job, catches her husband making out with the neighbor and is briefly taken hostage by a young man who robs the local café. With her world rapidly falling apart, Missy finds herself questioning the certainties she's lived with her whole life.
      Bio
      Zoe Whittall is the author of numerous novels and poetry collections, including the critically acclaimed The Best Kind of People, Holding Still For As Long As Possible and Bottle Rocket Hearts, a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2007. She has a master's degree from the University of Guelph. Originally from Quebec, she has lived in Toronto, Ontario, since 1997. For more information, visit www.zoewhittall.com.
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      Awards
      Golden Oak Award nominee 2011, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "Whittall's prose demonstrates vitality and humour as she includes the minutiae of daily life among the bizarre events in Missy's adventure...An entertaining read. Recommended."
      "The Middle Ground is a well-written, fast-paced novel that deals with some very real issues that affect teenagers today…Whittall manages to pack in a ton of action and drama in this highly enjoyable read. Recommended."
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    Buttercup's Lovely Day New edition Carolyn Beck Canada, Andrea Beck Canada
    9781459817302 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: January 30, 2018
    $10.95 CAD 10.5 x 7.75 x 0.13 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Called a "read-aloud gem" by Quill & Quire, this picture book will delight children with its creative use of language and endearing illustrations.

      In rhyming text that winds like a creek through a farmer's field, the book takes readers on a journey through one lovely day in Buttercup's life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or on the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world, reminding us all to be grateful for life's simple pleasures.
      Bio
      Carolyn Beck first learned about letters when she was five. Right away she liked them. They make interesting sounds, like the s-s-s-sneaky S, the punchy P and the bouncy B. And best of all, in bunches they make WORDS! (Carolyn also discovered numbers and liked them too, but that is another story.) Carolyn lives in Toronto, Ontario.

      Andrea Beck is the author/illustrator of the popular book series and TV show, Elliot Moose. Andrea is known for creating earnest characters that inhabit a world of warmth and friendship, appealing to children and parents alike. Beck studied at OCAD, York University and the University of Toronto and began her career as a toy designer. Her award-winning designs were featured in Canadian media and sold from coast to coast. Later, reading to her children, Beck was inspired by picturebooks and she began to write. Beck lives in Unionville, ON, with her two sons, her beagle Tillie and about 30 goldfish in the backyard pond. For more information, visit www.andreabeck.com.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Blue Spruce nominee 2009, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books 2009, Commended
      OLA Best Bets 2008, Commended
      Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2008, Commended
      Reviews
      "A read-aloud gem...A clever, joyful, playful celebration of creative language, sound, rhyme, rhythm, and repetition."
      "There's much...for small fry to roll around their tongues as beautiful black-and-white Buttercup meanders through her lovely day."
      "The iambic rhythm makes the selections easy to read and recite aloud, and the poems would be wonderful additions to storytimes about cows, farms or even during Valentine’s Day programs. Buttercup provides the answers to life’s eternal questions—she loves the simple things and shares this joy with readers."
      "This is a rich, beautiful rendering of how cow life should be…A nice read aloud for storytimes focusing on the lives of farm animals."
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Heavy Freight Sigmund Brouwer Canada
    9781459814752 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: November 14, 2017
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.43 in | 168 pages Carton Quantity: 42 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Fifteen-year-old Maxwell Stone has been surviving and thriving in the tough part of East Vancouver by being smart and fast. But when a drug deal goes wrong, Max suddenly finds himself on the run from both the bad guys and the cops. Desperate to escape, Max impulsively decides to hop on a moving freight train. His first attempt to climb aboard fails, but at the last second a hand reaches down and pulls him in. Joseph has been riding the rails for years, and his tales inspire Max to take a journey to the last place he ever expected to go.
      Bio
      Sigmund Brouwer is the author of over 20 novels for adults and dozens of books for children. He visits over 150 schools per year to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation, reaching about 60,000 students per year. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.sigmundbrouwer.com.
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      Awards
      CCBC Best Books 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      "The East Hastings neighbourhood and the rolling geography of Canada are outstanding settings, so well done despite the short length of this novel for struggling readers. Dialogue is casual and colloquial, easily understood by the intended reader. Themes of survival, poverty and honesty will appeal to all middle school readers."
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    Series: Orca Echoes
    Black Gold Sara Cassidy Canada, Helen Flook
    9781459814226 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date: November 07, 2017
    $6.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.25 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 88 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Cyrus and Rudy spend the last days of summer selling dahlias, blackberries and tomatoes at their roadside stand. When a neighbor drops off a bin full of red wigglers, California earthworms that break down compost into fertilizer, Rudy and Cyrus become worm moguls as they discover just how in demand the Eisenia fetida are.

      Black Gold is the third book featuring Cyrus and Rudy’s adventures on the farm, following Not for Sale and Blackberry Juice.
      Bio
      Sara Cassidy has worked as a youth-hostel manager, a newspaper reporter and a tree planter, in five Canadian provinces. Her books have been short-listed for the Chocolate Lily Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, and two were Junior Library Guild selections. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction for adults have been widely published. For more information, visit saracassidywriter.com.

      Helen Flook was born and grew up in the beautiful countryside of Wales. She has a Degree in Graphic Design from the Norwich School of Art. Helen has illustrated numerous children's books, including many Orca picture books and early chapter books in the Orca Echoes series. She lives and works in Abergwyngregyn, a village in Wales.
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      Awards
      CCBC Best Books 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      "Rudy has anxiety issues…This loving family, however, knows how to work together to help Rudy with his worries. Their calm and wise approach is just one of the winning aspects of this simple, down-to-earth (literally, with all the worms) early chapter book that's jam-packed with likable, well-realized characters and a compassionate but never didactic message. A worthy addition to collections for budding readers."
      "This contemporary, fish-out-of-water tale is straightforward and engaging. The characters are fully developed and relatable…The pencil artwork is spare yet adds to the story. Educators will welcome this solid tale packed with facts about rural life…The language is easy and will appeal to reluctant readers. A strong addition to chapter book collections. This slender title is abundant in its depictions of fear, loss, and respect for nature. "
      "Cassidy's writing style carefully captures the struggles and joys of her characters as they experience new things, make mistakes and face challenges. The illustrations that accompany the text add to the reading experience and will engage young readers."
      "A happy, light-hearted story."
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    Series: Orca Soundings
    Caged Norah McClintock Canada
    9781459814998 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Law & Crime Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: November 07, 2017
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.31 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 58 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Even if Kenzie's dog had somehow managed to escape from the family's fenced backyard, Kenzie knows the big, lovable chocolate Lab wouldn't have gone far. As they search for Clancy, Kenzie and his dad keep hearing stories about other dogs that have gone missing too. When Kenzie finds Clancy's ID tag and spots a van loaded up with dog food, he knows he has to investigate further. With the help of a schoolmate whose dog has also disappeared, Kenzie uncovers an illegal operation that grabs dogs off the street and turns them into bloodthirsty killers.
      Bio
      Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      "Reluctant or struggling readers, especially those who love realistic mysteries, will be drawn to this problem-solving story, a quick, high interest/low reading level cloak-and-dagger adventure illustrating the injustice of dog fighting."
      "McClintock skillfully builds the readers' anticipation as details about the missing dogs and their deadly surroundings are slowly revealed from both Kenzie and Clancy's perspective. Gayle is a smart, tenacious and brave female protagonist that serves as a strong counterpart to Kenzie's resourceful and rational leads. Subtle details add to the tension in this hi-lo read."
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    Series: Orca Currents
    Medusa's Scream Melanie Jackson Canada
    9781459814417 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: November 07, 2017
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Medusa's Scream is a thrill-ride that hurtles a train through an out-of-service gold mine in the Fraser Valley. Chase can't believe his luck when he lands a summer job in the food truck outside the ride's entrance. But then he notices strange things happening at the old mine. Chase starts to piece things together, and soon his life is threatened by a villain even scarier than the snake-headed Medusa of myth.
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      A 2018 CCBC-TD Book Week author, Melanie Jackson has written several books for young readers in the Orca Currents series, including Tick Tock Terror, Medusa's Scream and Death Drop. Every spring Melanie teaches a mystery unit at a Vancouver secondary school. When not devising diabolical mysteries, she works for corporate clients as a contract writer/editor. Melanie lives in Vancouver.
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      Awards
      CCBC Best Books 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      "Dialogue is short, sharp and direct, leading the plot along well, while Chase's inner dialogue reveals his character and his thinking about the mystery. Middle school students interested in mysteries will enjoy Chase's dilemma."

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