Orca Jewish-Interest through December 2019

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    Series: Orca Currents
    Double Trouble Joanne Levy Canada
    9781459821330 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 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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      Victoria Adelman is lonely. Her best friend has moved away, leaving her to spend the summer alone. One day, on her way home from a bat mitzvah, she meets Jazzy, her next-door neighbors’ granddaughter. Tori hopes her friendless status is about to change.

      Later, in her garden, she meets Jazzy again, but Jazzy doesn’t recognize the filthy, smelly girl as the one she met earlier. In a moment of insecurity, Tori tells Jazzy that the girl she met before was her twin sister, Vicky. Tori is sure she can fake being that girl in the dress—it’s only for two weeks.

      But then Jazzy announces she’s staying with her grandparents for the school year. Tori needs to figure out what to do: come clean and lose her new friend, or live her life as a fake.
      Bio
      Joanne Levy is the author of a number of books for young people, including Crushing It and Small Medium At Large. She lives in Clinton, Ontario, with her husband and kids of the furred and feathered variety.
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        Key Selling Points
        Victoria Andleman first meets Jasvitha on her way back from a bat mitzvah, all dressed up. When she sees her again while wearing her grubby gardening clothes she panics and pretends to be her twin sister, Tori.
        This funny story of mistaken identity includes themes of friendship, honesty, and being true to yourself.
        Eileen Cook, author of Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood, called Small Medium at Large, Joanne Levy’s previous middle grade novel, “A can’t put-it-down read.”
        Like the author, main character Tori is Jewish, and her culture informs the story. Tori’s friend is of South Asian descent.

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

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      "An excellent choice for readers who like stories about friendship and realistic situations, and the book would be a most worthy addition to any collection. Highly Recommended."
      “A light-hearted pick for summer reading or for any reader who enjoys comedies.”
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    The Vegetable Museum Michelle Mulder Canada
    9781459816794 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Family Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: March 26, 2019
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Thirteen-year-old Chloë left her whole life back in Montreal, including her mom and her best friend. Now she's stuck in Victoria with her dad and her estranged grandfather, Uli, who recently had a stroke. When Chloë agrees to help Uli look after his garden, she's determined to find out why he and her dad didn't speak to each other for years.

      For decades Uli has collected seeds from people in the community, distinct varieties that have been handed down through generations. The result is a garden full of unusual and endangered produce, from pink broccoli to blue kale to purple potatoes.

      But Chloë learns that the garden will soon be destroyed to make way for a new apartment complex. And the seed collection is missing! Chloë must somehow find a way to save her grandfather's legacy.
      Bio
      Michelle Mulder is the founding author of and has written six other titles in the Footprints series—Pedal It!, Brilliant!, Every Last Drop, Trash Talk, Pocket Change and Going Wild. Michelle has also written the novels The Vegetable Museum, Not a Chance, Out of the Box, After Peaches and several other books for young people. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit michellemulder.com.
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        Stuck with her estranged grandfather, who is recovering from a stroke, Chloe learns about her grandfather’s childhood and of the heirloom seed library he’s building.

        Standalone middle grade fiction with themes of heirloom seeds, guerrilla gardening, gambling addiction, and ailing grandparents.

        Even when everything feels too hard to bear, good things can grow.

        Author is experienced middle grade writer who has written six Orca Footprints titles with a focus on environmentalism for kids including Every Last Drop (April 2014) and Trash Talk (Apr 2015). Most recent title is Going Wild (Mar 2018).

        Michelle Mulder’s previous middle-grade novel, After Peaches, was nominated for the
        Chocolate Lily Award, the Bolen Books Children’s Book Award and the Rocky Mountain Book Award.

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        Print and online advertising campaigns

        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences

        Extensive ARC distribution, including LibraryThing Early Reviewers and NetGalley

        Blog and social media promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      New York Public Library Best Books 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "Scenes of Chloë and her grandfather are poignant and realistic and might even spark some agricultural interest in middle-graders…the characters are warm, and the concept of seed vaults is made wonderfully personal. Families are complicated, but gardening usually isn't."
      "The Vegetable Museum follows a family and its unique heirlooms—vegetable seeds from all over the world 'that all mean something to somebody somewhere.' It is a heartfelt story of family history, memory and food security—as engaging and contemplative as a sun-dappled garden."
      "In this story of family, friendship, loss, love, forgiveness, and hope, Mulder also introduces readers to the little-discussed topics of heirloom vegetables, seed banks, and gardening."
      "A science or biology teacher could use this book…[it] does a good job of exploring the joys and importance of gardening."
      "The Vegetable Museum is not just a middle-grade novel, it is a testament to the power of a garden to bring generations together. It might even inspire some future gardeners! Mulder has created a love story for families, a tribute to the ability of seeds growing more than just plants. Wishing there had been more than 181 pages."
      "An engaging middle school novel about family relationships…There are powerful lessons about coping with adversity."
      "A deeply satisfying story about family, friendship and the power of community."
      “A great story about the complicated relationships between parents and children.”
      “This heartwarming story will engage and entertain young readers. It is well written and tells an honest story about family and relationships, and values.”
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    Passover Family Monique Polak Canada
    9781459818521 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date: February 13, 2018
    $9.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.56 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Teach babies and toddlers about this important Jewish festival by exploring what happens during the Passover seder with this delightful photographic board book. This primer features family and friends coming together to share a meal, tell stories and sing songs, and encourages little ones to participate in this special time. Children of all faiths will enjoy the bright photos and primary text that focuses on bringing family together to celebrate and observe a holiday tradition.
      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.
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      Passover Family uses beautiful photographs of a family gathering for the Passover meal. The sweet images and text will appeal to young readers and capture the spirit of this holiday by focusing on moments that would resonate with the experiences of little ones.
      "Polak presents a highly accessible introduction to aspects of the Passover seder in this holiday board book…It's a warm and intimate look at Passover for the youngest of celebrants."
      "The small board book size will please both grandparents, parents and children who will turn these pages often as they remember their loving family events and look forward for those to come. Highly Recommended."
      "It is a perfect mood-setter and preparation for the youngest of family members who, before encountering the hubbub of the holiday, need some familiarity with its images and terms."
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    Miriam's Secret Debby Waldman Canada
    9781459814257 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Historical Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: October 17, 2017
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 52 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      In 1930 nine-year-old Miriam travels by train from Brooklyn to her grandparents' farm in upstate New York. Her grandparents are kind, generous people, but they aren't exactly ideal playmates for a lonely girl. When Miriam is not doing homework in the kitchen with Bubby or helping prepare meals for the migrant workers that Zayde hires to help out on the farm, she plays with the barn kittens born just before she arrived. Those kittens are her only friends, until the day Miriam discovers a young girl hiding in the barn. Cissy and her brother, Joe, who's one of Zayde's farm hands, are on the run from an abusive uncle back in Mississippi. Miriam and Cissy hit it off immediately. But their friendship is tested when Miriam is forced to choose between keeping a promise and doing the right thing.
      Bio
      Debby Waldman is the author of a number of children's books including A Sack Full of Feathers and Miriam’s Secret and has written for publications including People, Publishers Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Sports Illustrated for Kids. An educator, she has taught writing and journalism at Cornell University, Ithaca College, St. Lawrence University and Grant MacEwan University. Since 2011 she has been a writing advisor at the Academic Success Centre at the University of Alberta. She lives in Edmonton.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year 2018, Commended
      CCBC Best Books 2018, Commended
      Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award 2018, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "A wonderful, tantalizing and tender tale about how, despite our differences, we all long for the same things: friendship, connection and a sense of purpose."
      "An endearing story about the power of acceptance."
      "In this heart-warming novel about a secret friendship, Debby Waldman tells a story bound up in America's history of depression-era hobos. As Miriam grapples with keeping her friend's secret or doing the right thing, Waldman adeptly brings history alive, painting an engaging portrait of minorities in a small town and showing that cultural differences can bring people together."
      "A warmhearted holiday tale successfully portrays an underrepresented corner of American Judaism."
      "All will enjoy this gentle novel, which furthers goodwill and understanding. Highly Recommended. "
      "Filled to the brim with literary devices like foreshadowing, imagery, and similes, this title will be a welcome addition to any elementary school teacher's language arts block…It also lends itself to a discussion of diversity and tolerance. Recommended"
      "Waldman's gentle story speaks to the difficulties of being an ethnic or religious minority, as well as the travails of being underemployed during the Great Depression."
      "The book is a nice read that includes a sort of comparison of lifestyles: rural versus urban, Northern United States versus Southern United States, and immigrant verses native-born. It also gives readers a nice peek into Jewish culture and traditions, from the Yiddish monikers for grandma and grandpa to the holidays of Purim and Passover to foods like Hamantaschen. The story provides the opportunity to teach children about secrets: knowing when it's ok to keep a secret and knowing when they need to tell a trusted adult."
      "Waldman's warm, loving depiction of a Russian Jewish family during the Depression is a cozy read that will be treasured by young readers, many of whom will relate to the fish-out-of-water element of her story."
      "Miriam's Secret is a fast-paced story that hooks the reader right from the start. It's the perfect friendship tale for ages 8 to 12."
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    The Dangerous Thing Leanne Lieberman Canada
    9781459811843 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: March 07, 2017
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.56 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Sixteen-year-old Sydney hates to talk (or even think) about sex. She's also fighting a secret battle against depression, and she's sure she'll never have a boyfriend. When her classmate Paul starts texting and sending her nature photos, she is caught off guard by his interest. Always uncomfortable with any talk about sex, Sydney is shocked when her extroverted sister, Abby, announces that she is going to put on The Vagina Monologues at school. Despite her discomfort, Sydney starts to reexamine her relationship with her body, and with Paul. But her depression worsens, and with the help of her friends, her family, a therapist and some medication, she grapples with what she calls the most dangerous thing about sex: female desire.
      Bio
      Leanne Lieberman is the author of several books for young adults. Leanne lives with her family in Kingston, Ontario, where she teaches elementary school. For more information, visit www.leannelieberman.com.
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      Awards
      Resource Links The Year's Best 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      "An approachable, earnest, feel-good romance...provides the flavor for a tale of recovery and empowerment
      "Lieberman has written a beautiful novel...it will definitely appeal to teenage readers who are beginning to date and to explore their sexuality. Her portrayal of Sydney's depression and relationship challenges is both sensitive and insightful."
      "Family, mental health, and sexual awakening all combine for an honest and enjoyable read...The protagonist's revelations about sex, her body, and feminism are developmentally appropriate, and many struggling teens will appreciate that Sydney continues to process these issues. Lieberman's story of a girl living with depression as she moves into womanhood will be a hit with fans of Sarah Dessen and Christine Heppermann."
      "Syd is likely a character that will be relatable to readers who have experienced mental illness...Her mental illness, mainly anxiety and depression, is handled well and rings true. It is neither glamorized nor sensationalized. It is nuanced...The Most Dangerous Thing isn't the first YA book to talk about mental illness, or desire, but the intersection of the two feels novel and important...People living with or interested in mental illness, teens who are starting to confront sexuality, those interested in modern Judaism, and people who like slice of life novels will certainly find something to enjoy here."
      "This title for me was a welcome change from the traditional YA romance. I consider myself middle of the road in terms of romance that tackles things of a sexual nature. Leanne covered the subject in a very tasteful way in my opinion. I won't give too much away, but I loved seeing her feelings for Paul develop. It made me think back to my first love and the nervous excitement of each new day...I also enjoyed how she tackled the subject of depression. I myself am a sufferer and I thought her use of the 'fog' in order to describe when the sadness is looming to be a very effective description."
      "The richness of Leanne's novels makes them a fascinating read for both adults and young adults. The story is complex and rewarding, and the themes are significant...But what kept me reading long into the night was the writing."
      "This is a quiet, gentle novel that conveys not just Sydney's pain, but also her courageous attempts to dispel the fog, even when it seems to be winning."
      "Lieberman handles many heavy topics in a way that is both realistic and gentle, offering readers a chance to grapple with these ideas through a main character that is relatable…An interesting and timely angle on female sexuality and feminism from the perspective of a teenager trying to understand what they mean to her."
      "This book felt very real to me—accuarate in its emotional content. Its voice is poignant and believable. It reminded me of how perplexing it felt to fall in love for the first time. I must also high-five Leanne Lieberman for the wonderful way she addresses the issues of female desire; it's done in a way that feels both honest and non-judgmental…Teens will relate to this story on many different levels. Those grappling with anxiety and self-esteem issues will most certainly find a kindred spirit in Sydney."
      "Sydney's struggles and battle against 'the fog' are palpable; she is a curious, smart and self-aware protagonist. Lieberman also excels at depicting Sydney's close relationship with her cantankerous grandfather."
      "Brings Sydney through authentic crisis."
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    Subject to Change Karen Nesbitt Canada
    9781459811461 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: February 28, 2017
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.68 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Declan's life in small-town Quebec is defined by his parents' divorce, his older brother's delinquency and his own lackluster performance at school, which lands him with a tutor he calls Little Miss Perfect. He likes his job at the local ice rink, and he has a couple of good buddies, but his father's five-year absence is a constant source of pain and anger. When he finds out the truth about his parents' divorce, he is forced to reconsider everything he has believed about his family and himself.
      Bio

      Karen Nesbitt works as a high school counselor near Montréal, Québec. The mother of two teenagers, Karen spends most of her days immersed in teen culture. She lives with her husband and children in Pierrefonds, Québec. Subject to Change is Karen's debut novel.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      White Pine Award 2018, Short-listed
      Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature 2017, Winner
      Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      "Nesbitt has crafted a sensitive portrait of a teen's uncertain relationship with a gay parent...Fans of John Corey Whaley and John Green will enjoy this realistic young adult story."
      "This is a realistically portrayed segment of the teenage population that is under represented in literature. The author...seems to have significant insight to the adolescent characters."
      "Vividly illustrates the confusion, elation, pain, and self-doubt typical of adolescence. Nesbitt does a great job of personalizing issues such as homosexuality, divorce, substance abuse, racism, and poverty...It is touching to see how [Declan's] character develops and changes...All in all, Subject to Change is a gritty, touching, well-told story with great character development."
      "Nesbitt makes adept use of her experience working with teens. Declan's convincing observations about the world around him are sharp, but he still comes off like a real teenage boy."
      "Nesbitt's debut novel brilliantly captures the anger, angst, and alienation left by a socially marginalized teenager struggling to make sense of his fractured family relationships. The book touches on an aspect of the Holocaust that many young people may not be aware of. A smattering of profane language and scenes involving marijuana use and alcohol abuse provide a gritty sense of reality to this finely written book."
      "The characters are realistic and sympathetic…The story rings true and the reader roots for Declan as he becomes more mature. Readers ages 13 and up will enjoy this story of a boy who faces his problems with the help of family and friends."
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    Series: Orca Origins
    Passover Festival of Freedom Monique Polak Canada
    9781459809901 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Holidays & Celebrations Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: February 16, 2016
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.5 in | 72 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      During Passover, Jews are reminded of how, more than three thousand years ago, their ancestors emerged from slavery to become free men and women. Bestselling author Monique Polak explores her own Jewish roots as she tells the Passover story, which reminds us that the freedom to be who we are and practice our religion, whatever it may be, is a great gift. It also teaches us that if we summon our courage and look out for each other, we can endure and overcome the most challenging circumstances. Enlivened by personal stories, Passover reminds us that we can all endure and overcome the most challenging circumstances.

      Passover is the first in a series of books called Orca Origins that will examine ancient traditions kept alive in the modern world. Other books in the series will cover Ramadan, Chinese New Year and Diwali.
      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.
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      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Commended
      Reviews
      "While this title in the Orca Origins series explains the holiday of Passover, it also goes further. In the introduction, Polak remembers her associations with the holiday while growing up in Montreal, mostly through friends’ seders...The sections in which the Holocaust survivors remember is both chilling and moving...Kids’ holiday rituals and personal stories make for an interesting mix. Illustrated with many color photos, this unique take on an ancient holiday should resonate with readers."
      "An overview of the holiday of Passover is elaborated with personal narratives, the story's connection to the Holocaust, and various Seder customs practiced in several countries around the world...A plethora of photographs, informational sidebars, drawings, and recipes break up the substantial yet enlightening text. Good supplementary material to increase the holiday's meaning and currency for older children."
      "Each chapter is detailed with an abundance of information...Personal stories of Holocaust survivors, Ben and Liselotte, add to the appeal and authenticity of this title...A helpful glossary, and a list of references and resources are also included. Passover is the first in a series of books in the 'Orca Origins' series which will examine 'ancient traditions kept alive in the modern world.'"
      "The book is written in a very readable text accompanied by black and white and colour historical and contemporary captioned photographs...A great complement to a study of religious customs and multiculturalism...Highly recommend[ed]."
      "The author does a thorough job of describing the origins of Passover, the intricacies of the seder, and the importance of this event to Jews around the world. She makes it all accessible to middle-grade readers, regardless of their ethnicity, by including the stories of specific individuals (including a couple of elderly Montrealers who survived the Holocaust), focusing on the participation of children in the seder, and including some simple recipes. The result is a lively read, illustrated with many photos."
      "Poignant...A glossary as well as an excellent reference and resource guide round out the book."
      "A fascinating look into the celebration of the Passover holiday...Insightful."
      "With numerous sidebars, photographs, recipes, drawings and short facts, the book...is bound to teach youngsters and adults alike how important it is to celebrate the holiday in their own way."
      "Learn about Passover in this informative nonfiction book...recommended."
      "A must-have title, whether readers are already knowledgeable about the holiday's history and rituals or learning about them for the first time...Highly recommended for all ages."
      "With her convivial, chatty writing style, the material is easily absorbed, and the richness of the culture and festival shine through. Facts are augmented and enriched by the narratives of many participants...Undoubtedly, the book will encourage much discussion and sharing of religious traditions and will be a welcome and highly readable addition to various library collections."
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    Series: Orca Echoes
    Bagels on Board Joan Betty Stuchner, Dave Whamond Canada
    9781459806955 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date: October 06, 2015
    $6.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.2 in | 80 pages Carton Quantity: 112 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      All aboard! The Bernsteins are heading off on a cruise, and Aunt Sharon offers to take care of the family pets, Lox (the fish), Creamcheese (the cat) and Bagels, an energetic puppy with a talent for escaping. Trouble is, Bagels is up to his usual disappearing act. When he turns up unexpectedly on the cruise ship, Josh and his little sister, Becky, must keep Bagels hidden. But when an onboard mystery begins to unfold involving two potential spies and a mysterious woman with a secret envelope, Bagels just might be able to help crack the case!

      Bagels on Board is the third book in the series about Bagels Bernstein, following Bagels Come Home and Bagels the Brave.
      Bio
      Joan Betty Stuchner loved stories. When she wasn’t writing, she worked in a library, taught part-time and acted in community theater. Sadly, Joan lost her battle with cancer on June 7, 2014, but her stories will continue to bring joy to readers for years to come.

      Dave Whamond is an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist whose work has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers. Visit his website at www.davewhamond.com.
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      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Commended
      Reviews
      "This third installment of Bagels continues the fun and fast-paced story of Bagels and the Bernstein family...Whamond continues his excellent illustrations that frequent each chapter. The plot moved along quickly, and readers will be curious to know how Bagels is discovered, kept secret, and helps out in stopping the bad guys...Yet another success for Joan Betty Stuchner."
      "The action is fast paced...This is a book to read for fun."
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    Series: Secrets
    Stones on a Grave Kathy Kacer Canada
    9781459806597 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: September 29, 2015
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.56 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Sara has never been out of the tiny town of Hope, Ontario, where she has been in an orphanage all her life. After a fire destroys the orphanage, clues about her parentage—a medical certificate and a Star of David—lead her to Germany. Despite her fears—she doesn’t speak the language, she knows no one in Germany, and she’s never been on an airplane—Sara arrives in Germany determined to explore her newly discovered Jewish heritage and solve the mystery of her parentage. What she encounters is a country still dealing with the aftermath of the Holocaust. With the help of a handsome, English-speaking German boy, she discovers the sad facts of her mother’s brief existence and faces the horrible truth about her father. Ultimately, the knowledge she gains opens up her world and leads her to a deeper understanding of herself.

      Part of the SECRETS—a series of seven linked novels that can be read in any order.
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      Kathy Kacer is the award-winning author of many books for young readers. Her novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages, are stories of hope, courage and humanity in the face of overwhelming adversity. Kathy lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she teaches writing. She also speaks to children and teachers around the world about the importance of understanding the Holocaust and keeping its memory alive. For more information, visit www.kathykacer.com.


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        • 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
      "Secrets can hide painful truths, as a young woman learns in this novel...The story offers an unusual glimpse into a Germany just one generation past the Holocaust and only beginning to deal with its repercussions. Part of the interconnected Secrets series, the novel is a quick, easy read about a little-known period."
      "A deeply moving story about the innate human longing to know where one comes from and about the power of love and forgiveness to overcome any darkness. The plot flows smoothly, and characters are well developed, given the brevity of the novel. This title would make a beneficial addition to a high school curriculum as a supplementary resource to teachings about World War II. Highly Recommended."
      "The time period covered is not often explored in young adult fiction with Germany as the setting, and characters who are from the generation directly following the Holocaust have their own stories to tell. A sweet, supporting cast bolsters Sara’s difficult journey in this novel that will tie into the stories of the six other older girls at the orphanage."
      "A compelling storyline."
      "Kacer’s comparison of healthy and unhealthy relationships may resonate with some readers, as will her themes of survival."
      "By introducing a protagonist with no perceived connection to Judaism, Kacer skillfully develops the reach and complexity of the Holocaust while offering the reader plausible situations which examine questions that are difficult to ask. Kacer’s innate sense of balance and goodness inform her story in a way that allows the reader enough room to either consider or reconsider attitudes and opinions, or perhaps discover a whole new dimension of experience."
      "A moving story with a likeable protagonist."
      "The depiction of Jewish life in Germany after World War II, an uncommon setting, makes this a worthwhile addition to collection serving teen readers...Kacer does a good job at showing the shame and embarrassment of some Germans, and she skillfully describes some of the more horrific aspects of the Holocaust in an age appropriate way. Sara is a likeable character and readers will be satisfied with her story."
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    Series: Orca Echoes
    Bagels the Brave Joan Betty Stuchner, Dave Whamond Canada
    9781459804937 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date: May 01, 2015
    $6.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.18 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 148 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      In this sequel to Bagels Come Home, Josh, his younger sister, Becky, their parents and Bagels head off on a three-day trip to Sasquatch Lake. But the vacation gets off to a rocky start. The cabin is a bit more “rustic” than advertised, with a few too many holes in the roof. Then Josh starts catching glimpses of a hairy figure in the woods nearby. When household items begin disappearing, from pickles to pj’s to Becky’s birthday cake, the family heads out to investigate, with Bagels in the lead. Who’s behind the mysterious happenings at Sasquatch Lake? And could Sasquatches be real?
      Bio
      Joan Betty Stuchner loved stories. When she wasn’t writing, she worked in a library, taught part-time and acted in community theater. Sadly, Joan lost her battle with cancer on June 7, 2014, but her stories will continue to bring joy to readers for years to come.
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      "Bagels' antics will have young readers laughing as he tries to protect his unaware family. Illustrations by Dave Whamond add to the meaning and laughter...This beginners' novel for primary grades contains humour and characters to which children of this age can relate. Bagels, the dog who is smarter than his family, will be a favourite of the young readers who meet him. Recommended."
      "With Josh’s bright and authentic first-person narrative, the appealing cast, and the zany illustrations, this fits the bill."
      "Between Bagels’ frequent forays into the lake, the dilapidated cabin’s leaky roof, and an honest-to-goodness mysterious cave man, the trip is packed full of humorous shenanigans...A fun, whimsical read, with a touch of adventure...The Illustrations by Dave Whamond (“Oddrey”) are a fun comedic addition to the story. Recommended where early chapter books are popular or in short supply."
      “[A] delightful sequel…Another winning story beginning readers will thoroughly enjoy!”

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