Orca Loan Stars Jr. through April 2020

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    Series: Orca Origins
    Powwow A Celebration through Song and Dance Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane Canada
    9781459812345 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: April 21, 2020 Print Run: 10000
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.5 in | 88 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      ★ “Clearly organized and educational—an incredibly useful tool for both school and public libraries.” —School Library Journal, starred review

      Powwow is a celebration of Indigenous song and dance. Journey through the history of powwow culture in North America, from its origins to the thriving powwow culture of today. As a lifelong competitive powwow dancer, Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane is a guide to the protocols, regalia, songs, dances and even food you can find at powwows from coast to coast, as well as the important role they play in Indigenous culture and reconciliation.
      Bio
      Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane is an Anishinaabe dancer, educator, writer, artist and orator from Wiikwemkoong on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Her grandparents, maternal and paternal, come from Wiikwemkoong. Her parents are residential school survivors. Karen is a PhD candidate in Educational Policy Studies/Indigenous Peoples Education at the University of Alberta and is an Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University in the Treaty Seven region. She is cross-appointed to the Department of General Education, Of?ce of Teaching and Learning, and the Department of Humanities–Indigenous Studies. Karen lives in Calgary.
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        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution
        • Author interview on blog and social media promotion
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      Awards
      Reviews
      ? “Clearly organized and educational—an incredibly useful tool for both school and public libraries…This comprehensive primer of the history and importance of the powwow in North American Indigenous culture is a necessary purchase.”
      “An enriching, information-rich resource that centers an Indigenous perspective.”
      “Attractive, informative, and essential for diverse collections.”
      “Authentic, informative and celebratory. Highly Recommended.”
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    Series: Runecaster
    The Stone of Sorrow Brooke Carter Canada
    9781459824393 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: April 07, 2020 Print Run: 8000
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75 in | 312 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      In a land of myth and ice, seventeen-year-old Runa Unnursdóttir is not the runecaster her clan has been hoping for. She spends her days daydreaming of sailing away and exploring the world instead of studying the runes and learning her spells. The villagers consider her odd, in looks and in manner. She’s nothing like her talented sister, Sýr, keeper of the sacred moonstone that ensures the village’s continued survival. But when a rival clan led by an evil witch raids the village and kidnaps her sister, Runa is forced to act. With a fallen Valkyrie by her side, and the help of a gorgeous half-elf Runa is not quite sure she can trust, the apprentice must travel to the site of an ancient runecasting competition to try to win back the magical gem. But the journey will not be easy; the three unlikely companions encounter malevolent and supernatural creatures at every turn. Somehow, Runa must summon the courage and strength to face her destiny, a destiny she never wanted. Or die trying.
      Bio
      Brooke Carter is Icelandic-Canadian. She is the author of several books for teens, including Another Miserable Love Song, Learning Seventeen and The Unbroken Hearts Club in the Orca Soundings line. She earned her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.
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        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including LibraryThing and NetGalley
        • Blog post interview with author
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        • Planned appearance at local writers festival
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      Awards
      Reviews
      “An atmospheric fantasy steeped in Norse mythology—my delight in this story grew with each page!”
      The Stone of Sorrow is darkly magnificent and filled with wonders. The story of Runa and her quest is raw and terribly beautiful and I cannot wait for the next installment in the Runecaster trilogy. The most exciting fantasy I have read in a very long time.”
      “Fast-paced, engaging narrative...An appealing story for readers interested in fantasy and myth.”
      “Readers who enjoy Norse mythology, magic and adventure will find The Stone of Sorrow, with its hints of humor and its complicated characters, a compelling read. Highly Recommended.”
      “Spirited...A magical alternate Iceland results in evocative atmospherics...Empathy is a major theme, and a queer relationship and a nonbinary character are inclusive additions to the novel.”
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    Series: Orca Issues
    I Am a Feminist Claiming the F-Word in Turbulent Times Monique Polak Canada
    9781459818927 Paperback YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Girls & Women Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: May 07, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 8.5 x 0.68 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      What is feminism? Why does it still matter? What exactly does intersectionality mean? In order to answer these (and many other) questions, I Am a Feminist first examines the history of feminism and then addresses the issues girls and women continue to face today. The book also looks at the ways in which people, especially young people, are working together to create a world where gender equality is a reality, not a dream. The author shares stories about the courageous individuals who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. From suffragists to the #MeToo movement, I Am a Feminist encourages readers to stand up and speak out for equality and justice.
      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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        Key Selling Points

        Examines the history of feminism and then addresses the issues girls and women continue to face today.

        Also looks at the ways in which people, especially young people, are working together to create a world where gender equality is a reality, not a dream.

        Themes include: body image, FGMT, abortion, domestic violence, intersectionality, #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

        Written in an engaging, conversational and highly accessible manner, the author addresses her learning curve, reflects on her past behaviour and notes patriarchy.

        Author of bestselling 121 Express (2008), and most recently Planet Grief (2018),  Monique talks about how her experiences have shaped her into the feminist she is today.

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        Print and online advertising campaigns

        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade
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        Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley, LibraryThing Early Reviewers and the YALSA YA Galley program

        Blog and social media promotion

        Festival Pitches

        Niche marketing to associations and interest groups

        Targeted media review and blogger review mailings




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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's & Young Adult Literature 2019, Short-listed
      OLA Best Bets—Top Ten 2019, Commended
      Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2020, Commended
      Reviews
      "Polak has written a book that is both approachable and interesting for young readers while providing thought-provoking statistics and examples…The book will have an intellectual appeal to many young adult readers, and it is also physically appealing."
      "A conversational and engaging style…The extensive back matter will please researchers…A first purchase for larger libraries."
      "Polak's knowledgeable voice provides a simple yet comprehensive overview of key feminist issues, successfully highlighting the evolution of this social cause…This amply illustrated introduction will spark discussion among teens who wish to make a difference in their community."
      "In light of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, this concise but comprehensive examination of feminism from all angles will appeal to young readers. With its engaging content and attractive layout, this title is sure to spark meaningful discussion. Highly Recommended."
      "A comprehensive exploration of the varied issues faced by today's girls and women…Polak speaks to her readers directly in a relaxed, relatable, conversational approach…An excellent grounding in what it means to be a feminist and a testament to the power of the movement to change things for the better."
      "This nuanced book, which explores stories of real women working hard to change the world, will help passionate teenagers navigate life."
      “[Polak's] candid ability to delve into the minds of young adults, engaging style, and conversational tone should spark further discussion without fear of reprisals...A must for all young people and teachers.”
      ? “Engaging and conversational...Not only fascinating and passionately written, but it would serve as an excellent tool for teachers who want to introduce feminism to their classes."
      “Well-informed on the evolving issues that feminism is being called to address.”
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    Series: Orca Issues
    My Body My Choice The Fight for Abortion Rights Robin Stevenson Canada
    9781459817128 Paperback YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: May 07, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 8.5 x 0.68 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Abortion is one of the most common of all medical procedures. But it is still stigmatized, ?and all too often people do not feel they can talk about their experiences.

      Making abortion illegal or hard to access doesn't make it any less common; it just makes it dangerous. Around the world, tens of thousands of women die from unsafe abortions every year.

      People who support abortion rights have been fighting hard to create a world in which the right to access safe and legal abortion services is guaranteed. The opposition to this has been intense and sometimes violent, and victories have been hard won.

      The long fight for abortion rights is being picked up by a new generation of courageous, creative and passionate activists. This book is about the history, and the future, of that fight.
      Bio
      Robin Stevenson is the author of more than twenty-five books for kids and teens, including The Summer We Saved the Bees and Pride Colors. The first edition of her nonfiction book Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (2016) won a Stonewall Honor and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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        Key Selling Points

        Abortion is one the most common of all medical procedures. But it is still stigmatized and too often, people do not feel they can talk about their experiences.

        Not a two-sided issue book: it’s about the fight for access to legal and safe abortion rights.

        Features historical and contemporary photographs and illustrations by Meags Fitzgerald and from Comics for Choice.
              
        Last third is straightforward, first person accounts of abortions.
              
        Robin Stevenson worked as a social worker for many years and is the author of the Stonewall Honor Book Pride.

        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        Print and online advertising campaigns

        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade
        conferences

        Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley,
        LibraryThing Early Reviewers and the YALSA YA Galley program

        Targeted media and blogger review mailings

        Blog and social media promotion

        Festival pitches

        Targeted marketing to relevant associations and interest groups






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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Kirkus Best Books 2019, Commended
      OLA Best Bets—Top Ten 2019, Commended
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      SLJ Best Books 2019, Commended
      BC and Yukon Book Prize Society Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize 2020, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "A magnificent and thoughtful examination of the fight for abortion rights in Canada, the United States, and around the world. Through often untold histories, My Body My Choice details tactics activists employed to fight for abortion rights, explains how race and class are barriers to access—historically and today—and the impact youth activists are making today. My Body My Choice also explains the basics of reproductive health in an affirming, non-stigmatizing, and digestible way for young readers. My Body My Choice is the book I wish I had as a teen, before, during, and after my abortion. I know I would have felt less alone and more empowered with it in hand."
      "I would have been a much wiser person had I been able to read this book twenty-five years ago. Robin Stevenson conveys the reality of abortion and the true stories of people—all kinds of people— who have them. In sharing the inspiring history of the fight for abortion rights, she makes it clear how much those rights matter."
      ★ "Well-researched and visually appealing, this is a boon for those seeking clear, comprehensive information from the perspective of the reproductive rights movement."
      ★ "Exceptional entry in the Orca Issues series…With impeccable research, statistics, a resource list, and thorough source notes, this illuminating resource should be required reading for teens of every gender."
      “For people who are new to reproductive activism, this is an excellent place to begin reading.”
      "For a heavy topic, the book is both arrestingly visual and dynamic in tone…Thoroughly researched and thought provoking, offering in-depth information balanced with first-person accounts, including stories of women who have had abortions themselves."
      "Youth will be armed with concrete tips and advice on how they can help fight against abortion stigma and support their right and others' right to make this important decision for themselves. This comprehensive, empowering, and accessible resource will be of great use to teens interested in learning more about reproductive rights either for school or for personal knowledge."
      "Guaranteed to prompt much-needed conversations and discussions and, along with pro-life materials, should be available in libraries and schools across the country so that students have informed access to the abortion debate. Highly Recommended."
      “Both a history and a call to action. Combining text, images, quotes, maps, charts, and more into an engaging package...Useful information and inspiration.”
      “As fascinating as it is significant…Readers will finish this book with a broad comprehension of what abortion means and why it matters…My Body My Choice needs to be in every secondary school library and every teen section across the country…But young people need good information, and young people who care about their futures need to understand this history. Highly recommended.”
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    Series: Orca Echoes
    Badir and the Beaver Shannon Stewart Canada, Sabrina Gendron Canada
    9781459817272 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date: April 16, 2019
    $6.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.31 in | 104 pages Carton Quantity: 92 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      It's Ramadan, a time to focus on good deeds and to fast, and Badir and his brother, Anis, are out for a walk one evening while they wait for their iftar meal. In the park Badir sees a rat. A very, very large rat. He soon learns it’s actually a beaver, an animal that doesn't live in Tunisia, the country Badir and his family have emigrated from. It turns out that some of the neighbors who enjoy the park think this beaver is a bit of a pest, but Badir thinks it's wonderful and learns everything he can about the iconic Canadian animal. When a petition is started to remove the beaver, Badir, who knows firsthand how difficult it is to leave your home behind, rallies his classmates to save it. And with a little help from new friends, the kids learn that collaboration and faith can change the way we think about the world.
      Bio
      Shannon Stewart teaches in a francophone school in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she has had the opportunity to meet and learn from students all over the world. She is the author of Sea Crow (Orca, 2004), Alphabad: An Alphabet Book for Wicked Children! (Key Porter Books, 2005) and Captain Jake (Orca, 2008). She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.

      Sabrina Gendron has a degree in visual arts from Cégep de Ste-Foy, as well as 2D/3D animation from Collège Bart. She loves to work on animation and visual arts projects and has illustrated a number of French-language books. Her art is colorful and lively and will make you want to dive into the worlds she has created. Sabrina lives in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. For more information, visit sabrinagendron.blogspot.com or follow her on Facebook and Instagram @sab.gendron.
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        Key Selling Points

        Badir and his brother, Anis are out for a walk one evening while they wait for their iftar meal. In the park, Badir sees a very very large rat. He soon learns it’s a beaver, an animal that doesn’t live in Tunisia, where Badir and his family have immigrated from. When a petition is started to remove the beaver, he rallies his classmates to save it.

        Badir does research at school to see how park can be protected, because he knows how hard it is to leave your home.

        The story is set during Ramadan and features a young Muslim protagonist who is a recent immigrant to Canada

        Orca Echoes are at-level early chapters books for ages 7 to 9 with b/w illustrations

        Inspired by a real-life event at Hinge Park in Vancouver’s Olympic Village


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        Print and online advertising campaigns

        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade
        conferences

        Digital and print ARCs available

        Blog and social media promotion




    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      ★ "With her gentle tale, Stewart does an excellent job at promoting cultural understanding…A beautifully written page-turner about belonging."
      "The story empowers children to make a difference in their communities and promotes females in science…A versatile book that is enjoyable and can be used for multiple educational purposes."
      "Badir's boisterous personality and good nature make him a fun character to follow, and his family's observance of Ramadan adds an extra layer of interest to the story. This upbeat early chapter book is engagingly illustrated, filled with beaver facts, and delivers a positive message about protecting the environment."

      “This was a wonderful early chapter book and the characters solved a realistic problem in a natural way.”


      “Teachers can use this book to introduce Canada’s national symbol, the beaver and to discuss multiculturalism and the environment.”
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    Series: Tank & Fizz
    Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Tentacle Terror Liam O'Donnell Canada, Mike Deas Canada
    9781459819528 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: April 16, 2019
    $9.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.55 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      When valuable cargo ships vanish from Rockfall Mountain's busiest port, crime-fighting goblin detective Fizz Marlow and his troll sleuthing partner, Tank Wrenchlin, know Detective Hordish is going to need their help (whether he wants it or not). But it's Tank's mom, the harbor master who is really feeling the heat. It's her responsibility to keep the harbor safe, and the lost ships quickly cost her her job.

      Determined to help, Tank, Fizz and their wizard pal, Aleetha, dive into this new mystery, only to get tangled up with a terror from below that takes the detectives far from home and puts them snout-to-snout with a band of vicious kobold pirates.

      The Case of the Tentacle Terror is the fifth book in the Tank & Fizz series about two crime-solving monsters living under a mountain.
      Bio
      Liam O'Donnell is an author and educator who has created over forty books and graphic novels for young readers, including the Max Finder Mystery, Graphic Guide Adventures, West Meadows Detectives series. He was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Liam lives in London, Ontario.

      Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, including Dalen and Gole and the Graphic Guide Adventures series. While he grew up with a love of illustrative storytelling, Capilano College's Commercial Animation Program helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Mike and his family live on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
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        Key Selling Points

        A goblin and troll detective team go on a wild adventure tangling with an array of fantastical creatures in efforts to find valualbe vanishing cargo ships.

        Fifth in the Tank and Fizz hybrid graphic novel series, preceeded by Tank and Fizz: The Case of Firebane's Folly (2018).

        Shortlisted for the Silver Birch award

        Liam O’Donnell is an author and educator who has created over forty books and graphic novels for young readers, including the Max Finder Mystery, Graphic Guide Adventures, West Meadows Detectives series

        Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, including Dalen and Gole and the Graphic Guide Adventure series

        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 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "A caper well stocked with twists and narrow squeaks related, like the previous four Tank & Fizz episodes, in a hybrid mix of print and cinematic sequential panels. Series fans, or any readers fond of brisk, funny escapades, will be well pleased."
      “The combination of a regular mystery novel and a graphic novel will make this an attractive book for upper elementary aged readers. The crazy characters, with tongue twisting names, add another level for the more imaginative reader…But it all increases the enjoyment of this series.”
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    Series: Amber Fang
    Amber Fang: Hunted Arthur Slade Canada
    9781459822696 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Vampires Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: April 16, 2019
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 52 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Amber Fang enjoys life's simple pleasures. A perfect evening for her includes a good book, a glass of wine and, of course, a great meal, preferably straight from the jugular.

      Raised to eat ethically, Amber dines only on delicious cold-blooded killers. But confirming that her chosen victims deserve to die takes time. And patience. So it's a good thing Amber is studying to be a librarian. Her extraordinary research skills help her hunt down her prey, seek out other vampires and stay on the trail of her mother, who has been missing for over two years now.

      But one day while Amber is stalking a rather tasty-looking murderer, things go horribly wrong. Amber has walked into a trap. The hunter becomes the hunted.

      Now on the run, Amber receives the perfect job offer out of the blue. Someone wants to pay her to kill (and eat) the world's worst criminals.

      It sounds too good to be true.

      Amber Fang: Hunted is the first book in this exciting new vampire series.
      Bio
      Arthur Slade is a Governor General's Award-winning author of many novels for young readers, including the Amber Fang series and Modo: Ember's End, a graphic novel based on the characters from The Hunchback Assignments trilogy. Raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan, Arthur now makes his home in Saskatoon.
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        Key Selling Points

        An independent young vampire is offered a job as an assassin for an elite secret society while studying to be a librarian, in this campy paranormal series. Pithy, sarcastic protagonist.

        For fans of Vampire Academy and Jennifer L. Armentrout

        Arthur Slade won TD Children's Lit Award for steampunk novel The Hunchback Assignments and a GG for fantasy novel Dust

        Ship potential (romance) between characters

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        Print and online advertising campaigns

        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade
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        Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley

        Festival pitches

        Blog and social media promotion

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "Enthralling, witty, briskly paced and highly original, Amber Fang: Hunted is bestselling author Arthur Slade at his finest. I can't wait for the next book in the series!"
      "Arthur Slade's trademark humor imbues this book about a plucky vampire librarian; it's a romp of a read, and I kept thinking it would also make a great tv series. I had so much fun reading this!"
      "An interesting approach to a vampire narrative…A recipe more typical of a spy thriller and one that is made tangy with the liberal sprinkling of paranormal drama…Imagine Buffy the Vampire Slayer—except Buffy is the vampire and has the research skills of Giles."
      "Slade's vampire mythos is interesting, and he ends this fast-paced, entertaining story in the right place to keep interest piqued for the series' next installment…With short sentences, simple language, and a plot that will appeal to older readers, this is a good choice for reluctant teen and even adult readers."
      "A pithy and kickass protagonist…[in] a world of supernatural and political intrigue framed as a librarian fantasy adventure."
      "Slade has left many tantalizing loose ends to be followed up in subsequent novels…Amber's intelligence, physical prowess and fierce independence comprise a complex, unique and very cinematic superhero. Excellent."
      "A tongue-in-cheek vampire/secret agent mash-up…This series will appeal to readers who like making fun of over-used tropes and don't want a lot of description or character angst to get in the way of the action. Highly Recommended."
      "Fast and funny, this book will entice those who wished Buffy was the vampire."
      "A YA novel for young adults testing the turbulent waters of ethics, morality, geopolitics, history, social media, and popular culture"
      “Top-notch supernatural thrillers...The Amber Fang novels are an absolute hoot, relentlessly gripping, and genuinely surprising…For many readers, Amber Fang will serve as a midpoint between Disney’s Kim Possible and Kristi Charish’s Kincaid Strange.”
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    The Invisible Garden Marianne Ferrer Canada, Valérie Picard Canada
    9781459822115 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: April 09, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      A young girl and her family travel from the city to the country to celebrate her grandmother's birthday. Someone suggests that Arianne, as the only child at the party, might enjoy exploring the garden more than listening to the adults chat. Arianne is unsure what to do in the quiet garden, and she soon lies down out of boredom. But then she spots a pebble . . . and a grasshopper . . . and flies away on a dandelion seed pod into the cosmos as she discovers the freedom of her imagination.

      With very little text, this book lets the illustrations tell the charming story of a child carried away into a world much bigger than herself.
      Bio

      Marianne Ferrer was born in Venezuela and immigrated to Canada in 1998. After attending Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, for illustration and design, she completed her education in graphic design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her style is characterized by its charm, delicacy and depth. Marianne lives in Montreal, Quebec.



      Valérie Picard is the artistic director at the Quebec publishing house Monsieur Ed. After obtaining a diploma in visual arts and a degree in anthropology, she fell in love with children's literature. She draws, reads, buys way too many books (ignoring the fact that she has no more space for them) and entertains herself with online Harry Potter questionnaires in order to discover in which house the Sorting Hat would place her. Valerie lives in Montreal, Quebec.
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        Key Selling Points

        A unique adventure, set in the heart of a garden, that encourages and celebrates imagination. As the only child at an adult party, someone suggests that Arianne might enjoy exploring the garden more than listening to the adults chat. She follows her imagination into nature and then the cosmos.

        A unique adventure, set in the heart of a garden, that encourages and celebrates
        imagination.

        Long picture book of 64 pages, but minimal words. About 70% of pages don’t have text, leaving much to the reader’s imagination.

        Gorgeous full color illustrations and hand lettering throughout.

        Author is the publisher of the new darling literary publisher Monsieur Ed based in Quebec

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        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
      Prix Lux 2018, Winner
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      ★ "Ferrer's unusually whimsical interpretation of an old trope merits the imaginations of its readers…A playful marvel."
      "Captures the magic of a solitary hour spent observing nature—and suggests where those observations might lead."
      "There's no doubting the fluid charm of [this] story."
      "Use in classroom discussions about imagination…as a model for storytelling"
      "Interesting juxtapositions of scale…The whole feeling of the book is of a sort of sleepy wonder."
      “This book is perfectly delightful.”

      “A fantastical trip of the imagination…Gorgeous art, almost abstract, with deep watery colors, takes the reader on a completely unique journey.”


      ★ “Subtle, yet powerful artwork…Readers accompanying Arianne on her odyssey will find themselves entranced.”
      “Soft, otherworldly illustrations, which play with size, shape, and perspective, pull the reader through Arianne's apparent dream.”
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    9781459818613 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: April 09, 2019
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Ever since his mom left, Riley has been a mess. He feels nervous all the time. His heart pounds, his neck is tight, and he can't seem to turn off his brain. His dad signs him up for aikido, hoping it will help.

      In the dojo, Riley meets boys who are much rougher than he is and a girl who is tougher than all the rest of them put together. For Wafaa, aikido is not her first choice. She was disqualified from competing in judo for wearing a hijab. From the first time she steps on the mat, it's clear she is far more skilled than anyone expected.

      Through the teachings of their sensei, Riley and his classmates come to understand that aikido is not about winning or losing or about being perfect. Sensei shows them how to tap into their inner strength and find their place in the universe.
      Bio
      John Corr has a third-degree black belt in Yoshinkan Aikido as well as a PhD in English from McMaster University. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife and three sons.
      Marketing & Promotion
        Key Selling Points

        "Funny, light stand alone middle grade novel about a young boy who learns to cope with his anxiety by learning the lesser known martial art, Aikido"

        Through the teachings of their sensei, Riley and his classmates come to understand that aikido is not about winning or losing. Sensei shows them how to use their opponent’s force to their advantage.

        Includes a sub plot of Islamaphobia. Wafaa is a Muslim which used to do jujitsu and is more experienced at martial arts than Riley, but had to stop because she wasn’t allowed to wear her hijab

        Riley learns from his mistakes as he must try over and over again to get the moves right.

        First time novelist John Corr has a 3rd degree black belt in Yoshinkan Aikido.

        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 2019, Commended
      OLA Best Bets—Honorable Mention 2019, Commended
      TD Summer Reading Club Top Ten 2020, Commended
      Reviews
      "Addressing mental health with empathy…an unexpected lesson that shows 'learning to fall' is an important step in developing resilience."
      "Ideal for martial arts fans looking for fiction that reflects their world, or else fictional guidance on relieving anxiety. Recommended."
      "An interesting and engaging fast-paced read with strong, positive messages about self-control, self-improvement, and self-discipline."
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    Through the Elephant's Door Hélène De Blois Canada, France Cormier Canada
    9781459821934 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date: April 02, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 48 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      It's a rainy day so the boy and his elephant, Émile, decide the perfect way to pass their time is with a trip to the museum. Their problems start before they even walk through the doors. First, what door does an elephant fit through? And second, why does the grumpy guard assume they are going to cause problems? It seems like as soon as they start to enjoy an exhibit, he's right there yelling at them not to touch anything. Like they would ever do that!

      Then, in a flash everything changes and suddenly Émile and the boy find themselves in a very precarious situation. Will the guard be right about these two after all?
      Bio
      Hélène de Blois did her BA in French at the University of Montreal and in dramatic arts at the Université du Québèc à Montréal. In 1999 she published her first book for children, Un train pour Kénogami, which was a finalist for the Prix Cécile-Gagnon. Ever since, she's been writing and visiting students, encouraging the imaginations of young readers through reading, writing and art. For more information, visit helenedeblois.com. Hélène lives in Montreal, Quebec.

      France Cormier has been drawing forever. In elementary school she used to wear out her crayons and refused to play with dolls. After a first career as a landscaper, she now devotes herself completely to illustrating playful, lightly twisted worlds full of humor. France lives in Gatineau, Quebec.
      Marketing & Promotion
        Key Selling Points

        One day, a boy and his elephant, Emile, decide to visit the museum. The suspicious guard doesn’t trust them. He’s worried about the giant pachyderm walking among his delicate works of art. But then, in a flash, something happens to change the guards’ mind about this oversized patron.

        Amusing, illustrated mini-novel about not judging a book by its cover.

        Enhanced illustrated picture book at 48-pages and text-heavy.

        Hélène de Blois has written 11 books in French, this is her first book translated into English.

        France Cormier has illustrated nine children’s books. This is her first book published in English.

        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 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "The underlying, serious message is well-balanced by the humorous premise and continued humor in art and text…This quirky French-Canadian import stands out—rather like an elephant at an art museum."
      "In a simple, gentle way, the author describes what it is like to be misjudged based on one's appearance and misinformation."
      “This quirky book humorously demonstrates the danger in judging others by their outward appearances.”
      “A story of acceptance and friendship, between a boy, his elephant, and their love for the museum.”
      “This short book has plenty of fun. Everything in the illustrations is just a little off-kilter, and much of the humor comes from the juxtaposition of the deadpan text with the slightly exaggerated art.”

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