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    Series: Billy Stuart
    Billy Stuart in the Eye of the Cyclops Alain M. Bergeron Canada, Sampar Canada, Sophie B. Watson Canada
    9781459823464 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:May 12, 2020 Print Run:4000
    $9.95 CAD 6 x 7.5 x 0.44 in | 320 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Billy Stuart, the young raccoon leader of the Zintrepids Scout troop, aspires to be just like his grandfather, a globe-trotting adventurer who knows no fear. After accidentally traveling through time in pursuit of the elder Stuart, Billy and friends find themselves lost in a land inhabited by giants: giant plants, giant animals, GIANT MONSTERS! Billy and his companions set off to explore the island, looking for fresh water and food. But a hailstorm forces them to take shelter in a grotto, where they find the trail of Billy’s grandfather, Virgil Stuart. However, following Grandpa’s footsteps turns out to be much more perilous than they expected. And stranded in the heart of this mysterious island, the Zintrepids can’t shake the feeling that they are being watched.

      Brightly illustrated and enhanced with games and puzzles throughout, Billy Stuart in the Eye of the Cyclops is sure to amuse readers of all ages.
      Bio
      A prolific author, Alain M. Bergeron has written over 300 children's books. He collaborated with Quebecois artist Sampar to create Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids, a colorful cast of Scouts that includes a raccoon, fox, chameleon, skunk and weasel. This intrepid crew made one fateful mistake and has been suffering the consequences ever since. Alain devotes himself exclusively to writing and leading school workshops, and his inexhaustible imagination has made him a fixture in children's literature and garnered many awards and accolades. Alain lives in Victoriaville, Quebec.

      Multitalented, self-taught illustrator and cartoonist Samuel Parent, better known by the pen name Sampar, possesses a lively imagination that draws viewers into worlds that are moving, wacky and sometimes even mythical. His career as an illustrator hit its stride at the humor magazine Safarir, earning him widespread acclaim in Quebec, the United States and Australia. Sampar lives in Victoriaville, Quebec.

      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing and Promotional Plans
        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        • Blog and social media promotion, sharing author's video of Billy Stuart theme song
        • Outreach in Orca newsletter
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    Shadow Island Mike Deas Canada, Nancy Deas Canada
    9781459819610 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:October 01, 2019
    $14.95 CAD 6.63 x 10.25 x 0.31 in | 460 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:26 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      With nowhere left to live after losing his parents and working his way through a long list of relatives on the mainland, Ollie finds himself at his grandpa’s house in Sueño Bay, "home of the supernatural." Miserable and intending to get away from the earthquake-prone, rain-soaked island on the next bus out of town, Ollie's getaway plans are altered abruptly when he and three classmates discover something they shouldn't have in a trailer in the woods.

      The four unlikely friends come together in a mystery involving supernatural creatures, a ticking clock and one angry gym teacher to save themselves, the creatures and Sueño Bay from a darkness that is infecting the island.

      If they succeed, will Ollie finally find a place to call home?
      Bio
      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.

      Nancy Deas grew up on a farm on Mayne Island, BC wandering forests and beaches. She has a great love of travel and adventure. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria. She now explores Salt Spring Island, where she lives with her family.
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        Key Selling Points
        An orphan sent to a remote town to live with his grandfather, makes new friends while trying to save the island they live on from Moon Creatures that have turned evil and violent after an earthquake buried the moon crystals that keep them happy and healthy.
        A story about loneliness and finding friendship wherever you end up.
        Set in the Pacific Northwest, the beauty of the graphics will appeal to adult readers as much as the quirky story about adorable raccoon-like monsters will appeal to kids. Think The Goonies with more magic.
        The author/illustrator is well-known for his Graphic Guide Adventure series and as the illustrator for Forest of Reading nominated Tank & Fizz books. He lives on a small island in the Pacific Northwest (Salt Spring).

        Marketing and Promo Plans

        Print and online advertising campaigns
        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        Extensive ARC distribution
        Blog and social media promotion
        Bookmark/Postcard promoting graphic novels
        Planned appearance at local writers festival
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2020, Commended
      Reviews
      “A charming read and a promising start to a new series.”
      “Underlying messages of environmentalism, friendship, and home make this magical mystery a win.”
      “Young readers will eagerly follow the fast-paced adventure...Star here is the artwork, with the muted palette and realistic art style skillfully conveying the naturalistic setting and moody tone...Hand to young readers looking for slightly spooky shenanigans.”
      “A fun, magical romp that younger readers will enjoy.”
      “A promising beginning. Equal parts adventure, drama, and fantasy, this middle grade graphic novel will have a broad appeal...does an excellent job at representing economic and racial diversity.”
      “This story has it all: a mystery set on misty islands, a crew of kids determined to crack the case, cute and cuddly supernatural creatures, and a surprising plot twist that reminds savvy sleuths to second-guess everything.”
      “This fast paced graphic novel is very entertaining. The story is fun and mysterious and the colorful graphics enhance the story and experience.”
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    Series: Billy Stuart
    Billy Stuart and the Sea of a Thousand Dangers Alain M. Bergeron Canada, Sampar Canada, Sophie B. Watson Canada
    9781459823433 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:October 01, 2019
    $9.95 CAD 6 x 7.5 x 0.38 in | 280 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      What was supposed to be a relaxing ocean crossing for Billy Stuart and his friends after their adventures on the island of Crete quickly transforms into a veritable odyssey. A violent storm throws them off their maritime course and leads to a downpour of events with potentially tragic consequences: mutiny, vicious monster attacks, siren songs and more. The dire situation doesn't get any better when they finally make it to shore. A thousand dangers make the Zintrepids' every waking moment seem like a nightmare. And is Billy Stuart still on the trail of his grandfather, the explorer Virgil Stuart who has traveled through time? Or are the Zintrepids forever lost in an unknown age and strange place?

      Brightly illustrated and enhanced with games and puzzles throughout, Billy Stuart and the Sea of One Thousand Dangers is the third title in the Billy Stuart Adventures series, following Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids and Billy Stuart in the Minotaur's Lair.
      Bio
      A prolific author, Alain M. Bergeron has written over 300 children's books. He collaborated with Quebecois artist Sampar to create Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids, a colorful cast of Scouts that includes a raccoon, fox, chameleon, skunk and weasel. This intrepid crew made one fateful mistake and has been suffering the consequences ever since. Alain devotes himself exclusively to leading school workshops and writing, and his inexhaustible imagination has made him a fixture in children's literature and garnered many awards and accolades. Alain lives in Victoriaville, Quebec.

      Multitalented, self-taught illustrator and cartoonist Samuel Parent, better known by the pen name Sampar, possesses a lively imagination that draws viewers into worlds that are moving, wacky and sometimes even mythical. His career as an illustrator hit its stride at the humor magazine Safarir, earning him widespread acclaim in Quebec, the United States and Australia. Sampar lives in Victoriaville, Quebec.

      Marketing & Promotion
        Key Selling Points
        This is the third English-translation of the best-selling French series, Billy Stuart.
        Similar format and style to the Geronimo Stilton series, the book is partially illustrated and has words called out in different fonts and designs.
        First two English-translations have been well-received by booksellers.
        This is a great hybrid between early chapter books and graphic novels.

        Marketing and Promo Plans
        Print and online advertising campaigns
        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        Blog and social media promotion, sharing author’s video of Billy Stuart theme song
        Bookmark/Postcard promoting graphic novel

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      “An intriguing adventure story filled with mythological figures, scary monsters, and exciting conflicts. The Zintrepids once again work as a team to conquer whatever obstacles they confront. These heroes will inspire young readers who could read this book independently or listen to it as a read-aloud.”


      “An intriguing adventure story filled with scary monsters, Greek mythology, and thrilling conflicts. The courageous Zintrepids will inspire young readers who could read this book independently or listen to it as a read aloud.”
      “High interest and easy to read…Puzzles throughout the book keeps struggling readers on the right track with comprehension. The additional search and find is fun for all. This series would be a great addition to a middle school library.”
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    9781459822269 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:September 17, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 7 x 10.25 x 0.31 in | 420 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      When a quiet seaside town is suddenly overrun by hundreds of giant monsters, two young sisters are the only ones prepared to handle the situation. Using their keen interest in architecture, local history, folklore and gymnastics, the two girls attempt to not only stop the monsters' rampage but also figure out why it's happening. The story is set in Victoria, British Columbia, and the city's impressive history and creepy folklore add intrigue to the proceedings, as more and more monstrous guests arrive on this unceded Lekwungen Territory.

      The Monster Sisters, Enid Jupiter and Lyra Gotham, are two young sleuths in the vein of Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo, doing superheroic deeds while learning about colonialism on Indigenous land. Using maps, true facts and witty asides, this graphic novel is as much of an adventure to read as it is for the characters to experience. This is book one in a two-book series. The second will come out in spring 2020.
      Bio
      Gareth Gaudin is a cartoonist and comic-book creator from Victoria, British Columbia. He discovered comic books when he was five years old and knew immediately that they would become his life's work. He started photocopying and selling his comics in elementary school, self-publishing hundreds of his own creations, and eventually became the owner of a vintage comic-book shop, where he sells his comics from the front counter to this day. Enid Jupiter and Lyra Gotham are based on Gareth's own adventure-loving daughters.
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        Key Selling Points
        An early-middle-reader graphic novel that features action, adventure, a realistic sibling dynamic, strong female characters and a little bit of intrigue, and touches on aspects of Canada’s colonial history.
        Although it’s location-specific, the story pulls you along, and the location becomes as interesting as the characters are.
        The author is very well-known in Victoria, BC as the owner of Legends: Comics and Books.
        The author created Perogy Cat, an iconic local cartoon character that has inspired art projects around the world, has its own book and a theme song written and sung by Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies.
        Currently Gareth is traveling the world, making a documentary about Harvey Kurtzman, the creator of Mad Magazine.
        Gareth was the artist-in-residence for two years at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia.
        Book one in the Monster Sisters series.

        Marketing and Promo Plans

        Print and online advertising campaigns
        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        Extensive ARC distribution
        Blog and social media promotion
        Bookmark/Postcard promoting graphic novels
        Planned appearance at local writers festival
        Outreach to comic book stores
        Outreach in Orca newsletter
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “A fascinating mix of intriguing elements: imaginative monster battles, fun historical facts, a gently spooky mystery, and a warm emphasis on sisterhood.”
      “Promising first installment...the memorable characters and clever visuals should propel readers to the planned sequel.”
      “The Monster Sisters, are rabble-rousing, smart-talking kids...The art is engaging and fun, with full-page monster attacks, action-packed vine swinging, a section on Morse code, and plenty of cool maps...For those who love Canadian history and courageous kid detectives battling giant monsters.”
      “A powerful, kick-butt sleuthing duo...A fun, promising first book.”
      “An entertaining read. The adventures are imaginative and fun…The people of Victoria, as well as many other readers will enjoy the many references to the city.”
      “This text will appeal to any child with a vivid imagination and an interest in science fiction.”
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    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 | 340 gr | 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.
      Marketing & Promotion

        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
      Arthur Ellis Award Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book 2020, Short-listed
      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: Billy Stuart
    Billy Stuart in the Minotaur's Lair Alain M. Bergeron Canada, Sampar Canada, Sophie B. Watson Canada
    9781459818408 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:March 12, 2019
    $9.95 CAD 6 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 320 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Billy Stuart, the young raccoon leader of the Zintrepids Scout troop, aspires to be just like his grandfather, a globe-trotting adventurer who knows no fear. After accidentally traveling through time in pursuit of Grandpa, Billy and friends find themselves on the island of Crete, snout to snout with King Minos's Minotaur. It's a formidable challenge; Billy and his buddies have to escape the Minotaur, the labyrinth and King Minos's wrath and maybe, just maybe, find their way home!

      Brightly illustrated and enhanced with games and puzzles, this sequel to Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids is sure to amuse readers of all ages.
      Bio
      A prolific author, Alain M. Bergeron has written over 300 children's books. He collaborated with Quebecois artist Sampar to create Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids, a colorful cast of Scouts that includes a raccoon, fox, chameleon, skunk and weasel. This intrepid crew made one fateful mistake and has been suffering the consequences ever since. Alain devotes himself exclusively to leading school workshops and writing, and his inexhaustible imagination has made him a fixture in children's literature and garnered many awards and accolades. Alain lives in Victoriaville, Quebec.

      Multitalented, self-taught illustrator and cartoonist Samuel Parent, better known by the pen name Sampar, possesses a lively imagination that draws viewers into worlds that are moving, wacky and sometimes even mythical. His career as an illustrator hit its stride at the humor magazine Safarir, earning him widespread acclaim in Quebec, the United States and Australia. Sampar lives in Victoriaville, Quebec.

      Marketing & Promotion

         Key Selling Points

        Billy Stuart and his loyal Scout group have inadvertently traveled through time and are trapped in a labyrinth with King Minos’s Minotaur

        Sequel to Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids (2018)

        Themes of adventure, team building and time travel

        Brightly illustrated and enhanced with games, puzzles, panels, thought bubbles and full panels

        Prolific author, Alain M. Bergeron has written over 250 children’s books including Abby's Fabulous Season (2014) and Une casserole sur la tête (2016)

        Marketing and Promotional Points

        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
      Reviews
      "Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids experience an exciting adventure populated with mythical figures, ferocious monsters and perilous situations. Highly Recommended."
      "This sequel has no shortage of comedic moments or brain-busting puzzle interludes…A satisfying second helping."
      "Sampar's bold illustrations make this book stand out as readers get to view many colorful settings, expressive characters, and scenes full of movement. Bergeron's accompanying text will produce plenty of giggles with humor that comes from silly situations and dialog alike."
      “Students will enjoy reading this fast pace adventure. Every page is a treasure trove of detailed information. Even the text is full of a variety of fonts and coloured words.”
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    Series: Billy Stuart
    Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids Alain M. Bergeron Canada, Sampar Canada, Sophie B. Watson Canada
    9781459818378 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:September 04, 2018
    $9.95 CAD 6 x 7.5 x 0.44 in | 320 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Billy Stuart is a young raccoon who aspires to be just like his grandfather, a globe-trotting adventurer who knows no fear. When he learns that his grandfather has found a way to travel through time and is leaving on another great voyage, he sets out to see him off (and maybe sneak along). Billy Stuart follows his grandfather's puzzling clues through a maze of caves and caverns to find him before he leaves, trailed by his Scout pack, the Zintrepids. What Billy doesn't know is that once they go down the fateful path his grandfather has taken, there will be no turning back. Brightly illustrated and enhanced with games and puzzles throughout, Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids is sure to amuse readers of all ages.

      The next book in the Billy Stuart series will be available in Spring 2019.
      Bio
      A prolific author, Alain M. Bergeron has written over 300 children's books. He collaborated with Quebecois artist Sampar to create Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids, a colorful cast of Scouts that includes a raccoon, fox, chameleon, skunk and weasel. This intrepid crew made one fateful mistake and has been suffering the consequences ever since. Alain devotes himself exclusively to leading school workshops and writing, and his inexhaustible imagination has made him a fixture in children's literature and garnered many awards and accolades. Alain lives in Victoriaville, Quebec.

      Multitalented, self-taught illustrator and cartoonist Samuel Parent, better known by the pen name Sampar, possesses a lively imagination that draws viewers into worlds that are moving, wacky and sometimes even mythical. His career as an illustrator hit its stride at the humor magazine Safarir, earning him widespread acclaim in Quebec, the United States and Australia. Sampar lives in Victoriaville, Quebec.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "Full-color cartoon illustrations add a cinematic quality…Simple vocabulary, ample leading, and supporting spot illustrations make this a good transitional chapter book…An interesting series opener."
      "Reluctant readers will appreciate the many visual elements in this easy-to-read novel…Elements will extend the readership to those younger than the intended audience, as well as some reading-challenged students who are older."
      "There is a lot to recommend in this chapter book for young readers. It is full of allusions to other exciting adventures such as the 'Harry Potter' series and 'The Golden Compass' series…The graphic features of the text are vivid and action-packed!…Readers will definitely look forward to more books in this updated series. Highly Recommended."
      "Jon Scieszka's 'Time Warp Trio' meets 'Geronimo Stilton' in this full-color hybrid, which should appeal to reluctant readers and avid readers alike."
      "What differentiates Billy Stuart is how much easier the story is to follow than [other books of this genre] and how much better the writing is…The first Billy Stuart installment is busy but not convoluted."
      "Move over, Geronimo Stilton!...With humorous sidebars from the author, jokes and puzzles, and some pages in comic-book style, this French Canadian import should have broad appeal."
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    Modo: Ember's End Arthur Slade Canada, Christopher Steininger Canada
    9781459817210 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Grade (CAN) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from 3 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:February 20, 2018
    $14.95 CAD 7.5 x 11.25 x 0.25 in | 340 gr | 88 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Modo, who first made his appearance in The Hunchback Assignments, is a young, disfigured spy trained to be the ultimate secret agent. Not only is Modo brilliant and strong, but he also has a special ability: he can temporarily take on the appearance of other people.

      While on holiday, Modo and fellow spy Octavia Milkweed find themselves in Ember's End. Created by the slightly mad scientific genius Dr. Ebenezer Ember, this is no ordinary wild-west town. It is surrounded by an energy field that prevents gunpowder from firing, and messages are sent via pneumatic tubes. There are also rumors that before Dr. Ember died, he built a weapon so powerful it could end all wars. With the local sheriff recently deceased, the two travelers are suddenly put in charge of Ember's End law enforcement.
      Bio
      Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He is the author of nineteen novels for young readers, including The Hunchback Assignments, which won the prestigious td Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and Dust, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. For more information, visit www.arthurslade.com.

      Christopher Steininger has done storyboards for numerous shows and video games, including Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and Spec Ops: The Line. He’s also created concept art for a variety of projects, such as Warhammer 40K and Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast. Currently, he’s illustrating In Search of Hannibal, a historically accurate retelling of Hannibal’s epic battle against Rome, and working on the next book in his Dead Heaven series. He lives in Inglewood, Ontario.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      "Technology figures prominently in the yarn, and even though readers will probably be familiar with some of the common elements of steampunk technology (clockwork creatures and other ingenious machines), the devices here are still original, intriguing and fun, and are shown to great effect by Steininger's art…The jokes and word play make this a very fun, clever read…Highly Recommended."
      "Steininger's stylized, angular illustrations bring a cinematic energy to this Wild West fantasy. Octavia's wisecracks and hard-edged attitude steal the show, and Slade and Steininger balance exposition with fun, sometimes slapstick action sequences when the deputies clash with Ogden and his henchmen."
      "Definitely fun…Steininger's illustrations make the comic something special. His lanky character designs, which recall 1940s cartoons, elevate the humor and tone, while his inventive steampunk drawings make for fantastic scene-setting. Fans of the genre will surely have something to gush about after digging into this engrossing adventure."
      "Award winning Arthur Slade delivers another amazing Modo adventure within a playful western motif that provides satisfying plot twists, relatable characters and visually stunning artwork. Christopher Steininger brings the desert to life with his bold lines, vivid colours and attention to detail. The use of shadow and light add to the mysterious tale that unfolds in each action driven panel. Can't wait to see the next graphic novel featuring Modo."
      "Slade and Steininger's fun and fizzy story pops with humor and dynamic illustrations…The plot is well paced, the humor charming, and the setting enticing. This high-spirited, witty adventure…will ultimately delight thrill-seeking readers."
      "The art is amazing and Modo and Octavia have great banter. I enjoyed the story."
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    Series: Tank & Fizz
    Tank & Fizz: The Case of Firebane's Folly Liam O'Donnell Canada, Mike Deas Canada
    9781459812611 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:February 20, 2018
    $9.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.75 in | 420 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      When their school bus veers off course while taking the kids from Gravelmuck Elementary on a field trip, monster detectives Tank and Fizz witness a crime that brings them snout to snout with Rockfall Mountain's oldest monster, the ancient dragon Firebane Drakeclaw. Thieves have stolen the Crown of Peace, which keeps the monster clans of the Dark Depths from fighting, and Tank and Fizz saw the whole thing. Now the detectives must track down the thieves and find the crown or their whole class will become dinner for one very hungry dragon!

      The Case of Firebane's Folly is the fourth book in the Tank & Fizz series about two crime-solving monsters living under a mountain, following The Case of the Slime Stampede, The Case of the Battling Bots and The Case of the Missing Mage.
      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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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      John Spray Mystery Award 2019, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2018, Commended
      Silver Birch Award Express 2019, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "It's a rollicking romp…the caper features a cast that is devoid of humans but otherwise rich in diverse species and distinct characters. 'That's what I call a fun field trip!' exclaims Fizz in the final panel. Series fans will agree."
      "Developing readers will enjoy the combination of text and graphic elements in this adventure story with its constant twists and turns. Many will read elements again and again as they revel in the action and surprise."
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    Series: Tank & Fizz
    Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Missing Mage Liam O'Donnell Canada, Mike Deas Canada
    9781459812581 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:April 11, 2017
    $9.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.56 in | 340 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      As the eve of the great Wizards' Summit approaches, wizards from all over Rockfall Mountain descend on the school at Shadow Tower to refine their craft. When professors start disappearing, it's up to magic-fearing monster sleuths Tank and Fizz to solve this spell-packed mystery and find the missing mages. Aleetha, their detective partner and a wizard-in-training, has dragged Tank and Fizz into the heart of the Shadow Tower, where libraries fly, spells fill the air, and an ancient army of darkness stirs, when she receives a mysterious message from her missing teacher. Using their detective skills, a pinch of magic and a trickle of technology, the friends stumble into a battle that's been brewing for decades. And what starts as a simple missing-persons case turns into a clash of light versus dark magic. Can Tank and Fizz overcome their fears and track down the missing mages before the black magic makes them disappear for good?

      The Case of the Missing Mage is the third book in the Tank & Fizz series about two crime-solving monsters living under a mountain, following The Case of the Slime Stampede and The Case of the Battling Bots. Stay tuned for book four, coming spring 2018.
      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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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Silver Birch Express Award 2018, Short-listed
      John Spray Mystery Award 2018, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "This is a delightful middle school novel with elements of a graphic novel...Graphics are so detailed and the characters so well-developed in picture and text that readers can just join them in the adventure...This novel is sure to please kids who love to read, and it will inspire reluctant readers with its humour and almost constant action. Highly Recommended."
      "An action-packed detective story set in a land of monsters and magic...Give to fans of Ursula Vernon's 'Dragonbreath' series or Jennifer Holm's 'Squish' series."
      "Readers will be drawn into the mystery by the witty remarks of Fizz, who narrates the tale, and the intertwined block text and graphic novel illustrations…This will appeal to both fantasy and mystery readers as magic and technology both play an important role during the story's climax. Fast paced and fun to read."
      "A fun romp through worlds filled with goblins, trolls and elves, ingenious tech and magic, and a nefarious plot to kidnap leading wizards…The graphic novel-style of this series really adds to the storytelling—making the characters as much fun to watch as they are to read about…It's a bubbling cauldron of graphic mystery and laughs…and a great introduction to the mystery genre for younger readers. "

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