Orca SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)--FRIENDSHIP through March 2021

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    My Best Friend Is Extinct Rebecca Wood Barrett Canada, Cornelia Li Canada
    9781459824423 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 8 - 10, Grade (CAN) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) from 3 - 5, Reading age from 8 - 10 Publication Date:March 16, 2021
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.25 in | 200 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Ten-year-old Henry Springs is thrilled when the wintery resort town he and his mom recently moved to experiences a record-breaking snowfall. There are even rumors that the extreme weather could mark the beginning of a new ice age.

      One day, while exploring one of the many tunnels running through the town’s snowbanks, Henry discovers a strange, prehistoric-like creature that is seriously injured. Henry immediately names him Yarp and hauls the wounded animal back to his house on a makeshift sled. There he builds a secret cave for Yarp and slowly nurses him back to health. But, as Henry soon discovers, Yarp is not the only unusual beast lurking in the neighborhood. Where did these creatures come from and how can Henry keep his new friend safe?
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      Rebecca Wood Barrett is an award-winning writer and filmmaker whose short fiction has been published in literary journals such as Room and the Antigonish Review. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and lives in Whistler, British Columbia, where she teaches writing and filmmaking to kids of all ages.



      Cornelia Li worked in storyboard and editorial illustration before diving into the world of children's illustration. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators in NY and LA, the Association of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, the Ontario Library Association and more. Originally from China, she now lives and works in Toronto.

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    9781459825994 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:February 16, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 7.75 x 10.75 x 0.25 in | 200 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Elephants do not belong in trees. It’s not natural. It makes other animals uncomfortable. This is the story of Larry, an elephant who wanted to live in a tree. This is a story about being the new kid and being a little bit different (okay, A LOT different). A story about acceptance and making friends. When Larry decides he wants to live in the big bushy tree in the middle of the wide-open field, the current residents, Bird, Squirrel and Monkey, are not very welcoming. They throw nuts at him and peck at his head; they tell him to leave and are downright rude. But Larry persists—why can’t he live in the tree? When his new home is threatened by something much bigger than all the animals combined, Larry shows everyone that he cares just as much about the tree as they do.
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      Russ Willms has always had a passion for art and fun. His work as an ad executive and designer has been featured in hundreds of magazines, books and ad campaigns throughout the world. He is the illustrator of the Mr. Christie Book Award Gold–winning and Governor General's Award finalist Brewster Rooster. Russ lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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    Series: Orca Echoes
    Pasture Bedtime Sigmund Brouwer Canada, Sabrina Gendron Canada
    9781459825888 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:February 16, 2021 Print Run:6000
    $7.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.13 in | 200 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Eleven-year-old Charlie Dembinski likes to keep his life organized and quiet. This is a challenge when you live on a farm where your mother runs a veterinary clinic for the local livestock, neighbors’ pets and sometimes rescued wildlife. To complicate Charlie’s orderly life even further, his mother hires a bookkeeper to live on the farm who brings along her daughter, Amy Ma. And Amy is anything but quiet! Her constant questions and attempts to spend time with Charlie really bother him, and he doesn’t understand why the adults seem to like her so much. But when a neighbor’s beloved dog gets sick with a mysterious illness, Charlie realizes that Amy’s outgoing approach might not be all that bad.

      This is the first book in the Charlie's Rules series.
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      Sigmund Brouwer has written more than 100 books for readers of all ages including the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award-winning novel Dead Man's Switch (Harvest House). He is the author of the Justine McKeen series and the Howling Timberwolves series in the Orca Echoes line. He visits over 150 schools per year, speaking to over 60,000 students. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta.



      Sabrina Gendron has a degree in visual arts from Cégep de Ste-Foy, as well as 2D/3D animation from Collège Bart. In addition to many French-language books, she is the illustrator of Badir and the Beaver and High and Dry in the Orca Echoes line. Sabrina lives in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec.

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      “Use Pasture Bedtime for curriculum enhancement, or just read it for the fun of an enjoyable read. Highly Recommended.”
      “The solid writing delivers a straightforward and charming plot, ideal for young readers transitioning to chapter books...A pleasant read for lovers of pet stories.”
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    When We Are Kind Monique Gray Smith Canada, Nicole Neidhardt Canada
    9781459825222 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:October 13, 2020 Print Run:16000
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.25 in | 200 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by artist Nicole Neidhardt, this book encourages children to be kind to others and to themselves.
      Bio

      International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry. She wrote When We Are Kind to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about kindness and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. Monique's picture book My Heart Fills With Happiness won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was selected as the TD Grade One Giveaway Book for all grade one students in Canada in 2019. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family.



      Nicole Neidhardt is Diné (Navajo) of Kiiyaa'áanii Clan and is from from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has a BFA from the University of Victoria and is working on her MFA at Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto. Nicole’s Diné identity is the heart of her practice, which encompasses installation, illustration and large-scale murals. She currently lives in Toronto.

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      “A perfect addition to your bedtime routine, and would make a great gift for every teacher and librarian your child knows, so each school has a copy upon reopening.”
      “Simple statements have the resonance of affirmations and establish a clear chain of connectedness…A panoply of Indigenous characters is featured in rich detail. A visual feast for families interested in seeing the Native world through small, kind deeds.”
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    Nous sommes gentils Monique Gray Smith Canada, Nicole Neidhardt Canada, Rachel Martinez
    9781459826502 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:October 13, 2020 Print Run:6000
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.25 in | 200 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Nous sommes gentils traite des gestes de bonté tout simples du quotidien et encourage les enfants à explorer comment ils se sentent quand ils sont bienveillants ou quand une personne est gentille à leur égard. L’autrice renommée Monique Gray Smith a écrit de nombreux ouvrages sur la résilience et la réconciliation. Elle communique un message important qui s’adresse aux lecteurs de tous les âges au moyen de mots soigneusement choisis. Magnifiquement illustré par l’artiste Nicole Neidhardt, l’album encourage les enfants à être gentils avec les autres et avec eux-mêmes.
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      Autrice primée et conférencière de renommée internationale, Monique Gray Smith a écrit Nous sommes gentils pour engager un dialogue entre les jeunes, les professionnels qui s’occupent d’eux et leurs éducateurs au sujet de la gentillesse et de l’importance des relations que les enfants entretiennent avec leurs amis, leurs compagnons de classe et les membres de leurs familles. Son album J’ai le cœur rempli de bonheur a remporté le Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize et a été sélectionné pour être distribué en 2019, en anglais et en français, à tous les élèves de la première année du Canada dans le cadre du programme Un livre à moi TD présenté par le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien. Elle vit à Victoria en Colombie-Britannique avec sa famille.



      Née à Santa Fe au Nouveau-Mexique, Nicole Neidhardt a des origines diné (navajo) du côté de sa mère et européennes mixtes du côté de son père. Elle est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en beaux-arts. L’identité diné de Nicole est au cœur de sa pratique artistique qui intègre notamment l’usage du pochoir au mylar, la peinture, l’art numérique et les fresques de grandes dimensions. Nicole Neidhardt habite à Toronto.



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    When We Are Kind / Nihá’ádaahwiinít’í?igo Dual language (English & Diné) Monique Gray Smith Canada, Nicole Neidhardt Canada, Mildred Walters
    9781459827530 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:October 13, 2020 Print Run:4000
    $19.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.25 in | 200 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by artist Nicole Neidhardt, this book encourages children to be kind to others and to themselves.

      Orca Book Publishers is proud to offer this picture book as a dual-language (English and Diné) edition.
      Bio

      International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry. She wrote When We Are Kind to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about kindness and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. Monique's picture book My Heart Fills With Happiness won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was selected as the TD Grade One Giveaway Book for all grade one students in Canada in 2019. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family.



      Nicole Neidhardt is Diné (Navajo) of Kiiyaa'áanii Clan and is from from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has a BFA from the University of Victoria and is working on her MFA at Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto. Nicole’s Diné identity is the heart of her practice, which encompasses installation, illustration and large-scale murals. She currently lives in Toronto.



      Mildred Walters is Diné (Navajo) from Torreon, New Mexico, in the eastern region of the Navajo Nation. She has a bachelor of arts in linguistics, a master of arts in language, reading, and culture and a master of arts in information resources and library science. She currently works as a librarian for a Public Tribal Library in Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico, and has done so for 11 years. Mildred currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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      “A perfect addition to your bedtime routine, and would make a great gift for every teacher and librarian your child knows, so each school has a copy upon reopening.”
      “Simple statements have the resonance of affirmations and establish a clear chain of connectedness…A panoply of Indigenous characters is featured in rich detail. A visual feast for families interested in seeing the Native world through small, kind deeds.”
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    Tu es là pour moi Monique Gray Smith Canada, Danielle Daniel Canada, Rachel Martinez
    9781459826656 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:May 11, 2021 Print Run:6000
    $19.95 CAD 8 x 8 x 0.25 in | 280 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Cet album aux illustrations vibrantes de la célèbre artiste Danielle Daniel encourage les enfants à manifester leur affection, à se soutenir mutuellement et à tenir compte du bien-être des autres dans leur quotidien.

      Monique Gray Smith, qui est une experte-conseil, conférencière d’envergure internationale et autrice primée, a écrit Tu es là pour moi afin de favoriser le dialogue entre les enfants et les autres jeunes, les professionnels de la santé qu’ils côtoient et leurs enseignants au sujet de la Réconciliation et de l’importance des liens qu’ils nouent avec leurs amis, leurs compagnons de classe et les membres de leur famille. Il s’agit d’un ouvrage de base qui souligne l’importance des relations harmonieuses, de l’empathie et du respect mutuel dès le plus jeune âge.
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      D’origine mixte (crie, lakota et écossaise), Monique Gray Smith est mère de jumeaux et une experte-conseil, autrice et conférencière accomplie. Son premier roman, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, a remporté le prix Burt de littérature des Premières Nations, Inuits et Métis en 2014. Son ouvrage documentaire Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation lui a valu en 2017 le prix de littérature jeunesse Moonbeam. Monique et sa famille ont le bonheur de vivre sur le territoire des Lekwungens à Victoria en Colombie-Britannique.



      Autrice et illustratrice de Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, Danielle Daniel est lauréate du Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, finaliste au First Nation Communities READ Award et au prix Burt de littérature des Premières Nations, Inuits et Métis, et a mérité une mention sur la liste des livres les plus remarquables de 2015 de la New York Public Library. Danielle, qui est titulaire d’une maîtrise en création littéraire de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, peint et écrit dans son atelier de Sudbury, en Ontario.



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    You Hold Me Up / Gimanaadenim Dual Language (English & Anishnaabemowin) Monique Gray Smith Canada, Danielle Daniel Canada, Angela Mesic, Margaret Noodin
    9781459827196 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:May 11, 2021 Print Run:4000
    $19.95 CAD 8 x 8 x 0.5 in | 200 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other's well-being in their every-day actions.

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

      Orca Book Publishers is proud to offer this picture book as a dual-language (English and Anishinaabemowin) edition.
      Bio

      Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and a proud mom of twins. Monique is an accomplished consultant, writer and international speaker. Her first novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Monique's picture book My Heart Fills With Happiness won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was selected as the TD Grade One Giveaway Book for all first-grade students in Canada in 2019. Monique and her family are blessed to live on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia.



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





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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books 2018, Commended
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2018, Short-listed
      Quill & Quire's kidlit and YA Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      AICL's Best Books 2017, Commended
      Resource Links The Year's Best  2017, Commended
      Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year starred selection 2018, Commended
      Global Read Aloud  2018, Commended
      CCBC Best Books  2018, Commended
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2018, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "You Hold Me Up is a gentle but effective way to introduce the topic of Reconciliation to students of all ages."
      "You Hold Me Up is a welcome addition to the ongoing conversations around healing and rebuilding relationships…Gentle, relevant and never heavy-handed, this book serves both as a quiet lullaby and a starting point for discussions on empathy, community and wellness."
      "A seemingly simple picture book that conveys a valuable message for all ages…The distinctive and soft illustrations by Daniel enhance the positive message by Smith about the power of companionship, compassion, respect and togetherness…This quiet book has a deep beauty and a universal message. "
      "Ideal for early readers by themselves, for lap-sitting, or as a read-aloud."
      "A strong and powerful message that even the youngest reader can understand...Very timely message indeed."
      “Warm illustrations help to expand the brief text.”
      “A lovely meditation on compassion and respect...A strong sense of community runs through the poetic text and is warmly depicted in Daniel’s stunning watercolour paintings.”
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    Series: Orca Echoes
    Hockey Night in Kenya Danson Mutinda, Eric Walters Canada, Claudia Dávila Canada
    9781459823617 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:October 13, 2020 Print Run:6000
    $7.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.25 in | 200 gr | 104 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Kenyan orphans, Kitoo and Nigosi, spend their days studying, playing soccer, helping their elders with chores around the orphanage and reading from the limited selection of books in their library. When the librarian gives Kitoo a copy of Sports Around the World he becomes fascinated by an image of the Canadian national men's ice hockey team. Then one day the fates align and Kitoo finds a pair of beat up old roller blades, he teaches himself to skate and dreams of one day playing hockey like the men in his book. But you can’t play ice hockey in Kenya, can you?
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      Danson Mutinda’s parents, Ruth and Henry Kyatha, co-founded the Hope Development Centre orphanage with Eric and Anita Walters in 2007. When Henry passed away, Dansen became patron of the program. He and his co-author, Eric Walters, worked together to write this story of two energetic and joyful children who are based on many of the children they work with at the centre. Danson lives in Kikima, Kenya, on the grounds of the orphanage.



      Eric Walters began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. A Member of the Order of Canada, he has now published more than 100 novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.



      Claudia Dávila writes, illustrates and designs books for kids of all ages including Bus to the Badlands and Ghost of the Mill House in the Orca Echoes line. She is passionate about stories and themes that encourage children to be strong, thoughtful, compassionate and responsible people. Claudia lives in Toronto.

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      ? “This simple story of discovery, sport, and friendship is filled with likable characters and innocently joyful moments...Delightful.”
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    Series: Orca Echoes
    Genie Meanie Mahtab Narsimhan Canada, Michelle Simpson Canada
    9781459823983 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:February 16, 2021 Print Run:6000
    $7.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.25 in | 200 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      When eight-year-old Kiara discovers that her recently deceased grandmother left her a genie, trapped in a bottle of garam-masala, she’s elated. She’ll be a modern-day Aladdin and have someone to do her bidding. And Kiara could really use a little magic. Third grade is just about to start and she’s spent the summer worried about being in class with Matt, a bully who seems to have nothing else to do but make Kiara and her best friend Bai’s lives miserable. Unfortunately, the genie has decided he's on vacation after working for ten thousand years and is looking for someone to do his bidding. A battle of wills ensues, and Kiara realizes that you don’t really need magic to solve your problems.
      Bio

      Mahtab Narsimhan is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including Embrace the Chicken (Orca), Mission Mumbai (Scholastic), The Tiffin (DCB) and The Third Eye (Dundurn), which won the Silver Birch Award. She was a Writer in Residence at the Toronto District School Board from 2015-2016. Born in Mumbai, Mahtab immigrated to Canada in 1997. She now lives in Vancouver.



      Michelle Simpson grew up in the woods of Niagara Falls, Ontario and still resides there today. She is a full-time freelance illustrator, focusing mainly on children's publications, and holds a BAA in illustration from Sheridan College. Michelle has worked as a concept artist at KeyFrame Animation for kids cartoons such as Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate (Season 2) and Tee and Mo (Season 1). She is the author of Night Festival: A Silent Picture Book and Monsters In My House which was short-listed for the Canadian Self Publishing awards in 2014. Michelle has also illustrated Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus by David Michael Slater and Back Home by Shaista Kaba Fatehali. Michelle draws her inspiration for her artwork from nature, animals and folklore.

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      “An important story about bullying.”
      “A fun read that tackles adversity and bullying in a relatable way for young readers.”

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