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    Journey of the Midnight Sun Shazia Afzal Canada, Aliya Ghare Canada
    9781459827608 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religion Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:March 15, 2022 Print Run:5000
    $19.95 CAD 10.75 x 8.75 x 0.38 in | 420 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      This is the true story of the journey of the Midnight Sun Mosque.

      In 2010 a Winnipeg-based charity raised funds to build and ship a mosque to Inuvik, one of the most northern towns in Canada’s Arctic. A small but growing Muslim community there had been using a cramped trailer for their services, but there just wasn't enough space. The mosque travelled over 4,000 kilometers on a journey fraught with poor weather, incomplete bridges, narrow roads, low traffic wires and a deadline to get on the last barge heading up the Mackenzie River before the first winter freeze. But it made it just in time and is now one of the most northern mosques in the world.

      This beautiful picture book reminds us that the collective dream of fostering a multicultural and tolerant Canada exists and that people of all backgrounds will come together to build bridges and overcome obstacles for the greater good of their neighbors.

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      Shazia Afzal has been a teacher and storyteller for over twenty years. Having immigrated to Canada in 2002, Shazia sought to live near her community mosque with every move. Because of her firsthand understanding of the challenges Muslim families face in new communities, the incredible story behind the construction and transportation of the Midnight Sun Mosque resonated with Shazia. She felt compelled to share the story with children who may not have heard of its epic adventure and to remind young readers that it is a blessing to live in a country where people are free to practice their faith. Shazia lives in Mississauga, Ontario.



      Aliya Ghare graduated from OCAD University, where she majored in illustration and minored in English, with the hope of combining the two disciplines to write and illustrate children’s picture books and graphic novels. She enjoys creating visually rich and poetic imagery, and exploring social and political issues, as well as human interest subjects, in her work. In addition to illustrating picture books, her illustrative works range from editorial to advertising, surface design and more. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration and Adobe, and has been awarded by and published in the Applied Arts and 3x3 magazines. Aliya lives in Toronto.

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        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
        • Outreach in Orca newsletters
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      Awards
      Reviews
      “Shows how people from different cultures and religions came together to complete a project that helped a community feel welcomed and loved. Highly Recommended.”
      “Ghare's scenic, digital illustrations do the heavy lifting in this intriguing story narrated in straightforward, spare text… A simple, celebratory story of community collaboration and religious tolerance.”
      “I LOVED the book! It’s delightful! Love the illustrations. Love the way you handled the story. Masha Allah tabarakullah feeq!”
      “A lovely recounting of how the Inuvik people received their first mosque. Afzal portrays this important historical event in a way which highlights community togetherness and human kindness. A treat for all children, teaching them that the seemingly impossible can sometimes be accomplished with some good-heartedness and a bit of teamwork.”
      “It is a sweet instance of real life being harder to believe than fiction. It warms your heart and reminds you that there are so many good people doing selfless things for the benefit of others, every single day, subhanAllah.”
      “Shazia celebrates the multicultural effort of the people who worked hard to get the mosque to its destination. Aliya's images brings such diversity to life through her colour and costuming of the people involved. Congratulations to Shazia and Aliya for telling us the awesome journey of the Midnight Sun Mosque in such a charming way."
      “An uplifting, effectively delivered account of acceptance, support, and solidarity.”
      “Many emotions are shown in the clear and colorful illustrations that follow the mosque...The story is a testament to the good will and support that reflect on 'helpers' - people who make our world a much better place.”
      “Striking, and the spreads convey just how massive an undertaking this was…It’s epic, and an example of strong faith and community.”
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    Les religions Québec Amérique Canada
    9782764444504 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religion Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:April 22, 2022 Print Run:3000
    $16.95 CAD 8 x 8 x 0.25 in | 260 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Québec Amérique
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      LES RELIGIONS ont marqué au fil du temps les diverses cultures du monde, jusqu’à influencer l’apparence des lieux. Temples, églises et mosquées se dressent majestueusement au cœur des paysages, des villages et des villes. Mais quelles sont ces religions ? Quels sont ces lieux de culte ?
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      Avec 45 ans d’expérience et de succès, Québec Amérique est l’une des plus grandes maisons d’édition indépendantes du Québec. Respectée par ses pairs et par les médias, la maison a su développer au fil des ans un solide réseau qui assure à ses titres une belle visibilité tous azimuts. Éditeur généraliste, la maison propose une vaste gamme de produits, avec un catalogue comptant plus de 900 titres actifs auquel s’ajoutent plusieurs applications et logiciels.

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    The Ledge Lesley Choyce Canada
    9781459824614 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Disabilities & Special Needs Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date:January 28, 2020 Print Run:6000
    $9.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in | 120 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity:120 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Nick was used to being good at everything. Hockey, football, track, they all came easy to him. Surfing was his latest passion. That is, until the accident. Now partially paralyzed, Nick is angry, depressed and getting far too fond of his prescription meds. But his frequent visits to his physiotherapist, a Syrian refugee, and a budding friendship with a partial amputee who has also experienced firsthand the horrors of war help him start to piece his life back together. A story about overcoming the odds and changing your life for the better.
      Bio
      Lesley Choyce, who has been teaching English and creative writing for over 30 years, is the author of more than 90 books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Ann Connor Brimer Award. He has also been short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor, the White Pine Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, the Aurora Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and, most recently, the Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia.
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      “An accessible and engaging read...A realistic exploration of post-trauma life and the power of friendships with appeal for reluctant readers.”
      “This story is simple, but it contains much food for thought. Such a short book needs to be impeccably structured to keep from being one-dimensional, and Choyce achieves this task admirably.”
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    Series: Orca Echoes
    Badir and the Beaver Shannon Stewart, Sabrina Gendron Canada
    9781459817272 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:April 16, 2019
    $7.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.31 in | 120 gr | 104 pages Carton Quantity:92 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      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.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended
      Green Earth Book Award Honor Book 2020, Commended
      Bank Street College of Education Best Books 2019, Commended
      Chocolate Lily Book Awards 2020, Short-listed
      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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    9781459818613 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:April 09, 2019
    $10.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 240 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      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.

      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.

      Sensei shows them all 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.

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    • 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
      Bank Street College of Education Best Books 2019, Commended
      Hamilton Literary Awards 2020, Short-listed
      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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    Series: Orca Origins
    Ramadan The Holy Month of Fasting Ausma Zehanat Khan Canada
    9781459811812 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religion Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:March 27, 2018
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.56 in | 540 gr | 88 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      The month of Ramadan offers the opportunity to improve one's personal and spiritual behavior. By focusing on positive thoughts and actions, Muslims build a closer connection with God and come away from the month feeling spiritually renewed. Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting explores the richness and diversity of the Islamic tradition by focusing on an event of great spiritual significance and beauty in the lives of Muslims. Rich with personal stories and stunning photographs, Ramadan demystifies the traditions and emphasizes the importance of diversity in a world where Islamophobia is on the rise.
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      Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of the Khattak/Getty mystery series, which has been optioned for television. A British-born Canadian, she is a former adjunct law professor and the former editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl magazine. She lives in Colorado with her husband.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Cybils Middle-Grade Nonfiction Award 2018
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2018, Commended
      Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2019, Commended
      Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year 2018, Commended
      Children's Literature Roundtable Information Book Award 2019, Short-listed
      Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award 2021, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "The personal perspectives elevate this volume above an average informational book; readers, both non-Muslims and Muslims, can step into the shoes of someone from another background. Wide in scope and personal in presentation, this book is a good choice for learning about Muslims' traditions as expressed in various cultures."
      "The book is sprinkled with many colourful photos of people praying and celebrating around the world, mosques, food and more which illustrate the joy that this holiday brings to Muslims…I would recommend Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting to children learning about Ramadan and the Muslim faith as well as to children who do celebrate this holiday as they will see a reflection of their lives in its pages. Recommended."
      "This is a comprehensive book of facts and experiences for any child who is learning about what it means to follow Islam. A solid choice for children seeking to learn more about the faith for assignments or to satisfy their own intellectual curiosity."
      "Ramadan provides a clear, accessible introduction to Ramadan and Islamic beliefs generally…This series has been insightfully planned and carried out: books like Khan's Ramadan make intercultural discovery and understanding fascinating and fun. I particularly like how prominent girls and women are in this text. And while the book is intended for kids, there are many adults who would benefit from reading it to dispel their misunderstandings. I emphatically recommend Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting to any class or community interested in reading for multicultural understanding."
      "The handsomely designed book, full of interesting photographs, explains the significance of Ramadan within the context of Islam…The stories of several children are told, while the wide coverage of Ramadan in a number of parts of the world is a welcome addition. Throughout, Khan's personable tone brings the holiday close…This will serve both those who know little about Ramadan and those who celebrate it."
      "I highly recommend it for every school, library, and Muslim and non-Muslim home."
      "This is an excellent introduction to the holiday of Ramadan and will work well in both school and public libraries."
      “A chatty, down-to-earth narrative voice; and an attractive, photo-heavy design make the volume both informative and engaging.”
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    Moondragon In The Mosque Garden El-Farouk Khaki Canada, Troy Jackson Canada, Katie Commodore
    9781775084037 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / LGBTQ+ Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:September 22, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 10.75 x 8.25 x 0.25 in | 160 gr | 28 pages Carton Quantity:90 Canadian Rights: Y Flamingo Rampant
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      The adults are being so boring—Tajalli, Mujtaba, and Aasiya just want a break. They disappear from the rest of the families to explore the old garden in their new Mosque—and meet a magical creature! Moondragon appears in the old garden’s fountain and surprises the children with wonderful, engaging lessons about how to care for the earth.
      Bio

      El-Farouk Khaki (he/him) is a refugee lawyer, founder of Salaam: Queer Muslim Community (1991), and co-founder & imam of el-Tawhid Juma Circle: The Unity Mosque (2009). He is a co-owner of the Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest LGBTIQ bookshop. Recipient of many awards and recognitions of his legal and spiritual activism, he is an activist, public speaker, writer, author & media commentator on: Islam, spiritual/religious trauma, LGBTIQ/human rights, refugees, politics, racism, HIV, & queer parenting.



      Troy Jackson is a Black Nova Scotian, father, husband, Muslim, writer, performer and clothing designer based in Toronto. Troy’s work has shown at TIFF/Toronto International Film Festival, Inside Out Film Festival and at the Art Gallery of Ontario respectively. Jackson is also co-founder of the El-Tawhid Juma Circle Unity Mosque, a gender-equal, and LGBTQ2IS affirming Islamic Mosque founded in 2009.



      A little-known fact about Katie Commodore is that she was born in Delaware, but didn’t live there long. Her amazing, indulgent, interracial parents instilled in her a love of travel and art and the knowledge that change is good. She currently lives in a Victorian mansion in Providence, Rhode Island, something she actually foretold in an autobiography she wrote in the 3rd grade. Katie is an exhibiting artist and is on the faculty at Rhode Island School of Design.

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    Capricious Gabrielle Prendergast Canada
    9781459814288 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Novels in Verse Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date:February 07, 2017
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.81 in | 440 gr | 352 pages Carton Quantity:33 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Ella’s grade-eleven year was a disaster (Audacious), but as summer approaches, things are looking up.

      She’s back together with her brooding boyfriend, Samir, although they both want to keep that a secret. She’s also best buddies with David and still not entirely sure about making him boyfriend number two. Though part of her wants to conform to high school norms, the temptation to be radical is just too great. Managing two secret boyfriends proves harder than Ella expected, especially when Samir and David face separate family crises, and Ella finds herself at the center of an emotional maelstrom. Someone will get hurt. Someone risks losing true love. Someone might finally learn that self-serving actions can have public consequences. And that someone is Ella.

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      Gabrielle Prendergast is an award-winning writer, teacher and designer. She has written many books for young people including the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize winner, Zero Repeat Forever and the Westchester Award winner, Audacious. She lives in Vancouver with her family.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books 2014, Commended
      Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize finalist 2015, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "A young adult coming-of-age novel [that] covers a variety of other themes, including homosexuality, drug use, sex, religious prejudice, mental illness, bulimia and bullying. Prendergast is able to allude to these social problems with a sincere and honest voice. She does not drag the novel into some sort of moral sermonizing, nor does she trivialize the issues which Ella and other characters must confront....Prendergast is able to portray complete characters, an intricate plot and a variety of settings with a minimum of words. This has the advantage of allowing readers to use their imaginations to fill in the blanks with details surmised from the poetry...Highly Recommended."
      "Prendergast’s unrhymed verse not only tells the tale, but varies form and line length, the clipped rhythms capturing Ella’s emotional turmoil...Sensitive and compelling."
      "An unexpectedly addictive read...Bitterly real, Ella's bad choices and low self-esteem haunt her as she spirals through life, apparently unable to resist any chance at happiness, regardless of the cost to herself, her image, and to the people she loves...Capricious could be studied in high school as an example of how poetry is so much MORE than rhyming words and difficult interpretations...Prendergast is extraordinary. "
      "A quick read, thanks to the format and the dramatic plot. Prendergast varies the style of the narrative, seamlessly integrating rhymed couplets, acrostics, and more...Her candid approach to sex, lies, and friendship should attract a wide audience, especially readers who are drawn to deep and sometimes dark issues."
      "Ella's responses are generally thoughtful and consistently authentic. I like that Ella stands firm in her individuality and owns both her vulnerability and her nonconformity...Capricious could make an excellent independent study text for any high school reader who enjoys poetry, and it should be very popular in the teen section of public libraries."
      "Ella is certainly audacious, capricious, and ultimately resilient as she maturely handles her delicate situation with both boys and reclaims her identity. Prendergast's compilation of various verse styles makes Ella's story approachable and poignant."
      "The poetry is accessible and refreshingly varied, capturing the many moods of Ella as well as the voice of Marika...and the secondary characters are well drawn enough to be participants in Ella's life rather than mere props. Readers who enjoy this will want to pick up the first one as well."
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    Stepping Stones / حَصى الطُرُقات A Refugee Family's Journey / رحلة عائلة لاجئة Dual language (English & Arabic) Margriet Ruurs Canada, Nizar Ali Badr, Falah Raheem Canada
    9781459814905 Hardcover 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:October 18, 2016
    $20.00 CAD 9.5 x 7.75 x 0.31 in | 360 gr | 28 pages Carton Quantity:40 Orca Book Publishers
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      Rama and her family, are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home

      With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children’s writer Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately impressed by the strong narrative quality of Mr. Badr’s work, and, using many of Mr. Badr’s already-created pieces, she set out to create a story about the Syrian refugee crisis.

      Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English and Arabic) edition.

      Bio

      Margriet Ruurs is the author of many award-winning books for children. She enjoys speaking about reading and writing to students at schools around the world. Her adventures have taken her to such countries as Myanmar, Pakistan, Laos, Tanzania and many others. Margriet was born in the Netherlands but has been a Canadian for most of her life. She lives with her family on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.



      Nizar Ali Badr has always been inspired to paint, sculpt and draw. In his walks along the seashore near the ancient port city of Ugarit, Syria, he always admired the stones on the beach and in the clear blue water. Now he gathers these stones and brings them home to his rooftop studio, where they become the medium for his art. Nizar has never left his hometown of Latakia, though in his heart he accompanies the many Syrians who have been forced to flee their homeland because of ongoing violence.



      Falah Raheem is a Canadian/Iraqi translator and writer. He has published the translation of about twenty books from English to Arabic. His first novel The Parable of the Hedgehogs was published in Arabic in 2012. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016 2016, Commended
      Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize 2017, Short-listed
      Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      CL/R SIG International Reading Association Notable Books for a Global Society 2017, Commended
      CCBC Best Books starred selection 2017, Commended
      Bolen Books Children's Book Prize 2017, Winner
      Middle East Book Award 2017, Runner-up
      Rocky Mountain Book Award 2018, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "Brilliant and beautiful and inspiring. A book that should be read with every child in the world! An instant classic as solid as the stones on which it is based!"
      ★ "Ruurs writes purely and warmly, with the text set in both English and Raheem's Arabic translation...She deftly conveys the happiness of peaceful childhood, then the confusion and the fears born of war and migration, and the relief and curiosity of arriving at a new home...Each illustration is masterful, with Badr's placement of stones as careful as brush strokes, creating figures positioned to tell the whole story without the benefit of facial expressions...An astonishing book that allows the humanity of refugees to speak louder than politics and introduces readers to one of Syria's incredible artists."
      "It's exquisite! One can only pray that its message will spread and make the difference we need."
      "Stunning, original artwork both childlike and sophisticated; a text that will both break and mend your heart."
      "Readers will be fascinated by the stone-collage illustrations created by Syrian artist Badr, who arranges expressive tableaux of people formed entirely of rocks and pebbles...A unique offering that will open eyes and soften hearts."
      "Readers of all ages will find things of value within the pages of the book...The photographed stone arrangements seem oftentimes to pulse with more life than one might think possible. Whether consciously or otherwise, given his media Badr has create figures that suggest the unbreakable spirit of people seeking freedom and opportunity...This rare treasure of a book is likely to remain highly sought-after for some considerable time...Highly recommended."
      "This is an amazing book!! Every teacher should own one."
      "The lyrical phrasing of Margriet's free verse narrative captures the eloquence and simplicity of young Rama's reactions to her experiences...Badr instills life into his stone-art with seemingly simple shifts in background, angles, and minute adjustments of one stone in relation to another."
      "Ruurs' beautiful words are twinned with the most stunning artwork by Nizar Ali Badr...I could not but be moved by Badr's work, as it is unlike anything else I have ever seen and conveys so much emotion. I hope this beautiful book will reach the shelves of classrooms, libraries and homes throughout the world and be read and shared many times over."
      "Ordinary beach stones were used to make the three-dimensional collages in this arresting picture book...Stone by stone, step by step, it all adds up to a memorable look at what it means to leave one's home in search of 'a bright new future.'"
      "[An] excellent book that will help young readers understand what is happening to the children they see on TV. I can't recommend [Stepping Stones] highly enough."
      "Ruurs' sensitive text focuses on the beauty of everyday aspects of Rama's life before the war and gently recounts the mounting problems that cause the family to leave...A book that reflects not just the experiences of Syrian refugees, but one that is a beautiful and timeless reminder of resilience in the face of war as love and caring prevail."
      "The book is beautifully written in two languages: English and Arabic. Its English prose is straightforward, piercing, and lyrical. The Arabic is no less deft and poetic. It stands on its own and not simply as a translation of English. For example, the translator's Arabic choices for 'juicy' and 'sunbaked' are inspired...'It tells me what people's lives were like in Syria.' For this reason and many others, it is a book worth reading. Its story, in two languages, is beautiful. Its artwork is original and touching. And most importantly, it teaches us empathy and compassion for humans often dehumanized, who live and love the way we too would like to live and love."
      A gateway to discussing refugees and immigration with America's youngest citizens...Teaching kids empathy—this is where it starts.
      "This picture book is special, in many ways. Firstly, the verbal text is well worked and beautifully written. It is compassionate and warm. The English is accompanied by Arabic, making this a dual language text, sought after in public libraries. The illustrations are amazingly authentic...The pictures emanate expression and feeling, astounding from such inanimate objects as stones...the world is a lot better for it. This book, although initially intended for children, is for a global, all ages audience. It is a must for public library and more suitable for school libraries. "
      "What a wonderful book!…The illustrations are amazing, created totally from stones…They poignantly display the plight of this family as they leave all they have known behind to seek a new life…This book would be a wonderful way to introduce young children to the refugee crisis that is happening in other parts of the world. Especially now when we have some of these refugee children in our own classrooms throughout the country, the book might inspire some of these children to share their experiences. I would highly recommend this book for every primary and elementary school in the country."
      Tender and eloquent pictures fashioned from water-smoothed stones illustrate a wrenching yet hopeful refugee story.
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    Away Running David Wright, Luc Bouchard Canada
    9781459810464 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation Age (years) exact 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age exact 12 Publication Date:April 12, 2016
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75 in | 380 gr | 312 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Matt, a white quarterback from Montreal, Quebec, flies to France (without his parents’ permission) to play football and escape family pressure. Freeman, a black football player from San Antonio, Texas, is in Paris on a school trip when he hears about a team playing American football in a rough, low-income suburb called Villeneuve-La-Grande. Matt and Free join the Diables Rouges and make friends with the other players, who come from many different ethnic groups. Racial tension erupts into riots in Villeneuve when some of their Muslim teammates get in trouble with the police, and Matt and Free have to decide whether to get involved and face the very real risk of arrest and violence.
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      David Wright is a writer and teacher of writing. He played American football for the Flash of La Courneuve in suburban Paris before returning to Champaign, Illinois, a home base from where he sets out abroad, most recently to Bahia, Brazil, and Benin, West Africa.



      Luc Bouchard is an award–winning feature writer for the magazines Elle, Chatelaine, L'Actualité, and Reader's Digest Canada. He lives in Montréal, Québec, with his partner and his two daughters.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      USBBY Outstanding International Books 2017, Winner
      Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Commended
      Junior Library Guild Selection 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      "Authors Wright and journalist Bouchard, who met playing football in Paris and draw on experience for detailed authenticity, pull no punches in addressing racism and social ills, effectively presenting a complicated situation with no simple solution. Once the story catches up with the present tense, tensions brew into irreversible, violent disaster. Timely, nuanced, and highly respectful of readers' intelligence."
      " Away Running is a richly complex mix of personal growth against a backdrop of social upheaval. Read it. Remember it. Recommend it."
      "This is an important book. With characters we immediately care about, spot on dialogue, and a fast moving, football filled plot, Away Running takes readers into the very heart of racial and cultural prejudice. Inspired by true events in Paris in 2005, the novel builds to a crescendo that will take your breath away. Wright and Bouchard have molded a story that confronts some of our most pressing social ills, and offers a thread of hope."
      "Action-packed...Introspective yet fast moving, this...offering gives teens plenty to ponder."
      "Demands not only that readers consider issues of privilege and race, but also that they understand how deeply embedded our cultural ethos lies, and how complicated intercultural and interracial interactions really are...Away Running is a book about football...But it is far more than that: at its heart, it is a book about what it means to be human, regardless of class, race, or ethnicity."
      "The novel provides readers with a unique viewpoint...Character development possesses the potential to connect with male readers, especially athletes...Educators and librarians seeking sports books to engage specific readers may consider adding this novel to their shelves."
      "Honest, amusing banter dances around the tensions between classes, religions, and races in a rich blend of slang and colloquialisms that render the teammates sympathetic and realistic...The authors, who draw on true events and their own experiences playing football overseas, address complex situations and social tensions in a manner that is true-to-life and potent."
      "Away Running exceeded my expectations by bringing to life a diverse cast of characters living through real life situations I never would have anticipated based on the books description. When I first started reading Away Running and realized it had two points of view I was a little upset, but the authors pulled off the different views very well and made it easy and understandable reading for both. I found the diversity, of not only the two main characters but of the entire cast, fantastic and very well put together. If you enjoy American Football and diverse characters, with well written plot twists I would suggest you pick up a copy of Away Running as soon as it is released."
      "This book has fire behind the words that sneak up and burn you down when you least expect it...Orca publishing has a winner on its hands, it should be celebrated and talked of in a way that makes a reader want to steal the story and call it their own."
      "Plenty of appeal...punchy dialogue and timely subject matter, this is one that even football neophytes will find captivating."
      "Does a very realistic job of portraying the two youths...every group is represented with complexity...Highly recommended."
      "An impactful story about courage and the importance of learning to take a stand and do what is right."
      "Away Running is highly readable and well written...The two boys and their new friends switch between French and English from France, Quebec, and America...It's deftly executed without being repetitive and adds another layer to their youthful banter. Each sorrow in the book—a casual racist act, an imperfect reaction to it, the sudden loss of a loved one, deep-rooted injustice—is so well crafted it will bring a more sensitive reader, ahem, to tears."

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