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    The Spy in Alley Melanie Jackson Canada
    9781551432076 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:September 01, 2002
    $8.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.5 in | 120 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:112 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Confronting a prowler in the backyard, Dinah is determined to find out why someone has taken an interest in her older sister and herself. Who is the buck-tooth burglar? Why are the Rinaldi's tomatoes always involved? And what is the connection between Madge's boyfriend and GASP, a group of well-intentioned anti-smoking activists? When it becomes apparent that Wellman Talent, the modeling agency Madge works for, is making deals with an unscrupulous tobacco company, and that the spy is out to sabotage GASPís plans to expose the connection, Dinah has to call on all her talents, both sleuthing and singing, to solve the case. In the spirit of Sammy Keyes, Dinah gets by on pluck, courage and an irrepressible sense of humor as she is catapulted into a mystery that twists and turns from the blackberry patch to the corporate boardroom.
      Bio
      A 2018 CCBC-TD Book Week author, Melanie Jackson has written several books for young readers in the Orca Currents series, including Tick Tock Terror, Medusa's Scream and Death Drop. Every spring Melanie teaches a mystery unit at a Vancouver secondary school. When not devising diabolical mysteries, she works for corporate clients as a contract writer/editor. Melanie lives in Vancouver.
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      Awards
      Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee 2004, Short-listed
      Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2002, Commended
      Reviews
      "Young mystery fans will look forward to Dinah's further cases. Highly Recommended."
      "A fun lighthearted story that also deals thoughtfully with serious issues."
      "Leaves us wanting to see much more of the Galloway family."
      "A great hit for mystery buffs everywhere. Excellent."
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    9781551432649 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Grade (US) from 3 - 7, Reading age from 8 - 12 On Sale Date:January 01, 2003
    $8.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.5 in | 140 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Dinah Galloway, fresh from her adventures with spies and bucktooth burglars, is back in a hilarious new adventure. Chosen for a lead role in the musical version of Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone, eleven-year-old Dinah--amateur detective, budding singer and unabashed owner of a huge appetite--is once again embroiled in a mystery that puts her in peril and offers plenty of opportunities for humor and good food. When Dinah wins the part of Coretta Cuff, a singing detective, in an adaptation of what many consider the first detective novel, she finds that all is not as it seems around the theater. The producer, trying to unload a bunch of knockoffs of his priceless ring--the famed Murdock Moonstone--has orchestrated a publicity stunt with the actual ring in attendance on opening night. Dinah is convinced that there is a plot to steal the gem. Armed with her freckled nose for mystery and her unerring sense of right and wrong, Dinah attempts to uncover the culprit before the curtain rises. Assisted by her long-suffering friend and ardent tree-lover, Pantelli, and her over-protective, glamorous older sister Madge, Dinah brings down the house in this second installment of the Dinah Galloway mystery series.
      Bio
      Scottish-born and mystery-minded, Melanie Jackson is the author of several Orca Currents novels and the Dinah Galloway Mystery Series. She also works as a Vancouver-based business/advertising writer and editor. Melanie enjoys hiking, piano, English/Scottish history—and learning from young readers. Honours include being named a 2018 TD Canadian Children's Book Centre author; and receiving a University of Toronto Alumni Arbor Award. For more information, visit www.melaniejacksonblog.wordpress.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Chocolate Lily nominee 2005, Short-listed
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    9781551433059 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:October 01, 2004
    $8.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.5 in | 120 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:56 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Dinah Galloway--budding diva, enthusiastic gourmand and amateur detective--is back. This time she has taken to the high seas with a gig in the lounge of an Alaska-bound cruise ship. Also aboard are her mother and her older sister Madge, a moody professor of First Nations art, an elderly woman with romantic intentions toward an even older man, an aspiring thief with gooseberry-colored eyes, and a priceless Native mask that seems to be attracting far too much attention. Also on the ship is Talbot St. John, class heartthrob, with whom Dinah has a running feud. The mask is on its way to a museum to be returned to its ancestral home, but is stolen moments before its delivery. When Dinah is pushed into a glacial lake, the mystery becomes more dangerous and the pool of suspects deepens. As Dinah entertains the passengers and eats her way up the Northwest Coast, a number of potential suspects emerge.
      Bio
      A 2018 CCBC-TD Book Week author, Melanie Jackson has written several books for young readers in the Orca Currents series, including Tick Tock Terror, Medusa's Scream and Death Drop. Every spring Melanie teaches a mystery unit at a Vancouver secondary school. When not devising diabolical mysteries, she works for corporate clients as a contract writer/editor. Melanie lives in Vancouver.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Chocolate Lily nominee 2006, Short-listed
      Silver Birch nominee 2006, Short-listed
      Reviews
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    9781551434124 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 On Sale Date:September 01, 2005
    $8.95 CAD 4.25 x 7 x 0.5 in | 120 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:76 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      After a hang glider crashes into the pool of the house where Dinah and Madge are house-sitting, the hapless pilot creates more than a splash of suspicion in Dinah’s mind. Why does this itchy intruder make off with Dinah’s inflatable turtle? Why is someone trying to drive their cat-mad neighbor away? And what is the connection with the balding stranger seen lurking behind the hedge? And when Madge’s boyfriend starts a campaign to save the endangered spotted owl, it seems that a crooked politician may be out to destroy the habitat of the near-extinct animal. While Madge paints, Dinah brushes aside suggestions that she be a quiet, well-behaved guest in this posh North Vancouver neighborhood. There’s just too much for Dinah and her friends—tree-fanatic Pantelli and irritatingly conscientious Talbot—to investigate in this hilariously suspenseful adventure. Along with learning about endangered animals and fragile ecosystems, Dinah runs across clueless reporters and greedy developers, all the while continuing to belt out her favorite songs and satisfy her healthy appetite.

      This is the fourth installment in the hilarious Dinah Galloway mystery series.
      The Summer of the Spotted Owl is the fourth of four books in the Dinah Galloway Mystery series.
      Book one is The Spy in the Alley.
      Book two is The Man in the Moonstone.
      Book three is The Mask on the Cruise Ship.
      Bio
      Scottish-born and mystery-minded, Melanie Jackson works as a business writer and editor. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit melaniejacksonblog.wordpress.com.
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      "The book offers readers lively dialogue, a well-paced narrative, an action-packed plot, an appealing heroine...Highly recommended."
      "Young readers will like her quirkiness and the the twists and turns of this surprisingly unpredictable plot."
      "Difficult to resist such an irrepressible character."
      "Recommended."
      "My nine-year-old has just inhaled all four. His message to Jackson: MORE!"
      "Dinah's smart-alecky self-deprecating personality will carry readers through to the satisfying conclusion."
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    When the Curtain Rises Rachel Dunstan Muller Canada
    9781551436159 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:March 01, 2007
    $8.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 160 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Chloe McBride has some reservations about accepting her elderly great-aunts' invitation to spend part of the summer with them in Little Venice, but her initial reluctance is outweighed by her curiosity about the mysterious key that came with her aunts' note. She's also anxious to put the humiliating memory of a disastrous piano recital as far behind her as possible. Chloe's great-aunts tell her the legend of her great-grandfather, Dante Magnus, an ambitious magician who vanished without a trace almost a century earlier, and Chloe begins to search for clues to his disappearance. When her investigations eventually lead her to a mysterious rosewood box, which has been hidden for almost a hundred years, Chloe's belief in the power of magic forces her to confront her own fears and ambitions.
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      Rachel Dunstan Muller has spent most of her life on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She is the mother of five and the author of three other novels for children. For more information, visit www.racheldunstanmuller.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      OLA Best Bets 2008, Commended
      Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award nominee 2009, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books 2008, Commended
      PSLA Top Forty 2007, Commended
      Reviews
      "Muller creates a very intense plot that is exciting to read...quirky personalities light up the story...The story moves quickly and smoothly and the mystery becomes more intriguing with each passing chapter. Highly recommended."
      "A mix of fantasy, mystery and teen angst...this recommended purchase for middle school and public libraries is sure to be popular with middle grade readers."
      "A meticulously plotted mystery with supernatural elements...Muller [hits] all the suspense marks with ingenuity and agility."
      "This novel will appeal to young teenage readers...who love to solve mysteries."
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    Missing Becky Citra Canada
    9781554693450 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Law & Crime Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:April 01, 2011
    $9.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.4 in | 260 gr | 184 pages Carton Quantity:66 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Thea and her dad are always on the move, from one small Cariboo town to another, trying to leave behind the pain of Thea's mom's death. They never stay long enough in one place for Thea to make friends, but when her dad gets work renovating a guest ranch on Gumboot Lake, she dares to hope that their wandering days are over. At the ranch she makes friends with Van, a local boy, and works hard to build the trust of an abused horse named Renegade. When Thea unearths the decades-old story of a four-year-old girl who disappeared from the ranch and was never seen again, she enlists Van to help her solve the mystery. When some disturbing facts come to light, she finally starts to come to terms with the losses in her own life.
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      Becky Citra is the author of over twenty books, ranging from early chapter books to novels for young adults. She was an elementary schoolteacher for over twenty–five years and began writing for children in 1995. Becky's books have been shortlisted for and won many awards, including the Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow, the Silver Birch and the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. For more information, visit www.beckycitra.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2011, Commended
      OLA Best Bets 2011, Commended
      SYRCA Diamond Willow 2012, Winner
      Arthur Ellis Award nominee 2012, Short-listed
      Silver Birch Award nominee 2013, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "The storyline's chilling recollections of sibling rivalry, and dramatic moments...should keep readers engrossed. The plot, which is established early, immediately draws the reader into the characters' lives, while the descriptions of Thea's observations and surroundings (especially those of the ranch owner's travel photography and Van's grandfather's realistic carved birds) captivate the senses...Recommended."
      "Citra's writing is solid, and Thea is strong and appealing."
      "A quick and engaging read. Readers who live with one parent, lost a parent, or feel like outsiders will especially be able to relate to the main character, Thea...Also, readers who are drawn to mysteries will find it interesting to try to put the pieces together of a crime that remained unsolved for more than fifty years. Young readers will appreciate the speed with which the plot develops, and the clearly—if briefly—drawn characters."
      "Missing succeeds in winning over hearts with a passion for horses. It is easy to connect with the main character, Thea, due to her curiosity and courage as she faces some of the typical problems of a teenage life. The book is an easy read, has a terrific plot, and comes together nicely because of its great presentation...It would be most appealing to middle school students. It is time, as Thea would say, to find a comfortable place to curl up with a good book."
      "The intersection of Thea's mysterious past with a cold-case mystery she stumbles upon in her latest stay deep in the Cariboo wilderness is compellingly told in Thea's first-person narrative...The theme of finding yourself by letting yourself care for another is subtly and richly conveyed. Citra has written several books for the Orca Young Readers series; fans who are now older should flock to this gripping novel."
      "The novel provides just enough foreshadowing that readers will enjoy piecing together the mystery. The theme of fitting in and finding acceptance will resonate...Recommended."
      "The story is fast moving and compelling...The concurrent story line of Thea's maturing relationships with those around her add another layer of interest."
      "The action begins right away, and the tension is kept tight with hints and foreshadowing...The mystery thoughtfully leads readers through themes of guilt, jealousy and death...Missing is a considered and thoughtful novel for horse-lovers and non-horse-lovers alike."
      "Citra's thirty years' experience of ranch life and horses shines as does her powerful writing. The descriptions engage the senses. The pacing will keep the targeted readers out of breath as they quickly turn the pages to find out what happens next. The characters are engaging and alive."
      "The mysery is engaging...and the story will appeal to reluctant readers, especially horse-loving girls."
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    Charlie's Key Rob Mills Canada
    9781554698721 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:October 01, 2011
    $9.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.3 in | 200 gr | 264 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      When Charlie Sykes wakes up in hospital in St. John's, he learns that he and his father have been in a car accident and that his father is dying. Charlie inherits little more than the brass key that his father pressed into his hand before he passed away. As far as Charlie knows, he has no family in Newfoundland. But then Uncle Nick shows up and is keen to meet his nephew—not because of who Charlie is, but rather because of what Charlie has: the key.

      That key will unlock a treasure Uncle Nick began searching for more than thirty years earlier. And he would have found it all those years ago if he hadn't been arrested and sent away for murder. But Charlie isn't convinced he should give up the key. He leads Uncle Nick on a wild chase through old St. John's, across Signal Hill and out to the coast. There, high above the rugged Atlantic, Charlie finally comes face-to-face with Uncle Nick, the treasure, and a family history that will leave him with a new understanding of where he comes from and where he's going.
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      Rob Mills has been an award-winning reporter, newspaper editor and writer in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Ontario. Charlie's Key is his first published novel. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario with his wife and two daughters.


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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      OLA Best Bets 2011, Commended
      TriState YA Review Group Book of Note 2012, Commended
      Arthur Ellis Award nominee 2012, Short-listed
      John Spray Mystery Award 2012, Winner
      CCBC Best Books starred selection 2012, Commended
      Reviews
      "While foggy cliffs and colorful villages effectively evoke the exotic Newfoundland setting, it's the mystery that moves the tale forward...A fast-paced, often riveting mystery with a plausible, thrilling climax."
      "This suspenseful mystery keeps the reader engaged...Charlie is a very likeable character, one to whom readers will easily relate. In addition to the major themes, censorship and literacy are issues which are also brought up and could instigate conversation in a classroom. Highly Recommended."
      "Charlie is a true teen hero. Faced with a situation that would be well beyond the abilities of the average 13-year-old, Charlie is a character that will catch the attention of most teenagers. A fast-moving and exciting plot leaves the reader wanting more at the end of each page. The descriptions of Newfoundland are haunting, creating a compelling visual backdrop for the story. The conclusion is both believable and satisfying."
      "Mills' writing seamlessly brings together the pathos of Charlie's situation with the coarseness of Frankie's and Nick's circumstances...The cliff hangers, beyond those of its setting, repeatedly lead the reader to anticipate but instead surprise, just the way a great thriller should."
      "In Charlie, Rob Mills has created a nearly perfect, enigmatic character. Charlie is naïve yet worldly. He is compassionate and vulnerable, yet resilient and resourceful...The falling action is equally intriguing, and when the reader reaches the ending, he finds it to be shocking and emotional. Readers will want a sequel, needless to say, in order to discover the next chapter in Charlie's life. Mills combines contemporary topics like child abuse and a writing style that is full of local color and dialect to give us an excellent book."
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    9781459806832 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:October 01, 2014
    $9.95 CAD 6 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 260 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:45 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      When eleven-year-old Darren Dirkowitz’s evil stepbrother (code name: Waldo) gets hold of Darren’s tippity-top-secret spy journal, he threatens to expose it to the entire Preston Middle School student body. Unless, that is, Darren starts doing his dirty work for him. Now Darren’s got to use the oh-so-cloak-and-daggery skills he’s honed in his secret alternate life as Dirk Daring, Secret Agent to spy on kids at school. Naturally, he also sets up a separate, sneaky surveillance program to unearth Waldo’s own secrets. As more and more ugly truths are exposed, new alliances are forged and old friendships broken. Can Darren learn to be true to himself and build real friendships for the first time in his life? Or will he retreat back into his exciting but imaginary shadow world?
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      Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than fifty books for children and young adults, including the “enduring Canadian Christmas classic” A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and the giggle-inducing Ode to Underwear. She’s also a three-time winner of the Silver Birch Award and a two-time winner of the Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing for Children. Helaine lives in Toronto with her husband and her dog, Ella. For more information, visit www.helainebecker.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books 2015, Commended
      Reviews
      "Friendships are strongly tested throughout the novel, which is peppered with imaginative turns of phrase and bursts of energy. The book is an enjoyable and quirky read...These are real kids behaving with all the creativity and energy one would expect of them. But beneath all the play and humor is a genuine emotional core, exploring the trials and tribulations all friendships endure when moving from elementary school on to junior high. A stunning last-minute twist pushes the book above and beyond. A clever romp that's enhanced, not lessened, by its message."
      "Even a trip to the grocery store to buy hamburger buns can become a super, secret spy mission when you’re Dirk Daring, secret agent (a.k.a. Darren Dirkowitz)...Excerpts from Darren’s spy notebook are amusing and give insight into characters. Dirk Daring, Secret Agent is a quick, enjoyable read with plenty of potty humor to reel in reluctant readers."
      "Full of wisecracking jokes, shifting alliances, and betrayals, Becker's school-day caper offers a steady stream of surprises and laughs. Darren maintains a deadpan, noir-ish tone ('No one must know of my covert actions. Therefore, I use ultimate discretion and a steady hand to obtain my ink') even when, for instance, he's using his own urine as invisible ink."
      "The nonstop action, evolving plot, fleshed-out characters, gross-out jokes, intermittent cartoonish illustrations, and overarching themes of friendship and self-discovery should resonate with middle school readers. Recommend this to fans of Sammy Keyes and Hunter Moran."
      "Becker has created a delightful hero in underdog, Darren Dirkowitz...Chock full of code names and encrypted missions, comic doodles and handwritten editorial comments, Dirk Daring, Secret Agent is a high-energy race car speeding to what looks like certain disaster. But underneath is a gentle and thoughtful look at the scary parts of being ten years old...A highly imaginative and enjoyable read and the underlying message adds to, rather than detracts from the fun."
      "Both a sophisticated and acceptable middle-grade read, balancing potty humor with irony and witty sarcasm while offering a nicely complicated noir-like plot in a straightforward style. Darren/Dirk makes an appealing narrator, confident in his espionage abilities but less so in his social graces. The various twists in the story keep the pages turning...An attractive puzzle that will leave reluctant readers feeling triumphant both in their reading and sleuthing skills."
      "The book has many funny illustrations tucked into random pages and has plenty of spy tricks that the reader can learn. This is a great chapter book with animations and both boys and girls will enjoy reading and sleuthing along.”
      "Simple drawings along the edge, graphics of emails sent, and other text features add interest to the pages. You don’t have to be a future spy to enjoy this book, but tweens that enjoy school drama will like the spy twist."
      "Dirk’s voice is completely in spy-mode, making for an amusing narrative, and the myriad illustrations, including cartoons, diagrams, case files and text messages, will interest modern readers, especially Wimpy Kid fans...Kids in grades 4-6 will find Dirk’s adventures to be humorous and entertaining, good for a read-aloud or individual reading."
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    9781459808102 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:March 01, 2015
    $9.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 260 gr | 152 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      When Gravelmuck Elementary’s cleaning slimes escape and destroy the schoolyard with their acidic ooze, all claws and tails point to Mr. Snag, the school’s caretaker, as the culprit. Determined to clear Mr. Snag’s name, Tank and Fizz dive into the case, only to discover that the goop under Rockfall Mountain runs deep. The detective duo must outwit their eight-legged principal and survive an ancient war between high-tech janitors and spell-slinging wizards. Can Tank and Fizz find the real monsters behind the slime stampede in time to clear Mr. Snag’s name?

      The Case of the Slime Stampede is the first book in the Tank & Fizz mystery series about two crime-solving monsters living under a mountain.
      Bio

      Liam O’Donnell is an award-winning children’s author, gamer and educator. He’s created over thirty books for young readers, including the Max Finder Mystery and Graphic Guide Adventure series of graphic novels. Liam lives in Toronto, Ontario. Visit him anytime at www.liamodonnell.com or follow him on Twitter @liamodonnell.

      Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, including Dalen and Gole and the Graphic Guide Adventure 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 lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.deasillustration.com or follow him on Twitter @deasillustration.


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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Silver Birch Express Award nominee 2015, Short-listed
      Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee 2016, Short-listed
      Diamond Willow Award 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "O'Donnell rolls out a slick subterranean caper flavored with a diverse nonhuman cast, topped off with a suspenseful scramble. It's all served up with a quivering dollop of complications related to the uneasy local détente between monsters, who are more comfortable with machines, and the dark mages of Slick City's mysterious Shadow Tower. Deas' frequent cartoon illustrations add zesty incidents and punch lines to the plot. Young readers will slurp up the gumshoes' gooey first exploit with relish. And perhaps a few choco-slug cookies."
      "Something slimy is running amuck in Rockfall Mountains and it isn’t the cleaning slimes. This chapter book brims with reader appeal. Fizz’s snappy personality and loyal nature make him a fun protagonist...[Tank's] love of mechanics and engineering make her a unique and refreshing addition and her excitement jumps off the pages, helped by Deas’s artwork. The world of Rockfall Mountains and its characters (gremlins, goblins, slimes, and monsters) is reminiscent of Pixar’s famous 'Monsters Inc.' film series and may hold appeal for children who have grown up with those characters...Plenty of action, adventure and imagination to make it a strong addition to library collections."
      "The humorous plot is also full of purple magic dust, slimes, and strange creatures. Readers will be amazed to discover a principal with hundreds of baby spider spies, a dragon selling off his treasures, and a school for wizards. Liam O’Donnell’s action-packed text is complemented by the illustrations created by Mike Deas..This graphic novel is a seamless melding of text and visuals in an entertaining ghoulish storyline populated by trolls, goblins, gremlins, ogres, dragons, kobolds, mages and other fantastic creatures. Readers who like slimy humour and lots of amusing and improbable action will definitely enjoy this book."
      "A magical and suspenseful page turner that young readers will be sure to enjoy...Tank and Fizz is an entertaining mystery narrative full of monsters, detectives, and magic. The story notably includes many incredible comic vignettes illustrated by Mike Deas to provide readers with a visual accompaniment to the events taking place in the text. The comics are woven into the narrative and function as an aesthetic bridge with the written text of the story... An enjoyable read!"
      "O’Donnell’s text entertains, and the well-crafted story will leave readers anxious to solve the mystery."
      "O’Donnell...knows how to weave together elements of detective stories, such as multiple plot lines, red herrings, and the usual suspects. With the addition of graphics by illustrator Mike Deas...[the book] is elevated from a simple middle-grade mystery or graphic novel to a clever amalgam. The graphics...complement the uproarious text...[and] the well-crafted story will leave readers anxious to solve the mystery...A monstrously imaginative and funny read, and a great introduction to a new series."
      "The escapades are all a little gross and rather funny, and the nonhuman cast is creative and effectively detailed...The frequent illustrations carry forward the story either with pictures alone or with speech bubbles, and their rich details are worth the extra attention. Offer this to recent fans of Scroggs’ Snoop Troop mysteries or to readers who have outgrown Rylant’s High-Rise Private Eyes detective series."
      "Lots of fun illustrations as you ooze your way through this story."
      "This fast-paced mystery series is a graphic novel hybrid...The mix of creatures, inventions, and fear of magic create a layered world. This series makes mysteries approachable for graphic novel fans."
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    Taken Norah McClintock Canada
    9781554691524 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date:October 01, 2009
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 220 gr | 176 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Two girls have recently disappeared near the town where Stephanie lives. She is concerned but is sure that it could never happen to her. But then it does. Tied up and alone far from home, she manages to escape her captor and run for her life. But she is in the middle of nowhere, with no food, no shelter and no way home. And worst of all, she has run away before, so she is sure that the police will not take her disappearance seriously. She will need to save herself, calling on lessons learned from her grandfather and an inner strength she never thought she had.
      Bio
      Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      YALSA Quick Picks 2010, Commended
      Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2009, Commended
      ALA Popular Paperbacks 2012, Commended
      M.Y.R.C.A Award 2011, Winner
      CCBC Best Books 2011, Commended
      Reviews
      "Well-written for the targeted audience. It was simple, yet gripping."
      "Taken is an engrossing study of the humbling effects of solitude, and it offers an unflinching depiction of the unforgiving and often brutal realities of the natural world."
      "[Stephanie's] harrowing journey back to safety propels this plot-driven, fast-paced tale forward... Told in the first person, this suspenseful survival story is sure to have strong appeal."
      "Riveting, and never becomes too harrowing."
      "Award-winning novelist McClintock adds another well-paced tale for adolescent readers to her impressive collection… A story about an engaging and smart protagonist facing seemingly insurmountable odds and surviving should appeal to early teen readers accustomed to tidy television-style adventures neatly packaged and resolved. Highly Recommended."
      "[A] fast-moving thriller…McClintock's dialogue feels genuine, though readers spend the majority of the novel in Stephanie's head, as she uses clear thinking and a substantial reserve of inner strength to find her way home."
      "McClintock does an admirable job of weaving suspenseful elements together while tantalizing the reader with seemingly disconnected snippets of information…I definitely recommend this novel. It is well-written and it proceeds at a pace appropriate to the development of tension necessary to carry it along."
      "McClintock has written yet another thought-provoking book. The emotions and struggles that Stephanie works through make you feel like you are there."
      "The plot is fast-paced and the heroine is likeable...This survival story is a page-turner."
      "A fast-paced story told in the first person...The character is compelling and the descriptions are great—you can practically taste the grubs. The cover is eye-catching as well. This is sure to be a hit with teen readers."

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