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    Beach Baby Laurie Elmquist Canada, Elly MacKay Canada
    9781459809543 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) to P, Grade (US) to P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date:April 05, 2016
    $10.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.63 in | 280 gr | 24 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      A gentle, poetic lullaby for baby, filled with memories from a perfect day playing on the beach.

      Castles, sand dollars, seals peering out of the waves and the beat of the ocean become sweet reminders of all the magical things that await baby tomorrow. A lyrical celebration of natural beauty and a soft, reassuring reminder for little ones being tucked into bed that fun and adventure will return with a new day.

      Elly MacKay’s paper-theater worlds are a delight to behold and infuse the story with a sense of magic and wonder. Beautiful verse from Laurie Elmquist sets a calm and serene tone. A breathtaking board book that will be treasured and make a wonderful gift.

      Bio

      Laurie Elmquist is the author of several books for young readers including Where's Burgess? which was short-listed for both the Chocolate Lily Award and the Silver Birch Award. She holds an MA in Literature and creative writing from the University of Windsor in Ontario and has been published in several magazines and anthologies. She teaches creative writing at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia and online at the University of Calgary. Laurie lives in Victoria, British Columbia.



      Elly MacKay creates tiny worlds from cut paper, ink and light, which she then photographs. Her work has been featured in international publications, including O: The Oprah Magazine, Chatelaine and Cosmopolitan.

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      “MacKay’s...illustrations are dreamlike…This board book...captures the beauty of the ocean, and it would evoke pleasant memories when falling asleep. Recommended.”
      "This lovely introduction to a beach environment is a good read for naptime and evening sharing."
      “A gentle and gorgeous book."
      ★ "Dreamy artwork and verse reassure readers who are headed to bed...Enchanting, engaging, and restful."
      "A lovely, warm, emotive story which warms both heart and soul."
      "The text is lyrical...with greatly lulling effect...MacKay's evocatively lit cut- and marbled-paper dioramas are equally soothing, rendered in pastel twilight tones that suit the mood...A seaside bedtime idyll."
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    My Heart Fills With Happiness Monique Gray Smith Canada, Julie Flett Canada
    9781459809574 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date:March 01, 2016
    $12.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.48 in | 260 gr | 24 pages Carton Quantity:56 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      ★ "A quiet loveliness, sense of gratitude, and—yes—happiness emanate from this tender celebration of simple pleasures."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

      The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.

      International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote My Heart Fills with Happiness to support the wellness of Indigenous children and families, and to encourage young children to reflect on what makes them happy.

      Bio

      Monique Gray Smith is an award-winning, bestselling author and public speaker. Her books cover a broad spectrum of ages, topics and emotions. Woven into all of Monique’s writing and her speaking engagements is the teaching that Love is Medicine. Her books include Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, My Heart Fills With Happiness, You Hold Me Up, Lucy and Lola, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, When We Are Kind and I Hope. She has also created the young adult adaptation of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Monique is Cree and Scottish. She lives with her family on the Traditional Territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and WSÁNEĆ Peoples.



      Julie Flett is a Swampy Cree and Red River Métis artist and author. She studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. She won the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her work on When We Were Alone by David Robertson, and her book Birdsong won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. She is the three-time recipient of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Award for Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet, Dolphin SOS and My Heart Fills With Happiness.

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      Awards
      Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize 2017, Winner
      Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      Girls of Summer Reading List 2017, Commended
      Global Read Aloud 2018, Commended
      Indigenous Literature Award 2018, Short-listed
      Reviews
      ★ "A quiet loveliness, sense of gratitude, and—yes—happiness emanate from this tender celebration of simple pleasures, which features a cast of First Nations children and adults...Short, first-person phrases...revel in both solitary and familial activities...Flett’s (Little You) crisp-edged paintings blend universal and culturally specific experiences."
      "A board book that leaves you feeling cheerful and appreciative of those small moments in life that bring one joy. Recommended."
      ★ "Joyful and tender, this board book celebrates the activities that bring gladness through family and cultural connections...Flett’s quietly powerful gouache and digital collage illustrations emphasize the relationships between people...The sweet family story has universal appeal. A first purchase for all libraries."
      "A celebration of aboriginal culture...but also universal in its message: sometimes it's the simplest things that lift our spirits highest...[The book] is beautiful in both its appearance and its intention."
      “A comforting board book offers young children the opportunity for reflection, and for affirmation, too. Moments of happiness tucked into each and every day celebrated here include time with family, self-expression, and the natural world."
      "[A] light, warm and utterly charming book...Highly recommended for families, parents of young children to share with them and to begin conversation and sharing about emotions."
      "An excellent board book for every baby Canadian."
      "Specific visuals ground this sweet celebration of simple pleasures."
      "It is a fantastic toddler book that celebrates family and heritage and would be valuable in any collection, especially those of First Nations heritage."
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    9781459810167 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) to P, Grade (US) to P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date:March 08, 2016
    $9.95 CAD 7 x 5.5 x 0.63 in | 260 gr | 24 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Hamsters have many places to go and lots of ways to get there!

      Following the success of her previous board books on numbers, colors and opposites, Kass Reich once again presents her beloved, splayed-toed hamsters. This time, the adorable critters are on the move, demonstrating all the different ways they get from here to there. A lively and humorous introduction to modes of transportation for little ones.

      Bio

      Kass Reich was born in Montreal, Québec. She works as an artist and educator and has spent most of the last decade traveling and living abroad. Kass graduated with a degree in Art Education from Concordia University. She currently lives in Toronto.

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      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Commended
      Reviews
      "Parents and libraries serving the preschool crowd will want to add Hamsters on the Go! to their collections. Highly Recommended."
      "Simply delightful."
      "pleasurable board book...little readers with a penchant for small, furry mammals will surely be satisfies. The highlight for adult readers is the absurd vehicles these hamsters operate...a very cute...offering for tots."
      "Featuring charming and friendly pastel hamsters...the cartoon-style illustrations introduce humorous detail...Recommended for board book collections, this is a work that caregivers will enjoy sharing."
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    Spare Dog Parts Alison Hughes Canada, Ashley Spires Canada
    9781459807044 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:January 26, 2016
    $19.95 CAD 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.38 in | 480 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:22 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      A stumpy tail, mismatched paws, a long, drooly snout and the biggest dog heart that ever beat. In a celebration of what makes a pet unique, a little girl imagines how an odd assortment of parts combined to make the perfect dog.

      With spare, inviting text from Alison Hughes and charmingly offbeat illustrations by award-winning illustrator Ashley Spires, this gorgeous picture book is sure to be an instant classic.
      Bio

      Alison Hughes is an award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including The Silence Slips In, winner of the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature and Hit the Ground Running, a nominee for the Governor General's Literary Award. Alison is a university Writing Advisor, volunteers with children and literacy groups and gives frequent workshops and presentations at schools, libraries, festivals and conferences across Canada. She lives in Edmonton with her family.



      Ashley Spires is the creator of the award-winning Binky the Space Cat series and has authored and illustrated many picturebooks. Her dog, Gordon, is very pleased that she finally illustrated a book without a cat in it. She lives in Ladner, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.ashleyspires.com.
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      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Commended
      Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      Chocolate Lily Book Award 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "A really beautiful story that highlights the uniqueness of pets and the joy they bring into their owners lives. The illustrations in this picture book are beautifully painted, descriptive, and they will engage with the reader...A great read-aloud! Highly Recommended."
      "A little girl speculates on the origins of her beloved pet dog, an endearing mutt with an unusual, mismatched configuration of body parts...Both dog and child are appealing characters in the watercolor-and-ink illustrations, and it's refreshing to have two female protagonists and the little girl shown as a dark-skinned child with dark, curly hair."
      ★ "When it comes to true exposition of the canine soul...Spare Dog Parts soars...The text is sparse but affecting and verges on poetic at times...Spires is an expert at pet portrayal thanks to her popular Binky the Space Cat series, and while she maintains her trademark gentle cartoon style, her drawings are so much more than just pleasant or cute—they are endearingly quirky and surprisingly emotive. The motley dog radiates pure love, devotion, and scampishness whether her tongue is lolling out in anticipation of a belly rub or she is looking on in appreciation as her creator appends a mismatched paw. The text and images combine to create a moving, pure, and affection-filled ode to the mutt...Ear scratches and belly rubs all around."
      "Bright and full of energy...it hammers home the idea that, more often than not, a “perfect” dog is the dog you have."
      "A wonderful picture book praising the qualities of a mutt...The slightly whimsical art is delightful and complements the imaginative story of how the little girl’s dog came to be."
      “The short, descriptive read-aloud text complements Spires's friendly, cartoonish ink and watercolor illustrations, which are elevated by emotive facial expressions and well-balanced compositions.”
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    Art's Supplies Chris Tougas Canada
    9781459811737 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Art Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:January 19, 2016
    $12.95 CAD 8 x 9.75 x 0.13 in | 120 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:116 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      In this delightful tale of the power of the imagination, Art’s supplies come to life in the studio, creating mayhem and magic—and art! Pastels, pencils, paints, crayons, brushes and markers...everything gets in on the act of creating a mess-terpiece of fun. Chris Tougas’s brilliant illustrations and clever text explore the essence of the creative process in a way that children will understand.

      “Kids will want to grab some colored pencils and get to work themselves.” —Booklist

      “This lively title is sure to be a favorite.” —School Library Journal

      “Gorgeously colored...Tougas’s great skill at joyous illustration is just icing on the cake.” —Quill & Quire

      Bio

      Chris Tougas is an award-winning author and illustrator of several picture books, including Dojo Daycare (Owlkids, 2014) and Mechanimals (Orca, 2007). He has worked as a character designer and concept developer for such studios as Disney, Fox, The Jim Henson Company, Warner Brothers, Sesame Workshop and many others. Chris lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia.

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    Lucy Tries Short Track Lisa Bowes Canada, James Hearne Canada
    9781459810259 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:January 19, 2016
    $12.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.13 in | 160 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:100 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      After trying the sliding sport of luge, Lucy is back for another speedy adventure!

      This time, Lucy laces up her skates and tries short track speed skating. It’s not as easy as it looks. When you skate really fast around tight turns, you just might crash! But with her friends at her side, Lucy skims across the ice in a thrilling race to the finish.

      Lucy Tries Short Track is the second book in the Lucy Tries Sports series, designed to encourage children to get active and participate in sports.

      Bio
      Lisa Bowes is a sports journalist and media consultant. While working for CBC, she was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Writing in an Information Program or Series. She is a Physical Education graduate who is passionate about encouraging children and families to be active. Lisa lives in Calgary.

      James Hearne is an internationally recognized illustrator and graphic designer. He lives in Calgary.
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      “This book really represents the community of speed skating in Canada: members and athletes getting together in a fair-play atmosphere for the love of sport where we can also see, outside of the rink, great friendships.”
      "Children will learn about how the skaters turn around the tight corners and how they cheer one another on, even after the race is over. The main character is not the winner in this story but is a good sport and strong competitor...Will show young athletes the pros and cons of a sport that requires speed, balance, and courage."
      "The Lucy Tries Sport series are great books for children of any age. They exemplify the importance of sportsmanship, healthy competition, and most importantly show that sports can be so much fun! I would highly recommend everyone to add this series to their collection!"
      "What makes the 'Lucy Tries Sports' series so wonderful is that they highlight unusual sports in an energetic and positive way...Lucy and her friends don’t look at losing as something to be ashamed of or angry about. Their race is meant for fun and excitement, and it’s a joy to read about the girls supporting one another, even in the face of defeat...Herne’s illustrations do an excellent job of matching the movement of the text. As the girls race, the illustrations become slightly blurred, as if the racers are moving so fast it’s hard to get a still shot. This is a fantastic way to emphasize the speed and movement of the characters, giving the story the feel of a live action event... With the same bouncing rhythm, action filled illustrations, and positive look at getting out and trying a new sport [as the first book], this is a delightful and encouraging read. Fans of Lucy Tries Luge will love this new addition to the series, and those who haven’t yet met Lucy will adore reading about this friendly and outgoing girl’s sporting adventures on the short track. Highly Recommended."
      "Lucy is a wonderful role-model for both girls and boys, with a positive attitude toward learning and practicing the sports she enjoys to keep physically active. The story and illustrations have a gentle way of teaching sportsmanship and fair play...A cheery, upbeat series, and is recommended for school and public libraries."
      "The Lucy Tries Sports series teaches how sport is about fun and healthy competition. They also introduce various different sports to young kids and hopefully inspire them to stay active and healthy. I love that my kids can read the series in English and French. These books are a must for the entire family."
      "The Lucy Tries Sports series is terrific for children! It inspires them to be physically active and reinforces so many aspects of their social skill development. A really positive assistance to parenting children."
      "Playing sports and being active empowers girls for life. Lucy Tries Sports encourages girls to try a wide range of sports and teaches them valuable lessons in leadership, supporting one another, and working towards—and achieving—your goals through sport!"
      "Fitness should be fun, and the Lucy Tries Sports series is a shining example of that."
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    Lucy fait du patinage de vitesse Lisa Bowes Canada, James Hearne Canada
    9781459812314 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:January 19, 2016
    $12.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.13 in | 160 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:100 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Après avoir essayé la glisse sur luge, Lucy commence une nouvelle aventure de vitesse—Cette fois-ci, elle lace ses patins et essaie le patinage de vitesse sur courte piste. C'est plus difficile que ça en a l'air. Lorsqu'on patine en tournant très vite, on risque de tomber! Mais avec ses amies, Lucy avance sur la glace dans une course palpitante vers la ligne d'arrivée.

      Lucy fait du patinage de vitesse est le deuxième livre de la série Lucy Tries Sports conçue pour encourager les enfants à devenir actifs et à pratiquer des sports. Pour en savoir plus sur Lucy ou sur le sport qu'elle essaiera bientôt, rendez-vous à www.lucytriessports.com.

      After trying the sliding sport of luge, Lucy is back for another speedy adventure—this time, she laces up her skates and tries short track speed skating. It’s not as easy as it looks. When you skate really fast around tight turns, you just might crash! But with her friends at her side, Lucy skims across the ice in a thrilling race to the finish.

      Lucy Tries Short Track is the second book in the Lucy Tries Sports series, designed to encourage children to get active and participate in sports. For more information or to find out what Lucy will try next, visit www.lucytriessports.com.
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      "Ce livre représente bien la communauté du patinage de vitesse: des membres et athlètes rassemblés pour l’amour du sport dans un fair-play où existe, à l’extérieur de la patinoire, une grande amitié."
      "The Lucy Tries Sports series is terrific for children! It inspires them to be physically active and reinforces so many aspects of their social skill development. A really positive assistance to parenting children."
      "Playing sports and being active empowers girls for life. Lucy Tries Sports encourages girls to try a wide range of sports and teaches them valuable lessons in leadership, supporting one another, and working towards—and achieving—your goals through sport!"
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    Lucy Tries Soccer Lisa Bowes Canada, James Hearne Canada
    9781459810228 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:April 26, 2016
    $12.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.13 in | 160 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:88 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Eager to try a summer sport, Lucy and her friends meet at the soccer field for their first game of three-on-three!

      Thanks to Coach Nick, Lucy and the rest of Team Blue learn a few basic skills as they prepare to face Team Red.The Lucy Tries Sports series is designed to encourage children to get active and participate in sports and recreation. In Lucy Tries Soccer, Lucy discovers how much fun it is to play on a team and learns why soccer is the world’s most popular game.

      Bio

      Lisa Bowes is a sports journalist and media consultant. While working for CBC, she was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Writing in an Information Program or Series. She is a Physical Education graduate who is passionate about encouraging children and families to be active. Lisa lives in Calgary.



      James Hearne is an internationally recognized illustrator and graphic designer. He lives in Calgary.

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      “I can't wait to share Lucy’s message of fair play and sportsmanship with my own grandchildren. The LUCY stories help children learn about sports in a gentle encouraging fun manner.”
      "In jaunty rhyming text, Bowes captures the exhilaration of the game, building the anticipation as Lucy's team works collaboratively on the field...Emphasizing teamwork and good sportsmanship, the tale focuses on Lucy's enjoyment of the game...A positive example for young players. A "Fast Facts!" section provides further information about soccer for interested readers. The book's format includes text with various words and phrases highlighted in bold, eye-catching colors, accompanied by sunny, upbeat illustrations. Hearne's artwork captures the energetic enthusiasm of Lucy, a redheaded white girl, and her racially diverse friends. The cheery pictures of these young athletes wholeheartedly playing and learning the sport aptly convey the global appeal of soccer. With playful exuberance, Bowes' lively tale shares the fun of soccer with young readers."
      "Lucy is an awesome role model for kids at any age! She demonstrates the value of getting involved in sports and how teamwork and good coaching can positively affect childhood and beyond."
      "Appealing and friendly illustrations...A fine introductory story to read before a new team gathers to learn the game."

      "A great story for sharing with both boys and girls...The story teaches the ins and outs of soccer, in a way that many preschoolers will relate to...Recommended for school and public libraries."


      "The Lucy Tries Sports series teaches how sport is about fun and healthy competition. They also introduce various different sports to young kids and hopefully inspire them to stay active and healthy. I love that my kids can read the series in English and French. These books are a must for the entire family."
      "The Lucy Tries Sports series is terrific for children! It inspires them to be physically active and reinforces so many aspects of their social skill development. A really positive assistance to parenting children."
      "Playing sports and being active empowers girls for life. Lucy Tries Sports encourages girls to try a wide range of sports and teaches them valuable lessons in leadership, supporting one another, and working towards—and achieving—your goals through sport!"
      "This is my number-one recommendation for a game-changing book, for boys and girls alike, about sportsmanship. It's a super-fun read, and though it's targeted to children aged four to eight, my two-year-old is absolutely loving it. Of the hundreds of kids' books I've read this year, the Lucy books from Lisa Bowes are the best."
      "Fitness should be fun, and the Lucy Tries Sports series is a shining example of that."
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    Salamander Rescue Pamela McDowell Canada, Kasia Charko Canada
    9781459811232 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date:April 26, 2016
    $7.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.25 in | 100 gr | 80 pages Carton Quantity:120 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Cricket McKay is back and answering a new SOS: "Save Our Salamanders!"

      Cricket McKay has lived in Waterton all her life, so she is surprised to discover an animal she hasn’t seen before: the long-toed salamander. She finds a band of them migrating from the pond to their hibernation grounds at Crandell Mountain. Crossing the road that lies between the pond and the mountain is dangerous enough, but now a newly-constructed curb makes their journey even more challenging. Can Cricket and her friends come up with a solution to help the salamanders?

      Salamander Rescue is the second book featuring Cricket and friends.

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      Pamela McDowell's first career was in education, teaching junior and senior high school. She began writing when she left teaching and has now written more than fifty fiction and nonfiction books for children. Pamela grew up in Alberta and enjoys writing about the diverse animals and habitats of her home province. Pamela lives in Calgary with her family.



      Working in watercolor and colored pencil, Kasia Charko creates detailed, colorful paintings that bring period, place and character to life. Born and educated in England, Kasia lives in Alton, Ontario, with her family of animals.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Commended
      Children's Book Council Best STEM Trade Books 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "Simple, accurate descriptions of specific research methods and of salamander features shine. Unsubtle empowerment for young environmentalists."
      "McDowell’s writing style is clear and interesting. Her use of clear vocabulary...give the reader a good idea of the story and action even where an illustration is not present. Illustrations by Kasia Charko are excellent and give a clear picture of difficult conceptualizing, especially her depiction of how the final ramp looked and how it was used by the salamanders. Recommended."
      "A great step-into-reading chapter book for younger readers...recommended."
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    9781459808133 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:February 23, 2016
    $10.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.38 in | 220 gr | 176 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      For monster sleuths Tank and Fizz, proving fourth-grade bully Rizzo Rawlins is planning to cheat in the upcoming Battle Bot Cup should be a piece of cake. But cake crumbles fast, and the case soon leads the detectives to a mysterious hacker known only as the Codex, who threatens all of Rockfall Mountain with a very dark fate. With the help of their wizard-in-training partner, Aleetha, Tank and Fizz leap into action, dodging deadly battle bots and sinister spellbooks in a race to stop the return of a very angry ancient demon.

      Fans of the first book, Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Slime Stampede, will blow their circuits with this gadget- and magic-filled robot mystery. For more information about the series, visit www.tankandfizz.com.
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      Liam O'Donnell is an author and educator who has created over forty books and graphic novels for young readers, including the Max Finder Mystery, Graphic Guide Adventure and West Meadows Detectives series. He was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Liam lives in London, Ontario.



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

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Silver Birch Express Award 2017, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Commended
      Reviews
      "What can a trio of fourth-graders do, opposed by corrupt officials, a bully with a pair of hulking hench-ogres, and a local business tycoon with—as it turns out—a high-tech hand-held demon controller? Well, plenty, though not without a few missteps, help from a surprising temporary ally, and lots of climactic bot-smashing. In a slick mix of narrative blocks and panels of nonscary monsters delivering punch lines in dialogue balloons, the exploit careens along to a triumphant close. High-energy high jinks in a multicultural, or at least multispecies, setting."
      "The book seamlessly moves from text to illustrated panels...The pace is swift...[readers] will careen along as gleefully as Tank and Fizz themselves, rejoicing when all ends well...A perfect mix of monstrous and silly."
      "This book provides lots of excitement and is an easy read...Readers will enjoy the graphics and the exciting pace of the story...Recommended."
      "The world of goblins, trolls and other monsters has many similarities to our world and the concept of allegory is beautifully depicted."

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