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Orca Currents through December 2020: Short, high-interest novels for middle-school readers

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Orca Currents
By (author): Alex Van Tol
9781459801325 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Computers & Digital Media North America Oct 01, 2012
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.3 in | 120 gr 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
YALSA Quick Picks nominee 2014, Short-listed CCBC Best Books 2013, Commended
It doesn't take an oracle to predict where Owen's lies will get him.

Owen has a crush on Kamryn. Kamryn has a crush on Owen's brother Kyle. Owen knows extreme action is necessary to make sure Kamryn does not end up dating his brother, a jerk who manipulates every situation to get what he wants. So what does Owen do? He manipulates the situation. With the help of his friend Hannah, Owen sets up a blog called The Oracle that gives out relationship advice to local teens. Everything seems to be going great. Hannah and Owen are having fun, and Kamryn seems to be following The Oracle's advice and taking an interest in Owen. Owen thinks he's got it made, but he soon discovers that fraudulent tactics have their consequences.

Alex Van Tol grew up reading a wide range of books, from Enid Blyton to Stephen King. She taught middle school for eight years, then made the switch to writing for a living. She has published numerous titles with Orca. Alex lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family. For more information, visit

"A warm, sensitive look at the difficult relationships that our youth must face as they grow into adulthood...Teens will identify with the characters that have been portrayed here. I have no doubt Oracle will be a popular read. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Van Tol writes with just enough attitude to make it sing, and [her] characters—except for the cruel Kamryn—are sympathetically drawn." - Booklist Online

"This well-written, fast paced story has an engaging storyline and characters...Owen's creativity and originality are delightful...This Orca Currents [title] has it all—a likeable protagonist, an intriguing storyline and a plausible plot...Highly recommended." - Resource Links

"A complete and engaging story...The book does not spell everything out, and only hints at a future for the characters; it makes readers use their brain in a fun way. [Orca Currents] are smart books that will hold the interest of reluctant middle school readers and would be a good purchase for all libraries." - VOYA

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