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

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Orca Currents
By (author): Lois Peterson
9781459801431 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 / Technology / General British Columbia Oct 01, 2012
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.3 in 136 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C103567 Orca Book Publishers
The connection to faraway friends comes at a high cost for Daria.

Since moving hundreds of miles to a new school, Daria has become increasingly dependent on her cell phone. Texts, Facebook and phone calls are her only connection to her friends in Calgary, and Daria needs to know everything that is going on at home to feel connected to her old life. Her cell phone habit looks a lot like addiction to her mother and to her new friend Cleo. Daria dismisses the idea of technology addiction as foolish until her habit puts a life in danger.

Lois Peterson wrote short stories and articles for adults for twenty years before turning to writing for kids. She was born in England and has lived in Iraq, France and the United States. She now lives in Surrey, British Columbia, where she writes, reads and teaches creative writing to adults, teens and children.

"An effective, up-to-the-minute look at a very real problem that will resonate with the vast majority of teens in love with their communication gadgets and social media." - Booklist

"This high interest, low vocabulary book is written for a generation that is used to being 'plugged in.'...Didactic without being preachy, Peterson will connect with her audience without losing them for judging one of the central means her audience uses to communicate." - CM Magazine

"[Orca Currents] cover up-to-the-minute topics in a fast-paced, captivating style...These are smart books that will hold the interest of reluctant middle school readers and would be a good purchase for all libraries...In Disconnect Peterson offers complex characterizations and a rich plot." - VOYA

"Young teens will identify with the dependence on technology to remain connected in this book written for reluctant readers. The high interest, timely subject will be make for lively discussion for middle school readers." - Library Media Connection

"Interesting and enagaging. Including themes of moving to a new city, flirting with boys, and general teenage anxiety, Peterson makes this more than a single-issue story." - Resource Links

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