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Orca Echoes
Justine McKeen and the Bird Nerd
By (author): Sigmund Brouwer Illustrated by: Dave Whamond
9781459803947 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds North America Nov 01, 2013
$6.95 CAD
Active 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.2 in 64 pages black and white illustrations FSC certified – mixed sources C103567 Orca Book Publishers
Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2013, Commended
Justine's not the only one with green ideas!

Meet Justine McKeen, the Queen of Green. She’s trying to save the planet, one person at a time, and when she decides to get something done, it’s a lot of fun
   When a small bird is injured after flying into a school window, the students are shocked and upset. But they are even more shocked when school bully Jimmy Blatzo rescues the bird and nurses it back to health. Blatzo may have saved one bird, but the problem is much bigger and not confined to the school grounds. Birds are flying into the windows at the town hall too. With the help of Justine, green activist extraordinaire, Blatzo gets the courage he needs to approach town council. Getting over his fear of public speaking will be one challenge. Getting used to his new nickname, Bird Nerd, will be another matter entirely.

Sigmund Brouwer is the author of over 20 novels for adults and dozens of books for children. He visits over 150 schools per year to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation, reaching about 60,000 students per year. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit

Dave Whamond is an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist whose work has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers. Visit his website at

"What is so interesting about author Brouwer's Justine McKeen books is that they are well-researched and offer websites for further reading into the issues and ideas his characters bring up...Children are interested in the environment, and the characters Brouwer creates are engaging and smart. Children will enjoy reading how the children cooperate to solve problem and share information to find solutions. The extra reading websites offered can help teachers, parents or students to learn more about specific parts of the book." - CM Magazine

"This fun story about three friends who really care about each other and about the environment provides a foundation for questions about many ways to care for animals and our world...A lighthearted and informative read that will entertain." - Resource Links

"A well written story...Elementary teachers wanting to show students how to study a community problem and present solutions will find this an excellent resource and read aloud." - Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

"Readers will love this engaging Orca Echoes environmental series." - School Librarian's Workshop

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