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Orca Soundings through December 2019: Contemporary, compelling stories for teens

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Orca Soundings
Cub
By (author): Paul Coccia
9781459820821 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Eating Disorders & Body Image Jan 29, 2019
$9.90 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in 144 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
How far will Theo go to make his dreams come true?

In the gay community, a young, husky man is known as a "cub" Seventeen-year-old Theo fits the definition perfectly, but he is very self-conscious about his body. So when his best friend signs him up for a cooking competition at Heat, the city's newest trendy restaurant, Theo is nervous. He's confident in his baking ability, and dreams of opening his own bakery one day, but he's not a chef, and he hates being in the spotlight.

As Theo survives round after round, he gains the admiration of both the audience and the restaurant owner, a sexy celebrity chef known as KCC. When the owner makes it clear he is more interested in what Theo might do outside the kitchen, Theo has to decide how far he is willing to go to launch his career.

Paul Coccia has an MFA in creative writing from UBC. He is a great cook, although he prefers to bake. His specialty is cupcakes, but he has also experimented with animal-shaped macarons and flooded cookies. Paul lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his family and two dogs.

Key Selling Points

A talented teen chef navigates the world of celebrity and power when he's thrust into the spotlight as a contestant on a cooking show.

Themes of abuse of power, and self-consciousness.

Top Chef for teens

Orca Soundings are written in accessible language for teens who are struggling or undiscovered readers.

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"Short paragraphs and straightforward dialogue make this ideal for reluctant readers. A gay protagonist and a drag queen will resonate with an LGBTQ+ audience…The tough truth of marginalized communities attacking their own is difficult to face but accurate in its exposure of toxic behavior; Theo's shaky navigation is inspiring." - Kirkus Reviews

"Cub allows Theo to fully develop as a young gay man…An encouraging and necessary story, Cub is a book that will start important conversations among younger readers, librarians, and educators." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Fiction for teens that deals with the LGBT experience is in short supply, and this one tackles the important concepts of consent and age appropriateness." - Resource Links

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