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August 2019 Canadian Fiction

Orca Soundings
Watch Out
By (author): Alison Hughes
9781459822351 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Aug 27, 2019
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.34 in | 120 gr 144 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
Charlie Swift, teen detective.

Fifteen-year-old Charlie stays home from school so he can help his older brother, Tom, who is in a hip-to-toe cast after breaking his leg in a football game. When not waiting on his brother hand and foot, Charlie investigates a series of break-ins that have the whole neighborhood on edge. Things really hit home when Charlie nearly catches the thief and then foils an attempted break-in at his own house. As he continues to piece together the clues, Charlie realizes that the easiest way for the culprit to avoid suspicion is to hide in plain sight.

Alison Hughes is an award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including 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.

Key Selling Points
Alison Hughes has written many books for young people including the YA novel Hit the Ground Running, which was nominated for a Governor-General’s Award.
Resource Links called Hide and Shriek, Alison Hughes’ first Orca Soundings title, “a suspenseful page-turner.”
In the vein of old-fashioned mysteries like Hitchcock’s Rear Window or To Catch a Thief, this story is full of mile-a-minute drama.
The brothers are good friends rather than rivals, a trope that is often used in literature.

Marketing and Promo Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns
Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
Planned appearance at local writers festival
Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
Blog post and social media promotion
Outreach in Orca newsletter

"An entertaining roller-coaster ride of emotions for reluctant readers."" - Kirkus Reviews

“A solid book with an engaging plot. Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“In this short but very effective story, Hughes conveys a credible mystery and subsequent detection without resorting to cliché or shortchanging the dynamic.” - Resource Links

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What Matters Alison Hughes 9781459809109 $19.95 CAD Sep 06, 2016


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