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Orca Soundings through December 2020: Contemporary, compelling stories for teens

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Orca Soundings
Blood Sport
By (author): Tash McAdam
9781459824362 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 / LGBT Vancouver Jan 28, 2020
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in 128 pages FSC certified – recycled C103567 Orca Book Publishers
Somebody knows something.

Jason is sure his sister, Becca, was murdered, but he’s the only one who thinks so. After finding a photograph Becca kept hidden, he decides to infiltrate a boxing gym to prove that she didn’t die accidentally. As a transgender kid, Jason’s been fighting for as long as he can remember, and those skills are going to come in handy as he investigates. Quickly invited into the inner circle, Jason must balance newfound friendships with the burning hate that drives him. Jason soon feels torn between two worlds, determined to discover what happened to his sister but struggling with the fact that this is the first time he’s ever felt like he belonged somewhere.

Key Selling Points

  • Jason joins a boxing club to investigate his sister’s suspicious death.
  • This book explores themes of being true to yourself and the nature of family.
  • This is a #ownvoices story about a trans man deliberately entering the traditionally hyper-masculine world of boxing.
  • The author is trans and writes fast-paced, plot-centric action adventures with diverse casts, the books that they wanted to read as a queer kid and young adult. Their debut series, The Psionics, is published by NineStar Press.
  • The author has boxed competitively and has lived in East Vancouver for five years, working extensively with queer at-risk youth.

Tash McAdam is a Welsh Canadian author of several books for young people. Tash identifies as trans and queer and uses the neutral pronoun they. As an English teacher, they are fully equipped to defend that grammar! They teach high school English and computer science and have a couple of black belts in karate. They live in Vancouver.

Marketing and Promotional Plans 
  • Print and online advertising campaigns 
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences 
  • Extensive ARC distribution 
  • Blog post and social media promotion; season's social media splash for new hi-lo 
  • Outreach in Orca newsletter 
  • Planned appearance at local writers festival

“This contemporary thriller offers suspense, intense sports competition, and a fast-paced plot leading to a resolution that emphasizes chosen family and inner-community support...A gripping mystery for reluctant readers.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Sure to grab readers and keep them interested as they follow Jason and his quest for justice. The novel is a rip-roaring read that does exactly what it sets out to do—be engaging, highly readable, and incredibly thoughtful. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

? “This book checks all the boxes of a hi-lo text. It has an exciting hook, a modern teen worldview, and is at a lower reading level...A must-buy for libraries looking for diverse and compelling hi-lo books.” - School Library Journal, starred review

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