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

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Orca Soundings
Easy Street
By (author): Jeff Ross
9781459824010 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 / Family / Siblings Rural Ontario Jan 28, 2020
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in 128 pages FSC certified – recycled C103567 Orca Book Publishers
What will his brother do next?

Three years ago Rob’s brother, Adam, was sent to jail for his part in the death of a girl who overdosed at a rave. But now that he has been released, Rob hopes that things can go back to the way they used to be. He soon realizes this is impossible. His brother has changed, the times have changed, and Rob has changed. Adam tells his mom and brother that he is planning to apply to a college in Toronto. He has already discovered how difficult it can be for someone with a criminal record to land a job and thinks he needs to get some education under his belt. He invites Rob to go on a road trip to the city to check out the college. However, Rob suspects that Adam hasn’t asked him along just for company. Adam still believes that there’s an easy way to get to where he wants to be. And if Rob can’t find a way to save Adam from himself, he just might go down with him.

Key Selling Points

  • In this book, the main character, Rob, is nervous about his older brother, Adam, getting out of jail and staying out of trouble.
  • Easy Street deals with the tough choices an ex-juvenile offender needs to make to stay on the straight and narrow and what it’s like to be related to one.
  • The author spent many years DJ’ing, and this novel brings the world of the modern club scene and DJ’ing to life.
  • Following the same characters in Coming Clean and Up North, this is the last book in the Rob McLean trilogy within the Orca Soundings series.

Jeff Ross is the author of several novels for young adults including Coming Clean and Up North, the first two books featuring Rob and his brother Adam. He teaches scriptwriting and English at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

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

“Takes the reader on a fast-paced adventure that explores themes relevant to teenagers, including family struggles and connections.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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