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Orca SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)--FRIENDSHIP through December 2020

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World's Worst Parrot
By (author): Alice Kuipers
9781459823754 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds Canada Jan 28, 2020 Print Run: 6000
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in | 120 gr 128 pages FSC certified – recycled C103567 Orca Book Publishers
Mervin is ruining everything!

Ava works hard at maintaining a certain image online and at school. As far as anyone else knows, life is great. But when she inherits an African gray parrot from her great-uncle Bernie (whom she barely remembers), Ava’s carefully crafted world starts to crumble. The parrot, Mervin, is loud and messy and obnoxious. Ava’s brother thinks it’s hilarious to post videos of Ava trying to deal with the crazy bird. He even creates a profile for the two of them. Everyone wants to see more of Ava and Mervin. Suddenly, Ava is internet famous—in the worst possible way. Her friends think the parrot is gross and start acting weird. But then a new girl at school helps Ava see that this parrot might not be the worst gift in the world and that just being yourself is the best way to be.

Key Selling Points

  • Ava inherits an African gray parrot from a relative and has to deal with the social embarrassment the parrot causes.
  • This book deals with themes of divorce, social media pressures and friendship.
  • The book tackles sensitive issues in a humorous and realistic way.
  • Alice Kuipers and husband Yann Martel (Life of Pi) used to own a parrot. His name was Fernando.

Alice Kuipers is the author of more than 10 books for young readers, including the Arthur Ellis Award winner, The Worst Thing She Ever Did. Her work has been published in dozens of countries and has also been made into plays and produced for radio. She lives with her family in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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

“The lively parrot and Ava's growing understanding of and affection for him rise above average.” - Kirkus Reviews

“A breezy read but still touches on many of the struggles of middle-grade students in the digital age…It’s a pleasure to follow the avian antics and watch as Mervin squawks his way into everyone’s hearts.” - Booklist

“Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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