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

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The Ride Home
9781459821422 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 / Social Themes / Bullying British Columbia 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
Mark really wishes he’d stayed home today.

Mark is a city kid who has come to a small town to live with his grandmother after his mom goes into rehab. He has to take a school bus home for the first time. The long, noisy ride home is nothing like riding city transit. There’s some kind of secret code of knowing where you’re allowed to sit, the kids scream non-stop, and there’s pudding and cheese flying through the air. Someone even tries to set Mark’s seat on fire. Mark quickly decides that all these kids are nuts and does his best to avoid interacting with any of them. But when the bus is involved in a serious accident, Mark has to work with a couple of other students to get everybody to safety. He soon learns that he has more in common with these rural kids than he would ever have imagined. In turns funny and heartbreaking, The Ride Home is about learning that not everything is as it seems and that everyone has a story.

Key Selling Points

  • After coming to a small town to live with his grandmother, Mark has to endure the long bus ride home from school.
  • This book examines bullying in middle school and how everyone has a story to tell.
  • The entire story takes place during one bus ride home from school.
  • Gail Anderson-Dargatz has written many hi-lo or literacy learner novels for both YA and adults working to strengthen their literacy skills.
  • The author confessed that she was the “weird” one on the bus when she was a kid. Now her own kids take a long bus ride home too.

Gail Anderson-Dargatz is an award-winning author of over a dozen books, including The Cure for Death by Lightning and A Recipe for Bees, which were finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She also teaches other authors how to write fiction. Gail lives in the Shuswap region of British Columbia.

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 is an accessible narrative with a layered reading experience.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Appeal to readers who are most interested in realistic stories…A simple slice of life book with a pretty good lesson learned in the end. Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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