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Oh Brother
By (author): Sonya Spreen Bates
9781459824331 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 / Disabilities & Special Needs Vancouver Jan 28, 2020 Print Run: 6000
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in | 120 gr 144 pages FSC certified – recycled C103567 Orca Book Publishers
Lauren can’t keep Will a secret forever.

Moving to a new city and a new school is never easy. So Lauren is relieved when Callie, Treena and Maddy welcome her into their group. But then Lauren witnesses their reaction to a first grader in a wheelchair. That boy is her little brother, Will. But she’s afraid that if she tells them, they may not want to be friends with her. Soon Lauren finds herself living a double life as she struggles with the challenges of building new friendships and trying to make it up to Will for not acknowledging him at school. At some point Lauren will have to make a decision. What is more important? Friends or family?

Key Selling Points

  • A new girl is happy she’s making friends but then catches them making fun of her younger brother, who is in a wheelchair.
  • This book models acceptance of differences, whether in race, gender or disability, in an engaging novel.
  • The book shows that children with disabilities are actually children with their own abilities and capable of many things.
  • The author is a speech-language pathologist and has worked with children with communication difficulties for many years.
  • Other issues addressed in the book include starting at a new school, making friends and bullying.

Sonya Spreen Bates is a Canadian writer living in South Australia. She grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, where she obtained a degree in linguistics from the University of Victoria. She then studied speech-language pathology at Dalhousie University and has spent many years working with children with communication disorders. Sonya writes for children and adults and has been published in Australia and New Zealand as well as Canada.

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

“Bates, in this novel, raises a number of issues...Readers are witness to what constitutes true friendship. Readers also see how hard it is to navigate middle school. A must read.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Well-intentioned tale of peer pressure and sibling bonds.” - Kirkus Reviews

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