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Jelly Roll
By (author): Mere Joyce
9781459826298 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 North America Sep 22, 2020 Print Run: 6000
$10.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5 x 7.5 x 0.32 in | 200 gr 120 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
What if they find out?

At school, Jenny Royce is bullied by Grade A Jerk Austin Parks. When Jenny and Austin end up at a March Break leadership camp together, Jenny thinks her week will be miserable. Especially once she and Austin are grouped together for the camp’s main assignment. They have to run a stall at a local farmer’s market. The market could be a lot of fun. But when Jenny learns that Austin wants their group’s project to fail, she has to decide if she can risk standing up to him.

Key Selling Points
  • In this book, a girl is dismayed when a bully who torments her shows up at a leadership retreat.
  • Jelly Roll deals with bullying and finding the strength to be who you are.
  • The main character has been bullied about her weight, but she is comfortable with her body. She is a budding chef and has a love for cooking.
  • The protagonist models empathy toward the bully, who doesn't have a great family life.
  • Jelly Roll is full of characters and themes a middle-grade audience will relate to.
  • New, enhanced features (dyslexia-friendly font, cream paper, larger trim size) to increase reading accessibility for dyslexic and other striving readers.

Mere Joyce is the author of several novels for young people, including Shadow and Getting the Brush Off. As both a writer and librarian, she understands the importance of reading and the impact the right story can have. Mere lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her family.

“Joyce deftly endows each character with a rich inner life...Struggling readers can easily access the mindful, satisfying tale. A sweet success.” - Kirkus Reviews

“This novel is about more than simply bullies and being bullied. It is also about friendship and family…A good read with a happy ending.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“These quality, relatable novels are ideal for students at the middle school level who benefit from ultra-readable formats.” - School Library Journal

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Also Available

Shadow Mere Joyce 9781459816442 $9.95 CAD Jan 30, 2018
Getting the Brush Off Mere Joyce 9781459813588 $9.95 CAD Nov 14, 2017


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