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Orca SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) RESPECT through July 2023

Nye, Sand and Stones
By (author): Bree Galbraith Illustrated by: Marion Arbona
Bree Galbraith ,

Illustrated by :

Marion Arbona


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Apr 13, 2021
Print Run: 8000
$19.95 CAD


10.75in x 8.75 x 0.38 in | 420 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


18 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C013314
Orca Book Publishers
Children’s picture books|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Fantasy|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Emotions, moods, feelings and behaviours|Children’s / Teenage social topics: Activism / activists|Interest age: from c 3 years
BC Books for BC Schools 2021, Commended
  • Short Description
A young girl challenges destructive behavior from the citizens of an island of stones that the rest of her community on an island of sand has been accepting since the beginning of time.
Enough is ENOUGH!

Somewhere off the coast and around the corner there are two islands. One island is made mostly of stones and the other mainly of sand, and that’s where the problem began.

Young Nye doesn’t understand why the people on her Island of Sand work so hard to build beautiful sandcastles every day if they are destined to be ruined by the stones catapulted over by the people of the Island of Stones every evening. When she asks “Why?” all she ever hears in response is “Because.”

As years go by, Nye realizes that the Because is starting to make sense to her and this makes her angry. And an angry Nye decides to take action.

Through this story about injustice and challenging the status quo, readers will be inspired to think deeply about why and how we can bring about change in the world.

Key Selling Points

  • In this book, a young girl challenges the status quo and takes a stand against injustice in her community.
  • Nye, Sand and Stones shows us that it’s okay to be angry, to yell, to take up space and use your voice when something doesn’t feel right. This book will encourage readers to think critically about the world around them.
  • The author was inspired to write the book because of the #metoo movement and the women’s rights marches around the world. The protagonist was written to inspire girls to listen to their intuition and stand up to protect themselves.
  • The illustrator is a two-time finalist of the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature for The Good Book and Rosalie entre chien et chat.
  • Free Teacher Resources including a word search and project ideas available for download at orcabook.com.

Bree Galbraith is a graduate student of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She uses narrative in much of her work and was thrilled when a class project became her first published children’s book, Once Upon a Balloon. Bree works as a graphic designer in Vancouver, where she lives with her family.

Marion Arbona was born in France. After obtaining her diploma in animation at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, she moved to Quebec. She devotes her life to illustration, painting and animation. In constant evolution, she explores new techniques, such as scratchboard, pastel and transparency, which she combines with her favourite media—gouache, ink and image retouching.

Contributor Website

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“A must for all budding nonconformists who wish to activate change.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Well-written and features several lyrical passages. The text also makes use of a broad vocabulary, with novel words seamlessly integrated into the narrative. Young readers will be able to intuitively decipher the meaning of words that are new to them…Unique in concept and pleasing.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“The idea that two very different types of people can operate in harmony is relevant and hopeful, in these times. Children need to hear stories like this one.” - Sal's Fiction Addiction

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