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

The Sun Will Come Out
By (author): Joanne Levy
Joanne Levy


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover
Paperback , Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Apr 13, 2021
Print Run: 5000
$12.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 0.75 in | 280 gr

Page Count:

296 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Friendship stories|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Drama and performing arts|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Life skills and choices|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Illness and specific physical health conditions|Interest age: from c 9 years|Seasonal interest: Summer|Relating to preteen / tween years|Relating to Jewish people and groups
BC Books for BC Schools 2021, Commended
  • Short Description
In this novel for middle-grade readers, painfully shy Beatrice Gelman ends up at summer camp all by herself.
Bea is certain this is going to be the worst summer ever.

The Sun Will Come Out is a funny and heartwarming account of a shy girl’s first summer away from home, where she learns she really can do anything and that silver linings can be found just about anywhere.

Twelve-year-old Bea Gelman and her best friend Frankie are planning the BEST SUMMER EVER at Camp Shalom—a sleep-away camp. But at the last minute, Frankie bows out, leaving painfully shy Bea on her own. Just talking to strangers causes Bea to break out into ugly, blotchy hives. As if the hives weren't bad enough, Bea gets pranked by a couple of girls in her cabin and is betrayed by someone she thought was a new friend. Bea has had enough! She decides to spend her summer in the infirmary far away from everything that’s stressing her out. No more boys (including her crush, Jeremy), no more horrible mean girls, and no more fake friends! At the infirmary, Bea meets Harry, a boy facing challenges way more intense than stress breakouts. Inspired by Harry’s strength and positive outlook, Bea decides to face her fears—in a big way.

Key Selling Points

  • A sweet summer camp story about a painfully shy girl who meets a boy with a rare genetic condition.
  • The book explores themes of facing your fears and the nature of true friendship.
  • One of the main characters has progeria, a genetic condition that causes premature aging. Most children who have this don’t live past age 14.
  • This story had its genesis in a terrible summer camp experience for the author.
  • The book has a happy ending. Bea and her new friends stay in touch after summer is over.

Joanne Levy is the award-winning author of a number of books for young people, including Double Trouble, Fish Out of Water and The Book of Elsie in the Orca Currents line and the middle-grade novels The Sun Will Come Out, Small Medium At Large and Sorry For Your Loss, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award and won the Canadian Jewish Literature Award. She lives in Clinton, Ontario.

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

“An endearing coming-of-age story that will make you laugh, cheer, and warm your soul.” - Jennifer Nielsen, NYT bestselling author of the Ascendance series and the historical novels Resistance and Rescue

“The story gives voice to the experience of Jewish preteens; chronic illness and disability are also sensitively tackled in this complex tale about difference, acceptance, and self-confidence. A heartfelt tear-jerker about love, friendship, and courage.” - Kirkus Reviews

“A story very much on target for its pre-teen audience, especially its pre-teen Jewish audience. Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Books about gaining independence at summer camp are a crowded field, but there is plenty of room for this sweet, fresh take.” - School Library Journal

“Levy's narrative is spot on.” - Booklist

“The challenges Bea faces will be familiar to readers of all backgrounds…She is a realistic and relatable eleven-year-old girl who learns and grows in a delightful coming-of-age tale.” - Association of Jewish Libraries

“Levy’s work is sweet and inspiring…Through this realistic depiction of a shy girl’s first summer away from home, this novel teaches its reader that being different doesn’t may you an outcast and that this is always a silver lining.” - Canadian Children's Book News

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