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Jordan and Max, Showtime
By (author): Suzanne Sutherland Illustrated by: Michelle Simpson
Suzanne Sutherland ,

Illustrated by :

Michelle Simpson


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

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


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Sep 14, 2021
Print Run: 4000
$7.95 CAD


7.63in x 5.25 x 0.13 in | 200 gr

Page Count:

96 pages


22 B&W illustrations
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Relationship stories|Interest age: from c 6 years|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Gender identity|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships
North America
  • Short Description
In this illustrated early chapter book, a young boy has trouble fitting in at his new school until an unlikely friendship gives him the courage to show his true self to his classmates.
It's hard to stay invisible when you really want to shine.

Jordan had a tough time with the other kids at his old school.

So, on his first day at Massey Elementary, he has a plan: to be absolutely invisible. His new classmates don't need to know that his grandmother is his best friend or that they put on shows together dressing up in elaborate costumes each night in their apartment. When he's forced to pair up with Max, a loud-mouthed loner with a love for Hawaiian shirts, Jordan's cover of invisibility threatens to be blown completely. But with the help of his partner's unique artistic vision, Jordan begins to see that his sparkling secret deserves to be revealed.

This partially illustrated early chapter book is a gentle exploration of friendship, gender performance and identity.

Key Selling Points

  • An unlikely friendship story with an unusual ending: being yourself may not win many friends but it will win the ones who count.
  • Jordan and Max, Showtime offers a gentle exploration of gender performance and identity in an early-reader format.
  • In this book, the primary child–guardian relationship is between a grandmother and grandson, and their dynamic is warm and unconventional.
  • The author's debut novel, When We Were Good, was an ALA Rainbow List selection.
  • Contains 22 black-and-white illustrations.

Suzanne Sutherland is an author and editor of books for young people who is passionate about inclusive and engaging storytelling. Her debut novel, When We Were Good, was selected for ALA’s Rainbow list and Under the Dusty Moon was a Toronto Public Library Top Ten Recommended Read for Teens. Suzanne lives in Toronto.

Michelle Simpson grew up in the woods of Niagara Falls, Ontario and still resides there today. She is a full-time freelance illustrator, focusing mainly on children's publications, and holds a BAA in illustration from Sheridan College. Michelle has worked as a concept artist at KeyFrame Animation for kids cartoons such as Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate (Season 2) and Tee and Mo (Season 1). She is the author of Night Festival: A Silent Picture Book and Monsters In My House which was short-listed for the Canadian Self Publishing awards in 2014. Michelle has also illustrated Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus by David Michael Slater and Back Home by Shaista Kaba Fatehali. Michelle draws her inspiration for her artwork from nature, animals and folklore.

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

“Explores the concepts of friendship and acceptance of yourself and others…Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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