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Orca Fall 2022

How to Become an Accidental Entrepreneur
By (author): Elizabeth MacLeod By (author): Frieda Wishinsky Illustrated by: Jenn Playford
Elizabeth MacLeod , Frieda Wishinsky ,

Illustrated by :

Jenn Playford


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:



Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Sep 13, 2022
Print Run: 6000
$24.95 CAD


9in x 7.5 x 0.56 in | 600 gr

Page Count:

104 pages


90 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C023083
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
Children’s / Teenage general interest: Biography and autobiography|Entrepreneurship|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Work and society|Teenage personal and social topics: Advice on careers and further education, leaving school|Interest age: from c 9 years
  • Short Description
This nonfiction book for middle-grade readers is full of stories of inspiring entrepreneurs, young and old, who have changed the world.
Find your passion. Make a plan. Pursue your dreams.

Take a risk! Find your niche! Get to work!

How do entrepreneurs get ideas for a new business and how do they make their businesses thrive? What drives some entrepreneurs to use their ability and wealth to help others pursue their dreams and live better lives? Every entrepreneur has a unique story, but many share qualities that have helped them on their road to achievement.

In How to Become an Accidental Entrepreneur readers will meet almost 100 entrepreneurs, such as Stephen Spielberg, Victoria Kisyombe, Oprah Winfrey and Amit Goffer, whose work has made a difference around the world. These entrepreneurs and more used their financial prosperity to help the world by giving donations or setting up charitable organizations. Young readers will discover the fascinating stories of people who turned obstacles into creative actions that allowed them to start new companies and create jobs for others.

Praise for other books in the Accidental series:

★ “Engaging and thought-provoking, this book is a treasure trove of inspirational people and ideas." —Canadian Children's Book News, starred review

"With many geniuses included and a good deal of space devoted to illustrations, each introduction is limited in length but usefully concise. An informative overview with an upbeat look and a lively text." —Booklist

“This volume will ­inspire readers to conduct further investigation into the movements that excite them, and they might be spurred to stand up and make their voices heard.” —School Library Journal

Key Selling Points

  • The book is full of dynamic, diverse and uplifting stories of people, young and old, who come from varied backgrounds and countries and have achieved success.
  • Young readers will discover tips and tricks on how to become the successful kidpreneurs or entrepreneurs of the future.
  • In the modern economy, many people will need to become entrepreneurs to make a living. Seventeen percent of Canadians worked in the gig economy in 2020, but almost 40 percent of them were millennials.
  • With almost 100 profiles of entrepreneurs, this book is a fun and fast-paced read for young readers. The artwork is an inviting mix of collages, drawings and photos.
  • This is the third book in the Accidental series, following How to Become an Accidental Genius and How to Become an Accidental Activist.

Elizabeth MacLeod has written more than 70 biographies, picture books, cookbooks and other nonfiction books. She’s won many awards for her work, including Children’s Choice awards across Canada and the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. This is the sixth book Elizabeth and Frieda have written together—their most recent titles are How to Become an Accidental Activist and How to Become an Accidental Genius. Elizabeth lives in Toronto.

Frieda Wishinsky is the international award-winning author of over 70 books. She writes picture books, chapter books, novels and nonfiction. Her books have been translated into many languages. Frieda lives in Toronto.

Contributor Website

Jenn Playford has over 20 years' experience illustrating creative solutions in the field of editorial, publishing, advertising and product design, and her work has been showcased in Communication Arts and How magazine. Some of her clients include Zoomer magazine, Food Illustrated (UK), the LA Times, Delta Airlines, United Way, Running Press, Klutz Publishing and Galison/Mudpuppy. Recently her illustrations have been animated into videos for the Royal Bank of Canada and Locallove.ca. Jenn grew up in Europe and Toronto, and her international experiences have greatly influenced her, along with a passion for design, fashion and books. She now lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her two children.

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

“Concise, intriguing...The text moves along at a good pace, and, illustrated with digital art and well-chosen color photos, the book has a lively look. An informative, potentially inspiring guide for kids with big dreams.” - Booklist

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