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Orca Fall 2022

The Wearable-Tech Revolution
By (author): Elaine Kachala Illustrated by: Belle Wuthrich
Elaine Kachala ,

Illustrated by :

Belle Wuthrich


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Sewn, Laminated cover
Hardcover , Sewn, Laminated cover


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Oct 18, 2022
Print Run: 10000
$24.95 CAD


9in x 7 x 0.5 in | 480 gr

Page Count:

112 pages


25 Colour illustrations , 78 Halftones, color , 6 Diagrams
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology / How Things Work-Are Made
Children’s / Teenage general interest: Computing and Information Technology|Ethical issues: scientific, technological and medical developments|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Biography and autobiography|Children’s / Teenage social issues: Environment and green issues|Interest age: from c 9 years
  • Short Description
Part of the nonfiction Orca Think series for middle-grade readers, this illustrated book explores the history, development, applications and ethics of wearable technology.
Superpowers or Super-Problems?

Super strength, super hearing, super vision and super connection. Wearable technology may soon give humans superpowers.

Imagine being able to run without getting tired. Or travel to the moon to observe Earth for science class. The technologies that could make these things possible are mixing into our lives faster than we realize. The stakes are high. In Superpower?: The Wearable-Tech Revolution, young readers will discover how technological innovation can help people survive and thrive.

But what if super strength results in endless work? What if hackers can read our thoughts? What if living in a virtual world affects our humanity? The book asks readers to question the pros and cons of technology and consider if innovation can go too far. Meet the inventors, designers, engineers, scientists and young people navigating the next tech frontier.

Key Selling Points

  • Introduces readers to the field of wearable technology and its origins, terminology, key inventions and applications in society, now and in the future.
  • Innovations in wearable tech are happening almost every day in medicine and health and throughout industries of all kinds. As many as 50 million people in the United States use wearables and the market continues to grow (predicted to be worth $35 billion by 2024).
  • Readers will meet the inventors, scientists, engineers and designers at the forefront of this new tech revolution.
  • Challenges readers to think critically about wearable technology, its implications and the pros and cons of technology for technology’s sake, using values, ethics and the principles of responsible design.
  • Highlights STEM and STEAM topics for young readers.
  • The author is a health-policy researcher, writer and adviser with more than 20 years of writing experience with health agencies.

Elaine Kachala is a health-policy researcher, writer and adviser. She has over 20 years of writing experience with health agencies. Superpower? The Wearable-Tech Revolution is her first book. She’s curious and hopeful but can’t help being a little worried about how wearables will impact our health, well-being and equity. With degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Toronto and a master of environmental studies from York University, she brings a unique perspective to the topic. Elaine lives with her family in Toronto.

Belle Wuthrich is an illustrator and designer specializing in books for young readers. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Belle has contributed to more than a dozen books for kids, a number of which have won awards or been republished internationally, including the Montaigne Medal Award–winning Eyes and Spies: How You’re Tracked and Why You Should Know and the Silver Birch Award nominee Eat Up: An Infographic Exploration of Food.

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 readable guide for valuable information...Kachala presents the information skillfully for her target audience. Fun illustrations and photographs are scattered throughout the book to support the text.” - School Library Journal

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