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

Lark Steals the Show
By (author): Natasha Deen Illustrated by: Marcus Cutler
Natasha Deen ,

Illustrated by :

Marcus Cutler


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Sep 13, 2022
Print Run: 5000
$7.95 CAD


7.63in x 5.25 x 0.19 in | 120 gr

Page Count:

96 pages


21 B&W illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
Children’s / Teenage: Chapter books (transitional storybooks)|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Crime and mystery fiction|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Humorous stories|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships|Interest age: from c 6 years|Relating to people with learning disorders, difficulties or disabilities
  • Short Description
In this illustrated early chapter book, Lark and Connor are called upon to defend their friend when he is framed in the theft of a fellow student's artwork at an art show.
Framed at the art gallery!

It's a good thing young sleuths Lark and Connor Ba are always prepared because mysteries find them wherever they go.

Lark and Connor are excited to visit the local art gallery where some of their classmates have been invited to exhibit their paintings. But when their friend Franklin is accused of stealing Kyle's masterpiece, the twins are sure Franklin is being framed—especially because Kyle has been nothing but mean to Franklin. Now the detectives are in a race to prove their friend's innocence as they collect clues and sort through red herrings. Will this be Lark and Connor's first unsolved case and is their friend doomed to be painted with a guilty brush?

Includes bonus material as Lark shares the meanings behind her favorite words and idioms from the story. This is the sixth title in the Lark Ba Detective series, following Lark Has the Shivers, Lark and the Dessert Disaster, Lark Takes a Bow, Lark and the Diamond Caper and Lark Holds the Key.

Key Selling Points

  • Eight-year-old twins turned private investigators are the main characters in this original and amusing series.
  • The main character struggles with dyslexia but demonstrates various tricks throughout the story that she uses to work with her learning disability.
  • The latest in the Lark Ba Detective series, Lark Steals the Show focuses on the importance of perseverance and trusting your intuition. The twins also demonstrate that being patient and kind with someone who is mean isn’t easy, but it's worth it in the end.
  • Features a diverse family—Korean and Kenyan (Swahili).
  • Using a dyslexia-friendly font, the book introduces readers to idioms and advanced vocabulary via Lark’s point of view and includes a section at the end that explains the words and figures of speech used.
  • Fast-paced plots, child-friendly intrigue, accessible language and short chapters featuring black-and-white illustrations make this series perfect for emergent readers.

Natasha Deen loves stories: exciting ones, scary ones and, especially, funny ones! As a kid of two countries (Guyana and Canada), she feels extra lucky because she gets a double dose of stories. Natasha is the author of many books including the Lark Ba series in the Orca Echoes line, Depth of Field in the Orca Soundings line and In the Key of Nira Ghani which won the Amy Mathers Book Award and was nominated for the Red Maple, MYRCA and R. Ross Arnett Awards. Natasha lives in Edmonton.

Contributor Website

Marcus Cutler is a freelance children's illustrator from Ontario, Canada. His work has appeared in magazines, books, apps and more and he has worked with a variety of clients including chickaDEE Magazine, OWL Magazine, Macmillan Publishers and Parks Canada. He is the illustrator of the Lark Ba Detective series, The Owl and the Two Rabbits and The Walrus and the Caribou. He lives in Tecumseh, Ontario.

“A realistic and funny character. Young readers will find the format inviting with the amusing black and white illustrations by Marcus Cutler and the short chapters and well-spaced text...The themes of problem-solving steps, bullying, persevering and appreciating differences provide relevant topics for discussion. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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