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

The Book of Elsie
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
Aug 16, 2022
Print Run: 6000
$10.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 0.38 in | 180 gr

Page Count:

160 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
Children’s / Teenage fiction: General, modern and contemporary fiction|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: LGBTQ+|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Racism and anti-racism|Interest age: from c 9 years|For reluctant or struggling readers (children / teenagers)|Relating to Jewish people and groups
  • Short Description
In this high-interest accessible novel for middle-grade readers, Elsie comes up with a plan to save her local synagogue.
Elsie's going to save the day.

Elsie Rose-Miller loves celebrating the Purim holiday and can't wait for the annual costume party at her local synagogue.

Elsie plans to dress up as the fierce and smart Queen Esther, who saved all the Jewish people. But when financial hardship and a terrible incident of hate-inspired vandalism threaten not only the party but the synagogue too, Elsie, like Queen Esther, takes action to bring her entire community—Jewish and non-Jewish alike—together.

Key Selling Points

  • A young girl organizes a community event to raise funds to save her local synagogue.
  • In this book, the themes of antisemitism, community support and acceptance are explored.
  • The story centers around Purim, a Jewish holiday in early spring that celebrates Queen Esther’s role in preventing a massacre.
  • Includes a recipe for hamantaschen, cookies traditionally made at Purim.
  • Enhanced features (dyslexia-friendly font, cream paper, larger trim size) to increase reading accessibility for dyslexic and other striving readers.

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.

Contributor Website

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

“Strong first-person narration thoughtfully explores experiences of antisemitism and prejudice…Levy presents a realistic, gutsy, problemsolving youth navigating difficult situations with the love and support of community, friends, and family.” - Booklist

“Both Jew­ish and non-Jew­ish read­ers will be inspired by Elsie’s brav­ery while learn­ing about Jew­ish hol­i­days and com­mu­ni­ty sup­port. This book would make a per­fect gift for a young Jew­ish [reader].” - Jewish Book Council

“Allows readers to find the space to ask questions and have conversations about racism and antisemitism in society. Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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