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Orcas of the Salish Sea
By (author): Mark Leiren-Young
Mark Leiren-Young


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Apr 14, 2020
Print Run: 4000
$19.95 CAD


8.75in x 10.75 x 0.38 in | 500 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


21 Halftones, color , 6 Colour illustrations , 2 Maps
FSC certified – mixed sources C023083
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Marine Life
Children’s / Teenage general interest: Whales, dolphins and porpoises|Children’s picture books|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Wildlife and habitats: Oceans and seas|Children’s / Teenage social topics: Environment, sustainability and green issues|Interest age: from c 6 years
British Columbia
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2020, Commended
  • Short Description
Illustrated with stunning photographs, this nonfiction picture book introduces readers to Onyx. He’s a member of J pod, the famous family of southern resident orcas off the coast of British Columbia and Washington.
Meet the most famous whales in the world.

Meet Onyx and the orcas of J pod, the world’s most famous whales.

Illustrated with stunning photos, this picture book introduces young readers to the orcas humans first fell in love with. The members of J pod live in the Salish Sea, off the coast of Washington and British Columbia. Moby Doll was the first orca ever displayed in captivity, Granny was the oldest orca known to humanity, and Scarlet was the orca humans fought to save.

Key Selling Points

  • This book introduces the reader to J pod, some of the most famous whales in the world, and its members, such as Onyx, Granny, Moby Doll and Scarlet. We find out where they live, what they eat, how they communicate and how they got their name.
  • One of the pod members, Tahlequah, made headlines around the world for carrying her dead calf for seventeen days.
  • Author Mark Leiren-Young is considered the “go-to guy” on southern resident orcas. He has written four books on them to date.
  • This book includes additional resources, a glossary and a map that shows the orcas’ migratory route.

Mark Leiren-Young is a writer, documentary filmmaker, playwright, podcaster and orca activist. His book The Killer Whale Who Changed the World won the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada general audience book award. He wrote, directed and produced an award-winning documentary The Hundred-Year-Old Whale, and his documentary about Moby Doll is being produced by Middle Child Films. Mark hosts Skaana, a podcast about orca and ocean stories and is actively involved in the fight for the survival of the endangered southern residents. Mark has written for other young audiences for ABC, PBS, YTV, Treehouse and BBC Kids. His books for young readers include Big Whale, Small World, Orcas of the Salish Sea and the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize winner, Orcas Everywhere. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

“Mark Leiren-Young is the kind of author who produces trustworthy works of nonfiction that will both entertain and educate children.”–CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Contributor Website

“A well-crafted informative picture book that could be easily used as a read-aloud or part of research for grades K-2. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Interesting facts are presented with a peppy writing style...Text is elevated by intriguing photos of these fascinating creatures.” - Kirkus Reviews

“A generally engaging and informative work of narrative nonfiction on a popular topic.” - School Library Journal

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