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Orca Currents through December 2021: Short, high-interest novels for middle-school readers

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    Series: Orca Currents Alibi 2nd edition Paperback Kristin Butcher 9781459833081 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Sep 14, 2021
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    Series: Orca Currents Shadow 2nd edition Paperback Mere Joyce 9781459833074 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Sep 14, 2021
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    Series: Orca Currents Alien Road Paperback M.J. McIsaac 9781459826984 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Aug 17, 2021
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    Series: Orca Currents Kylie the Magnificent Paperback Marty Chan 9781459828070 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Aug 17, 2021
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    Series: Orca Currents The Wherewood Paperback Gabrielle Prendergast 9781459828049 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Aug 17, 2021
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    Series: Orca Currents Agent Angus 2nd edition Paperback K.L. Denman 9781459830844 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Apr 13, 2021
    Angus and his best buddy, Shahid, share a love of science and their robot, Gordon. But recently, the artistic Ella Eckles has had a peculiar effect on Angus. When a stink bomb at the school provides a chance for him to talk to her, Angus claims to share her interest in reading facial expressions and declares his ambition to become a crime-solving mentalist. He impresses Ella by identifying the stink bomber, but fails to mention he witnessed the kid setting off the bomb. When Ella's treasured sketchbook is stolen, she asks Angus to find the thie... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Cheat 2nd edition Paperback Kristin Butcher 9781459830820 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Apr 13, 2021
    Laurel discovers her passion for investigative journalism when she writes an article for her school paper about a person experiencing homelessness who's been living at the school. Eager to write more articles with impact, she launches an investigation of a cheating scam at her high school. Laurel's efforts cause her classmates to turn against her. Nobody is interested in seeing her article go to print, not even her own brother. It is evident that the cheating is widespread, and Laurel, caught up in the thrill of the investigation, is willing to... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Jungle Jitters 2nd edition Paperback Lisa Dalrymple 9781459830851 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Apr 13, 2021
    Even though he's secretly terrified of deep water and all the scary things that swim below, Tate wants to shake his boring reputation, so he agrees to travel with his class up the Amazon River to help build a village school. He has his fingers and toes crossed that he won't see any giant snakes or hungry piranhas. But there are even scarier things than anacondas lurking in the jungles of South America, and Tate soon learns of the legend of El Tunchi, a vengeful spirit that terrorizes those who harm the rainforest. When creepy things start happ... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Stolen 2nd edition Paperback John Wilson 9781459830813 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Apr 13, 2021
    On a visit to a seaside town in Australia, fifteen-year-old Sam meets Annabel, who works at the local museum. Annabel's interest in history is infectious, and Sam soon finds himself eager to hunt for the remains of a famous shipwreck that is thought to be hidden nearby. When a storm exposes a structure, Sam and Annabel are convinced it's the fabled ship. Soon all of the museum staff are at the site to check it out. But the same storm also destroys the museum's power and, when the alarms aren't working, someone steals the museum's most treasured... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Finders Keepers Paperback Melanie McFarlane 9781459827691 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Jan 19, 2021
    Twelve-year-old Macy is an amateur treasure hunter who finds lost things along the southern Saskatchewan shores of Buffalo Pound Lake. When her mom announces she’s leaving her park ranger job at the lake to be a police officer in the city, Macy decides she needs to find a treasure big enough to put Buffalo Pound on the map so her family can stay put. But instead of a treasure, Macy finds a mermaid kidnapped from the West Coast and brought to the Prairies by a monster known only as “The Beast.” Macy must find a missing magic shell to reconnect t... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents The Crosswood Paperback Gabrielle Prendergast 9781459826625 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Jan 19, 2021
    Fourteen-year-old Blue Jasper takes his younger siblings, twins Indigo and Violet, out for a hike to give their mother a break. One moment the twins are scampering in the trees right ahead of him, and the next moment they are gone. As Blue frantically searches for them, a strange woman appears in the forest claiming to be the Faerie Queen Olea of Nearwood and the twins’ real mother. Now because of a magical pact, Blue's mother's life will be in danger if he can't find the twins before the next sunset. Blue must find his way into the magical for... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Swiped 2nd edition Paperback Michele Martin Bossley 9781459828247 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Nov 17, 2020
    Would-be detectives Trevor, Nick and Robyn are hot on the trail of a sandwich thief when they learn that more than food has been going missing at school. A valuable hockey book has been stolen from the library, and the kids worry that the librarian might lose her job if it isn't found. Who would steal a hockey book? Could it be Robyn's arch-nemesis and hockey enthusiast Clay? Or could it be Ms. Thorson, the Oiler fan teacher? The kids are determined to solve these mysteries even though their sleuthing efforts land them into trouble at every turn.
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    Series: Orca Currents Nine Doors 2nd edition Paperback Vicki Grant 9781459827424 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Nov 17, 2020
    Emery's neighbor, Richard, is the kind of kid who gets under your skin. When Richard suggests a game of "Nicky Nicky Nine Doors," Emery can't come up with a good excuse not to play. Using chocolate bars as "stunt poo," the boys start playing the classic prank of the burning bag on the doorstep, but this game has a modern twist. They record their neighbors' reactions. The naked guy and the man in the apron are highly entertaining, but Emery starts to get cold feet when another neighbor is reduced to tears. Emery wants out, but he's not sure how ... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Embrace the Chicken 2nd edition Paperback Mahtab Narsimhan 9781459827431 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Nov 17, 2020
    Shivani only left Mumbai a few months ago. But she isn't feeling like such an outsider anymore. She likes her new school and she finally has a best friend. But when her mother volunteers for the school's annual fundraiser, Shivani is sure she will completely embarrass her. Especially if she cooks one of the "stinky" dishes that Shivani loves but is too ashamed to eat in front of her friends. On the day of the fair, the moment Shivani walks into the gym, she knows her worst fears have come true: the unmistakable scent of Indian spices is in the... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Death Drop 2nd edition Paperback Melanie Jackson 9781459828230 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Nov 17, 2020
    On his way to baseball practice, Zeke lines up for Vancouver's newest thrill ride: Death Drop, an elevator that falls faster than gravity. The theme of the ride is based on the story of Persephone, who tumbled into the underworld. Zeke tumbles into a frightening situation himself after he discovers a little girl who is lost. He takes her to the Death Drop manager's office. But later, when he tries to find out what happened with her, the ride's staff say they never saw her! To find the missing girl, Zeke must navigate a devilish plot that includ... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Chick: Lister 2nd edition Paperback Alex Van Tol 9781459828223 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Nov 17, 2020
    Chick is a popular fourteen-year-old who is essentially on this earth to live up to his father’s impossible expectations—or, at least, that’s how he feels. This pressure is a grinding source of anxiety for him, which he copes with by making lists. He itemizes every aspect of his life, from his daily routine to the things that make him nervous. But as the pressure of school and his budding romance with his debating teammate Audrey builds, his compulsion starts to feel impossible to control—or conceal.
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    Series: Orca Currents Bones 2nd edition Paperback John Wilson 9781459821903 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Nov 17, 2020
    Sam and Annabel are visiting Sam's mom in Drumheller, Alberta. The farm she is living on is hosting a dinosaur dig. Annabel is thrilled to have access to paleontologists and spends as much time as she can near the dig, much to Sam’s dismay. But when they learn the dig has uncovered scientifically important bones, even Sam is curious. In fact, the whole town is talking about the discovery. When Sam and Annabel learn that Humphrey Battleford, a famous collector of stolen goods, is in the area, they realize they need to do their part to keep the a... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Beyond Repair 2nd edition Paperback Lois Peterson 9781459827523 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Nov 17, 2020
    As much as life has changed forever since the death of his father, much has stayed the same for Cam. He's always had a great deal of responsibility around the house, but the burden is heavier now with the load of grief he's been carrying. After the man who was driving the truck that killed his father turns up at the end of the driveway, Cam feels pressure to keep his family safe as well. He starts to see the man everywhere: at his work, in stores, at his sister's school. Cam needs to know what the man wants from his family, and he starts follow... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Pia's Plans Paperback Alice Kuipers 9781459823785 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Sep 22, 2020
    Ever since her parents got divorced, Pia has worked hard to make sure everything in her life is Perfect, with a capital P. But everything keeps going wrong. She and her sister get into a fight. Pia falls down the stairs and hurts her ankle. She spills chocolate milk all over her lucky outfit. She accidentally studied for the wrong test. And her best friend still isn’t speaking to her since she got mad at him for throwing her a surprise birthday party. Now Pia has a big race this afternoon and she’s pretending her ankle is fine. But she has to w... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Jelly Roll Paperback Mere Joyce 9781459826298 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Sep 22, 2020
    At school, Jenny Royce is bullied by Grade A Jerk Austin Parks. When Jenny and Austin end up at a March Break leadership camp together, Jenny thinks her week will be miserable. Especially once she and Austin are grouped together for the camp’s main assignment. They have to run a stall at a local farmer’s market. The market could be a lot of fun. But when Jenny learns that Austin wants their group’s project to fail, she has to decide if she can risk standing up to him.
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    Series: Orca Currents Fish Out of Water Paperback Joanne Levy 9781459826595 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Sep 22, 2020
    Twelve-year-old Fishel (Fish) Rosner doesn’t like regular “boy” things. He hates sports and would prefer to read or do crafts instead of climbing trees or riding dirt bikes with his friends. He also loves to dance. But all his interests are considered “girly.” Fish doesn’t get why that’s a bad thing. He’s just interested in different things than other boys. When he asks his Bubby to teach him to knit, she tells him to go play outside. When he begs his mom to take him to Zumba, she enrolls him in water polo instead. Why does everyone else get t... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Haunted Hospital Paperback Marty Chan 9781459826205 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Sep 22, 2020
    Xander thinks the George Wickerman Hospital would be the perfect setting for Spirits and Specters, a role-playing game where players go on “missions” to find evidence of paranormal activities. According to local legend, tuberculosis patients were used as test subjects in medical experiments that ended tragically, and their disfigured ghosts walk the hallways of this now-abandoned building. What better location to go ghost hunting? Even though they didn’t really believe the rumors, Xander and his friends soon begin to suspect that they are not a... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Pigboy 2nd edition Paperback Vicki Grant 9781459827516 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Sep 22, 2020
    Dan is not sure he'll survive the boring field trip to a remote heritage farm. How could a place with no running water, telephone or electricity be anything but dull? The farmer knows nothing about farming and seems angry about having to conduct the tour. And what's with his tattoo? The teacher requests a private word with the farmer and then mysteriously disappears. Dan decides to investigate and uncovers a deadly plan. But will he be able to get help in time to save his teacher and the rest of his class? Also available in French.
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    Series: Orca Currents Camp Wild 2nd edition Paperback Pam Withers 9781459827387 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Sep 22, 2020
    Wilf is convinced his parents want nothing to do with him. When he isn't in school, he is left to his own devices or shipped away to camp. But at fifteen, Wilf is adamant that he is too old for summer camp. When his parents ignore his protests and ship him off anyway, he knows how he will get their attention: He will escape from camp by canoe and spend the rest of his vacation alone in the woods, proving to his parents he deserves his independence. His plan begins to unravel when his cabin mate forces Wilf to take him along. Things go from bad ... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Out of Season 2nd edition Paperback Kari Jones 9781459827325 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Sep 22, 2020
    Fourteen-year-old Maya sneaks out in her kayak before breakfast every morning to check on a family of sea otters living in the nearby bay. It's hard being an animal lover in a fishing family. The animals Maya loves threaten her family's main source of income, and Maya doesn't know if she can trust her family not to hurt them. She is determined to protect the sea otters, no matter what. One morning, Maya discovers she's being watched. Who is it and what do they want? Soon Maya finds herself in a dangerous race to save both the sea otters and her... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Sudden Impact 2nd edition Paperback Lesley Choyce 9781459827349 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Sep 22, 2020
    When Kurt is hurt in a soccer game and ends up in the hospital Tina tries to help him, but nobody will tell her what is wrong, and Kurt's parents don't want her around. Tina learns that Kurt needs a donor with a rare blood type, and she finds a match in Kurt's soccer rival Jason. Jason agrees to donate his blood to Kurt, but when Kurt disappears from the hospital, the situation becomes desperate. Then Kurt's rival is in a tragic accident that may change everything.
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    Series: Orca Currents Cabin Girl 2nd edition Paperback Kristin Butcher 9781459827356 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Sep 22, 2020
    Sixteen-year-old Bailey is working at her first summer job, as a cabin girl at a fly-in fishing camp at Witch Lake. She struggles with the job at first but enjoys hearing the stories of the area, including the legend of a local ghost. Then April, an older waitress with street smarts, takes Bailey under her wing and the two girls become friends. It’s all good until another waitress burns her arm and has to leave. Bailey gets a sudden promotion, and April is asked to help clean the cabins. April becomes far from friendly and Bailey finds herself ... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Wired 2nd edition Paperback Sigmund Brouwer 9781459827363 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Sep 22, 2020
    Keegan Bishop, championship skier, is almost injured by a wire strung across the ski run. Snowboard tracks leading away from the trap are the only clue as to who might be responsible. Keegan teaches himself to snowboard so he can find the culprit on the snowboarding slopes. When Keegan discovers that someone has been stealing snowboards and skis at Bear Mountain resort, and the girl he's just met is somehow involved, he must face his fears and test his new snowboarding skills in a run for safety.
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    ORCA CURRENTS: MIRROR IMAGE 1st edition Paperback 9781459827332 $12.44 LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES Sep 01, 2020
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    Series: Orca Currents World's Worst Parrot Paperback Alice Kuipers 9781459823754 $9.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Jan 28, 2020
    Ava works hard at maintaining a certain image online and at school. As far as anyone else knows, life is great. But when she inherits an African gray parrot from her great-uncle Bernie (whom she barely remembers), Ava’s carefully crafted world starts to crumble. The parrot, Mervin, is loud and messy and obnoxious. Ava’s brother thinks it’s hilarious to post videos of Ava trying to deal with the crazy bird. He even creates a profile for the two of them. Everyone wants to see more of Ava and Mervin. Suddenly, Ava is internet famous—in the worst ... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents On the Rocks Paperback Eric Walters 9781459823648 $9.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Jan 28, 2020
    Fourteen-year-old Dylan is sent to live with his estranged grandfather, Angus. Basically strangers, the two avoid each other as best they can. One day Dylan discovers a young orca stranded high up on the rocky beach. Dylan runs to tell his grandfather. There’s nothing that can be done, says Angus. The sun is coming up, and soon the orca will die of exposure. But Dylan knows he has to try to save the whale. He collects towels to cover the delicate skin of the orca and begins transporting buckets of water from the ocean below to keep it hydrated... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents The Ride Home Paperback Gail Anderson-Dargatz 9781459821422 $9.95 JUVENILE FICTION Interest age, years from 9 - 12 Jan 28, 2020
    Mark is a city kid who has come to a small town to live with his grandmother after his mom goes into rehab. He has to take a school bus home for the first time. The long, noisy ride home is nothing like riding city transit. There’s some kind of secret code of knowing where you’re allowed to sit, the kids scream non-stop, and there’s pudding and cheese flying through the air. Someone even tries to set Mark’s seat on fire. Mark quickly decides that all these kids are nuts and does his best to avoid interacting with any of them. But when the bus i... + Read More

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