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Orca SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) HONOR through March 2023

By (author): Sara Cassidy
Sara Cassidy


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover
Paperback , Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover


Young Adult : Age (years) 12, Grade (CAN) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 8 - 12, Reading age 12
Sep 13, 2022
Print Run: 8000
$12.95 CAD


7in x 5 x 0.31 in | 100 gr

Page Count:

96 pages
Orca Book Publishers
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Stories in verse|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Mental health|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Abuse|Interest age: from c 12 years
  • Short Description
In this novel in verse for teen readers, fifteen-year-old Tuck navigates new love, past trauma and standing up for what's right.
Tuck has no idea what he is capable of.

Tuck navigates new love, past trauma and standing up for what's right in this novel in verse.

Grace has caught my eye
I stare and stare
at this girl I’ve missed
since we were five

Abuse at the hands of his mother's boyfriend has left fifteen-year-old Tuck broken and untrusting. But then he falls hard for his childhood friend Grace and starts to imagine a life where he is happy. At the fast-food restaurant where he works, Tuck is asked to explore starting up a union. His new sense of purpose, combined with his growing love for Grace, helps Tuck come to terms with his pain and find the strength to begin the healing process.

Key Selling Points

  • A 15-year-old boy juggles work, sexual trauma and a new girlfriend in this novel in verse.
  • The power of love to heal past wounds is the central theme.
  • The author explores losing and doubting one's voice in an experimental narrative form.
  • The novel is written almost entirely in single-syllable words, to reflect Tuck’s dissociative mental state.
  • This author’s works have been on many award lists, including the Governor General’s Literary Award, BC & Yukon Book Prizes and Forest of Reading.

Sara Cassidy is a writer and editor. Her children’s books have been shortlisted for many awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award, the Bolen Books Children's Book Prize, the Silver Birch Express Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, the Rocky Mountain Book Award and the Chocolate Lily Award. Most recently, she won the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize for her chapter book Genius Jolene. Sara also writes nonfiction and poetry for adults. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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

“This brief verse novel packs a punch: The poems are concise yet robust and convey a change in tone from sobering and intense to hopeful...Moving and accessible.” - Kirkus Reviews

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