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Orca Immigration and Refugees through May 2023

The Thing You're Good At
2nd edition
By (author): Lesley Choyce
Lesley Choyce


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
Nov 17, 2020
$10.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 0.38 in | 180 gr

Page Count:

168 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C103567
Orca Book Publishers
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
Children’s / Teenage fiction: General, modern and contemporary fiction|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Politics and government|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Divorce, separation, family break-up|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Prejudice and intolerance|Children’s / Teenage social topics: Migration / refugees|Interest age: from c 12 years|For reluctant or struggling readers (children / teenagers)
JLG Gold Standard Selection 2018, Commended
  • Short Description
In this high-interest novel for teen readers, Jake tries to help his friend Maria after her parents are deported.
Jake is desperate to find Maria.

After her parents are deported, Maria's life is not only upended, it's in danger.

Jake's friend Maria is the daughter of undocumented immigrants who have been living and working in the country for a long time. But the new government has implemented a crackdown. Maria's parents are detained and quickly sent out of the country. Maria, who was born here, decides to hide out in Jake's basement rather than risk becoming a ward of the state. But when she returns to her old apartment to retrieve her hidden birth certificate, Maria is abducted by young men on the lookout for teenage girls who have lost their parents to deportation. Jake is determined to rescue Maria before she's turned over to the authorities. Or worse.

Key Selling Points

  • New, enhanced features (dyslexia-friendly font, cream paper, larger trim size) to increase reading accessibility for dyslexic and other striving readers.

Lesley Choyce is an award-winning author of more than 100 books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, young adult novels and several books in the Orca Soundings line. His works have been shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, the White Pine Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award, among others. Lesley lives in Nova Scotia.

"Fast-paced and easy to read…A novel that will hold student readers' attention and will enable them to connect with the text in a variety of ways. Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Fast-paced…a good start for reluctant teen readers." - Kirkus Reviews

"Teens will find this easy-to-read novel riveting…reluctant readers will be drawn to the action packed drama and regard this timely novel with interest." - School Library Connection

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