Bob Tyrrell, founder of Orca Book Publishers, remembers Mel Bolen and Jim Munro

  The following post is written by Bob Tyrrell, founder of Orca Book Publishers. The book community on the west coast suffered a great loss this past fall when we lost both Jim Munro and Mel Bolen, a mere month apart. Although both were well and truly retired, and had passed their businesses on to capable successors, their deaths were felt by the bookselling community at large. Bolen and Munro were undoubtedly two of the smartest, most successful booksellers in the country. Ever. Both Mel and Jim were supportive of Orca in our early days. […]






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Author Feature: Shane Arbuthnott

Dominion by Shane Arbuthnott

Molly grew up hearing the tales of Haviland Stout, her ancestor who discovered the dangerous magical spirits that inhabit the far corners of the world. Now, on the edge of the New World, in the British Dominion of Terra Nova, Molly and her family collect spirits aboard their airship, the Legerdemain. But when Molly captures a spirit that can speak and claims to have been Haviland’s friend, her entire life is upended. What if everything she knows about the spirits, and her own history, is a lie? In her hunt for the truth, Molly will […]






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We’re going on a word hunt

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We’re going on a word hunt, (we’re going on a word hunt,) We’re going to find some big ones, (we’re going to find some big ones,) I’m not afraid! (I’m not afraid!) This song puts me in mind of summer nights around the campfire after the final s’more has been eaten, when it’s time for scary stories and songs. But we have a twist on it for you today, instead of a bear hunt, we’re going on a word hunt!! We hope this exercise gets kids reading, and gets them to have fun while they’re […]






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World Water Day

Every Last Drop by Michelle Mulder

      By 2040, as a result of climate change, one in four children will have extremely limited access to water. On World Water Day, it’s important to learn about water, the challenges we currently face with it and what we need to change for the future. Climate change is a big topic to cover with your kids. To help, we have some books to help introduce it, and to help you talk about it. Every Last Drop Michelle Mulder In the developed world, if you want a drink of water you just turn […]






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Author Feature: Monique Polak

Bullies Rule by Monique Polak

Daniel Abel is surprised when, instead of being punished for “pantsing” another eighth-grader, he is invited to become an ambassador of Mountview High at the school’s upcoming open house. What he doesn’t realize is that he is part of a social experiment on bullying being conducted by the local university. He is a little nervous to learn he will be working with Jeff Kover, a tenth-grader with a reputation for being the biggest bully in the school. Daniel has never thought of himself as a bully. He just likes kidding around. But hanging out with […]






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Learning about Linocutting

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A guest post by illustrator Sue Todd. Her linocuts can be seen in An African Alphabet, out now! What is the technique and process of  linocutting? Once my rough sketch is approved, I transfer it to the linoleum with carbon paper, clamp it to my desk and start carving, keeping in mind that, as with all relief printing techniques, the areas I do not carve will be the printed line or shapes. When the carving is complete, water soluble printing ink is rolled onto the linoleum. I place it on the press, cover it with […]






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