Author Feature: Michelle Mulder


#TuesdayTalk with Michelle Mulder. Michelle’s new title in the Orca Footprints series, Trash Talk: Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World launches this month. Michelle, when did you decide to become a writer? I think I was 8, and I held onto that dream until I was a teenager, at which point I decided it was silly because writers never make any money. So I went to university, did two degrees and decided I still wanted to be a writer, but since the idea scared the pants off me, I decided to first do something that scared […]

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Celebrating the 100th Orca Sounding published!

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From the desk of Publisher Andrew Wooldridge, our fearless leader and overall ideas man. When the first novels in the Orca Soundings series arrived from the printer in 2002, we had no idea that we were in this for the long haul. Like many initiatives in the publishing world, they seemed like a good idea at the time. Little did we know that 100 titles later, with 1.4 million copies in print, translations into French, Spanish, Latvian, and Swedish (among other languages), several similar series for other age groups, and a long-term focus on Reaching […]

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Author Feature: Sonya Spreen Bates


#TuesdayTalk with Sonya Spreen Bates. Sonya’s new Orca Sports novel, Off the Rim, launches this month. Sonya, you’ve written quite a few books for Orca now, including early chapterbooks and sports novels. Where do you get your story ideas from? Ideas come from everywhere and anywhere. Memories, dreams, travel, overheard conversations, everyday life, significant events, family. Anything can spark an idea, it’s a matter of seeing if the idea is worth developing and has the potential to become a really great story. How did you know you wanted to become a writer? I always had […]

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Fiction and Neuroscience – Guest post by author Trina St. Jean


“I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix.” Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone, 1921) Everywhere you turn these days, fictional characters in both adult and young adult novels are dealing with brain trouble. Maybe they’ve had their brains altered by surgery, like in YA dystopian books such as The Killables by Gemma Malley, or they’re facing the sudden or gradual onset of a neurological disorder, like in bestselling novels by Lisa Genova. Neuroscience has made its way into mainstream pop culture in a big […]

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Author Feature: Trina St. Jean


#TuesdayTalk with Trina St. Jean. Trina’s debut YA novel, Blank, launches this month. Trina, what’s the oddest or most unusual job you’ve ever had? I wrote personality tests for one of the top online testing sites. Some were serious, like The Resilience Test, and some were just for fun, like The Gossip Test. The other test-developers and I had a blast coming up with ideas and questions. How can you not have a good time when you’re creating a “Bad Party Guest” test? Do you have a routine or ritual when it comes to writing? […]

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BC Books for BC Babies…and beyond!


When we published our first board book in 2007, we had no idea just how many babies would end up reading and enjoying the book. Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns by Richard Van Camp caught the eye of some administrators with a baby book program in British Columbia, and they decided to incorporate the book into their welcome packages for new babies. This means that every baby born in BC in 2008 received a copy of Welcome Song for Baby! Since then, our board book collection has grown exponentially and is now […]

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