Author Feature: Deb Loughead

Bridgewood is having one of the hottest summers on record. Despite the strict fire ban, fires keep breaking out, and it’s starting to look like arson. Dylan O’Connor, as usual, is right in the thick of things, and his friend Eliot is questioned as a suspect. Dylan doesn’t think Eliot is the culprit, but he does know Eliot has a secret. He has been providing shelter for a scruffy stranger named Jeb Wilder, aka Wildfire. Is Jeb responsible? Or could it be the guy Dylan caught smoking in the woods, local baseball legend Mason Bates? […]

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Five Ways to Give On Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday but supporting your community never goes out of season. Looking for ways to give back during the holidays? We’ve compiled a list of five of causes that are close to our hearts. Teacher Tip: Are you a teacher raising money with your school or classroom this year? We’ve included some book suggestions for each of the five causes below, in case you’re looking for some curriculum connections while giving back. The Gift of Good Food This year the Orca Pod is raising money to provide two families in Victoria, BC with […]

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Author Feature: Jocelyn Shipley

Raw Talent: Fourteen-year-old Paisley loves to sing. She dreams of being a pop star just like her idol, Denzi, who also grew up in the small town of Stonehill. The problem is, Paisley suffers from severe stage fright. She can only sing in private. When word gets out that a famous Stratford actor who has worked with Denzi is staying at a local B&B, Paisley decides it’s time to face her fears. She convinces the actor to tutor her and signs up to sing in a high-profile fundraiser. What planning or research did you do […]

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Author Feature: Karen Spafford-Fitz

Brett is president of her school’s Unity Club. When a new group home for at-risk youth opens in the neighborhood, Brett becomes friends with Jude, one of the boys who lives at the home. After a series of acts of vandalism, the community starts demanding that the group home be shut down. Brett doesn’t believe that Jude, or any of the other teens, is responsible, but when an elderly woman is seriously injured, Brett begins to have doubts. What planning or research did you do for your book? When writing this book, I drew heavily […]

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Author Feature: Gail Anderson-Dargatz

On the anniversary of her mother’s death, Rhonda receives a mysterious package in the mail. And it’s from her deceased mother! As she tries to figure out how this is possible, Rhonda turns to the people around her, reconnects with her brother and makes new friends. While the package from her mother wasn’t what she expected, Rhonda realizes it’s a bigger gift than she ever imagined. What planning or research did you do for No Return Address? Believe it or not, the story was inspired by a real life event. My own mother sent advent […]

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Author Feature: Merrie-Ellen Wilcox

Why do we die? Why can’t we live forever? What happens to us after death? Moving between science and culture, After Life: Ways We Think About Death takes a straightforward look at these and other questions long taboo in our society. By showing the fascinating, diverse ways in which we understand death, both today and throughout our history, the book also shines a light on what it is to be human. Each chapter includes a brief telling of a death legend, myth or history from a different culture or tradition, from Adam and Eve to […]

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