Why I Do Author Visits

Judith Graves 2

The following post is written by author Judith Graves. I love doing author visits to schools and public libraries. They are the highlight of my writing life. Usually, my writing days consist of hours sitting at my desk, typing on my laptop or reading through research materials. I may or may not still be in my flannel PJs. I might consume a few pots of coffee. And certainly I’d make time to hang out with my three crazy dogs. These are hard-working days. They’re fun at times and frustrating at others—especially if my characters aren’t […]






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Stories Change the World

Natasha Deen‘s books include Burned from Orca’s Retribution series, Sleight of Hand and Across the Floor. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family. The following is a post written by her. Stories change the world. I’m proof of this. My family immigrated from Guyana, South America to Canada, inspired by stories of what could be accomplished for those who called this land home. And Canada welcomed us with open arms because the old stories—that minorities weren’t worth as much as Caucasians—were no longer valid. Everyone in Canada was of equal value, and all had a right to […]






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#BellLet’sTalk About Mental Health

Bell Let's Talk

Bell Let’s Talk, taking place on January 25, is designed to remove stigmas around mental health and break the silence and barriers that so often surrounds them. We have a list of books to spark conversation in your family and give children protagonists they can relate to. Chick: Lister by Alex Van Tol Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Chick is a popular fourteen-year-old who is essentially on this earth to live up to his father’s impossible expectations—or, at least, that’s how he feels. This pressure is a grinding source of anxiety for him, which he copes with by […]






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Reviews!

Deakin Winter Reviews

Looking for reviews of our recent titles? The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, published by the University of Alberta, has reviewed six of our latest titles in its Winter Reading special issue. You’ll find reviews of Agent Angus (Orca Currents) by K.L. Denman, Dead Run (Orca Soundings) by Sean Rodman, Disconnect (Orca Currents) by Lois Peterson, Living Rough (Orca Currents) by Cristy Watson, Maxed Out (Orca Currents) by Daphne Greer and Pyro (Orca Currents) by Monique Polak. You can find the Deakin Review (and read it online) here: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/deakinreview/issue/view/1394/






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Sara Cassidy on CBC’s All Points West

While many families in British Columbia enjoyed spending some time together as our province celebrated its first ever Family Day, host of the CBC’s Titles and Tate Nikki Tate-Stratton got in the Family Day spirit by discussing three novels focused on the same family: Sara Cassidy’s Slick (Orca Currents), Windfall (Orca Currents) and Seeing Orange (Orca Echoes) all feature the same family, although the protagonists are two different siblings. Listen to Titles and Tate here. Slick: Liza, determined to prove that her mother’s boyfriend is no good, starts researching the oil company he works for. […]






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