Orca on the road!

OLA Super Conference 2014

Orca has just recently returned from two great conferences, the ALA midwinter conference in Philadelphia, PA and the OLA Super Conference in Toronto, Ontario. There was lots of excitement about our hi/lo series for struggling readers–Orca Soundings, Orca Currents, Orca Sports and Rapid Reads–but there was also a general enthusiasm for all of our titles. In particular, the librarians visiting our booth were excited to hear about a couple of our new series for classrooms and libraries. Orca Limelights Designed for students who are passionate about the performing arts, Orca Limelights are short novels for ages […]

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The adventures continue…


With over 100,000 copies sold in its first year, Seven (the series) has seen incredible success. We’re delighted to announce that The Seven Sequels are slotted for publication in October 2014. New secrets will be brought to light… When a visit to their grandfather’s cottage leads to the astonishing discovery of a hidden cache of passports and foreign currency, the grandsons from the bestselling Seven (the series) begin to suspect that their beloved grandfather was a spy, or even worse, a double agent. Determined to unearth the true story of their grandfather’s mysterious past, the […]

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Making Reading Fun


An article appeared in The Atlantic recently covering a very important topic–how can we teach kids to enjoy reading, so that it becomes a pleasure and not a chore? “Reading is indeed crucial to success in school and in careers.  But we worry that discussions of reading, especially public policy discussions, focus almost exclusively on its utilitarian value. What’s missing is the pleasure readers derive from the reading they do. ” The article then offered findings from a study that took children who were avid readers outside of school as its subjects, and examined what […]

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We see stars…


Plenty of books in the Orca constellation this season have been seeing starred reviews! Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast received these words from Quill & Quire: “…Prendergast asks concrete questions about faith, art, and politics that are sometimes avoided in YA…In Ella, Prendergast has created a voice that is definitely audacious–but also utterly real and memorable.” Cut the Lights, a new Orca Limelights novel by Karen Krossing was written up in Booklist magazine: “Orca has long dedicated itself to publishing contemporary fiction for reluctant readers, and this entry into the Limelights line is one of their […]

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Discover a whole new world under the water…


Stretching along the BC coast from Vancouver Island’s northern tip to the Alaska panhandle, the Great Bear Rainforest represents 25 percent of the world’s remaining ancient coastal temperate rainforests. Home to more than 230 species of birds and 68 species of mammals, it’s the largest intact temperate rainforest left anywhere on Earth. The Great Bear Sea is a the newest juvenile nonfiction title from Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read that explores the incredible bio diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest. In The Salmon Bears and The Sea Wolves, we met the land-dwellers of this remarkable […]

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Launching Baygirl

Baygirl Books

A guest post from Heather Smith about planning her first book launch and incorporating Maritime culture into an event held in Ontario   Objects can be launched in many different ways. They can be thrown, flung, shot, hurled, even catapulted, all with varying degrees of force.  But when it came to launching my debut novel, Baygirl, I wanted to set it into motion gently, like one would a boat, nudging it forward till it’s taken by the current and carried away to distant places. A fitting image, as Baygirl is set in my home province […]

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