Small Steps Equal Big Change – Orca Footprints contest

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The Orca Footprints series of nonfiction titles for young readers continue to make their mark. With five titles now available on topics such as sustainable energy, clean water, food production, housing and bicycling, these books are helping young global citizens learn about the world and make small steps for big changes. There are so many kids out there making a positive impact on the environment…and that’s where your students come in! Small Steps Equal Big Change Has your school made a green change you are proud to share? Maybe you’ve reduced waste, started a new […]






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One Shocking Discovery. Seven Thrilling Adventures.

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The much anticipated Seven Sequels launch this Wednesday October 1st, with seven new books from bestselling authors Eric Walters, Ted Staunton, Richard Scrimger, Norah McClintock, Sigmund Brouwer, John Wilson and Shane Peacock. What’s the premise for The Seven Sequels? Just months after the events in the original Seven (the series), a shocking discovery about their grandfather’s past launches seven grandsons into seven brand new adventures across the globe. From the cobblestones of Cambridge to the beaches of Uruguay, readers will follow the seven grandsons as they piece together the mystery in this thrilling adventure series. […]






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In Memoriam – Joan Betty Stuchner

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On June 7, 2014, the BC book community lost a very dear, talented and exuberant person, children’s author Joan Betty Stuchner. Joan resided in Vancouver with her family, where she wrote part-time and taught part-time. Joan passed away after a short but spirited battle with pancreatic cancer. One of her great loves was writing stories, which she did with precision and humor, to the delight of many young readers. We asked Joan’s friend and fellow author, Cynthia Heinrichs, if she would put together a short post in honour of Joan’s memory. Cynthia was there to […]






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A Space Apart – Guest Post by Author Patricia McCowan

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A guest post from Orca author Patricia McCowan, whose first novel, Honeycomb, part of the Limelights series, will be released this September 2014.  A Space Apart There’s a certain magic to the spaces where performing artists work. Not just on stage, where bright lights, an audience and performers’ adrenalin combine to charge the atmosphere. When I was an actor, I loved being in rehearsal halls and backstage spaces almost as much as being on the stage. While writing Honeycomb, I loved researching and then imagining myself in the creative spaces where my protagonist, Nat, and […]






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Q&A with author Helaine Becker

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Helaine Becker’s new middle grade offering, Dirk Daring, Secret Agent, will hit shelves this October. In the book, Darren Dirkowitz (aka Dirk Daring), has to navigate the usual middle school hurdles, as well as his keep his covert alternate life as a secret agent under wraps. We sat down with Helaine Becker to learn about her inspiration for the book, and to uncover some of the top-secret deets all wannabe spies should know. Helaine, what was your inspiration for Dirk Daring, Secret Agent? Did you do any spying or secret agent-ing as a kid? I […]






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IRA 2014 in The Big Easy

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Orca recently returned from the International Reading Association conference in New Orleans,  and were able to fit in some jazz, beignets and po’ boys in between speaking with educators from all over North America. There was a great energy at the show this year (maybe the marching band that kicked things off had something to do with it?) and as always, we loved seeing old faces and meeting news ones. Show highlights Acclaimed YA author Deborah Ellis signed copies of her new book, Moon at Nine (published by Pajama Press and distributed by Orca) on […]






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