Let’s go to the Ex…for the books!

Canada’s National Exhibit kicked off on August 17, and this year we hope you’ll visit the Ex…not for the music, not for the fair rides, not for the bacon-wrapped-deep-fried-Mars-bars, but for the BOOKS! The picture books, to be specific. The Ontario Library Association (OLA) will soon be marking the 1o-year anniversary of the Blue Spruce reading program. The anniversary event will be held at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto from Aug. 17, 2012 to Sept. 3, 2012. The Blue Spruce program brings Canadian children’s picture books to Ontario children in kindergarten through grade two. Over 70 […]

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More Seven (the Series) excerpts ready for YOU!

Devil's Pass

Are you excited about the upcoming launch of Seven (the Series)? Seven adventures from seven fantastic YA authors: Eric Walters, John Wilson, Ted Staunton, Richard Scrimger, Norah McClintock, Sigmund Brouwer and Shane Peacock. And all seven titles will be released on the same day! To help you decide which of the seven adventures to read first, Orca Book Publishers is releasing an excerpt from one book each month leading up to the series launch on October 10, 2012. The excerpt for August is from Sigmund Brouwer’s Devil’s Pass. About Devil’s Pass Seventeen-year-old Webb’s abusive stepfather has […]

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Spring is the time of year that snow melting from the mountains and extra rain flows into the Fraser River and causes the water level to rise. And that’s exactly what happened in 1948, when Flood Warning, the new chapter book by Jacqueline Pearce, takes place. The main character, Tom, wants to help build the dykes with his dad and the other men, but instead, he has to go to school and then help his mom on the family farm. He’s sure his favourite radio hero, the Lone Ranger, wouldn’t stick around home. But when the family’s dairy cows are in danger, […]

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Orca Book Publishers Video Contest

Fame and fortune could be yours by entering the first ever Orca Book Publishers Video contest. The Fame: The winning video will be featured in an upcoming Orca online ad  The Fortune: The winner will receive $100 worth of books from Orca Here’s how to enter: Submit a video (30 seconds or less) that either…. a) tells us how you’ve used Orca books to engage struggling or reluctant readers OR b) features a struggling or reluctant reader telling us why they like Orca books. You can submit your video to videocontest@orcabook.com. If you have any […]

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All Good Children nominated for YALSA Best YA Fiction


Catherine Austen’s All Good Children is on a roll. Since its release in the fall of 2011, the dystopian teen fiction title has won or been nominated for a growing list of awards, including Resource Links‘ “The Year’s Best,” the CLA Young Adult Book Award (winner), the CCBC Best Books list, YALSA’s Teen’s Top Ten (nominee) and most recently, the YALSA Best Fiction for YA (nominee—winner to be announced later this year).  About All Good Children It’s the middle of the twenty-first century and the elite children of New Middletown are lined up to receive […]

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Two Orca titles nominated for the Chocolate Lily Award


Big congratulations to the Orca authors and illustrators who have been nominated for the 2012/2013 Chocolate Lily Picture Book Award! Every year, children in grades K to 8 from across British Columbia are invited to read books from the nominated list of BC picture books and novels, and vote for their favorite.   Andrea Spalding and Pascal Milelli were nominated for Seal Song. Finn loves to swim with the seals in a secret cove. He arrives at the cove one day and rescues a young seal tangled in netting. Finn wishes the seal could live on land. That night the seals sing. […]

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