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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Guest Post! Andrea Spalding at the NWT 2012 Book Week

Touring the Subarctic is amazing, though not for the faint-hearted! It’s nerve wracking, sitting in folding canvas seats in tiny planes tossed about in bad weather. But the people of NWT are warm and friendly, the children delightful and the communities fascinating. I was escorted along the great Mackenzie River, (the Sahtu area), by Janine Hoff and Adam Hill from Hay River Library system. Both know the north and were prepared for all variables—and variables we had. The B&B booked in Fort Good Hope had run out of fuel, so we couldn’t stay there. Strong […]

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