Author Feature: John Wilson

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In Gold, Sam and Annabel are on vacation with Annabel’s parents in Italy. While visiting the small hilltop town of Civita, they hear rumors of looted gold from World War II buried somewhere in the town’s network of underground tunnels and caves. Once again the two friends cross paths with their old nemesis, Humphrey Battleford, but he is not the only one in pursuit of the gold. An intimidating man named Kurt, the grandson of a ruthless Nazi, is also snooping around. After Annabel is kidnapped, Sam must solve the mystery of the hidden treasure […]

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Author Feature: John Lawrence Reynolds


It’s almost summer in small town Port Ainslie. Or is it? Temperatures are so far below normal that Police Chief Maxine Benson and her team are wearing sweaters. But is it cold enough to freeze the body of the man found in a ditch on the outskirts of town one morning? Maxine starts to investigate, but she is elbowed aside by the mostly-male provincial police force so she takes charge on her own. Soon she’s visiting the victim’s cold-hearted widow, tracking the widow’s mysterious brother, and confronting the killer alone in a tract of forest. […]

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Summer Reading List: Nonfiction

Looking for some educational reads for your kids over summer? Catch our great nonfiction titles! Pride Pride: Celebrating Diversity Robin Stevenson For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it?       Orca Origins Passover: […]

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Author Feature: Natasha Deen, Judith Graves and Sigmund Brouwer

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#TuesdayTalk with Retribution series authors Natasha Deen, Judith Graves and Sigmund Brouwer. Burned, Exposed and Unleashed are part of a new YA high-interest trilogy that can be read in any order. What are the challenges of writing for the high school or hi-lo audience? Natasha: I find writing for any age group challenging. No matter the age or genre, authors always need to think about things like story content, vocabulary choices, and who is their story audience. But as challenging as writing can be, I was super excited to be part of the Retribution project. […]

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Author Feature: Dr. Jillian Roberts


#TuesdayTalk with Dr. Jillian Roberts. Dr. Jillian’s first title in the Just Enough series, Where Do Babies Come From? Our First Talk About Birth, launched on October 13, 2015. What prompted you to write the Just Enough series? I was worried about how the internet was providing children with easy access to inappropriate material. Children need to have strong connections with their parents in order to navigate the challenges of the internet age. The books in the Just Enough series are meant to help parents develop this bond and talk about difficult subjects. What do […]

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Author Feature: Melanie Jackson


#TuesdayTalk with Melanie Jackson. Melanie’s most recent Orca Currents novel, Eye Sore, launched this May. When did you decide to become a writer? From the word go. My mother read to me, and I got into stories at an early age. I remember being so angry with Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters that I swatted the page they were pictured on. Stories were everything to me. Here’s a shout-out thank you to the CBC for inspiring me in another way. When I was young, they had a TV show called Time for Adventure. It always began with […]

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