Fair Trade for the Holidays

A Fair Deal Holiday

The following post is written by Kari Jones, author of A Fair Deal: Shopping for Social Justice. What are your favorite stores to buy fair trade gifts from? We are lucky in Victoria that we have a few fair trade stores to choose from. The one most people know about is 10 Thousand Villages downtown at 1009 Government Street, but there is also the Global Village Store at 527 Pandora Street.  Those two are specifically fair trade stores, but there are lots of other stores in Victoria that carry fair trade products. Look for the […]






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Author Feature: Kari Jones

A Fair Deal

Fair trade is not about spending more money or buying more stuff. It’s about helping producers in developing countries get a fair price for their goods. In A Fair Deal: Shopping for Social Justice, Kari Jones provides a history of trade, explaining what makes trade systems unfair and what we can do about it. By examining ways in which our global trade systems value some people over others, the book illustrates areas in which fair trade practices can help families all around the world and suggests ways to get involved in making the world a […]






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Author Feature: Michelle Mulder

Pocket Change: Pitching in for a Better World

#TuesdayTalk with Michelle Mulder. Her new middle grade nonfiction book, Pocket Change: Pitching In for a Better World, is on shelves now!  What was the catalyst for your story? A few years ago, I was working on a book about waste and how people avoid creating it, or even use other people’s garbage to create wonderful, new things. As I wrote that book, I thought a lot about how what we buy affects the planet, and I started looking around for people committed to buying less. I loved the stories I came across, and that’s […]






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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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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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