Author Feature: Mere Joyce

Getting the Brush Off

Getting the Brush Off: Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Sydney Hart was kicked out of the prestigious Burke Academy when her mother could no longer afford the tuition. She lost a promising future in the arts, as well as her best friend, who didn’t want to be seen with an art-academy reject. But now, without Burke’s rigid structure, Sydney has found her true passion in performance painting and is busking on Halifax’s boardwalk to earn enough money to go to art camp. After the police shut her down, Sydney learns her old school is hosting a […]






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A Leap of Faith

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The following post is written by Trudee Romanek, author of Raising the Stakes. Ever thought about performing improv? Standing in front of an eager crowd with no script, no back-up music—nothing but your wits? I’ve had heart-thumping nightmares that were less stress-inducing. I love watching improv but figured I could never perform it. Coming up with stuff off the top of your head is the opposite of what I do as a fiction writer. See, I love control. I research and plan endlessly, creating a timeframe, an outline, character sketches, and so on. And once […]






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Author Feature: Jeff Ross

High Note by Jeff Ross

#TuesdayTalk with Jeff Ross. His new novels, High Note and A Dark Truth, are on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your books. High Note is about best friends whose friendship is turned to rivalry as they compete for a role in their school’s production of The Marriage of Figaro. A Dark Truth is about a young skateboarder who discovers what white privilege is and how not everyone can see past the color of a person’s skin. What was the catalyst for your stories? High Note came out of my interest in working with […]






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Summer Reading List: Books for Reluctant Readers

Find yourself nagging your children to pick up a book? Try our reluctant reader series! Books with high-interest topics to catch the attention of those not so keen to be caught with their nose in a book. Orca Currents and Orca Soundings offer readers contemporary themes: Cristy Watson’s On Cue, is sure to catch the attention of your art-loving child. Randi wants to be an actress and is excited about practicing her craft in drama class. So she is devastated to learn the program has been cut. When her friends put together a successful proposal […]






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Author Feature: Jeff Ross

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Jeff Ross is the author of two new works of fiction: At Ease, part of the Orca Limelights series, and Set You Free, a standalone YA novel. Jeff, how do you get into the mind of your target audience? Readers in this age group are passionate about what they like and dislike. Which is a consideration you can’t have in your mind while writing YA books. As a writer you know some people are going to love your work, while for others it isn’t going to fit. Which is fine. So, I can’t really attempt […]






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Author Feature: Kari Jones

Shimmy by Kari Jones

Kari Jones is the author of Shimmy, a new addition to the Orca Limelights series for kids who are passionate about the performing arts. Kari, are there any perks or challenges of writing for your target audience? There’s a particular joy in writing for young readers because young readers may be experiencing what you are writing about for the first time through your book. It might be, for example, the first time they’ve hear about or thought of belly dancing, or kayaking, or living in a different country. I spend a lot of time with […]






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