Author Feature: Brooke Carter

Learning Seventeen

Learning Seventeen: New Hope Academy, or, as seventeen-year-old Jane Learning likes to call it, No Hope, is a Baptist reform school where Jane is currently being held captive. Of course, smart, sarcastic Jane has no interest in reforming, failing to see any benefit to pretending to play well with others. But then Hannah shows up, a gorgeous bad girl with fiery hair and an even stormier disposition. She shows Jane how to live a full and fulfilling life even when the world tells you you’re wrong, and how to believe in a future outside the […]






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Author Feature: Laura Langston

In Plain Sight by Laura Langston

Fifteen-year-old Megan “Cause Queen” Caliente is president of the political science club and likes to make her voice heard. But after the protest she organized on the Las Vegas Strip takes an unexpected turn, she is suddenly wishing she could disappear. When her mother comes to pick her up at the police station, Megan learns, to her horror, that her whole life has been a lie. Her father is a convicted terrorist, responsible for the deaths of more than two hundred people, and her mother has been living under an assumed name for fifteen years. […]






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Author Feature: Brooke Carter

Another Miserable Love Song by Brooke Carter

#TuesdayTalk with Brooke Carter. Her novel, Another Miserable Love Song, is on shelves now! Tell us your name, your book’s title and a bit about your book. Another Miserable Love Song is an edgy coming-of-age YA novel with a rock n’ roll attitude. The book features a diverse cast of punk-rock characters led by Kallie Echo – a soon-to-be-homeless teen who is looking for a new purpose in life after her beloved father dies. She finds a potential new future as the lead singer of a punk band, but the tour quickly gets complicated when […]






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Celebrating the 100th Orca Sounding published!

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From the desk of Publisher Andrew Wooldridge, our fearless leader and overall ideas man. When the first novels in the Orca Soundings series arrived from the printer in 2002, we had no idea that we were in this for the long haul. Like many initiatives in the publishing world, they seemed like a good idea at the time. Little did we know that 100 titles later, with 1.4 million copies in print, translations into French, Spanish, Latvian, and Swedish (among other languages), several similar series for other age groups, and a long-term focus on Reaching […]






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Author Feature: Sean Rodman

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#TuesdayTalk with Sean Rodman. Sean’s forthcoming novel, Tap Out, launches this April and is part of the Orca Soundings series. Sean, how do you get ‘in the zone’ when it comes to writing? I’ve learned to write anywhere, anytime. I have a little laptop that goes everywhere with me, and a set of good headphones. My first book, Infiltration, was written on the bus during my commute to and from work every day. A compelling plot is a major component of a hi-lo novel. Where do you get your ideas? Ideas are everywhere–the trick is […]






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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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