Author Feature: Holly Bennett

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In Casting Lily, fourteen-year-old Ava is thrilled when she lands a part in a play based on the true story of orphans sent to Canada in the 1800s to work on farms. But is she good enough to hold her own in a professional production? As the rehearsal pressures crank up, Ava struggles with her character, with the vocal demands of outdoor theater and with the annoying ego of her castmate Kiefer. But as she learns more about the historical Lily on which her part is based, things begin to fall into place. Then one […]






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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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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: Laura Langston

Stepping Out by Laura Langston

#TuesdayTalk with Laura Langston. Her new novel, Stepping Out, is on shelves now! Tell us about your book. Fifteen-year-old Paige Larsson loves to laugh. She likes it even more when others laugh with her. As a YouTube comedy vlogger, laughter is Paige’s currency in life. It eases the pain of nasty comments, agonizing moments in gym class and awkward pauses at parties. Now Paige is about to step out of her comfort zone and compete in the prestigious International Teens in Comedy festival. Winning will give her the opportunity to work with some of the […]






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Author Feature: Cristy Watson

On Cue by Cristy Watson

#TuesdayTalk with Cristy Watson. Her novel, On Cue, is on shelves now! Tell us about your book. On Cue is a story about balancing dreams with responsibility. Randi wants to be an actress, but her drama class at school is cancelled. She and her classmates rally to have the class taught as an extra-curricular activity, which causes problems for Randi, since she has to watch her brother, Toby, after school. What was the catalyst for your story? A few things helped this story come together. I watched a class of grade five and six students […]






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