Plenty of books in the Orca constellation this season have been seeing starred reviews!
Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast received these words from Quill & Quire: “…Prendergast asks concrete questions about faith, art, and politics that are sometimes avoided in YA…In Ella, Prendergast has created a voice that is definitely audacious–but also utterly real and memorable.”
Cut the Lights, a new Orca Limelights novel by Karen Krossing was written up in Booklist magazine: “Orca has long dedicated itself to publishing contemporary fiction for reluctant readers, and this entry into the Limelights line is one of their finest offerings…Krossing has done her research, filling her story with specifics…that any young thespian will recognize.”
Once Upon a Balloon, a gorgeous and touching picturebook by Bree Galbraith and Isabelle Malenfant also received accolades from Quill & Quire:
“Galbraith demonstrates an intimate understanding of a child’s inquisitive, innocent nature…The fantastical storyline is enhanced by Isabelle Malenfant’s whimsical illustrations…Children will be delighted as Theo persists (and succeeds) in trying to help Frank, and adult readers may be reminded of something too easily forgotten: that a childlike sense of wonder is something to be treasured.”
The Great Bear Sea, a stunning work of juvenile nonfiction by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read, was also held up in high regard by a Quill & Quire reviewer:
“Its spirit is that of two little boys, roaring around the seashore and calling to each other to see the latest cool thing. A chatty, avuncular style and gift for accessible metaphors…sometimes explode into sheer joy.”
It’s a big sky, more stars coming!
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