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Out of Season

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


Fourteen-year-old Maya sneaks out in her kayak before breakfast every day to check on a family of sea otters living in nearby Riley Bay. It's hard being an animal lover in a fishing family. The animals Maya loves threaten her family's livelihood, and Maya doesn't know if she can trust her family not to hurt them. She is determined to protect the sea otters, even if it means checking on them for the rest of her life. One morning, Maya discovers she's being watched. Who is it and what are they doing? Soon Maya has to trust someone as she gets caught in a dangerous race to save the sea otters—and her family's livelihood—from poachers.

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"Features a high-energy plot rendered in accessible language...The narration is richly descriptive, so strongly visual readers will follow the story easily, and the breath-taking races and chase scenes create engaging drama and suspense...Provides an accessible, relevant reading experience for its intended audience."

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"This quick read for grades 7-10 has a strong female main character, and her storyline will hold readers' attention...The suspense will keep readers reading till the end. This is a good addition for libraries looking for high-interest easy reading books."

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"An interesting, nail-biting book filled with suspense, [and] an easy, quick read with no difficult words...Worth reading for entertainment and educational reasons."

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Kari Jones is the author of several books for kids and teens, including A Fair Deal, in the Orca Footprints series. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she teaches English and creative writing at Camosun College.

 
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So Much for Democracy

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Twelve-year-old Astrid has come to Ghana with her family in 1979 so that her father can help oversee Ghana’s first democratic election. Astrid and her brother, Gordo, were told it would be a great family adventure, but they soon find out that everything about Ghana is difficult—the heat, the food, the threat of disease, the soldiers on the roads, the schools. Gordo fits in more easily than Astrid, who is often left to look after her baby sister, Piper, as their mother begins to fall apart under the strain of living in Ghana. When the government is overthrown, Gordo comes down with malaria and a soldier threatens her family, Astrid is surprised to discover how protective she has become of her new home.

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"Astrid is a strong and courageous female character who takes on the role of being a responsible and caring older sibling to Gordo and Piper...Jones’ story provides readers with an emotionally captivating look into a family’s anxieties as the unit transitions to life in a new country... [and] richly depicts Astrid’s strength and commitment to her family as they endure stress and battle sickness and fear...The book educates readers about a family’s emotional situation and social conditions surrounding life in 1979 in Ghana...[and] provides educators the opportunity to have active discussions with their students about the integral role which government, elections, democracy, and freedom play in society. Highly Recommended."

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"The political context for the story would be of interest to students learning about African history, or for anyone wanting to learn about recent changes in countries in Africa. Astrid is an interesting character because of how strong she is in the face of difficulties at home with her mother, and managing her siblings and friends. There are multiple ways of looking at and enjoying this book."

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"[A] thought-provoking historical fiction novel...Astrid demonstrates kindness and courage in the face of the political and social backdrop surrounding the Ghanaian community."

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"Astrid, her younger brother, and her friend Thema are well-developed young characters, and the relationships Ghanaians have with each other and Astrid’s family are compelling. Astrid’s first-person narration is appropriately childlike, and her youthful perspective is a concise, honest glimpse into an event relatively unknown in the U.S."

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"The social backdrop of the story provides an interesting counterpoint to this coming-of-age story...The sights and sounds of the city are vividly conveyed and the expatriate experience is thoughtfully rendered."

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"Scenes filled with tension, including one in which a soldier takes away their mother’s purse, make the story gripping to middle grade readers. This is a great book for understanding another culture and the struggles of a nation."

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"Astrid is an honorable character for whom readers will root."

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"A convincing example of how social fear can invade the home—no matter where that home might be."

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"A thought-provoking study of a family caught up in both political and domestic crises in a foreign land."

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Kari Jones is the author of several well-received books for kids and teens, including A Fair Deal, in the Orca Footprints series. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she teaches English and creative writing at Camosun College.

 
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Orca Book Publishers | Orca Limelights


Lila has always wanted a career in belly dance, so she is thrilled when she is invited to join Dana Sajala’s competitive and prestigious studio. But dancing at the new studio isn’t quite what she expected. Dana Sajala is a tough teacher, and Lila finds the constant criticism stressful. On top of that, Lila misses the dancers from her old troupe, and a rift is developing between her and her best friend, Angela, who is not altogether sympathetic to Lila’s struggles. Lila has always loved belly dance—the music, the costumes, the choreography—but when she realizes that none of it is as much fun as it used to be, she starts to question whether she has made the right choice.

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"Part of the Orca Limelights series, a fantastic concept which combines stories about kids involved in creative and performing arts with simple storytelling perfect for reluctant readers...The central themes of this novel are fantastic and not often explored seriously in teen fiction. How important is it for creative teens to be completely wedded to their art form?...Jones also asks why we value art and creativity and why it is considered an important avenue of expression for teens...Shimmy shows readers the worth in building a community and supporting your peers."

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"Jones writes this novella in a simple, highly readable style. The author's descriptions of the dances are some of the most interesting segments of the story...Entertaining and insightful for young dancers."

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"Few have heard of dance competitions involving shimmying, more commonly called belly dancing...A unique topic...The overall themes of the book stick out and will encourage reluctant readers."

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Kari Jones is the author of several well-received books for kids and teens, including A Fair Deal, in the Orca Footprints series. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she teaches English and creative writing at Camosun College.

 
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A Fair Deal

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Footprints


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 more equitable place.

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"A Fair Deal is another worthwhile addition to the Orca Footprints series focused on ecological literacy, and it will help youngsters become better and more thoughtful consumers. Highly Recommended."

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"Jones catches the beauty of fair trade in the way it strengthens morale and human dignity for all those engaged, and she provides a grounded (and painless) introduction to world geography."

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"This book would work well for a middle school research project…It's a well written and appealing book."

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"Jones explains why shoppers should be more thoughtful about what they buy and how their consumption affects people all around the globe. Moreover, by offering practical ideas for simple changes in the grocery story aisle, along with strategies for more organized activism, she asserts that fair trade is more than just a buzz word—it is a concept that is actually achievable."

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"This quick read inspires the reader to take action for social justice concerning all people in the world. Recommended."

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"The author effectively uses vignettes from her own travels as well as a wide variety of visuals and fact boxes to engage readers in the cause. Jones has taken the mantra 'think globally, act locally' and provided a strong case. Useful for school research as well as service-learning."

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"She educates readers on the disparities in our world while providing examples in how we can curb the problem. Jones tackles this task with simple vocabulary, concise explanations, real world analogies and questions that make learning about fair trade and economics fun. Jones' humour is sure to encourage young readers to think globally and become more aware of how one small change can have a huge impact."

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“Urges young people to get involved…compelling.”

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Kari Jones is the author of several well-received books for kids and teens, including A Fair Deal, in the Orca Footprints series. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she teaches English and creative writing at Camosun College.

 
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Storm Tide

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


Left alone for the first time on the island he calls home, Simon is looking forward to a day of personal indulgence. His sister Ellen only wants to make sure they get their chores done. Their parents are busy trying to convince the government not to close the lighthouse that the family operates, and it's up to the kids to make sure everything runs smoothly. Neither Simon nor Ellen is prepared for the mysterious and potentially dangerous visitor who brings with him an unexpected storm and a riddle that may lead to treasure—treasure that could help them save the lighthouse. Simon and Ellen have to work together to solve the riddle before the stranger—or the weather—destroys their chances.

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"A quick read packed with adventure."

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"The pace is relentless and the wild, exotic and beautiful setting of the coastal island will intrigue readers who are unfamiliar with coastal life. Action oriented Simon and the responsible clever Ellen will appeal to the intended readers, both boys and girls, who are struggling with reading."

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"This fast-paced adventure story would be perfect for struggling readers. The story captures the reader's interest from the beginning and holds it throughout. The clues are easy to follow, and the book would be a good introduction to mystery stories."

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"Jones festoons this quick read with several well-shaped action sequences and a steady application of danger in the guise of both the elements and the treasure-seeking villain. An entry in the reliable reluctant-reader Orca Currents series, this story holds plenty of appeal for outdoor enthusiasts looking to fill some of those armchair moments."

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"The brother-sister relationship between Simon and Ellen is rightly used as tension to its full extent...Information about tides and Juan de Fuca (an European explorer for whom the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Juan de Fuca plate are named after) is inserted carefully and without intrusion and provides an enriched reading experience. Recommended."

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Kari Jones is the author of several well-received books for kids and teens, including A Fair Deal, in the Orca Footprints series. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she teaches English and creative writing at Camosun College.

 
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At the Edge of the World

Orca Book Publishers


Maddie and Ivan have been friends forever. They go to school together, surf, party, and hang out all the time. Ivan eats at Maddie's house almost every day. But all is not well in Ivan's world, and as control of his life slips farther away from him, Maddie agonises over her role in his life. Ivan fears the fallout if the people in his community discover what he's been hiding, but Maddie thinks telling his secret will help him. As Maddie struggles to figure out her own post-high-school path, she worries about how to deal with the things she knows about Ivan's life. Is she a keeper of his secrets? Should she help him hide what's going on in his family? Or should she tell someone and get help? What does betrayal look like when your best friend is in trouble?

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"Maddie and Ivan are both likeable, well-developed characters with a strong sense of self and purpose. Their lifelong platonic friendship, devoid of stereotypical sexual tension, is refreshing, and the intergenerational family dynamics are recognizable and realistic. The conflicting forces of tension and devotion in the teenagers' relationships with their dads is palpable...At the Edge of the World will have readers reflecting upon their own parent-child relationships, obligations, and expectations with renewed perspective."

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"The friendship depicted between the two is tender and authentic. A strong, palpable sense of place anchors the story as Maddie and Ivan teeter on the precipice of independence. Readers will be moved by Maddie and Ivan's deep, enduring friendship."

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Kari Jones is the author of several well-received books for kids and teens, including A Fair Deal, in the Orca Footprints series. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she teaches English and creative writing at Camosun College.

 
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