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In Plain Sight

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


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. Megan’s mom is taken away in handcuffs, and Megan is expected to return to her regular life under the supervision of her aunt. But everyone, students and teachers alike, is treating her differently now. Cruel accusations and gossip, as well as persistent reporters, follow her everywhere. Worried that she is destined to follow in her father’s footsteps, Megan, with the help of the charismatic Matt Mendez, the only person at school who hasn’t turned on her, decides to track down the father she thought was dead and get some answers.

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Laura Langston is the award--winning author of over fifteen books for children and young adults, including Hot New Thing in the Orca Limelights series. When she's not writing, reading or walking her Shetland sheepdogs, Laura can usually be found spying on people in the grocery store or twisting herself into a pretzel in yoga class. For more information, visit www.lauralangston.com.

 
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Hot New Thing

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Lily is discovered by a big-name director when she’s auditioning for a role in a toothpaste commercial. He wants her for his new movie, which is great except for the fact that it’s shooting in Los Angeles and Lily lives in Vancouver. With the help of her Chinese grandmother, she convinces her parents to let her go to LA with her agent as a chaperone. But when she gets there, she finds out that if she wants to be more than the flavor of the week, she’s going to have to pay a price that may be way too high.

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"Will appeal to many readers, particular those who are interested in the stage and theatre. In Lily, Langston has created an authentic, lively character with whom readers will be able to relate. The realistic portrayal of the acting scenes also adds tension and depth to the story."

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"Lily is a likeable character and readers will enjoy this story of her freshness...Readers who are interested in acting or the dream of a career in the arts will enjoy this story."

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"Action-packed and fast-paced."

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Laura Langston is the award–winning author of over fifteen books for children and young adults. A former journalist with the CBC, Laura also writes non-fiction for such publications as Canadian Gardening magazine. For more information, visit www.lauralangston.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @LauraLangston.

 
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Hannah's Touch

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When sixteen-year-old Hannah gets stung, she rises out of her body, where she's greeted by her dead boyfriend, Logan, and a loving but unseen presence. She wants to stay with them. They say no. She must go back. There's something she must do.

But Hannah can't figure out what it is. Nor can she make sense of the weird things happening around her. Since the sting, she seems to have the ability to heal. Hannah doesn't know what to think. And then she faces another challenge: Logan has a purpose in mind for her new gift. And it's a purpose Hannah can't bear to face.

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"Like other books in the Orca Soundings line, this is a quick, plot-driven read with a compelling premise that will appeal to fans of supernatural dramas."

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"Offers a quick glimpse into the world of miracles. It's an easy, fast read most teens will enjoy."

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"An emotional tale of forgiveness and learning to let go of one who has passed. Although the novel is a short and easy read, Langston realistically conveys the guilt and anger over losing someone special."

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"Langston writes about real life tragedy with a supernatural twist, told in a teenage voice which young adult readers will relate to and appreciate."

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"While still dealing with real life situations and utilizing the coming of age theme, Langston reaches out to readers who also crave a bit of the unexplained...Langston does a wonderful job capturing the teenage voice in this novel. Hannah struggles with forgiveness and guilt...[and] as the story is told in first person, the reader has firsthand knowledge of Hannah's thoughts and feelings, which helps keep the reader connected throughout the story."

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"With a topic that is acceptable for children of many ages, this book would be a good addition to a middle or high school Orca Soundings collection."

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"Hannah narrates the magic realism of her experiences with a sarcastic wit that adds humour to the book...The low vocabulary format does not inhibit Langston's ability to intricately and realistically convey the lingering emotions following a traumatic loss and the paralyzing effect of guilt and anger...Recommended."

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Laura Langston is the award–winning author of over fifteen books for children and young adults. A former journalist with the CBC, Laura also writes non-fiction for such publications as Canadian Gardening magazine. For more information, visit www.lauralangston.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @LauraLangston.

 
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Exit Point

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Logan always takes the easy way out. After a night of drinking and driving he wakes up to find he has been involved in a senseless car accident and is dead. With the help of his guide, Wade, and the spirit of his grandmother, he realizes he has taken the wrong exit—he wasn't meant to die. His life had a purpose—to save his sister—but he took the easy way out and he failed. Now, before he can rest in peace, he has to try and save his sister from a future no child should face. He will only get one chance and he cannot afford to fail this time—for Amy’s sake and for his own.

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"Reading about how Logan struggles with these issues, and more, is the main pleasure of the book. Exit Point is a wonderful reading experience and Langston deserves full credit for having written such a thoughtful, and thought provoking, book."

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"Wrenching issues are Orca Soundings forte as this 2.8 reading level meets struggling readers with a high-interest and attention-grabbing plot."

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"Flashes of brilliant insight."

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"Teens will enjoy the fast pace and realistic dialogue and exlpration of the theme of life after death. Recommended."

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“An encouraging thought remains with readers: maybe it’s never too late for second chances.”

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"Another good [title] for reluctant high school readers...Will appeal to and satisfy those who like edgier content."

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Laura Langston is the award–winning author of over fifteen books for children and young adults. A former journalist with the CBC, Laura also writes non-fiction for such publications as Canadian Gardening magazine. For more information, visit www.lauralangston.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @LauraLangston.

 
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Stepping Out

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Limelights


Laughter is fifteen-year-old Paige Larsson’s currency in life. It takes the sting out of life’s tough stuff. It eases the pain of nasty comments, agonizing moments in gym class and awkward pauses at parties. She likes it even more when others laugh with her, so she’s become a YouTube comedy vlogger.

Now Paige is about to step out of her comfort zone and compete—live and onstage—in the prestigious International Teens in Comedy festival. Winning will give her the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in comedy. It’ll also mean $10,000 for her school’s performing-arts department. But Paige has always used her humor to mask the pain of a disability, and in the world of stand-up comedy, that won’t cut it anymore.

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"Langston packs a lot into this quick-moving novella. Her portrait of Paige and how she copes with her fears, her friends, her family, a possible boyfriend, and especially Brooke comes across well. Paige's performances hold readers fast as the contest gets underway. It's a brief but effective foray into a branch of the performing arts not often covered. An entertaining and effective glimpse into stand-up."

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“Langston takes the reader realistically through every nerve-wracking step: in the hotel, backstage, and through three performances at the mic.”

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"Readers will be rooting for Paige as she competes...recommended."

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"This entertaining and inspiring story will appeal to anyone who feels like they don’t fit in. Paige is a genuinely funny character and a winner that readers will root for."

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Laura Langston is the award–winning author of over fifteen books for children and young adults. A former journalist with the CBC, Laura also writes non-fiction for such publications as Canadian Gardening magazine. For more information, visit www.lauralangston.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @LauraLangston.

 
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Last Ride

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He killed his best friend, Logan, in a street-racing accident a year ago. As he tries to make amends to Logan's girlfriend and keep his promise to never race again, Tom is haunted by his dead friend. He thinks Logan is trying to tell him something. Not only that, since he faces huge medical bills from the accident and may have to give up his car, the pressure to race is almost unbearable.

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"Langston's prose is quick and well-paced without losing the complexity of a solid story. Tom is an engaging, likeable character with whom teens will be able to identify...Tom's struggle to reconcile his past mistakes and face the consequences is a lesson that everyone has to go through in life, and Last Ride shows that it is possible to face off against these consequences without compromising integrity."

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"A novel about choices. It also touches on the aftermath of a tragedy and relationships...Langston is able to intertwine these elements in a page-turner with a surprise decision. An interesting read. Highly Recommended."

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"[Langston] piles on the narrative stresses with chapter-by-chapter efficiency…A satisfying ride."

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"There is much to this slim novel and it works well without preaching or endangering its creditability. That teens often misinterpret events around them and often blame themselves when there is no blame is explored and answered in this book with enough veracity to warrant a recommendation, or maybe even a second reading."

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"Good books with the topic of car racing and street racing are few and far between...so this is a welcome addition for reluctant readers. The title and cover, with lights and a partial face in the rear-view mirror, will also attract them."

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"Relatable issues and the story is clearly told. "

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Laura Langston is the award–winning author of over fifteen books for children and young adults. A former journalist with the CBC, Laura also writes non-fiction for such publications as Canadian Gardening magazine. For more information, visit www.lauralangston.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @LauraLangston.

 
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