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Marqué

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents in French


Colin obtient un emploi de nettoyeur de graffitis dans un beau quartier. Il craint d'être la cible d'un gang, mais ne s'attend pas être à soupçonné de complicité dans une série de cambriolages. Colin n'a rien fait de mal, mais sa présence sur les lieux de divers crimes le rend suspect aux yeux des policiers. Pour prouver son innocence, il devra résoudre lui-même l'énigme des cambriolages.

When Colin accepts the job to clean up the graffiti in an upscale neighborhood he worries that he might be targeted by gangs. But he didn't expect to become a suspect in a series of robberies. Every time he is sent to clean up graffiti, the police are nearby investigating a crime. Colin knows he's done nothing wrong, but even he acknowledges his presence at the crime scenes looks suspicious. The only way he can clear his name is to figure what is really going on.

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Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.

 
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El regreso

Orca Book Publishers | Spanish Soundings


Jojo ha regresado, recién liberado de la cárcel, y los vecinos están otra vez tensos y asustados. Todos se preguntan si algún día andarán caminando por ahí y se toparán con Jojo, que los tratará mal o abusará de ellos por pura diversión. Ellos desearían que Jojo se fuera lejos y que no volviera nunca más. Pero hay otros que quisieran que algo malo le pasara a Jojo. Algo de verdad muy malo.

Ardell Withrow es uno de ellos.

Jojo's back from jail, and people are tense and afraid all over again. They wonder if his friends will start showing up again. They wonder if they'll be walking down the street one day and they'll run into Jojo and Jojo will give them attitude or shove them around, just for fun. Jojo's friends have a way of making it hard-really hard-on people who decide to press charges against Jojo. Those people just wish Jojo would go away and never come back. Then there are the people who have hate in their hearts. These people wish something bad would happen to Jojo. Something really bad.

Ardell Withrow is one of those people.

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Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.

 
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Back

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


Jojo's back, released from jail, and people are tense and afraid all over again. They wonder if his friends will start showing up again. They wonder if they'll be walking down the street one day and they'll run into Jojo and Jojo will give them attitude or shove them around, just for fun. Jojo's friends have a way of making it hard--really hard--on people who decide to press charges against Jojo. Those people just wish Jojo would go away and never come back. Then there are the people who have hate in their hearts. These people wish something bad would happen to Jojo. Something really bad. Ardell Withrow is one of those people.

Also available in Spanish.

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"Back is sure to satisfy Norah McClintock fans as well as teens looking for an authentic urban experience in a well-told, accessible story. It is also an excellent choice for read-aloud. Highly Recommended."

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"Fits the Orca Soundings template to perfection. It is suspenseful and plot-driven, and written in a neutral way that leaves much to the inference of the reader. It covers strong, current issues with realistic language."

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"This short but powerful story explores the topic of forgiveness and redemption from the perspective of a bystander who renames nameless and genderless...This is a good morality tale that will have reluctant readers thinking about how they would react in a similar situation. Recommended."

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"Bullying and revenge are common themes in young adult literature, but author Norah McClintock gives these classic themes an updated twist...The experiences in the book are ones to which almost any reader will relate."

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"Perfect for reluctant readers up for some soul-searching."

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Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.

 
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En images

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings in French


Ethan vit dans une famille d'accueil et s'efforce de rester dans le droit chemin. Enrôlé dans un programme de photographie pour jeunes, il se trouve menacé à plusieurs reprises par quelqu'un qui veut s'emparer de son appareil photo. Que sait Ethan? Pour quelles images quelqu'un serait-il prêt à tuer? Ethan tente de résoudre le mystère tout en évitant les ennuis. Il découvre qu'il a toutes les réponses. Il ne lui reste plus qu'à découvrir les questions.

Ethan lives in a foster home, struggling to put his life on the right track. Involved in a photography program for at-risk kids, he finds himself threatened again and again by someone who wants his camera. What does Ethan know? And what is on his camera that someone is willing to kill for? Struggling to stay out of trouble and solve the mystery, he discovers he has all the answers, he just has to figure out the questions.

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Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.

 
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Bang

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


Quentin and JD have been friends forever. Even after JD gets in trouble Quentin stands by him. Hanging out together Quentin learns JD has a gun and when they are caught in a robbery JD uses the gun—with deadly results. Trying to cover up the crime and escape detection, Quentin gets in even deeper than he expected and learns that the only person he can trust is himself. Especially when his freedom—and his future—is at stake.

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"Maintains the perfect balance of good story, age-appropriate conflict, good writing [with] a controlled vocabulary and style."

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"A powerful book...[that will] meet some important needs."

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"A great coming of age novel...It speaks volumes to teens about the destructiveness of drug use, anger, and idleness, while directly showing that there are always consequences for our actions. And, while the novel has wonderful themes for exploration, it also has an extremely engaging format. McClintock did a superb job creating the voice for Quentin, who narrates his story just like teenagers speak today...[It's] a wonderful format to engross the reader, and I absolutely love it. There is just enough mystery to peak interest, while not overwhelming or confusing the reader. I recommend this for all age groups, but especially reluctant readers. I strongly believe that this novel, along with other Orca Soundings books, will push reluctant readers to progressively read more, and build their way to higher reading levels."

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"Fast-paced...narration style makes it easier to cover longer amounts of time in a shorter space. Recommended."

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Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.

 
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El soplón

Orca Book Publishers | Spanish Soundings


Luego de que su ex mejor amigo, Scott, lo delatara, Josh tuvo que mudarse a un hogar comunitario. Ahora se ha mudado con su hermano y su autoritaria cuñada, y tiene que tomar una clase para manejar su ira. Cuando un enemigo de su pasado comienza a presionarlo de nuevo y parece que Scott va a volver a las andadas, Josh lucha por controlarse. Acusado de un crimen que no cometió, va a tener que hacer uso de su nueva fortaleza para mantener la calma...y su libertad.

Josh had been living in a group home after being ratted out by Scott, his one-time best friend. Now he has moved in with his brother and overbearing sister-in-law and has been sent to a class designed to teach him to deal with his anger. When an old enemy continues to push his buttons and Scott appears to be up to his old tricks, Josh struggles to control his temper. Framed for a crime he didnít commit, it will take all of his new-found strength to keep his cool and his freedom.

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"A good choice for younger teen readers as well as for more mature readers. Bilingual books like this one with decent language and plot line are important for Spanish-speaking readers. Both the middle school and high school libraries need this book for their bilingual section!"

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Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.

 
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Cleanup

Orca Book Publishers | Rapid Reads


Connie Suarez, downsized from her job as a legal secretary, is working as a maid. She's getting used to picking up after people and putting their lives in order. But she is not prepared for the mess that awaits her when she arrives at work one morning to find her employer dead on the floor of his bedroom. Connie's co-worker Maria, an undocumented immigrant from Colombia, quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.

When Maria begs her for help, Connie cannot refuse. As she tries to discover what really happened, she learns that Maria has been keeping a number of things from her. Now Connie can't decide who or what to believe. And that's not the worst of it. Connie soon realizes that she herself is also a potential target for violence. The question now is, will she be able to clean up the mess that Maria is in without getting killed herself?

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"Would have appeal to reluctant readers of any age who like a quick who-done-it...Cleanup delivers an action packed, easy to read, attention getting plot."

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"An intriguing, well-written murder mystery by an accomplished author...It will appeal to older teen and adult reluctant readers."

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"This title is from Rapid Reads, a line of shorter books targeted to adult learners, reluctant readers and others seeking high-interest reading material. With a fast-paced plot and simple narrative, this story fits the bill. Connie is a likable and smart protagonist who uses her abilities in unusual ways. It also includes a rather nuanced look at the challenges faced by Latinas, whether they are in the country legally or illegally. Weighing in at just 128 pages, this solid mystery is good for both the series' target audience and readers who don't want a long-term commitment."

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"Many readers will enjoy the fast pace and conflicts...A good choice for middle school and high school libraries. Due to its size and fast plot development, the book will find a niche with reluctant readers as well."

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Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.

 
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Down

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


Remy has just been released from juvenile detention and is back in his old neighborhood. He went away because he severely assaulted a guy who insulted his girlfriend—Asia. As a white boy dating an immigrant, Remy has had to take a lot of the inbred racism that exists in the inner-city—from strangers, his family and even the police. When the white kids and the "outsiders" start scrapping over the local basketball court, Remy is caught between sticking up for his friends and siding with Asia, who is now seeing Marcus—the leader of the other group.

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"A lot happens in this very short novel, but McClintock keeps her writing spare and the story fast-paced."

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"Powerful and insightful."

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"Recommended for all public and high school libraries."

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"The racial overtones and complex layers of life on the edge of teen and adulthood make this a particularly gripping book."

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Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.

 
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Masked

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


When Daniel enters a convenience store on a secret mission, he doesn't expect to run into anyone he knows. That would ruin everything. And when Rosie enters the same store to see what her father wants, she's hoping to make a quick getaway with her waiting boyfriend.

All Daniel and Rosie want is to get in and out without any trouble. Neither expects what happens next. A masked man enters the store.

"This is a stickup," he announces. He has a gun and isn't afraid to use it. When he's ready to leave, he decides to take Rosie hostage.

And then things get complicated…

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"McClintock is a master of mystery and crime…Readers will be drawn into the lives of the characters and gripped with the electric plot and unexpected twists…Masked is exceptional in its ability to capture a dramatic and tragically life-changing story for so many characters in little more than 100 pages. Highly Recommended."

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"Teens will like the cover and the action."

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"As with all the Orca Soundings books, this novel succeeds on many levels. The pace is breakneck...taking numerous twists and turns...and ending in a satisfying denouement...A little mystery, a strange kind of romance, and a non-stop thriller. What more could reluctant readers want? Buy this for your older reluctant readers. They will not be able to put it down."

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"There is suspense to keep reluctant readers interested...[A] nice surprise is the lack of foul language, even though an armed crime is taking place. Of course, secrets are revealed, and Leon's tale is particularly tragic."

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"The short chapters are appropriately tense and suspenseful, and the novel does provide some unexpected twists."

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"Tight plotting, swift pacing, and tension that intensifies with each page turn mark this entry in the always reliable Orca Soundings series for reluctant readers…With scarcely an extraneous word, McClintock keeps the suspense at a roiling simmer, doling out pieces of crucial information that twist the crime drama into a doomed love tangle, capped by an arresting and satisfying conclusion."

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"Each new perspective adds an insightful layer to the story leading to an unexpected plot twist…The characters are all interesting and believable…Would be good as a class novel as it has a range of characters with problems that everyone can relate to."

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Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.

 
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Snitch

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


Josh had been living in a group home after being ratted out by Scott, his one-time best friend. Now he has moved in with his brother and overbearing sister-in-law and has been sent to a class designed to teach him to deal with his anger. When an old enemy continues to push his buttons and Scott appears to be up to his old tricks, Josh struggles to control his temper. Framed for a crime he didn't commit, it will take all of his new-found strength to keep his cool—and his freedom.

Also available in Spanish.

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“A swift moving plot and language designed for a 2.1 reading level make this a quick, easy, and engrossing read. Josh comes to life as a complex character, struggling with his past hardships, present conflicts and uncertain future...Recommended.”

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"What a fabulous book!...If you bring one book to one boy this year, this would be an excellent choice! (Girls and adults will like it too!)"

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"Quick plot development. The protagonist is well developed; it is easy to identify with Josh's frustrations and his growth."

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“Action and character development are nicely balanced in this well-paced novel about a kid in trouble who is still worth saving.”

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Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.

 
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