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Box of Shocks

Orca Book Publishers


Oliver has helicopter parents—they love him, but they seriously cramp his style. He decides to fill an old wooden box with souvenirs from some of his outrageous and daring exploits. That way, he'll never forget the zombies, the killer dogs and the crazy cows, and his parents will never know that he once jumped from a bridge with the police in hot pursuit. But the biggest shock comes when Oliver realizes that the most terrifying things of all can't be controlled or contained.

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"[Oliver is] an enthusiastic, realistic, and funny protagonist. His adventures come in different forms and it never gets boring to read about what his next challenge will be...Box of Shocks is an excellent realistic novel for kids of both genders between the ages of 9 to 13, and is highly recommended."

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"A touching story of personal growth, gratitude, and kindness, this book will serve as an excellent discussion starter."

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"Oliver's effective first-person narration shifts from accounts of his adventures to a growing understanding about the complicated lives of others—lives that are, often times, more shocking than anything that can be contained in a box."

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"Oliver is a well-drawn character whose pragmatic attitude, honesty and humour are endearing, and who quickly overcomes the reader's initial impression of selfishness...With a facetious warning to read at your own risk, this well-written novel is a fast-paced, quirky experience that touches poignantly upon more serious issues. It will capture children's attention from the start, combining as it does adventure, humour and just a little coming of age."

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"A light and capable read."

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"The settings where daring young Oliver carries out his secret adventures and collects his shocks (souvenirs to remember the experience) are vivid...A memorable story, full of age-appropriate jokes and sayings, and a plot that moves along quickly enough to hook even the most reluctant reader. Highly Recommended."

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"A fantastic read for any boy or girl, mid-readers will find themselves jumping into Ollie's shoes for this fantastic, nail-biting and mind-boggling adventure."

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"An enjoyable read, especially for boys, who enjoy realistic adventures."

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Chris McMahen is an elementary school teacher-librarian living near Armstrong, British Columbia. When he's not busy writing, teaching or spending time with his family, he can be found cycling the back roads of the Spallumcheen Valley or making peculiar pottery.

 
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Klutzhood

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Arlo thinks his mother is crazy for taking a job in a small town, far away from his old home and his good friends. And to make matters worse, the students at his new school are crazy—hockey crazy. Arlo has never laced up a pair of skates in his life, and he's not about to start. To avoid making a complete fool of himself in front of his classmates, Arlo joins a group of misfits called the Dumpster Dudes, who set him a series of wild initiation tests that unleash mayhem on the school. Broken windows in the classrooms, angry ants in the hallways, bicycles in the library and monsters in the air ducts—can East Bend Elementary survive Arlo? And will Arlo survive East Bend?

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"Those who enjoy a fun read will like this book."

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"McMahen's humorous writing style will open the reader's eyes to the very real conflict felt by students who want to belong but don't really know how...Highly recommended."

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"This quick read will appeal to a wide range of readers, who will cringe at Arlo's tribulations, but cheer for him, too. The fast, action-filled plot is peppered with enough zany characters to engage even reluctant readers."

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"This story is action-packed from beginning to end."

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Chris McMahen is an elementary school teacher-librarian living near Armstrong, British Columbia. When he's not busy writing, teaching or spending time with his family, he can be found cycling the back roads of the Spallumcheen Valley or making peculiar pottery.

 
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Tabloidology

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Take one prankster, put her together with the editor of the world's most boring school newspaper, add one over-worked principal, and you've got a recipe for the most chaotic few weeks in the history of Upland Green Elementary. The unlikely duo of Martin Wettmore, editor and expert grammarian, and Trixi Wilder, prankster extraordinaire, is given the task of improving the pathetic sales of their school newspaper. Martin and Trixi clash over everything from journalistic integrity (Trixi has none) to imagination (Martin has none). But when the paper starts to wreak havoc at the school, Principal Baumgartner shuts it down and assigns Trixi to Saturday morning bus-washing duty. To redeem themselves, Martin and Trixi resolve to create one very special edition of the Upland Green Examiner.

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"The lessons that Tabloidology delivers are important: issues of representation—truth, falsehood, exaggeration and omission—are combined with a lesson in achieving balance that many readers will be beginning to learn themselves."

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"A perky and engaging addition to the ranks of funny school stories for middle readers."

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"This light-hearted book will keep younger readers going just to see what happens next. But underneath the mayhem is a strong message about working together and compromise. It's a great read-aloud, but only if you can stop laughing long enough."

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Chris McMahen is an elementary school teacher-librarian living near Armstrong, British Columbia. When he's not busy writing, teaching or spending time with his family, he can be found cycling the back roads of the Spallumcheen Valley or making peculiar pottery.

 
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