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Seconds

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Young Readers


When it comes to cross-country running, Jake does everything right. He eats all the right foods, trains like crazy and reads articles about running in his spare time. There's nothing easy about running, but the hardest part for Jake is that, at the end of the day, Spencer Solomon always wins first place. Determined to take the lead for once, Jake continues to push himself even more. His rigorous training schedule leaves no time for friends, family, pizza or joking around. When Jake is invited to join the Diamond Running Club, he thinks he's found an opportunity to train harder. Instead, with the help of his coach, Jake begins to rediscover what he used to love about running in the first place.

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"An accessible read, Seconds is written in a very straightforward manner...Everything is tight and economical, just like a runner should be. A recommended read for young sports fans, especially those who are interested in running."

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"The story shows how becoming obsessed with something you once loved will eventually take the enjoyment of out it. The language is simple for the target age, with a few harder words to challenge the reader's skill...Good for children who fall in the eight to eleven age bracket who are looking for a short novel or a beginning chapter book."

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"A strong story with a good plot and wonderful message. The characters are also engaging making this a good solid read."

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Sylvia Taekema's first novel, Seconds, was voted a Silver Birch Express Award Honour Book. She enjoys visiting classrooms and libraries and meeting with readers and writers of all ages. She also loves to read, bake cookies and go on camping adventures with her family. She lives in Chatham, Ontario. For more information, visit www.sylviataekema.wordpress.com.

 
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Ripple Effect

Orca Book Publishers


Best friends Dana and Janelle had big plans for grade six. Run on the cross-country team together. Try out for volleyball. They’d even planned to be partners for the class geography project. Neither girl could have known that a biking accident would land Janelle in the hospital all summer long. Dana is convinced that everything will go back to normal once school starts. But Queen Bee Julia has co-opted her friend, and Janelle’s crutches make running or playing volleyball impossible. Over time, the girls begin to act more and more like strangers. As Dana struggles to come to terms with her feelings of guilt, anger and loneliness, she wonders if there’s anything left of her old friendship that’s salvageable. Can she find her way back to her best friend?

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"[Taekema brings] a realistic and believable voice to a six grader’s perception of events. She also does a great job of tackling issues that many kids that age face, including friendships that grow apart, first crushes and beginning to find the places where you fit in...I strongly recommend Ripple Effect for kids in the 9-12 age group, and for classroom, school and public libraries. The messages of perseverance and looking for ways to reconnect with lost friends are both important themes in adolescence. This relatable story will appeal to this age group and is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Highly Recommended."

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"The theme is timeless, even if the situation is somewhat novel. A secondary plot—that Dana has fallen for Jason, who may or may not feel the same way—adds a bit of spice...Illuminating and genial."

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"A good book that will appeal to middle school girls. This books deals with issues surrounding friendship, what it means to be a good friend and growing up. This book also deals with emotions such as jealousy, and abandonment. This book provides curricular applications for introspection regarding feelings, and friendship."

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Sylvia Taekema's first novel, Seconds, was voted a Silver Birch Express Award Honour Book. She enjoys visiting classrooms and libraries and meeting with readers and writers of all ages. She also loves to read, bake cookies and go on camping adventures with her family. She lives in Chatham, Ontario. For more information, visit www.sylviataekema.wordpress.com.

 
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Running Behind

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


Even though he was once his biggest rival, Jake Jarvis is thrilled when Spencer Solomon agrees to join the Diamonds cross-country team to compete in the Barry's Bay provincial championships. Everyone is pumped, everyone is focused, and Jake has to admit, he really likes their chances. At the last moment, Spencer informs the team that he can't go. Jake is furious. But when Spencer explains that he's worried about leaving his wheelchair-bound father alone, Jake gets to work on finding a solution to get Spencer and the Diamonds back on track.

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"A fast-paced story…Well worth the read. Recommended."

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Sylvia Taekema's first novel, Seconds, was voted a Silver Birch Express Award Honour Book. She enjoys visiting classrooms and libraries and meeting with readers and writers of all ages. She also loves to read, bake cookies and go on camping adventures with her family. She lives in Chatham, Ontario. For more information, visit www.sylviataekema.wordpress.com.

 
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