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A punta de Cuchillo

Orca Book Publishers | Spanish Soundings


Jill tiene un trabajo de verano brutal en un rancho en las montañas, guiando a vaqueros aficionados en paseos a caballo por el campo. Durante una excursión con un guapo desconocido, Jill se encuentra de pronto en una lucha de vida o muerte, sin nadie que pueda ayudarla.

Jill took a job which sounded perfect for the summer, guiding tourists on trail rides in the beautiful mountains. She didn't realize that the money was terrible, the hours long and the coworkers insufferable. After a blow-up with her boss, she takes a single man into the mountains for a ride, only to finds that he is a dangerous killer. When Jill fights back and manages to escape, she is in a desperate race to survive and make it to safety.

 
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Barracuda (7 Prequels)

Orca Book Publishers | 7 Prequels


Fishing for barracuda from a kayak in the Florida Keys. That's what Jim Webb thinks this resort vacation with his grandfather should be about. Except the dying resort owner holds the key to legend about a generations-old crime. A crime that is worth way too much to those who want the legend to be true. Webb soon discovers that what lurks in the sun, sand and shallow waters of the Keys is much more dangerous than a slashing game fish. And along the way, he learns an important truth about himself and his own past.

In this exciting prequel to Devil’s Pass and Tin Soldier, the musically gifted and tenacious Webb finds himself caught in a dangerous mystery.

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Sigmund Brouwer writes for both children and adults. In the last ten years, he has given writing workshops to students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. Sigmund and his family live half the year in Nashville, Tennessee, and half the year in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.rockandroll-literacy.com.

 
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Wild Ride

Orca Book Publishers | Graphic Guides


Devin, Nadia and Marcus are on their way to visit their environmentalist parents who are working to stop a logging company from clear-cutting a remote valley. When their plane crashes and the pilot is killed, the kids are left to survive in the wild with Wiley, a government bureaucrat, who is the only other passenger on the plane. Learning to build a shelter and make a fire in the woods, they discover that Wiley is working with the logging company and will do anything to stop the secret getting out. On the run and in mortal danger, the three must outrun Wiley, escape a raging forest fire and outwit a hungry grizzly bear to make it to safety. Combining pulse-pounding adventure and survival skills in a colorful graphic novel format, Graphic Guides are sure to be a hit with young readers. Wild Ride is packed with survival tips including how to build a fire and set a broken limb.

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Liam O'Donnell was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. He is the author of the popular Max Finder Mysteries. Liam now teaches elementary school in Toronto. Visit www.liamodonnell.com for more information.

 
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Skye Above

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


Nine-year-old Skye has always had a fascination with flying. She’d love to be a pilot someday, like both of her parents, but deep down she really wishes she could be a bird. When Skye’s parents take her to Costa Rica, she is thrilled about all of the beautiful exotic birds she’ll get to see. What she doesn’t realize is that her parents have three big surprises planned, and each will offer her a different opportunity to feel what it’s like to fly. From snorkeling with baby sea turtles to parasailing out on the open ocean to zip-lining through the Costa Rican rainforest, Skye will have more than one chance to fly like a bird before this trip of a lifetime is through.

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"[Offers] an age-appropriate plot and realistic characters while appealing to a wide audience of readers gaining confidence in independent reading. This particular story also includes aspects of character development. Skye’s parents are both airline pilots, touching on gender equality. Skye hopes that when she grows up she’ll have a different profession than her parents, reenforcing the idea of individuality...Skye’s love and experience of animals throughout the book will appeal to readers who enjoy an animal story, as well as readers who enjoy adventure."

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"An easy chapter book filled with adventure...Good for those students who have transitioned into chapter books or struggle with reading because of the short chapters. There are just enough b&w illustrations for those who need a visual."

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"Throughout all of the adventures in the book, the reader incidentally learns about the geography and exotic birds and wildlife of Costa Rica. And although the three birthday surprises may seem extravagant there is no sense of entitlement from Skye, instead only gratitude and sincere wishes for her parents to

also fulfill their deepest dreams."

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"The story moves along at a fast pace and manages to pack in a great deal of unobtrusive background detail about outdoor activities and rain forest flora and fauna. Full-page black-and-white line drawings align closely with the text and effectively convey Skye’s continuing delight and wonder. Emerging and newly independent readers will enjoy the unfolding story and appreciate the accessible vocabulary and logical sequencing. This should be equally popular with boys and girls, and it definitely deserves a spot in school and public library high/low collection."

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Eric Walters began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. A Member of the Order of Canada, he has now published more than 100 novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

 
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Payback

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


Dylan O'Connor is in trouble again. While riding his bike home after dark, he has a run-in with a truck but doesn't give it a second thought until police show up at his door the next day. CCTV cameras put Dylan at the scene of a crime, and when the police question him, Dylan realizes he was an inadvertent witness. But he doesn't tell them the driver of the truck was Jeff Walker, a nasty piece of work. Dylan knows it's in his best interests to keep his mouth shut. Then he starts getting stalked by Jeff's weirdo sidekick, Eliot Barnes, a classmate of Dylan's. Is Eliot trying to protect Dylan, or is he making sure he stays silent?

This is the fourth story featuring Dylan O'Connor after The Snowball Effect, Caught in the Act, and Rise of the Zombie Scarecrows.

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"The writing is straightforward with uncomplicated, short sentences, but [the] plotline is immersive. Written between a third and fourth grade reading level, this [book] will particularly appeal to middle school hi-lo readers."

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"Solid story…Dylan's dilemma with the telling the truth is a conflict that everyone can relate to and Loughead explores this with a contemporary lens."

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Deb Loughead is the author of more than forty books for children and young adults. Her books have been translated into seven languages, and her award-winning poetry and adult fiction have appeared in a variety of Canadian publications. Deb has conducted workshops and held readings at schools, festivals and conferences across the country. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.debloughead.ca.

 
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Maddrax 530 - Science-Fiction-Serie

Bastei Entertainment | Maddrax


2008: Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika auf dem Höhepunkt des Kalten Krieges! Nach Geheimdienst-Informationen steht eine russische Invasion kurz bevor. Als dann im Großraum Washington der Funk ausfällt und Nordlichter am Himmel erscheinen, droht der Krieg heiß zu werden. Gleichzeitig wird in einem Vorort ein Pärchen aufgegriffen, bei dem es sich um russische Spione zu handeln scheint. Major Matthew Drax vom Nachrichtendienst des Pentagon soll sich ihrer annehmen. Die Frau - Kareen Hardy - ist offensichtlich verrückt, denn sie behauptet ihn zu kennen! Doch woher hat sie all das Wissen über ihn?

 
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Maddrax 531 - Science-Fiction-Serie

Bastei Entertainment | Maddrax


Colonel Aran Kormak hatte in seinem Leben schon mehrfach mit selbigem abgeschlossen. Nicht, dass er sich daran gewöhnt hätte, aber bislang hatte er immer einen Ausweg gefunden.

Heute lagen die Dinge jedoch anders. Nie zuvor war seine Lage schlechter gewesen. Unbewaffnet stand er in der Gondel eines Ballons, der zehn Meter über dem EIBREX schwebte, während der Anführer der Reenschas den Desintegrator auf ihn richtete.

Kormak überlegte gerade, ob er einen Sprung in die Tiefe wagen sollte, als das Dröhnen von Gleitertriebwerken an sein Ohr drang. Einen Atemzug später endete seine Wahrnehmung in einem blauen Lichtblitz ...

 
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Thunder Creek Ranch

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


In their fourth adventure together, Jake and his younger brother, Tommy, visit their grandparents' farm, Thunder Creek Ranch. When Jake spots a kid on the neighbor's farm, he goes over to investigate and meets Cory McNash, a city kid. Cory thinks he's tough and likes to brag. He offers Jake a ride on a quad bike, and Jake can't resist.

When Cory leaves a gate open and a young calf chases Tommy over the creek and into the woods, Jake and Cory follow on the quad. There's a storm coming, and they soon discover why the trickle of water in the creekbed is called Thunder Creek. The boys are stranded, and the tiny creek in now a raging torrent too dangerous to cross.

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"Has characters that are believable and easy to relate to...This book would appeal to young readers who enjoy adventure and ranch life."

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"A well-written story divided into short chapters, each one brimming with excitement. Full-page illustrations done by Kasia Charko enhance the tale by highlighting both the action in the story as well as the rich and detailed landscape of the hilly farmland, raging creek, and dense forest...A fun, easy-to-read addition to Sonya Spreen Bates' series about the brothers Jake and Tommy. With constant action, interesting settings, and character relationships that are true to real life, this is a good choice for those looking for a realistic adventure story."

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Sonya Spreen Bates is a Canadian writer living in South Australia. She grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, where she obtained a degree in linguistics from the University of Victoria. She then studied speech-language pathology at Dalhousie University and has spent many years working with children with communication disorders, often writing her own stories to use in therapy. Traveling to Australia was always an aspiration, but she never imagined she'd be living there one day.

Sonya began writing children's fiction in 2001, inspired by her two daughters and their love of the stories she told them. She now writes for children and adults, and has been published in Australia and New Zealand as well as Canada. For more information, visit www.sonyaspreenbates.com.

 
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Die Schatzinsel

fabula Verlag Hamburg


„Fünfzehn Mann bei des Toten Kist – Johoho, und ’ne Buddel, Buddel Rum!

Suff und der Teufel holten den Rest –“

Während einer turbulenten Nacht gerät der junge Jim Hawkins an die Schatzkarte des berüchtigten Piraten Captain Flint. Bei seiner abenteuerlichen Suche nach dem sagenumwobenen Schatz trifft er auf den bösartigen Long John Silver, der alles daran setzt, den Schatz für sich zu gewinnen. Für Jim beginnt das Abenteuer seines Lebens.

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La tormenta

Orca Book Publishers | Spanish Soundings


La vida de Allie ha dado un giro terrible. Sus padres se pelean todo el tiempo, le está yendo muy mal en la escuela y, por si fuera poco, piensa que tal vez esté embarazada. Incapaz de enfrentar a sus padres, decide irse de su casa y tomar la carretera con su amigo Razz, un patinador profesional de skateboarding. Cuando un enfrentamiento pone a Allie en peligro, Razz y Allie deciden volver, pero pasan justo por el camino de un tornado. Para sobrevivir al horror y la destrucción que sigue a la tormenta, Allie debe hacer uso de toda su fortaleza.

Allie's life has just taken a turn for the worse. Not only do her parents fight all the time, but she is failing classes at school and she thinks she may be pregnant. Unable to face her parents, she decides to run away. She hooks up with her friend Razz, a professional skateboarder, and goes on the road. When confrontations put Allie in danger, Razz and Allie head toward home and right into the path of a tornado. To survive the horror and destruction that follow the storm, she must find her inner strength.

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"Good teenage Spanish Language book full of action."

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William Bell was a teacher and the bestselling author of a number of teen novels.

 
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