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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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Aveline Jones und die Geister von Stormhaven

Arena Verlag | Aveline Jones


Schaurig schön und echt gruselig: die Abenteuer von Aveline! Der Wind pfeift durch die Ritzen und jede Diele knarzt: Avelines neues Zuhause ist ihr auf den ersten Blick gar nicht geheuer. Dass die Einwohner des stürmischen Küstenörtchens überall Vogelscheuchen aufstellen, macht es nicht besser. Einfach. Nur. Gruselig! Avelines einzige Rettung ist Mr Liebermans verwunschener Buchladen, der sofort zum Stöbern einlädt - denn sie liebt schaurige Geschichten und Bücher über alles. Aber schon bald steht die schauerlichste Nacht des Jahres bevor. Und an Halloween werden längst vergessene Legenden in Stormhaven sehr viel lebendiger, als Aveline lieb ist ... Pünktlich zu Halloween erscheint dieses schaurig-schöne Kinderbuch für alle Mädchen ab 9 Jahren, die wohlfühlige Gruselgeschichten lieben. Perfekt ist für stürmische Herbstabende: zum gemütlichen Einkuscheln, Schmökern und Gruseln! Wunderschön und stimmungsvoll illustriert von Kaja Reinki. Mit Aveline Jones geht es immer schön schauerlich weiter! Band 2 „Aveline Jones - Im Bann der Hexensteine“ erscheint im Frühjahr 2021.

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Phil Hickes ist ein waschechter Brite, lebt aber inzwischen in den USA. Er studierte englische Literatur und arbeitet tagsüber als Werbetexter. Seine Leidenschaft galt schon immer dem Schreiben – besonders liebt er Geschichten über Geister und alles Gruselige, das sich im Dunkel der Nacht abspielt. „Aveline Jones“ ist seine erste Buchreihe für Kinder.

 
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The Twisted Climb

BWL Publishing Inc. | The Twisted Climb


Falling to sleep has never been so tiring. Sleep climbers Jayden, Connor and Max meet in a strange, moonlit dream land where the only way to ‘fall’ asleep is to climb. The climbing is not so simple, though. The mountain is full of night-time animals and things that could only exist in a dream world. Jayden, a brash, assertive girl, battles her own demons while joining forces with Connor, a calm, intuitive young man, and Max, a young teenager trying to be a man in a boy’s body. Together, they climb their way up the mountain but their many adventures are interrupted by Richard Hatemore, an evil, sickly-looking boy who will stop at nothing to prevent them from reaching their goal. As the sleep climbers move closer to the top, they begin to work as a team and ultimately, face their greatest challenge together.

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J.C. Kavanagh's debut novel is a must read. Lots of action and twists and turns. A surprise makes for a great ending.

 
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Darkness Descends

BWL Publishing Inc. | The Twisted Climb


Jayden, Connor and Max thought they had climbed their way out of ‘falling’ to sleep. Little did they know that they would be pulled back into Richard Hatemore's dreaded dream world, triggering a new wave of adventures and paranormal terrors. When Connor’s little sister Georgia becomes trapped there, a compelling energy unites the main characters once again. It is only after they accept the ‘cross over’ invitation and join forces in the moonlit dream world that the trio finally understand their rekindled purpose: saving Georgia. Can Jayden, Connor and Max survive the harrowing journey and strange activities in Richard's dream world, and rescue Georgia? Perhaps - but only if they’re willing to overcome their biggest fears and unlock the powers that bind them.

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J.C. Kavanagh's followup to her debut novel is a must read. Lots of action and twists and turns. A great read!

 
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Belle's Journey

Crow Cottage Publishing


Belle is too old and stiff to pull the ploughs or the wagons anymore. In fact, Molly's horse barely earns her keep by carrying the young girl to piano lessons once a week. When Father wonders if they should get rid of Belle, Molly is delighted at the thought of prancing and galloping on a beautiful new pony.

But one winter day on the way home from piano lessons, Molly and Belle become lost in a sudden blizzard. And Belle, old and stiff as she is, confronts the terrible storm with every ounce of will she possesses. No matter what, Belle will not give up until she brings Molly home.

Set on the prairies during the twenties, Belle's Journey is a moving story of steadfast devotion and a heroic fight for survival. This 20th anniversary eBook edition features beautifully enhanced colour illustrations. Reading ages 4-10.

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Marilynn Reynolds is the bestselling author of a number of children’s picture books, including A Present for Mrs Kazinski, The Prairie Fire, The New Land, A Dog for a Friend and The Name of the Child, published in 2002. Her book Goodbye to Griffiths Street won the Christie Harris Award in 2005. Marilynn Reynolds was born in Sudbury, Ontario, but has spent most of her life on the Prairies. This life, combined with her mother's and grandparents' experiences growing up in wide-open spaces, gave her a wealth of story material and a unique look at early Canadian life.

 
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Strangeworlds - Öffne den Koffer und spring hinein!

Baumhaus


Die 12-jährige Flick traut ihren Augen kaum, als sie das Reisebüro Strangeworlds betritt. Denn der kleine Laden und der Besitzer Jonathan stecken voller Geheimnisse: Nicht nur, dass sich hier unzählige Koffer stapeln - diese Koffer sind magisch. Durch sie kann man in die fantastischsten Welten reisen! Flick kann ihr Glück kaum fassen. Doch Jonathan und die Strangeworlds-Gesellschaft sind in großer Sorge, denn das Gleichgewicht der magischen Welten ist in Gefahr. Und Flick ist die Einzige, die sie retten kann ...

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"Die Welt der Strangeworlds-Gesellschaft ist voller fantastischer Ideen, Spannung und Spaß. Die anspruchsvolle Geschichte sprüht nur so vor Originalität und die beiden Hauptcharaktere sind fesselnd und glaubhaft." Alexandra Fichter-Laube, Kinderbuch-Couch.de, März 2021

 
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West to the Bay

BWL Publishing Inc. | Canada West Historical Series


In 1750, Thomas Gunn, along with three friends, join the Hudson's Bay Company and sail from Stromness on the Orkney Islands of northern Scotland to York Factory fort on Hudson's Bay. They believe they are starting a new and exciting life in what is called Rupert's Land, but tragedy follows them, striking for the first time on the ship. At the fort Thomas finds his older brother, Edward, who had joined four years earlier. He also meets Little Bird, sister of Edward's wife, and her family.

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I can't imagine many boys at fifteen years of age leaving their families to go work overseas in a foreign land on the other side of the world for five years. Yet they did in the 1700's. So begins Thomas Gunn's journey into manhood. Meanwhile native girl, Little Bird, is old enough to become married and must begin picking a husband soon and starting her family, only none of the native men appeal to her. So begins the love between these two, what we would call kids today, but back then were already adults in a harsh world that left no room for the weak. Joan does excellent at portraying the two very different worlds, both long gone and the bitter reality of the 1700's and even better at the blossoming love between Little Bird and Thomas. A must read for historical buffs, be prepared to be thrust into a past that created strong characters, where survival was never remotely guaranteed and where finding your true love even harder.

 
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Laurel's Quest

BWL Publishing Inc. | The Cornwall Adventures


Have you ever wondered how you would handle it if your mom was terminally ill? What if you were sent to stay with people you didn't even know in another country because your father was at the hospital all the time? Laurel is faced with both of these realities, what she really wants is a miracle. She wants her mom to be cured of cancer. Join Laurel as she pursues her quest amidst the magic of the Cornish countryside. She is aided by her new friends Coll, Gort, and Aisling and helped along in her quest by the creatures of legend and myth. Vear Du, the Selkie, Gwin Scawen, the Cornish Piskie, Belerion the fire salamander, Morgawr the flying sea serpent who does Vear Du a favour, and Cormoran, the last giant of Cornwall. They must battle the odds in the form of bullies and confusing clues. Will they emerge victorious? Will Laurel have the courage to solve the riddle and fulfill her quest a reality?

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Laurel’s Quest is full of beautiful images: of the strange fairy folk, the Lady of the Lake, crystal horses and the labyrinth inside the Tor of Avalon. The touching sentiment of faith, hope, kindness and secrets revealed, reinforces the truth: there is magic in friendship.

 
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Seawalkers (3). Wilde Wellen

Arena Verlag | Seawalkers


Band 3 der großen Gestaltwandler-Serie

Die Schüler und Lehrer der Blue Reef High sind in heller Aufregung. Nicht nur, dass neuerdings zahlreiche Reptilien- und Python-Wandler die Schule bevölkern und dort für Chaos sorgen. Nun baut sich vor der Küste von Florida auch noch ein gewaltiger Hurrikan auf. Haiwandler Tiago, Delfinmädchen Shari und ihre Freunde entscheiden sich, aufs offene Meer zu fliehen. Doch sind sie dort wirklich in Sicherheit? Und wird die Blue Reef High noch stehen, wenn sie zurückkommen? Jenseits des Unwetters sind Tiago schlimme Gerüchte zu Ohren gekommen: Skrupellose Geschäftsleute sollen Kämpfe von Tauchern mit Haien organisieren? Ob das stimmt und ob die Wandlerfreunde sie aufhalten können? Hier kommt die zweite Staffel der großen Gestaltwandler-Serie von Bestseller-Autorin Katja Brandis. In der atemberaubenden Unter- und Überwasserwelt der Everglades erleben Tigerhaijunge Tiago und seine Gestaltwandler-Freunde (Delfinwandlerin Shari, Gürteltierwandler Jasper, Rochenwandlerin Finny, Papageifisch Nox, Doktorfischmädchen Olivia u.a.) einzigartig spannende Abenteuer. Mit Gastauftritten von den beliebten Woodwalkers-Figuren Carag, Tikaani und Co.

Packender Lesestoff für alle Jungen und Mädchen ab 10 Jahren. Mit wunderschönen Illustrationen von Claudia Carls und tollen Gestaltwandler-Portraits.Alle Seawalkers-Bände sind einzeln und unabhängig von den Woodwalkers lesbar.

Die Seawalkers-Bände erscheinen halbjährlich.Bisher erschienen: Seawalkers. Gefährliche GestaltenSeawalkers. Rettung für ShariSeawalkers. Wilde Wellen

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Katja Brandis, geb. 1970, studierte Amerikanistik, Anglistik und Germanistik und arbeitete als Journalistin. Sie schreibt seit ihrer Kindheit und hat inzwischen zahlreiche Romane für junge Leser veröffentlicht. Sie lebt mit Mann, Sohn und drei Katzen in der Nähe von München.www.katja-brandis.de

 
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