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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 is a Member of the Order of Canada and the author of over 115 books that have collectively won more than 100 awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for The King of Jam Sandwiches. A former teacher, Eric began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. Eric 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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Orca Book Publishers | Seven (the Series)


Spencer loves movies, but real life is boring, right? When his late grandfather's will reveals the tasks he wants his grandsons to undertake, Spencer thinks he got screwed. He's not going to France or Spain or Africa. He's not even getting a cool tattoo, like his younger brother. No, he's going to Buffalo to get a kiss from an ancient movie star. Gross. And he's supposed to film it. Grosser. But Spencer hasn't bargained on Gloria Lorraine, star of the silver screen back in the day. Gloria has big plans—plans that involve her granddaughter AmberLea, a gun, a baker who might be a gangster, some real gangsters and a road trip to Nowheresville, Ontario. After being shot at, jumping into an icy lake and confronting some angry bikers, Spencer finally realizes that real life can be as exciting (and dangerous) as reel life.

Spencer's adventures start in Speed, part of The Seven Prequels and continue in Coda, part of The Seven Sequels.

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"Staunton offers plenty of action, intrigue, and well-placed humour. The way the story intertwines with Spencer's younger brother's journey adds further interest and keeps readers guessing to the end. The film allusions throughout are clever and appropriate, and the cast of characters is both interesting and convincing...Readers will thoroughly enjoy Jump Cut on its own or as part of this unique new series. Highly Recommended."

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"If Jump Cut were a movie, and it would make a fantastic film, it would an action thriller with a quirky cast and many surprises, and the audience would be relentlessly sitting on the edge of their seats and falling back with belly laughs. Ted Staunton's sense of humour is divine, especially when verbalized by the indomitable Gloria Lorraine...Jump Cut has the eccentric elements of a cult classic. But, I suspect, that Jump Cut and all the other books in Orca's Seven (the series) will definitely stay in the mainstream for a long time with their popularity ensuring their status as classics."

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"A zany adventure...In the course of the story, Spencer tangles with Mafia toughs and motorcycle gang members, finding maturity, smarts and personal strength in the process...[An] entertaining story with a heart of gold."

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"This madcap adventure will appeal to those readers who like action novels, mob related novels, or road trip novels. A first class read about loyalty, first love and how life can imitate film... Strongly recommended for middle and high school libraries. Easy to read vocabulary with nonstop action, adventure and humor."

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"[The] adventures are exciting and readers will be anxious to pick up the next book in the series. Great for middle grade boys who want realistic fiction with action and suspense."

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"The dialogue is very amusing, sharp and revealing of character...This intriguing series will appeal to both boys and girls at the junior high level."

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"Exciting and good fun...It's wonderful to read a book where you love all the characters and here I certainly did, right down to the dog."

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"An inspirational story of tying up loose ends even when it might seem that it's too late."

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Ted Staunton divides his time between writing and a busy schedule as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. Ted lives in Port Hope, Ontario. For more information, visit www.tedstauntonbooks.com.

 
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Between Heaven and Earth

Orca Book Publishers | Seven (the Series)


DJ is David McLean's eldest grandson, so it stands to reason that he be the one to scatter his beloved grandfather's ashes. At least that's how DJ sees it. He's always been the best at everything—sports, school, looking after his fatherless family—so climbing Kilimanjaro is just another thing he'll accomplish almost effortlessly. Or so he thinks, until he arrives in Tanzania and everything starts to go wrong. He's detained at immigration, he gets robbed, his climbing group includes an old lady and he gets stuck with the first ever female porter. Forced to go polepole (slowly), DJ finds out the hard way that youth, fitness level and drive have nothing to do with success on the mountain—or in life.

DJ's adventures start in Jungle Land, part of The Seven Prequels and continue in Sleeper, part of The Seven Sequels.

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"An amazing book…Between Heaven and Earth will leave readers wanting to read the rest of the series!"

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"[The] adventures are exciting and readers will be anxious to pick up the next book in the series. Great for middle grade boys who want realistic fiction with action and suspense."

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"Walters' style is, as usual, quick and catchy, but smooth and engaging at the same time. His characters are well-developed, focusing mainly on three people, DJ, Sarah, and Doris, as they struggle to make their way toward the summit and deposit DJ's grandfather's ashes....Walters' has written a fantastic story that will capture the attention of young readers and keep them engaged until the last page...Highly Recommended."

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"Strikingly realistic...It really made me want to experience the climb for myself."

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"While DJ’s overconfidence makes it hard to root for him at first, his growth along the way soon transforms him into a more palatable hero. The biggest draw, though, is Walter's keen attention to atmosphere, detail, and setting—Mount Kilimanjaro is a character unto itself. "

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"I would highly recommend this for any collection needing a fast paced quick read including a boy and an adventure. The story was well written and the characterization was well thought out. This would be a great story even for reluctant readers."

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"The rich setting and the thrilling details of the climb will make readers yearn for their own adventure. However, graphic descriptions of altitude sickness and stomach-twisting trail food leave no false illusions that the journey will be an easy one...Richly detailed and satisfying."

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"Excellent resource for middle schools. Boys will love it."

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"Walters is known for action-adventure novels that appeal to boys, and his latest project, Seven (The Series), is no exception...A solid outdoor adventure story."

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"I enjoyed how DJ was able to relate to the Tanzanians and how the characters helped each other in their climb up the mountain. I recommend it as a fast, fun read."

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"A story of determination and will that forces the characters to reconsider what is truly important in life and why they are really climbing the mountain."

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Eric Walters is a Member of the Order of Canada and the author of over 115 books that have collectively won more than 100 awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for The King of Jam Sandwiches. A former teacher, Eric began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. Eric 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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Wave Warrior

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


Ben is determined to learn to surf. In the rough North Atlantic waters near his home, only the tough can make it on the water. His first attempt is a disaster. Then he meets Ray, a surfing veteran from California. Ray promises to teach him to surf—and to face his inner demons. As Ben becomes more comfortable on his board he learns to face his fears and prove that he has what it takes to become a Wave Warrior.

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"Cancer, death, the elderly, teen life and conflicts are handled very well in this short novel...a sports novel that is neither too technical nor bogged down in terminology and technique."

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"The descriptions of both the setting and the surf action are first rate."

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"A brief, engaging tale of a 16-year-old boy who challenges himself and comes out a winner. Recommended."

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Lesley Choyce, who has been teaching English and creative writing for over thirty years, is the author of more than ninety books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Ann Connor Brimer Award. He has also been short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor, the White Pine Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, the Aurora Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and, most recently, the Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia.

 
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Storm Sisters - Die versunkene Welt

beBEYOND


Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts auf den Weltmeeren: Seit ihre Eltern und mit ihnen die gesamte Geheimorganisation "Sturm" bei einem Angriff getötet wurden, sind Charlie, Sadie, Liu, Raquel und Ingela auf sich allein gestellt. Getarnt als gefährliche Piratinnen machen die Mädchen sich auf die Suche nach den Mördern ihrer Eltern. Doch auf den Weltmeeren treiben sich jede Menge böser Schurken herum, die ihre Verfolgung aufnehmen. Am meisten in Acht nehmen müssen sie sich jedoch vor einem Feind, dessen Existenz sie noch nicht einmal ahnen ...

Starke Mädchen, Spannung und Romantik vereinen sich zu einem bezaubernden Abenteuerroman - folge den "Storm Sisters" und tauche ein in ihre fantastische Welt!

 
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Die Leuchtturm-HAIE (4). Käpt’n Matjes und der verschollene Schatz

Arena Verlag | Die Leuchtturm-HAIE


Eine aufregende Schatzsuche an der Nordsee: Ein neuer Fall für die Leuchtturm-HAIE von Bestseller-Autorin Gisa Pauly!

Unglaublich! Auf dem Dachboden des alten Kapitäns Matjes finden Inga, Hannes und Emil einen Brief mit einer echten Schatzkarte. Keine Frage: Diesen Schatz wollen die Freunde bergen! Doch ganz so einfach wird es dann doch nicht - denn da wären noch zwei zwielichtige Matrosen, die auch hinter dem Schatz her sind …

Inga, Hannes und Emil, die drei Superfreunde, trauen ihren Augen kaum, als sie auf dem Dachboden von Kapitän Matjes stöbern und eine echte, waschechte Schatzkarte aus dem ganzen Krempel fischen. Sofort machen sich die drei verschworenen Leuchtturm-HAIE auf die Suche. Und tatsächlich: In einem alten Bootshaus entdecken die Kinder dann tatsächlich eine Schatzkiste. Blöd nur, dass diese leer ist. Inga, Hannes und Emil sind ratlos. Hat sich der alte Kapitän nur einen Spaß erlaubt? Oder steckt doch eine geheime Botschaft hinter den rätselhaften Sätzen des sprechenden Papageis? So schnell geben die drei Detektive natürlich nicht auf. Können sie das Rätsel lösen und den Schatz finden, bevor er den fiesen Matrosen in die Hände fällt?

Die Leuchtturm-HAIE sind die erste Kinderbuchreihe von Gisa Pauly, der Grand Dame des Nordsee-Krimis. Eine spannende Krimireihe mit Ferien-Feeling und Nordsee-Flair für Jungen und Mädchen ab 8 Jahren. Mit wundervollen schwarz-weiß Illustrationen von Edda Skibbe. Alle Bände sind unabhängig voneinander lesbar.

Gisa Pauly wurde in Gronau geboren. Nachdem sie zwanzig Jahre lang als Berufsschullehrerin gearbeitet hatte, begann sie mit dem Schreiben. Seitdem ist sie vor allem für ihre Krimireihe über die clevere Italienerin Mamma Carlotta bekannt, die auf Sylt ihre Fälle löst. Gisa Pauly lebt in Münster, doch wie ihre Figuren bekommt sie mehrmals im Jahr Sehnsucht nach der Weite der Nordsee. „Die Leuchtturm-HAIE“ ist Gisa Paulys erste Kinderbuchreihe.

Alle Bände der Reihe:

Die Leuchtturm-HAIE. Oma Rosella und die geheime Seehundmission (1)

Die Leuchtturm-HAIE. Die Jagd nach dem Perlendieb (2)

Die Leuchtturm-HAIE. Die Beute der Strandpiraten (3)

Die Leuchtturm-HAIE. Käpt’n Matjes und der verschollene Schatz (4)

Alle Titel der Reihe sind auf antolin.de gelistet.

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Gisa Pauly wurde in Gronau geboren. Nachdem sie zwanzig Jahre lang als Berufsschullehrerin gearbeitet hatte, begann sie mit dem Schreiben. Seitdem ist sie vor allem für ihre Krimireihe über die clevere Italienerin Mamma Carlotta bekannt, die auf Sylt ihre Fälle löst. Gisa Pauly lebt in Münster, doch wie ihre Figuren bekommt sie mehrmals im Jahr Sehnsucht nach der Weite der Nordsee. „Die Leuchtturm-HAIE“ ist Gisa Paulys erste Kinderbuchreihe.

 
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Das erste Kinderbuch vom Bestsellerautor Luca Di Fulvio:

Eine sagenumwobene Bucht, an der Kinder spurlos verschwinden.

Ein Bösewicht, der Seelen sammelt.

Eine magische Anderwelt.

Lily, Red, Max und die Möwe Luigi machen sich auf, das Rätsel um die Verlorene Bucht zu lösen. Genau hier soll das Tor zur Anderwelt liegen, einer Welt, in der alles verkehrt herum läuft. Aber die Reise in ihrem kleinen Segelboot gestaltet sich alles andere als einfach. Im Sog heftiger Strudel und vorbei an riesigen Seeungeheuern geraten sie in die Fänge des Herrschers in der Anderwelt, Egon Dragon. Für die vier Freunde gibt es kein Zurück mehr, und sie müssen schnell sein, denn Egon Dragon hat es auf ihre Seelen abgesehen ...

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"Manchmal merkt man an der Sprache, dass der Schriftsteller eigentlich Romane für Erwachsene schreibt. Doch es lohnt sich, das Buch zu lesen. Und wenn ihr manche Begriffe nicht versteht, könnt ihr ja auch mal bei euren Eltern nachfragen." Die Rheinpfalz, 21.05.2016

"Eine herrliche, spannende und sehr schön geschriebene Geschichte für abenteuerlustige Leser." Hamburger Morgenpost, 02.06.2016

"Ein großes Abenteuer um eine geheimnisumwitterte Sage, voller Mystik und Magie, erwartet die vier mutigen Piraten - und die kleinen Leser erwartet ein Lesevergnügen von besonderer Güte." Buchkultur, April 2016

 
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Baumhaus


So traurig hat Mick seine Mutter noch nie erlebt, denn das Haus, in dem sie wohnen, soll abgerissen werden. Also müssen sie umziehen. Und nebenan das alte Filmstudios soll auch verschwinden. Spekulanten haben das Gelände gekauft.

Das alles geht Mick und seinem Freund ziemlich auf die Nerven, zumal dessen Vater auch noch beim Film arbeitet. Die beiden Jungs hecken einen Plan aus und nehmen das abgesperrte Gelände mal genauer unter die Lupe. Doch was sie dort entdecken, verschlägt ihnen den Atem ...

 
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