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Mädchen versenken

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Als Lara ihre Augen öffnet, ist alles um sie herum schwarz. Träumt sie? Ist sie tot? Und was hat es mit den Stimmen auf sich, die sie aus dem Dunkeln hört? Ihr wird klar: Offenbar hat es jemand auf ihre beste Freundin Maud abgesehen. Aber wie soll sie Maud warnen, wenn niemand sie hört?

Maud macht sich schreckliche Vorwürfe. Warum hat sie Lara an dem verhängnisvollen Abend, als das Unglück passierte, nicht nach Hause begleitet? Die Ärzte halten Lara für hirntot und wollen die lebenserhaltenden Maschinen abstellen. Doch Maud kann ihre Freundin nicht einfach aufgeben - sie muss um Laras Leben kämpfen! Denn Maud glaubt nicht an einen Unfall und will herausfinden, was in jener Nacht wirklich geschah. Dabei ahnt sie nicht, dass sie schon längst selbst in Gefahr schwebt ...

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A toda velocidad

Orca Book Publishers | Spanish Soundings


Jake consiguió por fin su licencia de manejo y esta noche además puede usar el auto de su hermano. Junto con su amigo Mickey, Jake sale a pasear en el auto. Cuando desafían a otro conductor a una carrera callejera, una desastrosa reacción en cadena provoca un accidente. Jake y Mickey abandonan el lugar y tratan de convencerse de que son inocentes. Pero Jake no puede simplemente hacer como si nada hubiera pasado y se siente muy confundido. ¿Tendría que tratar de olvidar lo que pasó o debería ir a la policía?police?

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Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his grade five students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. At the end of the year, one student suggested that he try to have his story published. Since that first creation, Eric’s novels have all become best-sellers and have won over eighty awards. Often his stories incorporate themes that reflect his background in education and social work and his commitment to humanitarian and social-justice issues. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 70,000 students per year in schools across the country. Eric lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with his wife and three children.

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Un trabajo sin futuro

Orca Book Publishers | Spanish Soundings


Frances trabaja en el turno de la noche en la tienda local de abarrotes, dividiendo su tiempo entre llenar los anaqueles y trabajar en su arte. Una noche, su rutina se rompe cuando Devin entra a la tienda. Devin le dice que es el hijo de un famoso artista local y le ofrece darle su opinión sobre sus dibujos. A pesar de que Devin parece saber demasiado de ella, Frances decide, contra los consejos de su novio, que Devin es raro pero inofensivo. Cuando Frances se da cuenta al fin de que está en peligro, Devin ya está completamente obsesionado con ella y convencido de que si él no puede tenerla, no será de nadie más. Frances se verá obligada a usar toda su fuerza para escapar de Devin.

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Vicki Grant left her career in advertising and television to write her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She enjoys writing for young adults, with a particular interest in reluctant readers. Vicki's books have gone on to win many awards, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award in 2006. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and three children.

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Rock the Boat

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Limelights


Webb believes that if you want to reach your dreams, you have to live life loud. Bring the roof down. Rock the boat. Make sure that when you look back, you have no regrets. But when a shady music producer steals one of Webb’s songs, Webb finds out how hard it is for a kid on his own in Nashville to get justice. With the help of an unlikely ally, Webb discovers that he has what it takes to succeed: talent, determination and some good friends.

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With close to three million books in print, 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. One of his latest novels, The Last Disciple, earned Sigmund an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America. Sigmund and his family live half the year in Nashville, Tennessee, and half the year in Red Deer, Alberta. The Talk: Reach For Your Dreams It doesn't matter where you come from, it's where you decide to go in life that is important. Sigmund Brouwer encourages students to reach for their dreams, giving them fun and practical advice for the reading and writing skills that are the foundation of future success. The Presentation: Sigmund's presentations are an hour of high-level energy. He especially reaches out to reluctant readers and gears the talk to engage their attention. Audience size varies; often his presentations take place in the gym for the entire school, including kindergarten. (After the first half hour, the K-2 grades are dismissed, and the remainder of the presentation is focused on the older students.) There are no restrictions on audience size except for the space limitations of the gym. Smaller schools are welcome to invite another school to share in the cost of the presentation. Booking: For presentations that involve travel, Sigmund appreciates it if two or three schools in the area make bookings on the same day. For more information on booking, fees and expenses, please email Sigmund: rockandrollliteracy@me.com

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Missing

Orca Book Publishers


Thea and her dad are always on the move, from one small Cariboo town to another, trying to leave behind the pain of Thea's mom's death. They never stay long enough in one place for Thea to make friends, but when her dad gets work renovating a guest ranch on Gumboot Lake, she dares to hope that their wandering days are over. At the ranch she makes friends with Van, a local boy, and works hard to build the trust of an abused horse named Renegade. When Thea unearths the decades-old story of a four-year-old girl who disappeared from the ranch and was never seen again, she enlists Van to help her solve the mystery. When some disturbing facts come to light, she finally starts to come to terms with the losses in her own life.

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Becky Citra is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. When Becky is not writing, she gardens, hikes, skis and reads. Becky lives with her husband and daughter on a ranch where she has ridden and trained horses for thirty years in Bridge Lake, British Columbia.

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Fast Slide

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


Clay would much rather work as a lifeguard at the beach than at Safari Splash, the new water park in town. He's certain the summer will drag along, despite his position at the Boa, the park's fastest slide. The summer job starts to get interesting when he learns that someone has been wandering the park in a lynx costume, scaring the staff. When forty thousand dollars is stolen from the till, and his friends are under suspicion for the theft, boring is starting to look good. But Clay is certain that the mask and the thefts are connected, and he's determined to solve the crime.

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Melanie Jackson was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and grew up in Toronto. She has worked as a reporter for the Toronto Star and as a freelance writer for such magazines as Chatelaine and Vancouver. She is the author of the 6-book Dinah Galloway Mystery series and currently works as a creative writing mentor for the Vancouver School Board. Melanie lives in East Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, daughter and cowardly cat. For more information visit her website, www.flavors.me/melaniejackson/.

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La verdad

Orca Book Publishers | Spanish Soundings


Cuando un vecino adulto es brutalmente asesinado durante una fiesta de la preparatoria, todos en la escuela parecen saber quién lo hizo, pero nadie habla con la policía. Jen estuvo ahí, vio el cuerpo y tiene sus propias ideas sobre el posible culpable. Como es la reportera del programa de TV escolar, decide descubrir la verdad y averiguar si un estudiante que cada vez se comporta de forma más violenta podría ser el responsable. Cuando Jen y sus compañeros excavan demasiado profundo, la violencia se desencadena en la pequeña comunidad. Finalmente Jen tendrá que ponerse firme, y puede ser que le cueste mucho más de lo que se imagina.

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Tanya Lloyd Kyi is a freelance graphic designer and writer. She grew up in Creston, British Columbia, but now lives in Vancouver.

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Safe House

Orca Book Publishers


Northern Ireland. In 1999, one year after the Good Friday peace accord, sectarian violence still runs rampant in Belfast and the hatred between Protestant and Catholic runs deep. Liam O'Donnell's father is a peacemaker to the Catholic community. When twelve-year-old Liam's parents are brutally murdered in front of him, he is frozen in place. But when he sees the face of one of the attackers, he is forced to run for his life. Escaping, he finds shelter with a neighboring family. Taken to a police safe house, Liam is betrayed and forced to run again, from the very people who are supposed to be protecting him. Can he escape from his pursuer? Is there anywhere to turn for help? A thrilling tale of suspense set against a background that is brought brilliantly to life, Safe House is a story told from the heart.

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A former fingerprint specialist with the Vancouver Police Department, James Heneghan has won numerous awards for his books for young readers, including the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award three times for Flood, Wish Me Luck and The Grave. James lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Vanish

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


Fourteen-year-old Simone is having trouble making friends at her new school when her leadership studies class is paired with kindergarten students to mentor throughout the school year. To her surprise, Simone enjoys the Kinderbuddy Project, and she develops a special friendship with her Kinderbuddy, Lily. But as the bond between Simone and her Kinderbuddy grows, she realizes that a crisis is looming in Lily's family. Simone calls upon Aaron, the reluctant heartthrob of the class, for help, and they become key witnesses to events neither of them could have predicted.

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Karen Spafford-Fitz grew up in an old limestone farmhouse that she suspects was haunted. She attended Queen's University in Kingston where she graduated with an Arts degree in English Language and Literature in 1986, followed by a degree in Education in 1987. When Karen is not writing, she is often reading, gardening, running, skiing or enjoying Edmonton's river valley with her husband, her two daughters and her two enormous dogs.

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The Great Bike Rescue

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Young Readers


The summer is off to a lousy start when Levi's bike is stolen from outside the corner store. He feels even worse because he didn't lock it. But when his best friend Riley's locked bike is stolen the very next day, the boys are determined to get both of them back. When they discover there has been a string of bicycle thefts in the area, the friends hatch several plans to find the culprit. There are so many potential suspects, Steve Morrow and his gang, the tattooed guy who sits at the bus stop, the owners of the secondhand-bike store. There's also Emily Grimshaw, Levi's childhood nemesis, who keeps popping up and showing a peculiar interest in the thefts. Does she really want to help or is she involved somehow? And will Levi and Riley ever see their beloved bikes again?

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From her home in the mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, Hazel has written over forty books for children of all ages. She gives lively presentations at schools and libraries across Canada.

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