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Ben the Inventor

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


Inventors invent inventions! That's what Ben and his best friend Jack like to say. So when Ben discovers that Jack's family is planning to move to another city, he decides they should put their inventions to work. The boys figure that if no one buys Jack's house, Jack won't have to move away, so all they need is a plan to scare off potential buyers! Inventors are good at coming up with plans. But when Plans A, B and C fail to bring the results the boys had hoped for, Ben discovers that not everything in life stays the same—and that while change can be hard, sometimes it isn't all bad.

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"A delightful story about best friends and shared visions...Stevenson's message provides comfort while demonstrating problem solving techniques to keep friendship alive even at a distance."

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"Humorous yet poignant, this story highlights the friendship and creativity of two endearing characters...Faithful to the hopes and fears of young children and enhanced with fine pencil drawings, Stevenson's second chapter book about Ben rings true for anyone who has had a friend move away."

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"This book gives early readers an extended reading experience; short chapters provide quick success in reading and make the book easy to read in installments...Children who face a move will find comfort in this enjoyable story of friendship. Young inventors might get some ideas too."

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"[The characters'] plans share a common feature, a quality of dreaming and scheming that seems perfectly age appropriate: Not too well thought out, but very imaginative...Ben and Jack exchange a lot of believable dialogue...Attractive, cheerful black-and-white full-page illustrations appear every few pages...Everything about this [book] is charmingly upbeat...Its winsome attitude makes it fun."

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Robin Stevenson is the author of more than twenty-five books for kids and teens, including The Summer We Saved the Bees and Pride Colors. The first edition of her nonfiction book Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (2016) won a Stonewall Honor and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

 
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Justine Mckeen vs. the Queen of Mean

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


Justine McKeen is back, and she’s on a deadline. With only days left before Earth Day, Justine enlists the help of her classmates to count flower buds, frogs, spiders and ants in their natural habitat as part of an environmental science project. But there’s a species right in her own classroom that she’ll have to tackle first--a class bully. Savannah Blue, aka the Queen of Mean, criticizes Justine’s secondhand clothes and calls being green a waste of time. Their teacher, Mrs. Howie, gives the girls a new assignment for Earth Day--they must present together to the class on why it’s important to care for the environment. In the sixth book in this bestselling series, Justine is up against her biggest challenge yet--can she convince the Queen of Mean to go green?

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"The story carries through conflict, misunderstandings, humorous moments, and some soul searching to a happy conclusion. Along the way, interesting nature tidbits are deftly inserted in the story...The illustrations by Dave Whamond are cartoonish and light-hearted and accent the humorous aspects of the story. This book is highly recommended for both school and public libraries. Although it is sixth in a series it can be read as a stand-alone story. However once readers are introduced to Justine

and her friends, they will want to read the other five books."

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"For her latest project, activist Justine tries to organize a student-run species count. But first she must

convince new student and bully Savannah that caring for the environment matters. The plot provides a

framework for explaining species interconnectivity, and the back matter includes links to apps and

websites for science observers...The abundant humor keeps the tale quick and readable. Short chapters, plentiful black-and-white illustrations, and Justine’s indeterminate age make the book suitable for older, struggling readers."

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"In his series of Justine McKeen books, Sigmund Brouwer introduces readers to the likeable, determined character of Justine who is passionate about taking care of her environment...Illustrations by Dave Whamond every three to four pages help to confirm understanding for young readers. At the end of the book, author Brouwer suggests apps and websites for observing wildlife in its natural environment."

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Sigmund Brouwer is the award-winning author of over 100 books for young readers, with close to 4 million books in print. He has won the Christy Book of the Year and an Arthur Ellis Award, as well as being nominated for two TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards and the Red Maple Award. For years, Sigmund has captivated students with his Rock & Roll Literacy Show and Story Ninja program during his school visits, reaching up to 80,000 students per year. His many books in the Orca Sports and Orca Currents lines have changed the lives of countless striving readers. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta.

 
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Beneath Raven Moon

Crow Cottage Publishing


There are as many Creation stories as there are First Nations on Turtle Island. The story of a Great Flood is known to indigenous people in every corner of the world. But what about the Moon? Who made her? What was her intended purpose?

Beneath Raven Moon is an enchanting tale of the creation of Grandmother Moon and of the first time she wove her spell on a young, unsuspecting couple.

The story unfolds in the territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw people – now also known as British Columbia’s Inside Passage – where Raven and Eagle join together in good-natured conspiracy to foster a heart-warming romance.

Follow the magical vision of Métis author David Bouchard and Kwakwaka’wakw artist Andy Everson to learn why Raven found it necessary to bless us with the heavenly sphere that guides we two-leggeds and illuminates our night sky.

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Canada’s award-winning author David Bouchard is Métis. The author of over fifty bestselling books, his If You’re Not From the Prairie is on Maclean’s list of the top 20 children’s books in the history of Canada. David was a teacher and a principle for many years before turning to writing.

“I grew up in a white, Catholic society knowing nothing of my Métis roots. Recently a force has drawn me (pushed is perhaps more telling) to explore my own Native bloodlines. This journey, the ideas, the contacts and the passion are all inspired by my grandmother, my teacher, my Nokum!”

 
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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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Saving Sammy

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


After Morgan’s backyard is flooded by the nearby river, her dog, Shire, finds a baby beaver that has been washed out of its den. Realizing that its parents aren’t coming back, Morgan must quickly learn to care for the beaver, which she names Sammy. Morgan’s parents warn her that he can’t stay with them forever. Will Morgan be able to find a safe home for Sammy?

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"The story gives children an invaluable message. No matter how young you are or what your situation is, there is always something you can do. One of the wonderful things about this book [is] the illustrations...,tactfully drawn in classic black and white...Walters’ writing style and choice of words make this book an excellent choice for beginning readers and also for reluctant readers...The suspense that the plot offers, as well as the message of empowerment, will ensure that children aren’t bored or disengaged...Sure to please any young reader as well as keep listening parents entertained. This book would be a wonderful addition to any children’s literature collection. It could be a very good choice for reluctant readers or for older children reading at a lower grade level."

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"A wonderful book that focuses on giving hope to those in need, whether they be human beings or animals that roam Earth...This short chapter book has easy to read text and is accompanied by illustrations that depict real life characters with rustic and rural appeal...Can be read by students who have a love for wildlife or by those who cherish and embrace the opportunity to make a difference for those that surround them. Within the classroom, teachers may find this book useful as a read aloud or a short novel study where concepts such as open and closed questions, personal connections and summarizing and visualizing can be strengthened and enhanced."

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"Morgan and her family, with their two dogs, are engaging, and their willingness to care for a small wild animal and make sure it has a safe future sets a good example for young readers. The story can also serve to introduce interactions with wild animals for children who live in larger urban centres and may not encounter wildlife regularly. Well-written, with a variety of vocabulary suited to the reading level."

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"Valuable information about [wildlife conservation] agencies is seamlessly woven into the story which flows smoothly. Characterization is good for such a short story and Sammy is adorable."

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"Young readers will be captivated with this adventure based on a true story. Not only does the book teach children what to do with a baby beaver that is found in one’s backyard, it also serves as a great introduction to animal shelters and wildlife conservation."

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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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Ospreys in Danger

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


When an osprey nest atop an electrical pole catches fire, the whole town of Waterton loses power. Being a park warden’s daughter, Jenna (whom everyone calls Cricket) is there at the scene, where she finds three abandoned baby ospreys. Caring for the chicks proves to be challenging for Cricket. The birds are noisy, hungry and very picky eaters. But when she discovers that the power company is building a new anti-nesting device on the electrical pole, Cricket has an even bigger problem. How will she reunite the baby birds with their parents without a place for them to build a nest?

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"An exciting tale for young animal lovers."

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"McDowell has done of fine job of telling an interesting and immediate story to children who are becoming interested in environmentalism and who can connect to events in this story...Charko's illustrations add increased meaning to the text as they give readers more access to what an osprey looks like, what the environment looks like, and especially what a power pole looks like to make the problem in this book make sense."

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"This story fits well within the Orca Echoes theme of social responsibility, and teaches readers about osprey and what can happen when wild animals and human infrastructure intersect. There is also information about the true story that informed the book, and further information about osprey. Interesting and engaging, with a happy ending."

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"Would make a great tie-in to a class science study of environmentalism or wildlife habitats. For those practising reading skills it might be used as a read aloud to focus on inferring, predicting, problem solving and learning styles."

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"Children who are becoming interested in environmental and conservation issues will be drawn into Cricket’s conflict between wildlife and humans."

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Pamela McDowell's first career was in education, teaching junior high and high school. She began writing when she left teaching and has now written more than fifty nonfiction books for children. Pamela grew up in Alberta and enjoys writing about the diverse animals and habitats of her home province. Pamela lives in Calgary with her husband, two kids and an Australian shepherd.

 
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Agatha Merkwürdens Racheblumen

Dragonfly


Es wird bunt und wild und wunderbar!Melissas Heimatstadt ist betongrau und ordentlich. Für alles gibt es Regeln - und Melissa kann nichts so gut wie sie zu befolgen. Sie hat sogar den Titel »Folgsamstes Kind der Schule« zu verteidigen. Doch dann findet sie unter den Betonplatten auf ihrer Terrasse ein geheimnisvolles Päckchen voller Blumensamen, das alles auf den Kopf stellt. Plötzlich hört Melissa Stimmen und verspürt den Drang, die Samen auszusäen. Aber Agatha Merkwürdens Racheblumen sind launisch und suchen sich ihren ganz eigenen Weg. Und endlich blüht die Stadt wieder auf.Gewinner des Deutschen Hörbuchpreises 2020 in der Kategorie »Bestes Kinderhörbuch«

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Nicola Skinner arbeitete als Texterin und Journalistin, bis ein Besuch in einem alten, überwucherten Garten sie zu »Agatha Merkwürdens Racheblumen«, ihrem außergewöhnlichem Debüt, inspirierte.

 
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Wild Claws (3). Im Visier der Haie

Arena Verlag | Wild Claws


Wilde Tiere und gefährliche Abenteuer: Auf zu WILD CLAWS, der Wildtierstation in den Everglades! Beim Tauchen an der Küste entdecken Logan, Charlotte und Jack ein Schiffswrack. Hochinteressant - aber wahnsinnig gefährlich. Denn als die Freunde es untersuchen, werden sie von einem Hai attackiert! Immer mehr Haie nähern sich und umkreisen das Wrack, als würden sie es bewachen. Was befindet sich in dem gesunkenen Boot, und welches Geheimnis verbirgt der Meeresforscher Thornton, der gerade auf der Tierstation Wild Claws zu Gast ist? Als Logan erneut hinuntertaucht, greifen die Haie an und Logan ist im Wrack gefangen. Die Luft wird knapp und die Zeit rennt ihnen davon! Können Jack und Charlotte ihn rechtzeitig befreien? Ein Alligator im Swimmingpool? Eine riesige Python in den Sümpfen direkt vor dir? Bei Jack und Logan von der Wildtierstation WILD CLAWS kann das schon mal vorkommen, denn hier wartet jeden Tag ein tierisches Abenteuer auf die Freunde! Band 3 der neuen Actionreihe von Max Held rund um Abenteuer und wilde Tiere in den Sümpfen der Everglades. Die realistische und spannende Kinderbuchreihe ist besonders für Jungs ab 9 Jahren geeignet. Das exotische Setting macht Spaß: Wer möchte nicht mit dem Propellerboot durch die Sümpfe Floridas zur Schule düsen? Mit coolen schwarz-weiß Illustrationen von Timo Grubing. Alle Bände der Reihe: Wild Claws (1). Im Auge der Python Wild Claws (2). Der Biss des Alligators Wild Claws (3). Im Visier der Haie Weitere Bände sind in Vorbereitung. Alle Bände sind auf Antolin.de gelistet.

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Max Held wurde in Nairobi geboren. Schon immer interessierte er sich für Tiere, und so verbrachte er endlose Stunden mit der Beobachtung von Gorillas, Krokodilen und Jaguaren. Als Erwachsener arbeitete er in Nationalparks rund um die Welt, bevor er sich schließlich in Deutschland niederließ und damit begann, seine Abenteuer in Form von Kinderbüchern niederzuschreiben. Treue Begleiterin seit vielen Jahren ist seine Vogelspinne Elfriede.

 
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Isegrim

Arena Verlag


Ein ungesühntes Verbrechen. Ein düsteres Geheimnis. Und ein Mädchen, das nicht bereit ist, wegzusehen.

 Der Wald ist Jolas Refugium. Hier kennt sie jeden Winkel, jeden Baum, jedes Tier. Hier ist sie weit weg von ihrer überängstlichen Mutter, der Langeweile in ihrem Heimatdorf und dem besitzergreifenden Freund. Doch in der letzten Zeit gehen Veränderungen im Wald vor sich. Irgendetwas oder irgendjemand treibt hier sein Unwesen, beobachtet sie, folgt ihr. Als Jola auf einen fremden Jungen trifft, der sie seltsam fasziniert, scheint das Rätsel gelöst. Sie ahnt nicht, welches düstere Geheimnis der Wald noch hütet. Und dass hinter allem ein furchtbares Verbrechen steht, das Jola seit fünf Jahren zu vergessen versucht.

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Antje Babendererde, geboren 1963, wuchs in Thüringen auf und arbeitete nach dem Abi als Hortnerin, Arbeitstherapeutin und Töpferin, bevor sie sich ganz dem Schreiben widmete. Viele Jahre lang galt ihr besonderes Interesse der Kultur, Geschichte und heutigen Situation der Indianer. Ihre einfühlsamen Romane zu diesem Thema für Erwachsene wie für Jugendliche fußen auf intensiven Recherchen während ihrer USA-Reisen und werden von der Kritik hoch gelobt. Mit ihren Romanen „Isegrim“ und „Der Kuss des Raben“ kehrt die Autorin zu ihren Thüringer Wurzeln zurück.  

www.antje-babendererde.de

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