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Ramp Rats

Orca Book Publishers | Graphic Guides


Fresh from his adventures in Wild Ride, Marcus is back and helping his cousin, Bounce, learn to skate. Between learning how to ollie and do a 50-50 grind, Bounce and his friends also have to avoid the skate-park goons and take on the outlaw bikers who are terrorizing the small town. Excitement, action and some radical skating tips. Hang on for another wild ride!

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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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Cabin Girl

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


Sixteen-year-old Bailey is working at her first summer job, as a cabin girl at a fly-in fishing camp at Witch Lake. She struggles with the job at first but enjoys hearing the stories of the area, including the legend of a local ghost. Then April, an older waitress with street smarts, takes Bailey under her wing and the two girls become friends. It’s all good until another waitress burns her arm and has to leave. Bailey gets a sudden promotion, and April is asked to help clean the cabins. April becomes far from friendly and Bailey finds herself alone again and messing up on the job—and possibly seeing the ghost.

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"Appealing and approachable...offers readers a summer story succinctly told, complete with adolescent girl dynamics, first-job jitters, and even a resident ghost. This story of a balanced, relatable heroine respects its readers, giving them a novel serious in tone, smartly paced, and skillfully executed."

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"A well-structured and well-developed novel. The characters are fleshed out, the emotions are real and earned, and the plot holds well. I especially liked that Bailey grew stronger from April’s bullying and actually used the experience to gain confidence in herself."

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"Teens will enjoy this riveting tale of frenemies and root for Bailey's success."

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"A fast-paced read that will appeal not only to older, reluctant or struggling teen readers but also to stronger readers looking for a quick, engaging story. The subject matter and character conversation level is appropriate to older teens despite the use of simple, straightforward vocabulary."

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"Overt messages are presented engagingly for reluctant teen readers."

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Kristin Butcher is the author of several books for young readers, including The Trouble with Liberty and The Hemingway Tradition in the Orca Soundings collection. Kristin lives in Campbell River, 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 author of over 20 novels for adults and dozens of books for children. He visits over 150 schools per year to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation, reaching about 60,000 students per year. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.sigmundbrouwer.com.

 
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The Mask

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Sports


Fourteen-year-old Logan Grant is the star center for the Westside Wolves bantam hockey team. He has all the skills and all the looks, but he has alienated many of his teammates with his me-first attitude. One night Logan's life is forever changed when a fire sweeps through his house. He survives, but his face and body are badly burned. Too embarrassed to show his deformed face on the ice, Logan believes he'll never play hockey again until he stumbles across an old goalie mask that gives him the courage to get back to the rink. Taunted by the other players, Logan is defended by an unlikely ally, a teammate he once bullied because of his own facial disfigurement.

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"Howling's character development of Logan is exceptional."

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"Another excellent sports-themed book for young people…Howling paints a very true picture of relationships between teens, their peer group, and parents, especially in the sports world which puts a different twist on relationships…An excellent book for [hockey] players and nonplayers."

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Eric Howling is the author of several sports-themed novels, including Plunge, Gang Tackle and The Mask in the Orca Sports line. His books have been shortlisted for the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, named Resource Links Year's Best and picked as a CCBC Best Books selection. Eric lives and plays sports in Calgary.

 
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Uncovered – Dein Selfie zeigt alles

Arena Verlag


Dein Selfie außer Kontrolle

Ein sexy Foto von der Neuen in der Klasse abstauben: für Mädchenschwarm Milan die ultimative Challenge. Ein Flirt mit der selbstbewussten Ella soll ihm bei seinen Kumpels den Bad-Boy-Titel sichern. Aber Ella, die ihn beim Judo locker auf die Matte wirft, ist so ganz anders als die Mädchen, die Milan bisher um den Finger gewickelt hat. Als es zwischen den beiden funkt, schickt Ella ihm das Selfie, auf das er gewartet hat. Aber längst hat sich Milan in Ella verknallt, so richtig. Die bescheuerte Wette ist für ihn Geschichte. Wäre da nicht sein Kumpel Tobi, der endlich nackte Haut sehen will - und der noch aus einem ganz anderen Grund ein Auge auf Ella geworfen hat …

Wie nackt ist zu nackt? Ilona Einwohlt, die Expertin für alle Themen rund ums Erwachsenwerden, erzählt in ihrem neuen Roman eindrücklich, wie im Spiel mit sexy Bildern die Grenzen verwischen. Für Jungs und Mädchen ab 12 Jahren.

Empfohlen als Klassenlektüre zu den Themen Sexting / Cybermobbing / Zivilcourage / Rollenbilder. Veranstaltungskonzept für Schulklassen in Zusammenarbeit mit JUUUPORT e. V. (www.juuuport.de).

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Ilona Einwohlt wollte eigentlich Ernährungswissenschaftlerin werden. Aber dann las sie mitten in der Chemievorlesung Simone de Beauvoir, Julio Cortázar und Thomas Mann – und widmete sich fortan der Literatur. Längst ist aus der Germanistikstudentin eine erfolgreiche Autorin insbesondere für Kinder und Jugendliche geworden. In ihren Romanen geht es immer um aktuelle Themen mitten aus dem Leben, denn mit Interesse, Kritik und Leidenschaft verfolgt sie die gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen der Zeit. Ilona Einwohlt, Jahrgang 1968, lebt mit ihrer Familie in Darmstadt.

Die Autorin ist als Bildungsreferentin für das Institut für Medienpädagogik und Kommunikation Hessen e.V (MuK) regelmäßig mit Workshops und Vorträgen unterwegs, insbesondere zu Themen wie „Rollenklischees und Sexismus in den Medien“ und „Digitale Identitäten“. Für das Projekt „Haus der digitalen Medienbildung“ führt sie zudem Veranstaltungen und Beratungen für Eltern und Jugendliche in Darmstadt durch.

 
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