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Plunge

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Cade's dad thinks triathlons are for wimps. He doesn't think it's a real sport and wishes Cade would play football instead, like his older brother, Trent. So Cade trains in secret and qualifies to compete in the provincial championship in Sylvan Lake. The night before the event, Cade's coach suddenly can't go, and Cade is forced to ask his dad for a ride there. He only agrees because Trent has a football game nearby. The road trip takes a nasty turn when his dad swerves to avoid a deer and their car hurtles into an ice-cold river. It's up to Cade to use his skills to save his entire family.

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"Very entertaining story…I hope that Eric Howling's Plunge encourages many to find an organization or an athlete willing to introduce the triathlon to them. Highly Recommended."

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"Sports fans will be drawn to the book by it's subject matter. The fully developed characters and story line packs a punch."

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Eric Howling is an advertising creative director and the author of several sports novels, including Plunge, Gang Tackle, Head Hunter, Red Zone Rivals, Hoop Magic, Kayak Combat and Drive. 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, Alberta. For more information, visit www.erichowling.wordpress.com.

 
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Jim, Mickey and Lisa belong to a secret club called the Sewer Rats. Every Saturday the Sewer Rats reign supreme in paintball wars held in the city's storm drain system. The new kid, Carter, wants to join, but Lisa doesn't want him in the club. When Carter is hurt in his first paintball war, Jim and Mickey suspect that Lisa planned the accident. They try to confront her, but she runs into the tunnels just as a rainstorm begins. Jim and Mickey have to get Lisa out before the tunnels fill with water.

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"Excellent."

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"A good choice for reluctant readers in grades 7–10."

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"Brouwer has created a story with sufficient character and plot development to hold the interest of reluctant male readers. Recommended."

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"An easy booktalk to reluctant readers."

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"Entertaining and educational...sure to captivate reluctant readers...Highly Recommended"

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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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Edge of Flight is the toughest rock-climbing route Vanisha has ever faced. She has one last chance to conquer it before she moves to Vermont to start university. University is a sore point for Vanisha, who yearns for a career in the outdoors but feels pressured by her mother to earn an academic degree. Trying to put school out of her mind, she heads to the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas with her buddies Rusty and Jeb for a final weekend of climbing and camping. Deep in the woods, they stumble on an illegal marijuana plantation, and the gang of bikers who guard it. When Jeb is shot by the bikers, Vanisha alone must get help—and to do so, she must climb Edge of Flight. As she confronts her insecurities on the cliff face and in the woods, Vanisha gains a new resolve and the self-confidence to choose her own path in life.

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"A well-written, fast paced adventure...Jaimet creates a sense of tension that she continues to ratchet up throughout the novel. Highly Recommended."

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"Filling the pages with action and suspense, Jaimet keeps readers glued until the final daring rescue is made."

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"The story moves quickly and the action is tense and exciting, particularly for readers who know something about rock climbing outdoors...The setting and the narrator's personal insights add depth and relevance...It's refreshing to see a young woman at the centre of a book about climbing. Vanisha is an independent thinker and a great problem solver, but she also values friendship, trust, and team work—a strong role model for girls and a character that boys can respect and perhaps even identify with...A fast-paced adventure story."

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Kate Jaimet is an author and journalist who recently began a freelance career after many years as a daily newspaper reporter for the Ottawa Citizen. Kate lives in Ottawa, Ontario. More information is available at www.katejaimet.com.

 
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Fifteen-year-old Nick Carver is tired of living in his older brother's shadow. Markus is the lacrosse team hero, love interest of Nick's longtime crush and now the recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the Philston Weiks Academy.

When a mistake at provincials results in Markus's goal being discounted, rumors start going around school that he cheated. Suddenly, Philston Weiks is "rethinking" Markus's scholarship offer. They've also invited other players, including Nick, to try out for Markus's spot. Nick is flattered but conflicted. He's pretty sure his brother didn't cheat. But can he prove it? And if he does, will he ruin his one chance to finally be in the spotlight?

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"McIsaac proves she can create engaging, high-impact fiction, bringing a necessary edginess to the lacrosse scenes and antagonism between the players."

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"[An] enjoyable, fast-paced story...with relatable characters and a believable storyline..Highly recommended."

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"McIsaac’s blend of suspense, sports action, and realistic drama keeps the story moving in the hallways, in the locker room, and during game play."

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"Fast-paced action, strong characterization, short paragraphs, and relatively simple vocabulary produce a smoothly executed...read. Nick’s voice is strong, and his love of sport, desire to excel, and sense of fair play are well-expressed...An enjoyable read that is well constructed, and it will likely find its audience among sports lovers and reluctant readers."

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"Action and suspense abound as the excitement of the lacrosse games is vividly described...Will engage and thrill lower-level readers and reluctant readers."

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"An action packed read and sports fans will appreciate the play-by-play scenes of the games. Readers new to lacrosse will still be able to understand the basic game play and rules. The characters are believable and the fast paced book will hook readers."

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M.J. McIsaac is the author of several books for young people, including Underhand in the Orca Sports series. She has a master's degree in writing for children from the University of Winchester in the UK. M.J. currently lives with her family in Whitby, Ontario.

 
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Seventeen-year-old Lucy "Lucky" Graves is devoted to her championship rugby team, but her dreams of a scholarship are destroyed when she breaks her leg during an important game. If it doesn't heal properly, Lucy could be benched for the rest of the year. Goodbye pro career, goodbye college, goodbye future. Without rugby, who is she? Now her anxiety is getting worse, and a past trauma has resurfaced to haunt her. Lucy needs to get real about what happened when she was twelve, and about what it really means to be a team player.

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"A good book about women in sport and has enough romance and family drama to interest other readers. Highly Recommended."

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"Clever, quippy dialogue and enjoyable first-person voice make the sassy, inner-monologuing Lucy a pleasure of a protagonist…Bonus points are given for winning subplot involving a goofball math teacher, and a sweet, sincere look at the complexities of female friendship between competitive athletes. This book tackles a lot and scores at every turn."

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Brooke Carter is the author of several contemporary books for teens, including Learning Seventeen and The Unbroken Hearts Club from the Orca Soundings line and the YA fantasy The Stone of Sorrow in the Runecasters series.

 
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Fly Away

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After a member of her competitive cheerleading team is injured in practice, sixteen-year-old Marnie is asked to be a flyer-the most coveted role in cheerleading. The Soar Starlings team has a real shot at the provincial championship, and Marnie has only a few weeks to prepare. But as she scrambles to polish her lifts and throws, Marnie's personal life begins to unravel. First, her boyfriend of two years breaks up with her, and then her best friend Arielle, captain of the Starlings, disappears during a team trip to Toronto. As Marnie struggles to adjust to being both a flyer and the team's new captain, she realizes that, to be a leader, you have to let go of old alliances to make room in your life for new ones.

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"Fly Away features an interesting and different subplot revolving around Marnie's best friend's decision to drop out of her final semester of high school to focus on an art career...The book offers up few easy answers, leaving some issues to be resolved in readers' own minds. This short novel will appeal to reluctant readers and enthusiasts of nontraditional sports."

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"[An] enjoyable read...aimed at teen audiences, [and] written at a level accessible to most students. I can't recommend the Orca series' enough."

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"An AMAZING book... must read!"

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"The novel will appeal to younger girl readers, especially those interested in cheerleading…Readers will identify with Marnie's struggles to fit in with the squad and her struggle to be a leader and assume the role of team captain in Arielle's absence."

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"The mystery is timely and fast paced."

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Nora Rock is a college professor and freelance writer. The author of a dozen textbooks for high school, community college and university, Nora specializes in writing about the law for non-lawyers like police officers, social workers and health-care professionals. She lives in Ajax, Ontario, with her husband and two sons.

 
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Nikki blames her brother, Derek, for their parents' death in a house fire, but when Derek gets involved with a gang, Nikki knows she is the only one who can save him. Enlisting the help of a girl named Rain, who uses her athletic abilities to carry out acts of petty thievery, Nikki uses all her gymnastic and free-running skills to stay ahead of the gang and keep her brother from being killed.

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"This book is lots of fun to read....The story promotes physical activity and the value of family."

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"A light and easy read which deserves a space on library or classroom shelves. Highly Recommended."

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Anita Daher holds memberships in The Writers' Union of Canada, The Canadian Children's Book Center, The Manitoba Writers' Guild, The Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and was a founding member of the Territorial Writers Association. When she's not writing, she likes to spend time baking, playing her guitar (badly), and turning her backyard garden into a haven for neighbourhood bunnies. Anita currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband, two daughters, a basset hound, and a Westfalia camper van named Mae. For information on school presentations and workshops, visit www.anitadaher.com.

 
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Death Drop

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


On his way to baseball practice, Zeke lines up for Vancouver's newest thrill ride: Death Drop, an elevator that falls faster than gravity. The theme of the ride is based on the story of Persephone, who tumbled into the underworld. Zeke tumbles into a frightening situation himself after he discovers a little girl who is lost. He takes her to the Death Drop manager's office. But later, when he tries to find out what happened with her, the ride's staff say they never saw her! To find the missing girl, Zeke must navigate a devilish plot that includes Dante Gabriel Rossetti's famous painting Proserpine, a fiery drop into flames, and an angry coach.

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"Death Drop reads a lot like a good buddy movie with a teen audience in mind—an enjoyable read. Recommended."

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Melanie Jackson has written several books for young readers in the Orca Currents line, including Tick Tock Terror, Medusa's Scream and Eye Sore. Melanie lives in Vancouver.

 
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Trenton Hiser is trying to walk in the footsteps of his uncle, Mike Hiser, a successful Hollywood director. During Trenton's summer vacation, he goes with his uncle to film the inside story of Scarlet Thunder, a top-level stock-car racing team. As they film the action, too many things go wrong, deadly mistakes are made and Trenton finds out that much more than the race is at stake.

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"An exciting high-stakes adventure where readers can easily imagine the adrenaline thrill of the racetrack and root for Sandy's efforts to overcome the labels she attracts. There is adequate character development for discussion and reluctant readers will find the 4.1 RL approachable."

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"An exciting read for late junior/early intermediate readers and especially good for the high interest/low vocabulary crowd."

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"It was quick and easy to read, like a summer novel; it was exciting in the right way, because the action crept up on me until, before I knew it, I was totally engaged in the story; and it provided a lot of the background readers never see on television, enhancing the drama."

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"Brouwer does a great job at conveying the combination of excitement and danger that makes racing so attractive to competitors and spectators alike."

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"A good, fun and easy read that guys and girls will both enjoy. Another Orca Sports winner!"

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"Any teens who are interested in cars will dive right into this fast moving hi-lo novel that offers a gritty picture of the details of racing cars."

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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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Kat is thrilled to be competing in a junior tennis championship at Melbourne Park for the first time. But things are off to a horrible start. Her doubles partner, Miri, is sneaking around at night and asking Kat to cover for her. She's also playing terribly, almost costing them their match. Miri's boyfriend, Hamish, one of the top competitors, seems unaware of her unusual behavior. When strange things begin happening to throw off Hamish's game, Kat suspects that Miri may be involved. Who is trying to sabotage Hamish? And can Kat put a stop to the plot before it's too late?

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"Interspersed with this fun, fast paced mystery, Topspin also treats readers to exhilarating tennis sequences...Kat is an intelligent and likeable character whose commitment to her chosen sport is very appealing. Her sleuthing while off the court is as enjoyable and suspense-filled as the best literary female detectives. Action abounds both on and off the courts, speeding the reader along to a satisfying conclusion in this new Orca Sports novel, perfect for, but not limited in appeal to ‘tween reluctant readers...Highly Recommended."

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"A well-paced, engaging and believable story."

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"This fast-paced read will surely appeal to reluctant teen [readers] that enjoy a combination of sports and mystery. An easy pick for upper middle school and high school readers."

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"Bates doesn’t hold back on action, whether athletic or otherwise. Cheating, blackmail, and drugs make for a scandalous romp in the usually squeaky clean world of tennis. Matches are recalled at breathless speed...[Kat] is an enthusiastic narrator and keeps the stakes of each bout high...Tennis fans should find plenty to cheer about in this sporty endeavor."

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Sonya Spreen Bates is a Canadian writer living in South Australia. She grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, where she obtained a degree in linguistics from the University of Victoria. She then studied speech-language pathology at Dalhousie University and has spent many years working with children with communication disorders, often writing her own stories to use in therapy. Traveling to Australia was always an aspiration, but she never imagined she'd be living there one day.

Sonya began writing children's fiction in 2001, inspired by her two daughters and their love of the stories she told them. She now writes for children and adults, and has been published in Australia and New Zealand as well as Canada. For more information, visit www.sonyaspreenbates.com.

 
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