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Addison Addley and the Things That Aren't There

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Addison Addley hates math. He hates public speaking too. Actually, he hates anything that involves work, but he only has a couple of weeks to write and memorize his grade five speech. The problem is, he can't think of a single topic. When he finally comes up with an excellent idea for a speech, it almost writes itself, but it's his poor math skills that make speech day unforgettable.

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"McMillan's story touches on real aspects of grade five, from speech writing to dealing with math fractions, from bullies to stage fright...Readers will enjoy [Addison's] antics and I'm sure that many a student will be able to relate to Addison's take on life."

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"Addison is a likable character who manages to be both sweet and maddening at the same time...The author does a good job of twisting things at the end of the story."

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"An excellent read for young children...Young boys will be able to relate to Addison."

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"McMillan has aptly drawn on her teaching background to create a believable, imaginative boy who loves fishing and video games but is struggling with school...Her word choice and descriptive language blend to create a pleasurable read-aloud story for the classroom."

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Melody DeFields McMillan is a teacher who lives in Simcoe, Ontario, not far from where she grew up. When she's not writing, she's enjoying all that nature has to offer. Her first book about the irrepressible Addison, Addison Addley and the Things That Aren't There, was nominated for a Silver Birch Award.

 
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Rachekuss

Arena Verlag


Als Flora aus Brasilien nach Deutschland übersiedelt, fühlt sie sich fremd und ausgeschlossen. Nur die zarte, blonde Carina freundet sich mit ihr an. Die beiden sind bald unzertrennlich. Dann sieht sich Flora plötzlich einer schmutzigen Verleumdungskampagne ausgesetzt. Und als sie schließlich sogar des Mordes bezichtigt wird, will niemand an ihre Unschuld glauben.

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Bettina Brömme wurde 1965 (rund und gesund) in Karlsruhe geboren, lebt mit ihrer Familie (glücklich) in München-Bullerbü. Nach (mäßigem) Abitur und (blaublutlastigem) Zeitschriftenvolontariat beim Burda-Verlag in Offenburg absolvierte sie (gemütlich) ein Diplomstudium der Germanistik, Journalistik und Kunstgeschichte in Bamberg. Dann (anstrengende) Ausflüge in die Filmproduktionswelt, (langjährige) zum Fernsehen und seit 1998 ist sie  (gelegentlich pausierende) Schriftstellerin und (wiederkehrende) Autorin für TV, Hörfunk und Print, die sich die Adjektive nicht so recht abgewöhnen kann.

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Zeit zu hassen, Zeit zu lieben

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Berlin im Jahr 1919: Paul Bienmann findet den 13-jährigen Bruno, der verzweifelt neben der Leiche seines älteren Bruders kniet. Aus vorläufiger Fürsorge wird eine ständige Verantwortung. Als Bruno Jahre später die Spur des Offiziers entdeckt, der seinen Bruder erschossen hat, muss er sich entscheiden: für die ersehnte Rache oder für seinen Freund Paul und dessen Verlobte Franziska, deren gemeinsame Zukunft durch eine solche Tat zerstört würde.

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Willi Fährmann wurde am 18. Dezember 1929 in Duisburg geboren. Nach einer Maurerlehre entschloss er sich zum Besuch des Abendgymnasiums und studierte nach erfolgreichem Abschluss an den Pädagogischen Hochschulen in Oberhausen und Münster. Seit 1988 widmet sich der Schulamtsdirektor a. D. und freie Autor ganz dem Schreiben. Fährmann ist in einer Arbeiterfamilie aufgewachsen und war lange Zeit in der Katholischen Jugendbewegung aktiv. Zum Schreiben ist er, wie er selbst sagt, eindeutig über das Erzählen gekommen. Sein Vater, der ihm als Kind schon früh fast täglich vorlas und die Großmutter – eine Meisterin des Erzählens – prägten seine Entwicklung. 1956 erschien sein erster Roman, „Kraniche – Kurs Süd“, dessen Grundthema in dem 1997 veröffentlichten Werk „Unter der Asche die Glut“ wiederkehrt. In seinen Büchern behandelt Fährmann in realistischer Weise Themen wie etwa Vertreibung, Antisemitismus oder das Schicksal von Spätaussiedlern. Besondere Beachtung erfuhren und erfahren seine vierbändige „Bienmann-Saga“ sowie der aus drei Titeln bestehende Romanzyklus mit der Figur des Christian Fink. Willi Fährmann wurde mit zahlreichen literarischen Auszeichnungen geehrt, darunter der deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis, der Katholische Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis, der Österreichische Staatspreis für Jugendliteratur. Mehrere Bücher standen auf der Auswahlliste zum Deutschen Jugendliteraturpreis. Übersetzungsrechte wurden an Verlage weltweit vergeben. Für sein Gesamtwerk erhielt der Autor 1978 den großen Preis der Deutschen Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur. Er starb 2017 in seiner Heimatstadt Xanten am Niederrhein.

 
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Cheat

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


Laurel discovers her passion for investigative journalism when she writes an article for her school paper about a person experiencing homelessness who's been living at the school. Eager to write more articles with impact, she launches an investigation of a cheating scam at her high school. Laurel's efforts cause her classmates to turn against her. Nobody is interested in seeing her article go to print, not even her own brother. It is evident that the cheating is widespread, and Laurel, caught up in the thrill of the investigation, is willing to risk her reputation to get the story, but her ultimate discovery changes everything.

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"It was easy to get caught up in this book—enough suspense to keep the story moving briskly along. A good hi-low read for teens."

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"Well suited to its intended audience…With its succinct text, short chapters, and emphasis on contemporary teen issues, Cheat should be popular with reluctant young adult readers….Recommended."

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"Butcher's portrayal of high school cheating is believable, with actual consequences...The pacing will keep reluctant readers hooked until the very end."

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"A realistic portrayal of high school students' attitudes towards cheating…This is a well written narrative that will challenge readers to make a decision about what's right and what's wrong. Recommended."

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"Butcher offers an insightful look into the ethics and morals of high school students...The short book really lends itself to a good discussion."

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"Short, quick chapters are propelled by frenetic action…True to life, this book does not offer a tidy, Pollyanna-ish conclusion; Laurel comes to learn from this experience a difficult lesson at a great expense. A speedy read."

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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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Out and About with the Big Tree Gang

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


Reg and Keely and Burt and Shawna are back, and ready for new adventures from hunting for treasure to sledding together and building fearsome creatures in the snow.

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Jo Ellen Bogart was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in several Texas cities, but for the last 32 years, she has lived in Guelph, Part of the fun Jo Ellen has in writing books for children is venturing into many different kinds of writing, from poetry and picture books to biography, non-fiction, and early readers. She has also written lots of song lyrics for kids, and is trying her hand at painting. Jo Ellen has a teaching degree from the University of Texas and has worked as a supply teacher. Though she no longer teaches, she really enjoys meeting her young readers and seeing what they have to say.

 
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A Noodle Up Your Nose

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


Kate has decided on a pirate theme for her party. She thinks that seven is going to be the best age to be. Her friend Jake is going to teach her to ride a two-wheeler. And her party is going to be fabulous. That is, until Violet starts spreading stories. Kate goes right on with her planning, but she is worried. When Violet is the only one to show up on the big day, Kate thinks that her worst fears have come true.

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"An engaging story with which new readers can easily identify....School and public libraries, plus classroom collections, should add A Noodle Up Your Nose to serve the newly emerging independent reader who wants the challenge of moving on to chapter books."

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"Laliberte's cartoony illustrations ooze personality."

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"Will resonate with young readers, but parents will identify with the turmoil and energy as well."

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"Many young children will take great pleasure from Kate's perseverance and indomitable spirit as she plans a truly excellent pirate-theme party...A good choice for readers who are becoming confident with beginning novels."

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"Creating suspense around the eventual outcome and incorporating a clever twist into the story's resolution, Wishinsky affirms the value of friendship in resolving Kate's dilemma."

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Frieda Wishinsky is the international award-winning author of over seventy books. She writes picture books, chapter books, novels and nonfiction. Her books have been translated into many languages. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit friedawishinsky.com.

 
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In a Flash

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


The first flash mob Ian puts together himself is a sixty-plus person, four-minute pillow fight in a department store. His friend Oswald is thrilled with the event, but Julia, the one Ian really wants to impress, is still convinced that flash mobs are stupid. While Ian tries to prove Julia wrong by initiating flash mobs with political impact, Julia is busy waging war with the strict new principal at school. When Julia goes too far and gets herself suspended, Ian sees an opportunity for a relevant and persuasive flash mob.

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"This story challenges the reader to consider the power of a single person, or a few people, to make a difference, to change the status quo."

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"A good message...Young people do have the power to make things better if they work together."

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"This is a smart and tightly crafted story with appeal for reluctant as well as avid readers."

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"Highly recommended."

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"Snappy, realistic dialogue; multidimensional characters; and an unpredictable plot (not to mention a hip, contemporary phenomenon) will have both reluctant and struggling readers madly flipping the pages."

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"A fine book for challenged readers to use to practice and thus improve their reading. I plan to look for more titles in this series."

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Eric Walters began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. A Member of the Order of Canada, he has now published more than 100 novels and picture books. He 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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Justine Mckeen vs. the Queen of Mean

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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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Plank's Law

Orca Book Publishers


Trevor has known since he was ten years old that he has Huntington's disease, but at sixteen he is informed that he has one year to live. One day while he's trying to figure stuff out, an old man named Plank finds him standing at a cliff by the ocean. It's the beginning of an odd but intriguing relationship. Both Trevor and Plank decide to live by Plank's Law, which is "just live." This means Trevor has to act on the things on his bucket list, like hanging out with real penguins, star in a science fiction movie and actually talk to Sara—the girl at the hospital who smiles at him.

With the aid of Plank and Sara, Trevor revises his bucket list to include more important things and takes charge of his illness and his life.

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"Plank's Law will appeal to a variety of young adult readers. The interesting and relatable subject matter and multidimensional characters are likely to engage both reluctant and experienced readers. The short page length, larger font, and fast-moving plot will appeal to both inexperienced readers and strong readers looking for a quick, yet realistic and interesting read. The book is apt to encourage readers to think about living life to the fullest. Plank's Law is a heartwarming read that covers serious topics whilst injecting doses of humour throughout."

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"While I didn't learn much about Huntington's disease, Choyce explored something more vital and universal through Trevor's story: what makes you want to live when you're facing death?…When I finished reading, I cried. While I have faced that question many times over the course of my life, I have never seen it put quite so succinctly. What made me cry most was how much I needed Plank's Law when I was a teen."

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"It is sweet but not overly sappy…With a strong male protagonist, plain and sometimes blunt language, and an opening in the style of The Catcher in the Rye, this short novel may hook reluctant readers."

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"This is a great book for anyone who is afraid to live life to the most. Life is short, enjoy it!"

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"An engaging story about two people living on what could be borrowed time and how they manage to make the most of it while maintaining a realistic (as opposed to nihilistic) view on their world. The maintenance of perspective here is what gives this book its strength…The overall tone of this latest novel from Lesley Choyce is really quite uplifting and for a story about a dying teenager, that is no mean accomplishment."

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"Choyce reminds readers that death is its own storyteller and there are always surprises along the way…The story offers fine comedic vignettes and playful dialogue, raising this well above standard illness fare."

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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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Cabin Girl

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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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