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Addison Addley and the Things That Aren't There

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Young Readers


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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Tanayia

BWL Publishing Inc. | Whisper Upon the Water


Tanayia is alone in the world. Her village destroyed and her people murdered by a group of revolutionaries who now hold her hostage. A daring escape on the edge of Cochise’s stronghold saves Tanayia’s life, but she discovers her ordeal is only beginning. Forced to live in a government run boarding school, Tanayia is stripped of her identity. The headmistress is bent on destroying Tay, but Jacob Five-Wounds stands in her way. Jacob urges Tay to run away with him—but diphtheria strikes the school. Now, Tanayia must make a choice, a choice she knows may cost her both, Jacob and his love.

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This well-researched novel is taunt with all the tensions and passions of any tale in which the characters are trapped. That Sister Enid eventually gets her comeuppance (and from a native doctor, too) is only just and satisfying, and an epilogue tells of both the compromises and the triumphs of Tay’s marriage to Jacob Five-Wounds.

 
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Zeit zu hassen, Zeit zu lieben

Arena Verlag


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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In the Clear

Orca Book Publishers


On her seventh birthday, Pauline rode across the lawns on her street followed by her best friend Henry, he on the blue wooden horse, she on the red. On the seventh lawn at the top of the street, she collapsed, becoming a sudden victim of the polio outbreak of the summer of 1954.

Five years later, when In the Clear begins, she has survived, but paid a heavy price. A brace on her left leg allows her to walk, but she confines herself to her house, humiliated at the notion of being seen. Terrified by what Pauline has already suffered, her mother watches over her, forbidding her to play hockey on the ice rink her father has created in the backyard.

In the Clear alternates, chapter by chapter, between Pauline's horror-filled year in the hospital five years earlier and her struggles to adapt in the present of 1959 and 1960. At the end of the book, her triumphs in past and present come together and she is able to move forward with new friendships, a renewed bond with her mother and, most important, a new faith in herself.

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Anne Laurel Carter is a multi-award-winning author of books for children, including Under the Prairie Sky (Orca 2004). When she's not writing, she's reading. Anne lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she works full-time as a teacher-librarian.

 
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Sam and Nate

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


Sam and Nate tells the story of a developing friendship between two boys. Through letters, notes, school projects, a pregnant teacher and a substitute who has never taught children before, Sam and Nate support each other as best they can, but get into some funny scrapes while they're at it.

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PJ Sarah Collins is an elementary school teacher and award winning author.Sam and Nate is her first published book.

 
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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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The Birthday Girl

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


Nell makes two wishes on her birthday, but the next day they show little sign of coming true. Everyone in her household is busy and wants her out from underfoot and no one is willing to help her find her lost cat. In the end she finds more than a cat and she makes her own wishes come true with the help of a row of tall, bright, smiling sunflowers.

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Born in Taiwan, celebrated children's author Jean Little (1932-2020) grew up in Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto with an honors degree in English. A Member of the Order of Canada, Little received six honorary degrees and was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and have won numerous awards, including a Canada Council Children's Literature Award (now known as the Governor General's Literary Award); a CLA Book of the Year; the Little, Brown Children's Book Award; the Vicky Metcalf Award and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award honor book.

 
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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.

Foto © Anna Iding

 
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The Scream of the Hawk

Orca Book Publishers


Lissa is the new kid in town. She is lonely and she blames her mother and her mother's new husband for her troubles. To make matters worse, she has to look after a boy who believes that his dead mother's spirit lives on in the red-tailed hawk that he secretly keeps captive. Ironically, the resulting adventure takes Lissa's mind off her own troubles and gets her a friend to boot!

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Nancy Belgue is the author of several books for young people, including the popular Casey Little, Yo-Yo Queen. Her writing has appeared in magazines in both Canada and the United States. In addition to speaking to children as a visiting author, Nancy has worked as a literary/drama artist with the Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through The Arts program and has acted in television commercials, training videos and documentaries. She lives in Harrow, Ontario.

 
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We Sang You Home / Ka Kîweh Nikâmôstamâtinân

Orca Book Publishers


In this sweet and lyrical board book from the creators of the bestselling Little You, gentle rhythmic text captures the wonder new parents feel as they welcome baby into the world. A celebration of the bond between parent and child, this is the perfect song to share with your little ones.

Internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author Richard Van Camp teams up with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett for a second time to create a stunning board book for babies and toddlers.

Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this ebook as a dual-language (English and Plains Cree) edition.

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Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Dene from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He is the author of over twenty books in just about every genre, including the Eisner-nominated graphic novel A Blanket of Butterflies. His bestselling board book Little You has been translated into Bush Cree, South Slavey and Chipewyan, and his novel The Lesser Blessed is now a movie with First Generation Films. For more information, visit www.richardvancamp.com. Follow him on Twitter @richardvancamp.

 
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