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Wild Ride

Orca Book Publishers | Graphic Guides


Devin, Nadia and Marcus are on their way to visit their environmentalist parents who are working to stop a logging company from clear-cutting a remote valley. When their plane crashes and the pilot is killed, the kids are left to survive in the wild with Wiley, a government bureaucrat, who is the only other passenger on the plane. Learning to build a shelter and make a fire in the woods, they discover that Wiley is working with the logging company and will do anything to stop the secret getting out. On the run and in mortal danger, the three must outrun Wiley, escape a raging forest fire and outwit a hungry grizzly bear to make it to safety.

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"If you happen to have students that are struggling in reading I suggest that you introduce Wild Ride as it is sure to capture their interest and excitement!"

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"The easy-to-follow survival adventure will engage reluctant readers, especially ones curious about survival skills."

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"Tweens and younger teens will be drawn to the graphic style and story line."

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"This title is perfect for reluctant readers and adventure aficionados."

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"The design features of this book and colourful, glossy paper are sure to appeal to young readers...Recommended."

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Liam O'Donnell is an author and educator who has created over forty books and graphic novels for young readers, including the Max Finder Mystery, Graphic Guide Adventure and West Meadows Detectives series. He 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. Liam lives in London, Ontario.

 
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Payback

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


Dylan O'Connor is in trouble again. While riding his bike home after dark, he has a run-in with a truck but doesn't give it a second thought until police show up at his door the next day. CCTV cameras put Dylan at the scene of a crime, and when the police question him, Dylan realizes he was an inadvertent witness. But he doesn't tell them the driver of the truck was Jeff Walker, a nasty piece of work. Dylan knows it's in his best interests to keep his mouth shut. Then he starts getting stalked by Jeff's weirdo sidekick, Eliot Barnes, a classmate of Dylan's. Is Eliot trying to protect Dylan, or is he making sure he stays silent?

This is the fourth story featuring Dylan O'Connor after The Snowball Effect, Caught in the Act, and Rise of the Zombie Scarecrows.

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"The writing is straightforward with uncomplicated, short sentences, but [the] plotline is immersive. Written between a third and fourth grade reading level, this [book] will particularly appeal to middle school hi-lo readers."

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"Solid story…Dylan's dilemma with the telling the truth is a conflict that everyone can relate to and Loughead explores this with a contemporary lens."

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Deb Loughead is the author of more than forty books for children and young adults. Her books have been translated into seven languages, and her award-winning poetry and adult fiction have appeared in a variety of Canadian publications. Deb has conducted workshops and held readings at schools, festivals and conferences across the country. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.debloughead.ca.

 
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Maddrax 530 - Science-Fiction-Serie

Bastei Entertainment | Maddrax


2008: Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika auf dem Höhepunkt des Kalten Krieges! Nach Geheimdienst-Informationen steht eine russische Invasion kurz bevor. Als dann im Großraum Washington der Funk ausfällt und Nordlichter am Himmel erscheinen, droht der Krieg heiß zu werden. Gleichzeitig wird in einem Vorort ein Pärchen aufgegriffen, bei dem es sich um russische Spione zu handeln scheint. Major Matthew Drax vom Nachrichtendienst des Pentagon soll sich ihrer annehmen. Die Frau - Kareen Hardy - ist offensichtlich verrückt, denn sie behauptet ihn zu kennen! Doch woher hat sie all das Wissen über ihn?

 
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Maddrax 531 - Science-Fiction-Serie

Bastei Entertainment | Maddrax


Colonel Aran Kormak hatte in seinem Leben schon mehrfach mit selbigem abgeschlossen. Nicht, dass er sich daran gewöhnt hätte, aber bislang hatte er immer einen Ausweg gefunden.

Heute lagen die Dinge jedoch anders. Nie zuvor war seine Lage schlechter gewesen. Unbewaffnet stand er in der Gondel eines Ballons, der zehn Meter über dem EIBREX schwebte, während der Anführer der Reenschas den Desintegrator auf ihn richtete.

Kormak überlegte gerade, ob er einen Sprung in die Tiefe wagen sollte, als das Dröhnen von Gleitertriebwerken an sein Ohr drang. Einen Atemzug später endete seine Wahrnehmung in einem blauen Lichtblitz ...

 
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Skye Above

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


Nine-year-old Skye has always had a fascination with flying. She’d love to be a pilot someday, like both of her parents, but deep down she really wishes she could be a bird. When Skye’s parents take her to Costa Rica, she is thrilled about all of the beautiful exotic birds she’ll get to see. What she doesn’t realize is that her parents have three big surprises planned, and each will offer her a different opportunity to feel what it’s like to fly. From snorkeling with baby sea turtles to parasailing out on the open ocean to zip-lining through the Costa Rican rainforest, Skye will have more than one chance to fly like a bird before this trip of a lifetime is through.

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"[Offers] an age-appropriate plot and realistic characters while appealing to a wide audience of readers gaining confidence in independent reading. This particular story also includes aspects of character development. Skye’s parents are both airline pilots, touching on gender equality. Skye hopes that when she grows up she’ll have a different profession than her parents, reenforcing the idea of individuality...Skye’s love and experience of animals throughout the book will appeal to readers who enjoy an animal story, as well as readers who enjoy adventure."

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"An easy chapter book filled with adventure...Good for those students who have transitioned into chapter books or struggle with reading because of the short chapters. There are just enough b&w illustrations for those who need a visual."

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"Throughout all of the adventures in the book, the reader incidentally learns about the geography and exotic birds and wildlife of Costa Rica. And although the three birthday surprises may seem extravagant there is no sense of entitlement from Skye, instead only gratitude and sincere wishes for her parents to

also fulfill their deepest dreams."

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"The story moves along at a fast pace and manages to pack in a great deal of unobtrusive background detail about outdoor activities and rain forest flora and fauna. Full-page black-and-white line drawings align closely with the text and effectively convey Skye’s continuing delight and wonder. Emerging and newly independent readers will enjoy the unfolding story and appreciate the accessible vocabulary and logical sequencing. This should be equally popular with boys and girls, and it definitely deserves a spot in school and public library high/low collection."

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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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Maddrax 561

Bastei Lübbe | Maddrax


Endlich zurück in Afra, planen die Gefährten um Matthew Drax, die Wolkenstadt Château-à-l'Hauteur zurück zu erobern und die infizierte Bevölkerung mit den Kristallsplittern zu heilen.

Das mag auf dem Papier einfach klingen, doch die Dunklen haben mit ihren Mutanten so viele Trümpfe in der Hand, dass die praktische Ausführung in einer Katastrophe zu enden droht. Ist der Krieg gegen die Träger des Dunklen Keims schon verloren, bevor er richtig begonnen hat...?

 
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The Beachhead

BWL Publishing Inc.


Fifteen-year old Will awakens in a vast underground bunker called the Beachhead, controlled by a supercomputer named REX. Will, like the other twenty-three teenage occupants, cannot remember his past life and immediately vows to escape. But two years later he’s still there. Soon there comes a turning point in Will’s life: REX opens an enormous steel door to the outside world. While other Beachheaders enjoy their newfound freedom on a tropical island paradise, Will plans his escape. Gradually he discovers allies: other teenagers in the Beachhead whom he recruits and builds into an effective team. But who can Will trust and who is going to betray him? There are rival conspirators, lackeys of REX, watching Will’s every move. How far are they prepared to go? Can Will and his friends make it past the perilous sub-levels of the Beachhead and through dangerous forest and swamps? What secret weapons is the all-seeing, all-hearing REX about to throw at them?

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An interesting story of a future world. Coming of age story well told and worth reading.

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David Anderson lives in Vancouver, Canada but was born and brought up in Northern Ireland, where he graduated from Queens University, Belfast with a degree in philosophy. His short stories have been anthologised in various publications. The author of two previous thrillers, Earthly Powers and Meaner Things, The Beachhead is his first Young Adult novel.

 
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The Remnant

BWL Publishing Inc.


Will, Kevin, Rose, Quentin and Fiona have overcome supercomputer REX and escaped their island prison for the open sea. Instead of sailing to freedom, suddenly everything changes. Will wakes up on an enormous container ship without knowing how he got there. He explores blood-stained corridors and deserted cargo holds for his friends, and senses he is being watched. Then Will encounters something new in his life: adults. But these are adults beyond Will’s darkest nightmares. Will and his four friends link up with a lone doctor who swears he is on their side, but is he? Who can Will trust and what is really going on? Will & Co. have to work it out fast and survive in the meantime. Because unknown to them all, there is something much worse aboard ship and it’s about to emerge . . .

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Suspense and intrigue, delivered at lightning pace

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David Anderson lives in Vancouver, Canada but was born and brought up in Northern Ireland, where he graduated from Queens University, Belfast with a degree in philosophy. His short stories have been anthologised in various publications. The author of two previous thrillers, Earthly Powers and Meaner Things, The Beachhead is his first Young Adult novel.

 
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Sharpes Lösegeld

Bastei Lübbe | Sharpe-Serie


Der Kriegsheld Richard Sharpe bekommt es an Heiligabend des Jahres 1815 mit einem ganz persönlichen Fall zu tun: der Entführung seiner Frau.

"Sharpes Weihnacht" und "Sharpes Lösegeld" sind zwei Kurzgeschichten, die ursprünglich für die "Daily Mail" geschrieben worden sind und bei Bastei Lübbe erstmals in deutscher Übersetzung vorliegen. Lesen Sie In diesem E-Book die neu überarbeitete Fassung von "Sharpes Lösegeld".

 
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Maddrax 533 - Science-Fiction-Serie

Bastei Entertainment | Maddrax


Washington, 2548. Der Weltrat-Agent Alexander Canning wird ermordet. Seine Schwester Olivia hat Hinweise, dass Mr. Black, der Hohe Richter von Waashton, hinter dem Anschlag steckt. Um Beweise zu sammeln und den Mörder zu überführen, dringen sie und ihre drei Freunde ins Pentagon ein. Sie nennen sich die "Krieger des Lichts" und glauben für eine gerechte Sache zu kämpfen. Sie ahnen nicht, dass ihr Tun eine Kette in Gang setzt, die über das Schicksal und die Zukunft der ganzen Erde entscheiden wird ...

 
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