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Lark and the Dessert Disaster

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


Lark and Connor are judges for the annual baking contest at the community center. When they arrive, they discover that someone has destroyed a contestant's entry. And not just any contestant’s entry—Sophie's! Sophie is Lark's best friend (she just doesn't know it yet). The twin sleuths can't simply roll with it. To save the contest they'll have to take a whisk risk and start investigating the other contestants. With the timer ticking, Lark and Connor have to find the culprit before someone actually takes the cake.

Lark and the Dessert Disaster is the fourth title in the Lark Ba Detective series, following Lark Holds the Key, Lark and the Diamond Caper and Lark Takes a Bow.

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Award-winning author Natasha Deen loves stories: exciting ones, scary ones and, especially, funny ones! As a kid of two countries (Guyana and Canada), she feels especially lucky because she gets a double dose of stories. When she’s not working on her books or visiting schools, she spends a lot of time trying to convince her dogs and cats that she’s the boss of the house. For more information, visit natashadeen.com and follow her on Twitter @natasha_deen and Instagram @natasha_deen.

 
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Through the Elephant's Door

Orca Book Publishers


It's a rainy day so the boy and his elephant, Émile, decide the perfect way to pass their time is with a trip to the museum. Their problems start before they even walk through the doors. First, what door does an elephant fit through? And second, why does the grumpy guard assume they are going to cause problems? It seems like as soon as they start to enjoy an exhibit, he's right there yelling at them not to touch anything. Like they would ever do that!

Then, in a flash everything changes and suddenly Émile and the boy find themselves in a very precarious situation. Will the guard be right about these two after all?

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Hélène de Blois did her BA in French at the University of Montreal and in dramatic arts at the Université du Québèc à Montréal. In 1999 she published her first book for children, Un train pour Kénogami, which was a finalist for the Prix Cécile-Gagnon. Ever since, she's been writing and visiting students, encouraging the imaginations of young readers through reading, writing and art. For more information, visit helenedeblois.com. Hélène lives in Montreal, Quebec.

 
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Missi Moppel - Detektivin für alle Fälle (2). Die schwebende Teekanne und andere Ungereimtheiten

Arena Verlag | Missi Moppel - Detektivin für alle Fälle


Aufgepasst! Missi Moppels Fälle können Spuren von Spannung enthalten!

Die Meisterdetektivin jagt einen ausgebufften Schattendieb, der so kunterbunt zusammengewürfelte Dinge wie den Pinsel von Leonardo da Vinci oder antike Zuckertöpfchen klaut. Sie lüftet bei einem Ausflug zu Opa Pots das Geheimnis der Geisterinsel und findet eine Erklärung für die schwebende Teekanne in Herrn Goldrands Trödelladen. Nur die gemeinen Erpresserbriefe der mysteriösen Elster geben Missi Moppel ein schier unlösbares Rätsel auf. Irgendjemand fordert Missi als geniale Ermittlerin heraus … Doch wird sie auch diesen Fall knacken können?

15 originelle Detektivgeschichten - meisterlich erzählt vom Spiegel-Bestsellerautor Andreas H. Schmachtl.

Für kleine und große Krimifans zum Vorlesen und Selberlesen.

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Andreas H. Schmachtl wurde 1971 geboren und studierte Kunst, Germanistik und Anglistik. Er arbeitet und lebt in Oldenburg. Seit 2007 erzählt und illustriert er mit viel Liebe zum Detail und zu seinen Figuren zauberhafte und abenteuerliche Geschichten von Mäusen, Kaninchen, Igeln und anderen kleinen Wesen, deren Schutz und Erhalt ihm besonders am Herzen liegen. Seine Bücher erscheinen exklusiv im Arena Verlag.

Foto © Foto Schmidt

 

 
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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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Orca Book Publishers | Seven (the Series)


Spencer loves movies, but real life is boring, right? When his late grandfather's will reveals the tasks he wants his grandsons to undertake, Spencer thinks he got screwed. He's not going to France or Spain or Africa. He's not even getting a cool tattoo, like his younger brother. No, he's going to Buffalo to get a kiss from an ancient movie star. Gross. And he's supposed to film it. Grosser. But Spencer hasn't bargained on Gloria Lorraine, star of the silver screen back in the day. Gloria has big plans—plans that involve her granddaughter AmberLea, a gun, a baker who might be a gangster, some real gangsters and a road trip to Nowheresville, Ontario. After being shot at, jumping into an icy lake and confronting some angry bikers, Spencer finally realizes that real life can be as exciting (and dangerous) as reel life.

Spencer's adventures start in Speed, part of The Seven Prequels and continue in Coda, part of The Seven Sequels.

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"Staunton offers plenty of action, intrigue, and well-placed humour. The way the story intertwines with Spencer's younger brother's journey adds further interest and keeps readers guessing to the end. The film allusions throughout are clever and appropriate, and the cast of characters is both interesting and convincing...Readers will thoroughly enjoy Jump Cut on its own or as part of this unique new series. Highly Recommended."

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"If Jump Cut were a movie, and it would make a fantastic film, it would an action thriller with a quirky cast and many surprises, and the audience would be relentlessly sitting on the edge of their seats and falling back with belly laughs. Ted Staunton's sense of humour is divine, especially when verbalized by the indomitable Gloria Lorraine...Jump Cut has the eccentric elements of a cult classic. But, I suspect, that Jump Cut and all the other books in Orca's Seven (the series) will definitely stay in the mainstream for a long time with their popularity ensuring their status as classics."

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"A zany adventure...In the course of the story, Spencer tangles with Mafia toughs and motorcycle gang members, finding maturity, smarts and personal strength in the process...[An] entertaining story with a heart of gold."

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"This madcap adventure will appeal to those readers who like action novels, mob related novels, or road trip novels. A first class read about loyalty, first love and how life can imitate film... Strongly recommended for middle and high school libraries. Easy to read vocabulary with nonstop action, adventure and humor."

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"[The] adventures are exciting and readers will be anxious to pick up the next book in the series. Great for middle grade boys who want realistic fiction with action and suspense."

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"The dialogue is very amusing, sharp and revealing of character...This intriguing series will appeal to both boys and girls at the junior high level."

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"Exciting and good fun...It's wonderful to read a book where you love all the characters and here I certainly did, right down to the dog."

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"An inspirational story of tying up loose ends even when it might seem that it's too late."

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Ted Staunton divides his time between writing and a busy schedule as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. Ted lives in Port Hope, Ontario. For more information, visit www.tedstauntonbooks.com.

 
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Shadows on the Train

Orca Book Publishers | Dinah Galloway


It's all aboard! for mystery when Dinah Galloway takes the cross-country train from Vancouver to Toronto, to appear on a TV talent show. But will she make it-or be permanently derailed? Along with her sister Madge, and her fellow junior musicians, tree fanatic Pantelli Audia and history buff Talbot St. John, Dinah is shadowed by someone who wants to get hold of an $80,000 treasure left by her late dad. But what is the treasure? The redheaded, singing sleuth realizes that the secret dwells somewhere in her dad's murky past, and involves a funny, if less than respectable, ex-con named Ardle McBean, and a mysterious man with a bowl cut. The mystery accelerates when Dinah's sweet, elderly piano teacher, also on the train, disappears and the danger to Dinah increases. She struggles to keep on the tracks of the mystery before the shadows, past and present, overwhelm her.

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A 2018 CCBC-TD Book Week author, Melanie Jackson has written several books for young readers in the Orca Currents series, including Tick Tock Terror, Medusa's Scream and Death Drop. Every spring Melanie teaches a mystery unit at a Vancouver secondary school. When not devising diabolical mysteries, she works for corporate clients as a contract writer/editor. Melanie lives in Vancouver.

 
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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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Mein Lotta-Leben (8). Kein Drama ohne Lama

Arena Verlag | Mein Lotta-Leben


Es geht los! Lotta und die 6b fahren auf Klassenfahrt an die Ostsee. Im Landschulheim erwarten sie neben einer Herde Pferde (samt Lama) auch eine Horde Achtklässler. Um die in die Flucht zu schlagen, müssen sich die Wilden Kaninchen mit ihren schlimmsten Feinden verbünden - den Rockern und den Lämmer-Girls. Zum Glück hat Lotta ihr Anti-Berenike-Spray dabei. Und ihre Blockflöte.

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Alice Pantermüller lebt nach dem Lehramtsstudium und einer Ausbildung zur Buchhändlerin mit ihrer Familie in der Lüneburger Heide. Bekannt wurde sie durch ihre Kinderbücher über Bendix Brodersen.

Foto ©: privat // www.alice-pantermueller.de

 

 
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Winter Road

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


Sixteen-year-old Kat and her mom haven't seen much of each other since Kat's father died last year. Her mom has taken over the family trucking business and has been away a lot. She promised that Kat could join her on her next run, a journey across the frozen Manitoba lake known as the "winter road." But at the last minute she changes her mind. Kat, who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, stows away in the back of the semi instead. By the time her mother discovers her, it's too late to turn back.

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"One of my favourite things about Orca titles is how often I end up learning things from them, and this novel is no exception…Winter Road is a simply written, interesting story that would be suitable for late elementary or junior high readers."

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"Butcher tells this story simply while keeping the reader wanting to read more and allowing the reader to experience the thrill and fear of being on the 'winter road.' I would definitely add this title to any middle or high school library."

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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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Kristin Butcher is the author of several books for young readers, including The Trouble with Liberty and The Hemingway Traditionin the Orca Soundings collection. Kristin lives in Campbell River, British Columbia.

 
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Willkommen in Monsterville

Dragonfly | Monsterville


Dein Lehrer ist eine Mumie? Eure Bibliothekarin eine Schlange? Und keinen außer dir scheint das irgendwie nervös zu machen? Willkommen in Ost-Emerson!

Als Ben nach Ost-Emerson zieht, wird ihm schnell klar, dass diese Kleinstadt anders ist. Sie wird von einem Haufen Monstern bewohnt. Mumien, Meerhexen, Zombies, Werwölfe, Maulswurfsmenschen … Ben muss hier weg! Doch dann verschwindet sein Hund Fred. Auf der Suche nach einem Lebenszeichen von ihm tauchen Ben und seine Freunde Lucy und Linus immer tiefer in die Geheimnisse von Ost-Emerson ein – und machen dabei Bekanntschaft mit ziemlich ungemütlichen Monstern …

»Absolut empfehlenswert!« kidsbestbooks.com

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Adam Monster ist ein Monster von Format. In seinem Leben hat er Dinge erlebt, die du dir nicht einmal vorstellen kannst. Neben unfassbar vielen anderen Talenten kann er natürlich auch schreiben – zumindest auf Monsterniveau. „Willkommen in Monsterville” ist sein Debütroman, der selbstverständlich zum Bestseller werden wird.

 
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