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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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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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Coda

Orca Book Publishers | The Seven Sequels


When his brother Bunny vanishes from the Toronto City Hall skating rink, Spencer, a budding filmmaker, finds himself plunged into the stuff of movie thrillers: kidnapping, terrorists, intrigue, a missing document, a world-famous pop star, disguises, romance and a rogue alligator. As he races the clock to save his brother, he must sort the real from the make-believe and unravel a murder mystery involving his grandfather. The last time Spencer got tangled up in an adventure from his grandfather’s past, he didn’t believe it was for real. Now he can’t get anyone to believe him when he says that Bunny has been kidnapped and that someone is going to die.

Coda is the sequel to both Speed, part of The Seven Prequels and Jump Cut, part of Seven (The Series).

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"A fun read with interesting characters and a quirky plotline."

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"Oddball characters like Bun’s program supervisor Roz, and the counterrevolutionary Dusan, are carefully drawn complex individuals who enliven the plot and make it believable...This book will be of great appeal to junior high students, both boys and girls."

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"This thrill-a-minute series will hook reluctant readers as well as fans of James Bond and Jason Bourne."

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"Part 007 and part Mr. Bean, Spencer is the perfect combination of nerdy secret agent and bumbling, lovesick teen. Surprising twists, dangerous foes and a generous helping of mac 'n' cheese make for a suspenseful mystery with a hint of romance. This clever spy adventure features a likable hero and bursts with enough film references to satisfy all but the most hard-core movie buffs."

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“A good choice for anyone who likes mystery and action books as well as the Seven Series.”

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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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Bullies Rule

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


Daniel Abel is surprised when, instead of being punished for "pantsing" another eighth-grader, he is invited to become an ambassador of Mountview High at the school's upcoming open house. What he doesn't realize is that he is part of a social experiment on bullying being conducted by the local university.

He is a little nervous to learn he will be working with Jeff Kover, a tenth-grader with a reputation for being the biggest bully in the school. Daniel has never thought of himself as a bully. He just likes kidding around. But hanging out with Jeff will change Daniel's perspective on bullying and force him to examine his own behavior.

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Monique Polak has written many novels for young adults, including her historical novel, What World Is Left, which won the 2009 Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature. In addition to writing award-winning books for youth, Monique Polak teaches English and Humanities at Marianopolis College in Montréal, Quebec, and also works as a freelance journalist. For more information, visit www.moniquepolak.com.

 
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Jump Cut

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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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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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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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. 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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Agent Angus

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


Angus and his best buddy, Shahid, share a love of science and their robot, Gordon. But recently, the artistic Ella Eckles has had a peculiar effect on Angus. When a stink bomb at the school provides a chance for him to talk to her, Angus claims to share her interest in reading facial expressions and declares his ambition to become a crime-solving mentalist. He impresses Ella by identifying the stink bomber, but fails to mention he witnessed the kid setting off the bomb. When Ella's treasured sketchbook is stolen, she asks Angus to find the thief. Shahid thinks Angus should confess that he's not a mentalist, but Angus is certain he can learn to read people and recover Ella's sketchbook. He asks Shahid to help him investigate the suspects and, equipped with rearview sunglasses and an informant who lurks in the washroom, the duo bungles their way through a series of hilarious encounters.

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"With relatable emotions and well placed moments of humour, Denman slips readers easily into Angus's head. Best friend Shahid acts as an excellent foil and also creates spots of tension that give their relationship a realistically rocky trajectory...With plenty of wit and seamless movement...Agent Angus reads fluidly enough for any reluctant reader to sail through."

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"Fast and funny, with many surprising twists and turns, this short, clever mystery in the Orca Currents series will grab avid and reluctant readers with the contemporary drama of secrets, sleuthing, and romance...The tension will hook readers to the last page."

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K.L. Denman has written many novels for youth, including the Orca Currents titles Destination Human and Mirror Image. Many of her titles have been listed as Best Books of the Year and Me, Myself and Ike was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. K.L. lives in Delta, British Columbia.

 
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Black Gold

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


Cyrus and Rudy spend the last days of summer selling dahlias, blackberries and tomatoes at their roadside stand. When a neighbor drops off a bin full of red wigglers, California earthworms that break down compost into fertilizer, Rudy and Cyrus become worm moguls as they discover just how in demand the Eisenia fetida are.

Black Gold is the third book featuring Cyrus and Rudy’s adventures on the farm, following Not for Sale and Blackberry Juice.

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"Cassidy's writing style carefully captures the struggles and joys of her characters as they experience new things, make mistakes and face challenges. The illustrations that accompany the text add to the reading experience and will engage young readers."

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"This contemporary, fish-out-of-water tale is straightforward and engaging. The characters are fully developed and relatable…The pencil artwork is spare yet adds to the story. Educators will welcome this solid tale packed with facts about rural life…The language is easy and will appeal to reluctant readers. A strong addition to chapter book collections. This slender title is abundant in its depictions of fear, loss, and respect for nature. "

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"A happy, light-hearted story."

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"Rudy has anxiety issues…This loving family, however, knows how to work together to help Rudy with his worries. Their calm and wise approach is just one of the winning aspects of this simple, down-to-earth (literally, with all the worms) early chapter book that's jam-packed with likable, well-realized characters and a compassionate but never didactic message. A worthy addition to collections for budding readers."

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Sara Cassidy has worked as a youth-hostel manager, a newspaper reporter and a tree planter, in five Canadian provinces. Her books have been short-listed for the Chocolate Lily Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, and two were Junior Library Guild selections. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction for adults have been widely published. For more information, visit saracassidywriter.com.

 
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