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I’m wanting to share the latest newsletter from ORCA with you. Let’s see if I can find a way to format this. Learning to program in html is one of those tasks on my to-do list. Right after I clean the garage.

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News From Orca Book Publishers
January 2009
News and notes…
(Click on the covers for more info).
Junior Library Guild…
Six recent and upcoming Orca titles have been picked up by the Junior Library Guild.
Last season’s graphic novel Ramp Rats, along with Paralyzed an Orca Sports novel by Jeff Rud, made the fall selections.
In Spring 2009 look for Riley Park, an Orca Soundings novel, as well as Absolute Pressure by Sigmund Brouwer and Slam Dunk by Kate Jaimet, both Orca Sports novels. Rounding out the six was Soccer Sabotage, the third graphic novel in the Graphic Guide Adventure series by Liam O’Donnell amd Mike Deas.
The JLG provides books to public and school libraries and offers 28 different reading levels from preschool through high school, all with an emphasis on selecting only the best and most worthwhile titles to engage young minds and foster a love of books and reading.

Junior Library Guild

National Jewish Book Award…
The Diary of Laura’s Twin, The story of a modern-day Jewish girl who is "twinned" with a child of the Holocaust through a mysterious diary has won the 2008 National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature from the Jewish Book Council.
Kathy Kacer is the award-winning author of several books in Second Story Press’ Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers, including The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser, Clara’s War and Hiding Edith.

YALSA Quick Picks…
The final list of titles selected for the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list was announced following the American Library Association Conference in Denver this week.
Two Orca Soundings titles made the list:
Pain and Wastings by Carrie Mac and Middle Row by Sylvia Olsen.
The Quick Picks list, presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting suggests, books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure. It is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read. 

Full list here.

Sidney Taylor Book Award…

Gravity, a teen novel by Leanne Lieberman, has been named a "Notable Book of Jewish Content" in the teen category as part of the Sidney Taylor Book Awards from the Association of Jewish Librarians.
Kirkus said of the book: "Heartfelt – a must for Jewish and GLBT collections."
And the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books said: "A remarkably sensitive and credible portrait of a girl whose faith collides with her sexuality, and who refuses to compromise either."
Gravity was also the winner of the Orca "So You Think You Can Write" novel contest. I guess she can!

Gravity, 9781554690497

 Chocolate Lily Young Readers’ choice…
A number of Orca titles have been nominated for British Columbia’s Chocolate Lily Young Readers’ Choice Awards.
They are: Rebel’s Tag (KL Denman),  Shadows on the Train (Melanie Jackson), I, Bruno (Caroline Adderson),  Lucky’s Mountain (Dianne Maycock), Mechanimals (Chris Tougas), The Summer of the Marco Polo (Lynn Manuel and Kasia Charko) and Jeffrey and Sloth (Kari Lynn Winters and Ben Hodson).
The Chocolate Lily Book Awards Program was developed to encourage students to read some of the best fiction by BC authors and illustrators, and culminates with a gala event in June.

Spring Catalog…
The Spring 2009 catalog is now available. You can download the PDF here, or drop us a note and we will mail one ASAP.

Highlights for Spring:

  • Soccer Sabotage – book 3 in the Graphic Guides Adventure Series;
  • Dance Baby Dance – a new baby board book;
  • When I Visit the Farm – a stunning new picturebook from Lobster Press;
  • Guardian Angel House – the newest entry in the Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers;
  • and much more!


Orca can now provide an ONIX feed of our updated, clean bibliographic data. We would be more than happy to add you to our list for regular updates. Please contact to be added to the list or for more information.

Thanks for reading!
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  1. Coool.. looks good. The only thing I noticed is that the links don’t work. Otherwise it looks great!

  2. OUCH! I need to go fix that. Give me today (since I’m inventorying equipment, teaching, and taking tickets for another 5 hours of tournament) and I’ll try to get all those fixed. They are worth it.

  3. OUCH! I need to go fix that. Give me today (since I’m inventorying equipment, teaching, and taking tickets for another 5 hours of tournament) and I’ll try to get all those fixed. They are worth it.