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Orca Book: New 2013 Titles for Reluctant Readers, and the librarians that love them

Spring 2013 Hi/Lo Titles – New from Orca Book!
As part of our Reluctant Reader week, we are so excited to be pairing with Orca Book for a great giveaway.  You can enter to win a mini-collection of 2013 titles, chosen from these new titles below.  Please visit the Orca Book webpage for a ton of great information on their books, reading levels, etc.  Later this week I will share with you my first time reading an Orca Book, some tips for parents and librarians, and a few flashback posts about aliteracy and reluctant readers.

Orca Currents are short high-interest novels with contemporary themes, written expressly for middle-school students reading below grade level.

Caching In by Kristin Butcher

Eric and his best friend, Chris, find themselves on a high-stakes geocaching treasure hunt.

FaceSpace by Adrian Chamberlain
Fourteen-year-old Danny invents a fictitious friend in an effort to fit in at school.

Vanish by Karen Spotford-Fitz
Fourteen-year-old Simone becomes a key witness in a parental-abduction investigation.

Stolen by John Wilson
Fifteen-year-old Sam solves a mystery while treasure-hunting on the Australian coast.

Perfect for reluctant teen readers, the Orca Sports titles combine mystery and adventure with team sports such as hockey, baseball, football and soccer, and solo sports like scuba diving, running, sailing, horse racing and even race-car driving. Orca Sports books engage young readers with exciting plots and easy-to-read language. 

Break Point by Kate Jaimet
When Connor and Maddy discover that their tennis club is going bankrupt, they set out to try and save it.

Hurricane Heat by Steven Barwin  
Years after Travis’s parents die in a car crash and he and his younger sister, Amanda, are separated, Travis sets out to search for her at the risk of losing an opportunity for a future baseball career.

New Orca Soundings
With contemporary themes and exciting stories, the Orca Soundings for reluctant teen readers are books that teens want to read. The Orca Soundings Resource Guide, now available on CD, provides information on using the books in this popular series as part of a literacy program.

Deadly by Sarah N. Harvey Amy is abducted and locked away, forced to write essays about the error of her ways. (I read and will review this book later this week.)

Night Terrors bSean Rodman
Dylan struggles with the memories of the death of his younger brother while fighting for survival in a snow-bound resort.

Tagged by Eric Walters
Oswald uses graffiti to fight back against an over-bearing politician.

Damage by Robin Stevenson
Theo ends up in a strange situation with a girl who has kidnapped her own child.

New Rapid Reads
Rapid Reads are short novels and non-fiction books for adult readers. In our increasingly fast-paced world we believe there is a need for well-written, well-told books that can be read in one sitting. Rapid Reads are intended for a diverse audience, including ESL students, reluctant readers, adults who struggle with literacy and anyone who wants an high-interest quick read.

Dirty Work by Reed Farrel Coleman
PI Gulliver Dowd searched for the daughter he didn’t know he had, who has gone missing under mysterious circumstances.

The Thirteenth Rose by Gail Bowen
It’s Valentine’s night, and late-night radio talk-show host Charlie D’s planned discussion of love and satisfaction is derailed when a vigilante group promises to kill one prostitute each hour and post their murders live online.

Sunset Key by Blake Crouch
When Letty Dobesh sets out to steal an expensive painting from a wealthy convicted felon on his last night of freedom, she gets a good deal more than she bargained for.

Him Standing by Richard Wagamese
When a Native carver agrees to produce a spirit mask for a mysterious stranger, he falls under the spell of a dangerous sorcerer from the dream world.


  1. What a great giveaway! I love Orca Soundings and encourage everyone to have some of these in their collections. Students love them.

  2. I would love to win this for my library 🙂

  3. My kiddos LOVE these books–especially since they're so realistic and true to some of their lives.

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