Orca Wild through December 2020

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    Series: Orca Wild
    Return from Extinction The Triumph of the Elephant Seal Linda L. Richards Canada
    9781459821361 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:October 13, 2020 Print Run:8000
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.5 in | 560 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Less than 100 years ago, the northern elephant seal was thought to be extinct. Today more than 250,000 elephant seals swim in the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Mexico. In Return from Extinction: The Triumph of the Elephant Seal Linda L. Richards tells the story of their dramatic recovery.

      Elephant seals were hunted to near extinction for their precious oil before the Mexican government stepped in to protect them. Many people thought it was too late. Even though the life of the elephant seal is difficult and only 20 percent of pups born will make it to adulthood, the species adapted and came back from the brink. They are a true conservation success story.
      Bio
      Linda L. Richards is a journalist and award-winning author. She is the founding editor of January Magazine, one of the Web's most respected voices about books. Linda divides her time between Vancouver, Phoenix and Paso Robles, California.
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      “Richards creates a compelling journey. Her style could be described as Mary Roach for children…An ecological success story with humor and heart that earns its place in any middle grade library.”
      “Plenty of facts...A nice mix of photographs enliven the pages…Natural-history nonfiction [that] endearingly reflects the author’s enthusiasm.”
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    Series: Orca Wild
    Bird's-Eye View Keeping Wild Birds in Flight Ann Eriksson Canada
    9781459821538 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:May 12, 2020 Print Run:5000
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.6 in | 740 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Wild birds are everywhere, from the dry deserts to the icy poles. We see them soaring overhead, paddling across water, flitting through trees, pecking at the ground or our backyard bird feeders and singing from fence posts. Birds contribute to the health of the planet and provide pleasure for millions of people, but wild birds are in trouble. Today, almost 200 bird species are critically endangered. They are threatened by habitat loss, invasive species, climate change, pesticides, plastics in the environment, human-made structures and other animals. Bird’s Eye View looks at why wild birds are important, why they need help and what young people all over the world are doing and can do to give wild birds a boost.
      Bio

      Ann Eriksson lives on Thetis Island, British Columbia in a waterfront house surrounded by ocean and trees and a lot of amazing and beautiful wildlife. She is the author of Dive In! Exploring Our Connection with the Ocean in the Orca Footprints series. When she’s not writing, working in biology or helping protect the environment, she’s out exploring nature by foot, kayak or sailboat.

      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing and Promotional Plans
        • Local and national media initiatives
        • Print and online advertising campaigns with Orca Wild series
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        • Author interview on blog and social media promotion
        • Postcard with Orca Wild series
        • Targeted promotion to ornithological societies and organizations
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      Awards
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      “An excellent compilation of everything birds! Bird’s-Eye View is a jam-packed educational resource for the classroom and at home. It captures the beauty and wonder of birds, balancing natural history with science and conservation. The personal accounts from the author, Tweets from the Flyway, and profiles of Young Birders ignite curiosity and inspire action for birds in our own backyards and communities.”
      “Scientists recently announced that North America lost a shocking 3 billion birds in recent decades. Eriksson's timely book is a passionate and beautifully illustrated appeal to bird lovers of all ages.”
      “Anyone, young or old, who wants to learn more about the birds that live in their neighborhood or on the other side of the planet will love this book. The latest science on breeding biology, behavior, feeding habits, conservation concerns and much more is arrayed in an attractive, easy-to-follow layout with eye-popping photos and text boxes containing facts that will surprise even the most experienced bird nerd. Ann Eriksson has put together a book that teachers and kids will return to again and again to discover the wonders of birds and what we can all do to help them thrive.”
      “This is a particularly timely title. An accessible and appealing invitation to connect with the world of birds.”
      “Not only will readers understand the connection between birds and dinosaurs, but also the problems threatening their survival and wellbeing...Colorful photographs throughout make this book appealing to the eye.”
      “It’s an uplifting and informative read with an extensive resource to aid newly hatched birders.”
      “This engaging book is well organized and easy to navigate...For a library that has a need for environmental activism for upper elementary, middle, or possibly high school, this would be a strong addition.”
  • 3
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    Series: Orca Wild
    Sea Otters A Survival Story Isabelle Groc Canada, Dame Judi Dench, David F. Mills MBE, Founder and owner of the British Wildlife Centre
    9781459817371 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:April 28, 2020 Print Run:5000
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.7 in | 520 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Sea otters once ruled the Pacific Ocean, but the fur trade of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries brought this predator to near extinction. Today they’re slowly coming back from the brink, and scientists are learning more about their pivotal role as one of nature’s keystone species. This book looks at the history, biology, behavior and uncertain future of sea otters. Author and photojournalist Isabelle Groc takes us into the field: watching sea otter rafts off the British Columbia coast from a kayak, exploring what makes their fur coats so special, understanding how their voracious appetites are helping kelp forests thrive and, ultimately, learning how sea otters are leaving their mark (or paws) on every part of the ecosystem. They might be one of the most adorable creatures in the ocean, but kids will discover how their survival is key to a rich, complex and connected ecosystem.
      Bio

      Isabelle Groc is a writer, wildlife photographer and filmmaker who specializes in wildlife conservation, endangered species and the relationships between people and wildlife in a rapidly changing world. With degrees in journalism from Columbia University and urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she brings a unique perspective to documenting the impacts of human activities on threatened species and habitats. Born in the South of France, with family roots in Spain, Isabelle now lives in Vancouver.


      With the return of sea otters on the Pacific Coast, Isabelle has had the opportunity to witness an extraordinary ecological story unfold in her backyard of British Columbia for over ten years. She spent extended periods of time documenting sea otters and the coastal communities they influence.





      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing and Promotional Plans
        • Local and national media initiatives
        • Print and online advertising campaigns with Orca Wild series
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution
        • Author interview on blog and social media promotion
        • Postcard with Orca Wild series
        • Targeted promotion to ecological and conservation organizations
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      "In this beautiful book, Isabelle tells us an important story, one that gives us hope...Young people will be encouraged to see that positive change can happen, and that we can all do something to help preserve our planet."
      “This is a good news story, beautifully told by a passionate advocate for healthy seas full of life. Isabelle Groc reveals how sea otters—some of the cutest, furriest, smartest mammals around—are making a triumphant return to the Pacific coast of North America, kick-starting the recovery of this fabulously rich marine ecosystem.”
      “This book is a masterpiece of children’s nonfiction about nature. With pages of stunning photographs and easy-to-read text about the history, science and ecological heroics of sea otters, this book is a must-have for every budding naturalist and every lover of sea otters.”
      “Isabelle Groc's Sea Otters: A Survival Story is a delight—and not just because sea otters are a delight. The book is accessible, well researched, informative and very attractive. All ages will enjoy this book.”
      “The sea otter’s story holds lessons for everyone. Isabelle Groc has provided a great service to nature and human society by teaching these lessons to the next generation in an accurate and compelling manner.”
      “Well-researched...A thorough introduction to an appealing keystone species.”
      “Groc's personal admiration for these intriguing mammals is evident in her descriptive writing, clear explanations, and well-documented and captioned color photographs. A compelling wake-up call for protecting the environment.”
      “This very relevant book on climate change and endangered species is a strong choice for all nonfiction collections.”
      “A good book for students who are interested in animals, the environment, or who just love sea otters...It would be a worthwhile addition to collections serving upper elementary and middle school students.”
      “The text is accessible with a fairly straightforward factual style that works well for the serious nature of the topic...Young readers interested in species at risk and wildlife conservation will enjoy the learning experience provided. Highly Recommended.”
  • 4
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    Series: Orca Wild
    Gone is Gone Wildlife Under Threat Isabelle Groc Canada, Jane Goodall
    9781459816855 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:September 24, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.68 in | 680 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Gone is Gone looks at why species become endangered, how scientists are learning about endangered wildlife, what people are doing to conserve species and ways young people can help.

      The book is richly illustrated with unique photos that Isabelle has taken over many years of observing endangered species in the field alongside the people who work to conserve them. Throughout, the author shares enchanting encounters and personal field stories: watching narwhals socialize in the Canadian Arctic, getting close to a Laysan albatross raising chicks on a remote Hawaiian island, spotting a rhinoceros on safari and even swimming with sea lions in the Galápagos Islands.

      Gone is Gone will inform, intrigue and inspire readers to take small steps toward big changes for endangered species around the world.
      Bio
      Isabelle Groc is a writer, wildlife photographer, filmmaker and speaker who focuses on environmental issues, wildlife natural history and conservation, endangered species and the changing relationships between people and their environments. Her stories and photographs have appeared in numerous publications, and her wildlife films have been shown in communities and festivals around the world. She lives in Vancouver.

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        Key Selling Points
        The book brings awareness to the plight of endangered animals around the world, documenting conservation programs and inspiring young people to get involved in conservation.
        This book is timely as it raises awareness of how many species are endangered globally.
        Isabelle Groc is a photojournalist who brings a unique perspective to documenting the impacts of human activities on threatened species and habitats. She has traveled to remote places to raise the profile of many little-known, elusive, under-appreciated threatened species, aiming to inspire concern and action for their conservation.
        Isabelle’s stories and photographs have appeared in National Geographic Magazine, BBC Wildlife, Canadian Wildlife, Scientific American, New Scientist and many other publications worldwide. She has also produced videos for National Geographic and written and co-directed several documentary films on British Columbia’s species at risk, profiling scientists in the field. She has upcoming books with Orca about keystone species and about conservation canines.
        When it comes to extinction, size doesn’t matter, because everything is part of an ecosystem, and when something disappears it affects everything.
        This book has a unique focus on the ecosystem, not just a single species.

        Marketing and Promo Plans

        Print and online advertising campaigns
        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        Blog post and social media promotion
        Planned appearance at local writers festival
        Postcard with other titles in new Orca Wild series
        Outreach in Orca newsletter introducing new Orca Wild series
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2020, Commended
      Reviews
      “Animals won’t survive unless people care. I wish this book was available when I started my career in wildlife conservation. It’s got all the information you need to understand the dangers animals face, and how people work to fix those problems so that wild animals can survive. Such people are called conservationists. After reading this excellent book that explains what animals need and what conservationists do, you just might decide to be a conservationist yourself. I hope so. Animals need you.”
      “You don’t need to be a child to read this fascinating, informative and personal book about the unique and beautiful wild creatures with whom we share the earth. I, a child no longer, have read it twice, following Isabelle as she traveled far and wide and sharing her joy, her sadness and her growing fears about the survival of so many irreplaceable species and the decimation of their wild homes. I share her belief in the animal as an individual. Everyone should read this book. And I mean everyone. If you have never thought or cared about the survival of wildlife, large and small, I believe you will care after you read this book. I beg you to care—before it is really too late.”
      “Notable...a solid and appealing addition to endangered species literature.”
      “[A] heartfelt testament to a lifetime of concern for the natural world.”
      “A valuable introduction to the international study of endangered species.”
      “Informational, but still entertaining…Brief yet encompassing passages offer an in-depth understanding of each endangered animal...A refreshing look at endangered species. Especially recommended for secondary environmental science classrooms.”
      “The passion of this author for the subject emanates off every page… Recommended.”
      “Personal, beautifully designed to provide as much interest as possible, and hopeful to those willing to take a stand and make a difference in their own communities.”
      “In addition to the fabulous facts and writing are the colorful graphics…Text is conveyed in a manner that will not only inform, but excite and engage readers…This book is highly recommended as a must purchase for any middle school library.”
  • 5
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    Series: Orca Wild
    Orcas Everywhere The Mystery and History of Killer Whales Mark Leiren-Young Canada
    9781459819986 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:September 03, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.75 in | 800 gr | 160 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      Orcas are found in every ocean on the planet. But can they survive their relationship with humans? Orcas Everywhere looks at how humans around the world (Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike) related to orcas in the past, how we relate to them now and what we can do to keep cetacean communities alive and thriving. The book deals with science, philosophy, environmentalism and ethics in a kid-friendly and accessible way. Writer, filmmaker and orca activist Mark Leiren-Young takes us back to when killer whales were considered monsters and examines how humans went from using orcas for target practice to nearly loving them to death. If you know a young person who loves Free Willy or Finding Nemo, they will fall in love with these whales.
      Bio
      Mark Leiren-Young is an award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, podcaster and orca activist. His book, The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, won the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada general audience book award. He wrote, directed and produced an award-winning documentary called The Hundred-Year-Old Whale, and his documentary about Moby Doll is being produced by Middle Child Films. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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        Key Selling Points
        This is an up-close look at the past, present and future of orcas around the world and show how humans went from using orcas for target practice to nearly loving them to death.
        Orcas are one of the only species, other than humans, that exist on all continents.
        There are currently no other books quite like this in the market.
        Mark Leiren-Young has been called “Canada’s Go-To Guy for Dolphins, Whales and Trees.”
        The book includes the history of whaling, contemporary stories of orcas today, whale language and family dynamics.
        Many of the images in the were taken by Mark’s partner, Rayne Tav Becru.

        Marketing and Promo Plans

        Print and online advertising campaigns
        Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        Blog post about research process
        Social media promotion
        Planned appearance at local writers festival
        Postcard with other titles in new Orca Wild series
        Outreach in Orca newsletter
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Bank Street College of Education Best Books 2019, Commended
      Green Earth Book Award Honor Book 2020, Commended
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2020, Commended
      City of Victoria Children's Book Prize 2020, Winner
      Reviews
      "Told in an accessible, conversational style, this is a book for children and adults to enjoy. It opened my eyes to so much I didn't know about orcas. It's also a real page-turner. Leiren-Young never condescends to his readers; he tells it like it is, and 'like it is' is not always pretty. But he gives hope for the future and offers up achievable steps we can take to help. This is, quite simply, an important and beautiful book."
      “This inviting book will be treasured by kids—a fun way to discover orcas and the sea.”
      “A fascinating subject related with passion.”
      “An amazingly accessible and fun book that explores our relationship with whales over millennia. The reality of their complex and intelligent behavior should give anyone pause in assuming human superiority.”
      “Pages filled with photographs, impassioned narrative, “Orca Bites” (facts), and further research resources make this title one for all libraries.”
      “A valuable, extensive examination of what we’ve learned about orcas, filling a spot as an up-to-date reference among the many books in publication about this topic. Highly Recommended.”
      “The reader will certainly learn much about these fascinating, intelligent, and beautiful creatures, and hopefully will understand why they need to be protected.”
      “A marvelous overview of orcas and their place in history as well a chronicle of their challenges in the past and into the future."
      “This informative non-fiction title will encourage a love of killer whales and all things aquatic. Readers will enjoy uncovering the mysteries of whales while proving they are not the monsters humans once thought them to be.”
      “The subject is important and the text is engaging and appealing, with illustrations and helpful sidebars throughout.”
      “Leiren-Young provides several stories to support his premises and exploration into this species; the stories add high interest level to the reading…Highly recommended for middle school libraries; supports science curriculum, activism and preservation.”

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