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Orcas Everywhere
The Mystery and History of Killer Whales
By (author): Mark Leiren-Young
9781459819986 Hardcover, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Marine Life Sep 03, 2019
$24.95 CAD
Active 7.5 x 9 x 0.75 in | 800 gr 160 pages 100 , 1 Index, 1 FSC certified – mixed sources C013314 Orca Book Publishers
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
Take a deep dive into the lives of orcas.

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.

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.

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

"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." - Susin Nielsen, award-winning author of No Fixed Address

“This inviting book will be treasured by kids—a fun way to discover orcas and the sea.” - Erich Hoyt, author of Orca: The Whale Called Killer

“A fascinating subject related with passion.” - Kirkus Reviews

“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.” - Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada

“Pages filled with photographs, impassioned narrative, “Orca Bites” (facts), and further research resources make this title one for all libraries.” - Booklist

“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.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“The reader will certainly learn much about these fascinating, intelligent, and beautiful creatures, and hopefully will understand why they need to be protected.” - School Library Connection

“A marvelous overview of orcas and their place in history as well a chronicle of their challenges in the past and into the future." - The Commentary podcast

“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.” - Resource Links

“The subject is important and the text is engaging and appealing, with illustrations and helpful sidebars throughout.” - School Library Journal

“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.” - Must Read Literature: K thru YA

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