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A Frog in my Throat

Frieda Wishinsky (author), Louise-Andrée Laliberté (Illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551436340

Kate and Jake have always been best friends; always, that is, until Jake's cousin, Lionel, moves nearby and Jake starts spending time with him instead. Kate struggles with his abandonment and her own loneliness as she seeks new friends that share her likes and dislikes. And, perhaps there is a place in her life for her old best friend after all.

Captain Jake

Shannon Stewart (author), Ben Hodson (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551438986

Jake loves to hunt for treasure, so when the famous pirate Captain Kidd asks him to be his cabin boy, he can't refuse. But Jake soon learns that bringing home an invisible pirate can be a real disaster, particularly when the pirate is mortally terrified of his teenage sister. There are many rules of the sea, and Captain Kidd's own cabin boy, Richard Barleycorn, teaches Jake how to face his biggest fear, Boris Baxter, the meanest boy in the whole school.

The Big Tree Gang

Jo Ellen Bogart (author), Dean Griffiths (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551435794

Reg and Keely are twins. Keely loves painting and bugs. Reg loves rocks. Keely sings crazy rhymes. Reg plays softball. Shawna and Burt are their friends. In this series of linked stories, the children's deep involvement with their daily activities never falters, from a bug walk, through incidents flying a kite and dividing labor at clean up time, to a chance to swim in the river on a hot summer's day.

The Birthday Girl

Jean Little (author), June Lawrason (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551437590

Nell makes two wishes on her birthday, but the next day they show little sign of coming true. Everyone in her household is busy and wants her out from underfoot and no one is willing to help her find her lost cat. In the end she finds more than a cat and she makes her own wishes come true with the help of a row of tall, bright, smiling sunflowers.

A Bee in Your Ear

Frieda Wishinsky (author), Louise-Andrée Laliberté (Illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551437576

Kate is determined to win her spelling club's spelling bee, but the competition is fierce. She can almost put up with Violet's relentless claims of superior spelling ability, but when Kate and Jake begin to fight with each other, Kate is miserable. She wants to win the contest, but she doesn't want to lose her best friend.

Flood Warning

Jacqueline Pearce (author), Leanne Franson (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459800694

Tom loves running through cow fields with his best friend, Peggy, and his dog, Amos-especially when he's pretending to be his favorite radio hero, the Lone Ranger. But when Tom learns the nearby Fraser River is about to flood, he may have to become a real-life hero and help save his family's herd of dairy cows. This story is based on real events that happened in the farming community of Agassiz during the Fraser River flood of 1948.

Justine McKeen, Walk the Talk

Sigmund Brouwer (author), Dave Whamond (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781554699308

In Justine McKeen, Walk the Talk, the second book in the Justine McKeen series, Justine decides there are too many cars idling in front of her school. So she comes up with a solution that should help keep the air cleaner. But she soon discovers not many adults trust her crazy ideas.

George, the Best of All!

Ingrid Lee (author), Stephane Denis (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551436258

George is back, more popular than ever. And Katie and Mackenzie are just one step behind him. But George will have an adventure or two of his own before the three will come together again.