A Bear’s Life by Ian McAllister & Nicholas Read published by Orca Book Publishers 32pages, c2017 Series: My Great Bear Rainforest Keywords: back bears; spirit bears; grizzly bears; Great Bear Rainforest; Indigenous People; salmon; ocean; habitat Following in the footsteps of Wolf Island, readers are now introduced to A Bear’s Life. Th array of brilliant bear photographs and the accompanying straight forward, easy informative text, reveal the many sides to an often mis-represented mammal … the bear. At a modest 32 pages, this stunning nature picture book will definitely engage any young or mature reader. At the same time it can provide a perfect platform for discussions inside and out of the classroom! A wonderful introduction that chronicles the enchantingly mysterious bears in the British Columbian wilderness known as The Great Bear Rainforest! Highly recommended!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

October 2, 2017

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Slide by Norah McClintock

September 26, 2016

slideIn the “Seven Prequels” set, Slide by award winning author Norah McClintock, is one of the titles in the latest “Seven” series phenomena published by Orca Book Publishers.

Readers familiar with the characters in these books, are re-introduced to them as  boys who are a bit younger…namely in 13 years old range. The characteristically dare-devil grandfather and grandson relationship that is often core in these narratives, is replaced in  McClintock’s tale by grandson Rennie ‘hanging’ with his adventure rule-bending grandmother as he gets to travel with her to a ski resort in the back country, despite his stepfather’s adamant instructions to the contrary.

McClintock creative writing style weaves together action, adventure, mystery and murder with humour as Rennie experiences the first ever pangs of ‘love’ in the midst of trying to satisfy  and solve some very unusual circumstances.

The story accelerates with a dizzy pace that has the reader hanging on to every sentence until it ‘slams’ to a stop!

This is a story that can be enjoyed by junior and intermediate students!
Highly Recommended!
FIVE STARS!!

 

[ARC supplied by Orca Book Publishers in exchange for an honest review]