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Cover of book Stella Rising

Stella Rising - Orca Book Publishers - 2020
Stella Connors has spent her whole life bouncing around from one town to the next, following the latest musician her mother has fallen in love with. She has always vowed she will never become a pathetic groupie like her mother, Viv. But then her best friend uploads a video of Stella singing a cover of her favorite band’s biggest hit. It goes viral, and suddenly Stella’s ideas about who she is and what she wants take a real hit. As a publicity stunt, the band’s manager asks Stella to perform with them when they come to town. Stella is thrilled and agrees immediately. Soon she finds herself in the spotlight, with everyone after her for interviews and photo ops. And unless she’s reading things wrong, she’s pretty sure the band’s lead singer has a thing for her. When she gets invited to go on the road with the band and perform in another concert, Stella forgets every bad thing she ever thought about being a groupie. After all, she’s nothing like her mother. She’s a star. Isn’t she?

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Cover of book Colette and the Silver Samovar

Colette and the Silver Samovar - Orca Book Publishers - 2010
Colette Faizal isn't superstitious, so she doesn't worry when a fortune-teller advises Colette's mother to "watch for the unexpected." But when her father announces he is going back to Iran, her mother is hurt in a car accident and Colette is sent to live with the grandparents she's never even met, everything the mysterious woman predicted seems to be coming true. As Colette struggles to bring her family back together, she tries to hold on to the last thing the fortune-teller told her: "You will know how to handle what lies ahead."

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Cover of book Soames on the Range

Soames on the Range - HarperCollins - 2010
All his life, fifteen-year-old San Francisco Soames has been told he is just like his father. But when his father announces that he's moving in with another man, Cisco starts questioning the resemblance. To top it off, he's suspended from school for fighting - even though all he did was provide his face as the punching bag for the school bully - and then accused of putting an old man in a coma. Things go from bad to worse when his parents want to send him from their small town in Vermont to British Columbia to keep him out of trouble. Trouble is the last thing Cisco wants. All he wants is to be left alone so he can figure out just how things have gone so wrong. And British Columbia! That's two thousand miles away - who is going to keep an eye on his ten-year-old twin sisters while he's gone? Plus he'll be staying with his uncle, someone he's never even seen before, someone who runs a Rocky Mountain Dude ranch, someone who is known in the family as "Uncle Party." Things couldn't get any worse, could they?

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Cover of book Casey Little, Yo-Yo Queen

Casey Little, Yo-Yo Queen - Orca Book Publishers - 2005
Casey will have to do a lot of pet-sitting to earn the money she needs to buy Lightning, a beloved horse. Her hopes of buying Lightning are dashed when she learns that his owner has found a buyer and must sell the horse immediately. Across the street from Casey's house a mystery unfolds as a seldom-seen woman who seems to be able to read minds prepares to host a carnival and a yo-yo contest that boasts a $1500 prize. Casey's yo-yo is buried in her closet. She has a great talent and a greater case of stage fright.

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Cover of book Summer on the Run

Summer on the Run - Orca Book Publishers - 2005
The year is 1931, and thirteen-year-old Douglas has gotten himself mixed up with local rumrunners, who carry liquor across the Detroit River from Windsor into the United States. Now, despite all his sisterís efforts to keep him safe, he is wanted by the police. To add to that, their father is gone and their mother has just lost her job. In an attempt to keep one step ahead of the authorities, mother and children leave home to camp out on Point Pelee for the summer. The three settle into a comfortable rhythm until Douglas and Doris hear that a man who looks like their father has been seen in a nearby town. In an effort to find him, they stow away on a boat, only to discover that the danger is far greater than either had ever imagined.

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Cover of book The Scream of the Hawk

The Scream of the Hawk - Orca Book Publishers - 2003
Lissa is the new kid in town. She is lonely and she blames her mother and her mother's new husband for her troubles. To make matters worse, she has to look after a boy who believes that his dead mother's spirit lives on in the red-tailed hawk that he secretly keeps captive. Ironically, the resulting adventure takes Lissa's mind off her own troubles and gets her a friend to boot!

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