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About Orca Currents

Orca Currents are short high-interest novels with contemporary themes, written expressly for middle-school students reading below grade level. Individual teachers' guides and resource guides are availble on the Orca website. Orca Currents are available with paperback or reinforced library bindings and can be purchased individually or as a collection. Discounts availalble for schools, libraries, retailers, wholesalers and non-profits. View the complete title list of Orca Currents.

What Should I Read NextWondering which Currents title to read next? Look no further than this handy poster that can be displayed in your classroom or library. Looking a for a title featuring some school drama? How about adventure or mystery? Or written from a boy's (or girl's) perspective? We've got them all, and this poster will help students choose a book tailored to their interests. Download "Where Will The Currents Take You" poster.

Key Features:

Contemporary stories
Compelling characters
Ideal for Lit Circles
Ideal for Independent Reading

Teaching Resources:

Teachers' Guides
Accelerated Reader selections
Lexile Levels


Reinforced Library

ISBN and Pricing Information:

Paperbacks: $9.95
Library Bound: $16.95

Orca Currents Paperback Collection
Orca Currents New Titles Pack
Orca Currents Leveled Library: High
Orca Currents Leveled Library: Low
Orca Currents Audio and Print Book Collection
Orca Currents Go Reader Audiobook Collection
Orca Currents Digital Subscription


"I cannot say enough good things about this line of books.  It is everything I have been looking for, for my struggling reluctant readers.  I love these books because our middle school students can relate to them." - Tori Jensen, John Glenn Middle School, Maplewood, MN

"The Orca Currents series offers books for 'reluctant' young-adult readers, with straightforward vocabulary, interesting subjects, and fast-paced plots." - Canadian Book Review Annual

"I work with a variety of reluctant readers and the Orca Sounding and Orca Currents are always a big hit!  The stories grab the interests of my students and the covers are great eye-catchers!" - Debbie Fisher, Central Falls High School, Central Falls, RI

"These small, attractively designed titles are high interest/low ability books. They can be used successfully with special-ed students, lower-level readers and ELL students…the books have appealing plots...Teachers and librarians can make good use of them to entice less-skilled readers." - Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI

"These short, well-constructed books written by best-selling, award-winning authors are a gold mine for reluctant readers in middle school.  It's not simply the short chapters and intelligently controlled vocabulary.  The value of these books is the text's absence of condescension and the authors' inclusion of current vernacular phrases that don't sound contrived. The stories—contemporary in tone and situation—engage the reader from the get-go and maintain their credibility." - Resource Links

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