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About Orca Soundings

With contemporary themes and exciting stories, the Orca Soundings for reluctant teen readers are books that teens want to read. Orca Soundings can be purchased individually or as a collection, with paperback or reinforced library bindings. Discounts available for schools, libraries, retailers, wholesalers and non-profits. View the complete title list of Orca Soundings.

What Should I Read NextWondering which Soundings 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 rich in suspense? How about one featuring music? 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 What Should I Read Next? poster.

Key Features:

Short, high-interest novels
Contemporary stories
Compelling characters
Linear plots
Ideal for Lit Circles
Ideal for Independent Reading

Teaching Resources:

Teachers' Guides
Accelerated Reader selections
Lexile Levels


Reinforced Library

ISBN and Pricing Information:

Print and Audio Books
Paperbacks: $9.95
Library Bound: $16.95

Orca Soundings Paperback Collection
Orca Soundings New Titles Pack
Orca Soundings Go Reader Audiobooks Collection
Orca Soundings Print and Audiobook Collection
Orca Soundings Leveled Library: High
Orca Soundings Leveled Library: Mid
Orca Soundings Leveled Library: Low
Orca Soundings in Spanish Collection

Digital Subscriptions
Orca Soundings Digital Subscription
Orca Soundings Levleled Library Digital Subscription: High
Orca Soundings Leveled Library Digital Subscription: Mid
Orca Soundings Leveled Library Digital Subscription: Low
Orca Soundings in Spanish Digital Subscription


"Teens will gobble up this cool high/low resource…simple, clean language, slick packaging and a compact size make this an ideal choice for both teens and educators. School and public librarians will be overjoyed to discover this high-quality new series for reluctant and struggling readers. Highly recommended." - NMRLS Youth Services Book Review Group

"Orca Soundings are my first choice when shopping for reluctant teen readers. The Soundings books have a very cool look that appeals to teens. The stories are extremely relevant and only about 100 pages in length. When students tell me they hate reading and all the books are boring, I take them to my Orca shelf. Once they try one Orca Soundings title, they want to read them all!" - Tori Jensen, Media Specialist, John Glenn Middle School, MN

"An excellent series for high school students who need to improve reading skills…age-appropriate themes as well as situations…a Hi/Low fiction series that does not call attention to it being Hi/Low." - Ty R. Burns LMS, Cypress Springs High School, TX

"These novels are among the best available for Hi/Low fiction for these difficult-to-reach audiences. Although books from [the Orca Soundings] series are frequently recommended as selections for school library collections, classroom teachers can also use them, particularly for literacy circles and book discussion groups." - Joanne Peters, teacher-librarian at Kelvin High School in Winnipeg, MB

"With their Dr. Phil talk-show themes, angst-driven protagonists, and short texts, these slick novels will appeal to reluctant readers who want fast-paced escapist reads." - School Library Journal

"'What are they reading?' you readers ask me... the new Orca Soundings books we ordered. My good teacher friend Susan took time while her class was also in the library to booktalk these to the students of another class and we watched them reluctantly check out a book for the first time in months. The result was a bunch of converted readers. YES!" - Diane Chen, “Practically Paradise,” School Library Journal blog

"[The Soundings have] interesting and fast paced plots...At a reading level of grade 4 or lower and generally being just over a hundred pages in length, these books will have students feeling a lot less intimidated than if they were given The Grapes of Wrath." - Dwayne Jeffery, Reaching Reluctant Readers (aka Books for Boys)” in The Alan Review

"Soundings...use simple vocabulary and short sentences combined with lots of authentic dialogue and engrossing subject matter, making them ideal for high-interest, low-reading-level collections. The authors are not afraid of controversial language or material, which is in large part the secret of the series' appeal. Open endings lend to discussion and further exploration. These little novels with their colorful covers are sure to be a hit." - VOYA

"Orca Soundings novels deal with subjects long considered taboo for young people. Underage drinking, the boycott of fast food, lesbianism, and pornography may be considered unsuitable by some. But they are all subjects to which teens are exposed and which they discuss, and therefore, to have them dealt with sensitively and positively by believable characters within the framework of a good story can only be a worthwhile enterprise." - Canadian Book Review Annual

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