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Fiction Ages 12+
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  • Contemporary, compelling stories for ages 12+
  • Reading levels from grade 2.0 to grade 4.5
  • 112-144 pages each
  • Lexile levels available
  • Accelerated Reader selections
"I can't count the number of reluctant readers who have picked up one of the Soundings books and returned quickly for more."
—Liz Zylstra, County of Prince Edward Public Library, Picton, Ontario

"We use these books with teacher-led reading and the students love them. Every library should have these hi-lo books available to reluctant readers, non-readers, and English Language Learners."
—Cynthia Cruz, Tucson Unified School District

The following 102 titles are included in this collection. To read book details, see the Orca Soundings category to the left.

B Negative
Back
Bang
Battle of the Bands
Big Guy
Bike Thief
Blue Moon
Breaking Point
Breathing Fire
Breathless
Bull Rider
Bull's Eye
Cellular
Charmed
Chill
Comeback
Coming Clean
Crash
Crush
Cuts Like a Knife
Damage
The Darwin Expedition
Dead-End Job
Dead Run
Deadly
Death Wind
Down
Exit Point
Exposure
Fallout
Fastback Beach
Final Crossing
First Time
Foolproof
Grind
Hannah's Touch
The Hemingway Tradition
Hit Squad
Homecoming
Home Invasion
House Party
I.D.
Impact
In the Woods
Infiltration
Jacked
Juice
Kicked Out
Knifepoint
Last Ride
Learning to Fly
Lockdown
Masked
Middle Row
My Side
My Time as Caz Hazard
Night Terrors
No More Pranks
No Problem
Off the Grid
One More Step
One Way
Outback
Overdrive
Pain & Wastings
Picture This
Plastic
Rat
Reaction
Redline
Refuge Cove
Responsible
Riley Park
Riot Act
Rock Star
Running the Risk
Saving Grace
Scum
Sea Change
Shallow Grave
Shattered
Skylark
Sleight of Hand
Snitch
Something Girl
Spiral
Sticks and Stones
Stuffed
Tagged
Tap Out
Tell
Thunderbowl
Tough Trails
Triggered
The Trouble with Liberty
Truth
Viral
Wave Warrior
The Way Back
Who Owns Kelly Paddik?
Yellow Line
Zee's Way

Resources for Teachers:

Orca Book Publishers produces a number of tools and resources to help teachers, librarians, reading specialists and other education professionals enrich the teaching and learning experience. Please visit our Teacher Resources website to access and download materials.

Classroom Materials:

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Teachers' Guides

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Research and Support Materials:

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Reaching Reluctant Readers:

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