professornana (professornana) wrote,

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Orca, a whale of a deal

Linda Benson, review editor for VOYA, sent me two new Orca books for review this month. One is an Orca Soundings, the other a Currents. Both of these series are huge hits with reluctant readers for several reasons. First, they are short. Add to that a fast-paced plot and short chapters and you have a winner with kids who do not like to read. The plots generally twist a bit from beginning to end which serves to surprise readers without much book experience. PIGBOY is a dandy tale of a field trip where the class ends up in the hands of an escaped convict. TELL relates the story of David's suspected complicity in the murder of his stepfather. Covers are simple and also serve to attract readers to the books. I love them because I can read one in about 20 minutes (they are all about 100 pages long). I would love to know if avid readers like these books. My gut says they will reject them unless they need to do a book report quickly. However, maybe I am overestimating kids?

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