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Children's Fiction Action & Adventure

Candle Point

by (author) Nancy Deas

illustrated by Mike Deas

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Friendship
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


In the small village of Sueño Bay, famous for its mysterious crystals and legendary moon creatures, friends Kay, Ollie, Jenna and Sleeves try to help a lost moon creature at the lighthouse of Candle Point.

When a wild winter storm rolls in and all the power goes out, Kay stays with her reclusive aunt, Gayle, the lighthouse keeper of Candle Point. On the long trek through the blustery snowstorm, Kay stumbles upon an injured moon creature. Kay smuggles her new friend into her aunt's lighthouse to take shelter from the cold. While exploring the lighthouse she discovers a network of tunnels and a colony of moon creatures. Kay tries to reunite the abandoned creature with its family but she can't do it alone. She tricks her friends into coming to the lighthouse and into the tunnel to help her reunite the hurt animal, but with no success. Desperate to heal her new friend, Kay plucks a mysterious moon crystal from the moon creatures' nest, an action that sets off a dangerous chain of events. The group becomes stranded when a cliff—and the bridge that leads in and out of Candle Point—collapses into the waves below. Can Kay regain the trust of her friends and restore the balance before Candle Point completely crumbles into the ocean?

This is the fourth book in the Sueño Bay Adventures series, following Shadow Island, Otter Lagoon and Hermit Hill.

Praise for the Sueño Bay Adventures:

★“Deas’s expressive artwork includes the colorful landscapes and flora...Atmospheric, wordless pages pack a huge punch in this book’s emotional communication.” —School Library Journal, starred review for Hermit Hill

“Underlying messages of environmentalism, friendship, and home make this magical mystery a win.” —Kirkus Reviews for Otter Lagoon

“A fun, magical romp that younger readers will enjoy.” —Booklist for Shadow Island

About the authors

Nancy Deas grew up on a farm on Mayne Island, British Columbia, where she wandered in forests and on beaches. She has a great love of travel and adventure. Nancy holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Victoria. She now explores Salt Spring Island, where she lives with her family.


Nancy Deas' profile page


Mike Deas est auteur-illustrateur de bandes dessinées, telles que Tank and Fizz and The Case of the Tentacle Terror. Il signe aussi les illustrations de la série Graphic Guide Adventure. Sa passion pour l'illustration a été entretenue tout au long de son enfance à l'île Saltspring, en Colombie-Britannique où il habite encore aujourd'hui.


MIKE DEAS is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Tank and Fizz and the Case of the Tentacle Terror. He is the illustrator of the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Visit him online at

Mike Deas' profile page

Editorial Reviews

“Creative and engaging, this adventure is resolved with resourcefulness, community ties, and teamwork.”

Canadian Teacher Magazine

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