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Children's Fiction Multigenerational

On the Rocks

by (author) Eric Walters

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 2020
Category
Multigenerational, Marine Life, Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459823648
    Publish Date
    Jan 2020
    List Price
    $9.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459823662
    Publish Date
    Jan 2020
    List Price
    $8.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12

Description

An is an inspiring story about the ups and downs of family.

Fourteen-year-old Dylan is sent to live with his estranged grandfather, Angus. Basically strangers, the two avoid each other as best they can. One day Dylan discovers a young orca stranded high up on the rocky beach. Dylan runs to tell his grandfather. There’s nothing that can be done, says Angus. The sun is coming up, and soon the orca will die of exposure.

But Dylan knows he has to try to save the whale. He collects towels to cover the delicate skin of the orca and begins transporting buckets of water from the ocean below to keep it hydrated. It’s grueling work, and it will be hours before the tide comes back in and the water is high enough for the orca to swim free. Angus is moved by his grandson’s determination and helps as best he can. They both desperately hope that soon the orca will be able to join its family, who have been calling out to it just offshore.

About the author

Eric Walters is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling novels for children and young adults. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch, Blue Heron, Red Maple, Snow Willow, Ruth Schwartz, and Tiny Torgi, and have received honours from the Canadian Library Association Book Awards and UNESCO's international award for Literature in Service of Tolerance.

Eric lives in Mississauga with his wife, Anita, and three children, Christina, Nicholas, and Julia. When not writing or touring across the country speaking to school groups, Eric spends time playing or watching soccer and basketball, or playing the saxophone.

To find out more about Eric and his novels, or to arrange for him to speak at your school, visit his website at www.ericwalters.net.

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Awards

  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
  • Commended, JLG Gold Standard Selection

Editorial Reviews

On the Rocks is well-written and a 'page-turner'...An excellent read for readers who like stories about family and nature. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Very highly recommended for middle school and struggling high school readers. Excellent choice for libraries and families. The topics are current and smoothly written at a lower reading level.”

Must Read Lit: K thru YA

"An exciting read...Dylan was a likable character and his backstory added extra emotion to the story."

Canadian Children's Book News, student takeover edition

“A short and simple...effective tale of intergenerational understanding.”

Kirkus Reviews

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