Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 8
- Grade: 1 to 3
- Reading age: 6 to 8
Meet Onyx and the orcas of J pod, the world’s most famous whales. Illustrated with stunning photos, this picture book introduces young readers to the orcas humans first fell in love with. The members of J pod live in the Salish Sea, off the coast of Washington and British Columbia. Moby Doll was the first orca ever displayed in captivity, Granny was the oldest orca known to humanity, and Scarlet was the orca humans fought to save.
About the authors
Mark Leiren-Young is a popular Canadian performer, playwright and journalist. His plays have been produced throughout Canada and his award-winning drama, the romantic fantasy Blueprints from Space received a staged reading at New York's Open Eye Theatre. Mark's first radio drama, Dim Sum Diaries, received international attention when it debuted on CBC's Morningside in 1991. Mark's humorous commentaries have appeared in such publications as The Hollywood Reporter, The Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun, and The Georgia Straight. His writing has also appeared in The Utne Reader, TV Guide, This Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and the South China Morning Post. Leirin-Young has two plays published by Anvil Press: Shylock and Articles of Faith.
Kelly Nakatsuka is a former CBC broadcaster and journalist who spends his time these days as a father, husband, concert promoter and counselling therapist in Victoria BC. He loves telling stories and thoroughly enjoys lending his voice to the wonderful tales published by Orca Book Publishers. Kelly loves living and working on the West Coast and is honoured and humbled to call the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen and Hul’qumi’num speaking peoples his home.
Other titles by Mark Leiren-Young
STEM Picture Book Bundle
Bar Mitzvah Boy
Big Whales, Small World Read-Along
Orcas of the Salish Sea
Big Whales, Small World
The Mystery and History of Killer Whales
The Killer Whale Who Changed the World
This Crazy Time
Living Our Environmental Challenge
The Green Chain
Nothing is Ever Clear Cut
Never Shoot a Stampede Queen
A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo