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 writer, documentary filmmaker, playwright, podcaster and orca activist. His book The Killer Whale Who Changed the World won the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada general audience book award. He wrote, directed and produced an award-winning documentary The Hundred-Year-Old Whale, and his documentary about Moby Doll is being produced by Middle Child Films. Mark hosts Skaana, a podcast about orca and ocean stories and is actively involved in the fight for the survival of the endangered southern residents. Mark has written for other young audiences for ABC, PBS, YTV, Treehouse and BBC Kids. His books for young readers include Big Whale, Small World, Orcas of the Salish Sea and the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize winner, Orcas Everywhere. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
“Mark Leiren-Young is the kind of author who produces trustworthy works of nonfiction that will both entertain and educate children.”–CM: Canadian Review of Materials
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.
“A well-crafted informative picture book that could be easily used as a read-aloud or part of research for grades K-2. Highly Recommended.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Interesting facts are presented with a peppy writing style...Text is elevated by intriguing photos of these fascinating creatures.”
“A generally engaging and informative work of narrative nonfiction on a popular topic.”
School Library Journal
Other titles by Mark Leiren-Young
The Mystery and History of the Planet’s Perfect Predator
Big Sharks, Small World
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