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Children's Fiction Marriage & Divorce


by (author) Laurie Elmquist

illustrated by David Parkins

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Marriage & Divorce, Emotions & Feelings, Dogs
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
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    Sep 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


Reece's new dog, Ruckus, tears through life like a Tyrannosaurus rex.

He bites everything that moves and drives Reece's mom nuts. The puppy was Dad's idea, to make things easier for Reece after his parents' separation, but Ruckus is not easy at all and Mom is getting fed up. When her diamond earrings go missing, it sends the family into a tailspin. What happens when a dog swallows something precious? Reece is about to find out. But they can't give up on this little Jack Russell terror, can they? He's family, after all.

We first met Reece and his family in the Orca Echoes title Where's Burgess? by Laurie Elmquist.

About the authors

Laurie Elmquist holds an MA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor in Ontario and has been published in several magazines and anthologies. A teacher at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, and online instructor at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Laurie has served as a judge for several competitions, including the Canadian Author’s Association Book Prize. When she’s not writing, Laurie enjoys exploring the beaches of the west coast, from California to Vancouver Island. Beach Baby is her first book. For more information, visit

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Phyllis Root is the author of BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD and many other award-winning books for children. She says, " Aunt Nancy is my grandmothers and aunts — women who never let the world get the better of them — all rolled into one." She lives in Minneapolis.
David Parkins has illustrated numerous books for children, including WEBSTER J. DUCK by Martin Waddell and Egyptian Diary by Richard Platt. He lives in Lincoln, England. C

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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Awards

Editorial Reviews

“Elmquist expertly weaves many issues of social responsibility into the main story and introduces young readers to social activism, environmentalism, and climate change...Children will enjoy this story about a busy puppy and the young boy who cares for him.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"An inviting read for those newly transitioned to chapter books."

Kirkus Reviews

“Lending itself to being read aloud quite well, this title could provide a good basis for a discussion on complex issues.”

School Library Connection

“The writing is energetic like Ruckus. Full of acJon but also tells how Reese is feeling about things. Short chapters and straightforward sentences make this story accessible for readers…There is action, emotion and real-life situations. A good way to extend the experiences of young readers.”

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