Orca Soundings are short, high-interest novels are written specifically for teens. These edgy stories with compelling characters and gripping storylines are ones they will want to read. Reading levels from grade 2.0 to 4.5; Interest level ages 12+.

Homecoming

When Fiona’s dad is released from prison for a crime he says he did not commit, Fiona struggles with whom to believe and how to move forward.

The Way Back

Things go from bad to worse when Colby, who is drug-addicted, loses her home and then ends up pregnant. Maybe now she will find a real family.

Final Crossing

Will and Big O are brothers, on the run and trying to stay together. Breaking into cars for small change, they stumble across a kidnap victim and end up in a fight for their lives.

Skylark

After Angie's father leaves town to find work, her family ends up evicted and living in their car. Struggling with the realities of homelessness, Angie discovers slam poetry and her own voice.

Bike Thief

Injured in a car accident that killed his parents, Nick and his sister are in foster care. Forced into stealing bikes to repay a debt, Nick gets involved with a violent criminal gang.

My Side

When Addy is publicly humiliated, it is terrible, but when she finds out her best friend was involved, it is almost unbearable.

Rat

Tired of bullies at school, Colin decides to take a stand. Branded a rat, he finds that standing up for what you believe in can be empowering.

Coming Clean

Rob wants to be a DJ, but when a girl overdoses during his first gig and his brother is implicated, Rob realizes he could lose everything.

One Way

When Kenzie critically injures his ex-girlfriend, suspicion grows that it was not an accident, and his behavior seems to confirm it.

Infiltration

Bex breaks into locked and abandoned buildings just because he can, but when a new friend's behavior becomes increasingly risky, he has to do the right thing.

Cellular

When Brendan is diagnosed with leukemia his life is turned upside down. With a smothering family and distant friends, all seems hopeless until he meets Lark, terminally ill yet full of life.

Knifepoint

Jill is enduring a brutal summer job on a mountain ranch, guiding wannabe-cowboys on trail rides. On a solo ride with a handsome stranger she ends up in a fight for her life with no one to help her.

Masked

Rosie walks in on an armed robbery in her father's convenience store. Who is the masked man? And why does she think she knows him?

Plastic

Trying to save his best friend from the horrors of plastic surgery, Jack ends up on the front line of a protest about unscrupulous surgeons.