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Everybody loves Lucy

Orca Books finds unexpected success with its sports-themed picture book series

LUGE MIGHT not be the first sport that comes to mind for an athletic-themed picture book, but with its spunky redheaded protagonist, Lucy Tries Luge by Calgary sports broadcaster Lisa Bowes and illustrator James Hearne has proved to be a surprise hit for Orca Book Publishers. The first rhyming adventure in the Lucy Tries Sports series – geared to ages three to seven and based on Canada’s High Five standard for physical literacy – was published by Orca in October 2015, and by early January had almost sold through its initial 4,000-copy print run. “It has done very well in [stores] and I think we’re seeing good interest in it,” says Orca publisher Andrew Wooldridge.

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