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Capstone Case Studies

My First Board Books
  • My First 1 2 3
  • My First ABC
  • My First Colours
  • My First Shapes
Summary

Developed and produced four pre-K board books for the Canadian and U.K. markets. Full service provided included project management, writing, editing, leveling, design, layout, photo research, and production. The books were completed in three months, on time and on budget. The books were well-received.

Canadian Biographies
  • Chris Hadfield
  • Robert Munsch
  • Christine Sinclair
  • Hayley Wickenheiser
Summary

Developed and produced four K–3 biographical books for the Canadian and U.K. markets. Full service provided included project management, writing, editing, leveling, fact-checking, design, layout, photo research, and production. The books were completed in three months, on time and on budget. The books were well-received.

Archaeological Mysteries
  • Secrets of Machu Picchu
  • Secrets of Mesa Verde
  • Secrets of Pompeii
  • Secrets of the Terracotta Army
Summary

Developed and produced four leveled nonfiction readers for Grades 3–5 for the U.S. market. The high-interest social studies Edge Books on compelling, contemporary topics, are tailored specifically for struggling and reluctant readers. The books contain glossaries, definitions, bibliographies of appropriate age-level books and websites, as well as CCSS questions for critical thinking. Focus provided full service—project management, editing, leveling, fact-checking, design, layout, photo research, and production. The books were completed in three months, on time and on budget and were well received.

Fact Finders

Extreme Adaptations
  • Extreme Fish Adaptations
  • Extreme Insect Adaptations
  • Extreme Mammal Adaptations
  • Extreme Reptile Adaptations
Summary

Developed and produced four leveled nonfiction readers for Grades 3–6 for the U.S. market. The high-interest science Fact Finders books are curriculum-based and designed to help young readers get essential facts. These readers are both accessible and content rich, and there is no gender connection. Titles are designed for both boys and girls. The books contain glossaries, definitions, bibliographies of appropriate age-level books and websites, as well as CCSS questions for critical thinking. Focus provided full service—project management, editing, leveling, fact-checking, design, layout, photo research, and production. The books were completed in three months, on time and on budget and were well received.

Monumental History; The Story of the Civil War
  • The Alamo
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • Mount Rushmore
  • The Washington Monument
  • Biggest Battles of the Civil War
  • Great Women of the Civil War
  • Heroes of the Civil War
  • Reconstruction: Outcomes of the Civil War
Summary

Developed and produced two series of four leveled nonfiction readers for Grades 3–6 for the U.S. market. The high-interest social studies Fact Finders books are curriculum-based and designed to help young readers get essential facts. These readers are both accessible and content rich, and there is no gender connection; titles are designed for both boys and girls. The books contain glossaries, definitions, bibliographies of appropriate age-level books and websites, as well as CCSS questions for critical thinking.

Focus provided full service—project management, writing, editing, leveling, fact-checking, design, layout, photo research, and production. The books were completed in three months, on time and on budget and were well received.

Scholastic Case Studies

Fall, Winter, Spring, Sharks
  • Pumpkins
  • Squirrels
  • Trees
  • Evergreens
  • Penguins
  • Snow
  • Butterfly Life Cycle
  • Frog Life Cycle
  • Sunflower Life Cycle
  • Great White Shark
  • Hammerhead Shark
  • Nurse Shark
Summary

Developed and produced 12 science books for beginning or early readers for the U.S. market. These books provide a solid introduction to nonfiction and can be used as read alouds for pre-readers or read alones by independent learners. These books invite early readers to observe and investigate various topics through inquiry, text-to-self connections, predictions, and simple info-graphics.

Focus provided full service—project management, editing, leveling, design, layout, photo research, and production. The books were completed in three months, on time and on budget. The books were well-received.

Smart Words Beginning Readers

Baby Animals
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Insects and Spiders
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
Summary

Developed and produced five nonfiction science books for beginning readers for the U.S. market. These books provide key science words to boost vocabulary, photo glossary to strengthen comprehension, engaging activities at the end of each chapter, and simple info-graphics to enrich knowledge.

Focus provided full service—project management, writing, editing, leveling, design, layout, photo research, and production. The books were completed in three months, on time and on budget. The books were well-received.

Other Projects

Children's Books

Capstone Publishing

Canadian Board Books
  • My First ABC (Corrigan)
  • My First Colours (Corrigan)
  • My First 123 (Corrigan)
  • My First Shapes (Corrigan)
Edge Books: Archaeological Secrets Series
  • Secrets of Machu Picchu: Lost City of the Incas (Garbe)
  • Secrets of Mesa Verde: Cliff Dwellings of the Pueblo (Fay)
  • Secrets of Pompeii: Buried City of Ancient Rome (O’Shei)
  • Secrets of the Terracotta Army: Tomb of an Ancient Chinese Emperor (Capek)
Fact Finders: Extreme Adaptations Series
  • Star-Nosed Moles and Other Extreme Mammal Adaptations (Rake)
  • Orchid Mantises and Other Extreme Insect Adaptations (Wheeler-Toppen)
  • Mudskippers and Other Extreme Fish Adaptations (Rake)
  • Thorny Devil Lizards and Other Extreme Reptile Adaptations (Amstutz)
Fact Finders: Monuments Series
  • The Alamo: Myths, Legends, and Facts (Gunderson)
  • The Lincoln Memorial: Myths, Legends, and Facts (Clark)
  • Mount Rushmore: Myths, Legends, and Facts (Gunderson)
  • The Washington Monument: Myths, Legends, and Facts (Murray)
Fact Finders: The Story of the Civil War Series
  • Biggest Battles of the Civil War (Kolpin)
  • Heroes of the Civil War (Wittman)
  • Great Women of the Civil War (Kolpin)
  • Reconstruction: Outcomes of the Civil War (Wittman)
Pebble Plus: Canadian Biographies Series
  • Chris Hadfield (Donaldson)
  • Robert Munsch (Donaldson)
  • Christine Sinclair (Donaldson)
  • Hayley Wickenheiser (Donaldson)

Crabtree Publishing Company

  • Coal (Edwards & Edwards)
  • Diamonds and Gemstones (Edwards & Dickie)
  • Gold (Edwards & Gladstone)
  • Minerals (Mongarelli)
  • Oil and Gas (Zronik)
  • Salt (Zronik)

Pearson Education Canada

  • Alexander Graham Bell: Man of Ideas (Wishinsky)
  • Biruté Galdikas: Friend of the Orangutans (Gaetz)
  • Catriona Le May Doan: Fastest Woman on Ice (Gaetz)
  • Chan Hon Goh: Prima Ballerina (Langston)
  • Chantal Petitclerc: Paralympic Champion (O’Connor)
  • David Suzuki: Champion of Nature (Garrett)
  • David Thompson: Map-maker (Wishinsky)
  • Donovan Bailey: Super Sprinter (Donaldson)
  • Emily Stowe: Canada’s First Woman Doctor (Stanbridge)
  • J. Armand Bombardier: The Busy Inventor (Pearson)
  • Joseph Brant: Leader and Protector (Stanbridge)
  • Julie Payette: Canadian Astronaut (O’Connor)
  • Kay McKeever: A Friend to Owls (Kleitsch)
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer’s Life (Dublin)
  • Marie Rollet-Hébert: Canadian Pioneer (Butcher)
  • Marilyn Bell: Swimming Sensation (Donaldson)
  • Maud Lewis: Maritime Artist (Donaldson)
  • Maurice Ruddick: Springhill Mine Survivor (Stanbridge)
  • Michael J. Fox: Star-Struck (Donaldson)
  • Norman Bethune: Heroic Doctor (Stewart)
  • Pitseolak Ashoona: Inuit Artist (Singh)
  • Poundmaker: Peace Chief (Stanbridge)
  • Rick Hansen: Canadian Hero (O’Connor)
  • Rosemary Brown: Political Pioneer (Langston)
  • Sir John A. Macdonald: Canada’s First Prime Minister (Zweig)
  • Susan Aglukark: Arctic Rose (Kleitsch)
  • Sylvia Stark: Freedom Seeker (Butcher)
  • Tom Longboat: Born to Run (Garrett)
  • Wayne Gretzky: The Great One (Zweig)
  • Wop May: Bush Pilot (Donaldson)

Scholastic Canada

Canada Close-Up Series
  • Canada's Arctic Animals (Donaldson)
  • Canada's Coastal Animals (Donaldson)
  • Canada's Dinosaurs (Donaldson & Bindon)
  • Canada's Mountain Animals (Donaldson)
  • Canada's Prairie Animals (Donaldson)
  • Canada's Wetland Animals (Donaldson)
  • Canada's Woodland Animals (Donaldson)

Scholastic Book Clubs (US)

Let's Look Books
  • Fall Series: Pumpkins, Squirrels, Trees (Donaldson)
  • Winter Series: Snow, Penguins, Evergreens (Donaldson)
  • Spring Series: Frogs, Butterflies, Sunflowers (Donaldson)
  • Sharks Series: Great White Shark, Hammerhead Shark, Nurse Shark (Donaldson)
Smart Words Beginning Readers—Baby Animals
  • Birds (O’Brien)
  • Fish (O’Brien)
  • Insects and Spiders (O’Brien & Pegis)
  • Mammals (O’Brien & Pegis)
  • Reptiles and Amphibians (O’Brien)
Smart Words Beginning Readers—Space
  • Planets (Edwards & Edwards)
  • Space Exploration (Edwards & Edwards)
  • Space Rocks (Edwards & Edwards)
  • Stars (Edwards & Edwards)
  • Sun, Earth, and Moon (Edwards & Edwards)

Educational Books

Captus Press (York University)

  • Industrial Relations
  • A New Guide to Reading German
  • Speaking and Singing French
  • ADR and Consumer Law
  • Cain's Land
  • Personal Financial Planning (Dutch Edition)
  • The Toronto Dance Theatre
  • The Financial System of Mexico
  • Statute, Commentary and Case Law
  • Sex May Be Wasted on the Young
  • Introduction to Public Law: Readings
  • Introduction to Private Law Relationships
  • Flowers and Death
  • Legal Framework
  • Introduction to Law in Canada
  • Social Conflict and Environmental Law
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Creating a Theatre
  • Environmental Sociology
  • When Seniors Are Abused
  • Strategic Briefings: Profiles
  • Northern Aboriginal Communities
  • Introduction to Administration Studies
  • Resort: A Strategic Management Simulation

Emond Montgomery Publications

  • Drama Works Teacher’s Resource (Irvine et al.)

Fairchild Publications

  • Fitting and Pattern Alteration (Rasband et al.)
  • Writing for the Fashion Business (Swanson & Everett)
  • Dictionary of Retailing, Second Edition (Ostrow)
  • Menswear—Textbook (Londrigan)
  • Menswear—Instructor's Guide (Londrigan)
  • Business of Fashion—Textbook, Third Edition (Burns & Bryant)
  • Business of Fashion—Instructor's Guide, Third Edition (Burns & Bryant)
  • Business of Fashion—PowerPoint Presentation, Third Edition (Burns & Bryant)
  • Fundamentals of Lighting (Winchip)
  • Fundamentals of Lighting—Instructor's Guide (Winchip)
  • Fundamentals of Lighting—PowerPoint Presentation (Winchip)

Gage Educational Publishing

  • Gage Canadian School Thesaurus
  • Gage Canadian Dictionary, Intermediate

Garamond Press

  • Organizational Behaviour (Mills)

Harcourt Canada

  • Criminology (Linden)
  • Law in Society (Larsen)
  • Debates on Social Inequality (Nakhaie)
  • Criminal Justice in Canada (Roberts)
  • Learning for Success (Fleet)
  • Harbrace Workbook for Canadians (Connor)
  • Canadian Law, Second Edition (Boyd)
  • Connecting: A Culture-Sensitive Approach to Interpersonal Communication Competency (Berko)
  • Steps to Writing Well (Wyrick)
  • Urban Governance (Phillips & Graham)
  • Procedures for the Medical Administrative Assistant (Plunkett)

Irwin Publishing

  • Perspectives: Canadian Geography (Andrew/Draper)

John Wiley & Sons, Canada

  • Industrial Relations (McQuarrie)
  • Abnormal Psychology (Davidson & Neale)
  • Managerial Finance in a Canadian Setting—Sixth Edition (Cleary & Lusztig)
  • Investments—Analysis and Management (Jones & Cleary)
  • Human Resource Management (De Cenzo)
  • Financial Accounting (Hoskin)

Learning Express, LLC

  • Dental Assisting Exam (Kirby & Herold)
  • Pharmacy Technician Exam (Fridley et al)
  • Veterinary Technician Exam (Balay et al)

Logic Design Publishing

  • Introduction to Robotics (Simpson)
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (Simpson)

McGill-Queen's University Press

  • Up and to the Right (Toomey)
  • The Great Land Rush (Weaver)
  • Stikeman Elliott: The First Fifty Years (Pound)
  • Market Rules: Economic Union Reform and Policy-Making in Australia and Canada (Brown)
  • Domicide: The Global Destruction of Home (Porteous & Smith)

McGraw-Hill Ryerson

  • Chemistry Grade 11 Teacher's Resource
  • Biology Grade 11 Teacher's Resource
  • Understanding the Law (Dickinson et al.)

National Science Teachers Association / NSTA Press

  • Astronomy, Revised Second Edition (Holt & West)
  • Geology, Revised Second Edition (Fullagar & West)
  • Meteorology, Revised Second Edition (Veal & Cohen)
  • Physical Oceanography, Revised Second Edition (Aretxabaleta, Brooks & West)

Nelson Education

  • World Religions: A Canadian Catholic Perspective (van den Hengel et al.)
  • All About Law, Sixth Edition—Student Book (Murphy, Elliott, Mete, Glass)
  • All About Law, Sixth Edition—Teacher's Resource (Murphy, Elliott, Mete, Glass)
  • Human Geography 8, Second Edition—Student Book (Draper, French, Farrell-Cordon)
  • Human Geography 8, Second Edition—Teacher's Resource (Draper, French, Farrell-Cordon)
  • Physical Geography 7, Second Edition—Student Book (Draper, French, Farrell-Cordon, Sacco)
  • Physical Geography 7, Second Edition—Teacher's Resource (Draper, French, Farrell-Cordon, Sacco)
  • Business Technology Today—Student Book (Ellerby, Pinto, Hiltz)
  • Business Technology Today—Teacher's Resource (Ellerby, Pinto, Hiltz)
  • People and Places 7—Student Book (Harrison et al.)
  • People and Places 7—Teacher's Resource (Harrison et al.)
  • Civics Now—Grade 9 Student Book (Gordon, MacFadden, Watt)
  • Civics Now—Grade 9 Teacher's Resource (Aspen-Baxter, Pearson, Simpson)
  • Winston Canadian Dictionary (2003 Revised Edition)
  • Kindergarten to Grade 6 Teacher's Resource Book
  • Kindergarten Teacher's Resource Book (Trehearne)
  • Grade 10 History—Student Book
  • Language Arts: Literature & Media—Grade 9 Teacher's Guide
  • Language Arts: Hand in Hand—Grade 3 Teacher's Guide
  • The Electronic Office (Tilton et al.)
  • Beyond Policy Analysis (Leslie Pal)
  • RRSPs and Other Retirement Strategies (Kelman)
  • The ITP Nelson Canadian Dictionary of the English Language

Oxford University Press

  • Oxford Next Dictionary 1 (Swartz)

Pearson Education Canada

  • Global Marketing Management (Keegan)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (Case/Fair)
  • Amazing 2! Canadian Newspaper Stories (Bates)
  • Fundamentals of Management (Robbins)
  • Working with Economics (Hird)

Research & Education Association (REA)

  • Florida FTCE Professional Education [083] Test Prep 6/e (Mander et al.)
  • TExES ESL Supplemental [154] Test Prep (Mahler et al.)
  • TExES PPR EC-12 [160] Test Prep (Mendez Newman)
  • TExES Special Education EC-12 [161] Test Prep (Haney et al.)

Scholastic Canada

  • Science Place: Power Source, Energy from Wind and Moving Water—Grade 2 Student Book/li>
  • Science Place: Power Source, Energy from Wind and Moving Water—Grade 2 Teacher's Guide
  • Science Place: Watch It Grow!—Grade 3 Student Book
  • Science Place: Watch It Grow!—Grade 3 Teacher's Guide
  • Science Place: Healthy Habitats—Grade 4 Student Book
  • Science Place: Healthy Habitats—Grade 4 Teacher's Guide
  • Literacy Place—Grade 4 Teacher's Guide
  • Scholastic Spelling (Moats/Foorman)

Street Kids International

  • Street Business Toolkit Course

University of Toronto Press

  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

  • Two Bicycles: The Work of Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville (White)

Trade Books

Community Communications

  • Oakville—Jewel on the Lake (Edwards & Edwards)

Dundurn Group

  • A Call to Account (Hajek)
  • Céline (Germain)

ECW Press

  • Dave Matthews Band: Step into the Light (Delancey)
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Shapiro)
  • Mariah Carey (Shapiro)
  • Wild Years: The Music and Myth of Tom Waits (Jacobs)

Great Traits Inc.

  • Great Traits of Champions (Tewksbury & Muir)

John Wiley & Sons, Canada

  • Hurry Hard: The Russ Howard Story (Howard and Weeks)
  • As the Puck Turns (Conacher)
  • Inside Dope: How Drugs Are the Biggest Threat to Sports (Pound)
  • Inside Out: Straight Talk from a Gay Jock (Tewksbury)
  • Pinball: The Making of a Canadian Hero (Lefko)
  • BodySense Natural Diet (Vanderhaeghe)
  • Canadian Income Funds (Beck & Romano)
  • Inside the Olympics (Pound)
  • Marketing Your Event Planning Business (Allen)
  • Talent Management Systems (Schweyer)
  • Event Planning Ethics and Etiquette (Allen)
  • Making Money (Crow)
  • Diversity (Wilson)
  • The Business of Event Planning (Allen)
  • Performance-Driven CRM (Brown)
  • The Bombardier Story: Planes, Trains, and Snowmobiles (Macdonald)
  • Competitor Targeting (Gordon)
  • Employee Share Ownership Plans (Phillips)
  • Nortel Networks (Macdonald)
  • Who's Minding Your Money? (Foster)
  • Culture.Com (Neuhauser)
  • E-Investing (Carrick/Anderson)
  • Customer Relationship Management (Brown)
  • Change on the Run (Kay)
  • Event Planning (Allen)
  • Powering the Future—Ballard Fuel Cell (Koppel)
  • Help Wanted (Butteriss)
  • For Better or For Worse (Cochrane)
  • Evolution of Customer Care (Brown)
  • Managing Knowledge Workers (Horibe)
  • Make the Most of What You've Got (Foster))
  • Make it Legal (Kerr and Kurtz)
  • Secrets of Investing in Technology Stocks (Trapunski)
  • Harness the Future (Roberts)
  • Relationship Marketing (Gordon)
  • Beyond the Banks (Riding & Orser)
  • Lessons from Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies (Spence)
  • You Be the Judge (Ross)
  • The Butterfly Customer (O'Dell & Pajunen)

McGraw-Hill Ryerson

  • Destruction at Dawn (Bishop)
  • Handbook for Canadian Consultants (Wood)
  • The Information Paradox (Thorp)
  • How to Hire a Lawyer (Fitzgerald)
  • Arrow Through the Heart (Stewart)
  • Snowbirds (Gray)
  • The Way Ahead (Evans)
  • Value Enterprise (Donovan & TulIy)
  • Salute! Canada's Military Leadership in Review (Bishop)
  • Home Buying Made Easy (Gray)
  • Boom Boom: The Life and Times of Bernard Geoffrion (Geoffrion & Fischler)
  • Canada's Glory: Battles That Forged a Nation (Bishop)

Penguin Canada

  • Winning the Tax Game (Cestnick)
  • The Antagonist: Lucien Bouchard (Lawrence Martin)
  • Before the Goldrush (Jennings)
  • Mrs. King (Gray)

Random House / Doubleday

  • Real Food for a Change (Roberts et al.)
  • The New Retirement (Cohen)
  • Dreaming Aloud (Heard)
  • Who Wrote the Book of Love? (Grouse)
  • Shooting Stars (Podnieks)
  • Bre-X (Francis)
  • Streeters (Mercer)
  • Lines on the Water (Richards)
  • Tarnished Brass (Taylor & Nolan)
  • Work Less, Live More (Brook)
  • Olympic Hockey (Podnieks)
  • All Things Considered (Bonisteel)
  • Rare Birds (Riche)
  • Rock and Roll Toronto (Goddard & Grouse)
  • A Quality of Light (Wagamese)
  • Downshift (Hughes)
  • Shakedown (Angus Reid)
  • The Slammer (Marron)
  • Red China Blues (Jan Wong)
  • Farewell to the Twentieth Century (Pierre Berton)
  • Strangers Among Us (L.R. Wright)
  • Mother Love (L.R. Wright)
  • North Spirit (Paulette Jiles)
  • Five Star Mind (Wujec)
  • Against the Current (Finlayson)
  • Price Waterhouse Personal Tax Strategy: 1996, 1997, & 1998
  • Frugal Feasts (Ross)
  • From Learning to Earning (Easto & Pine)
  • Trent Frayne's Allstars
  • The Forgotten Trail (Pynn)
  • Telling It (Anne Frank)
  • Hockey Dreams (David Adams Richards)
  • Life After Debt (Kisluk)
  • A Writers Life (Scott Young)