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Mike Deas

Mike’s love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

Capilano College’s Commercial Animation Program in Vancouver helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Work as a concept artist, texture artist and art lead in the video game industry took Mike to England and California.

Mike lives with his family on sunny Salt Spring Island.

Aliens Among Us
Authors:
Alex Van Tol
Artists:
Mike Deas
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7; 8;

Would you be surprised if you came face to face with a Drumming Katydid, Red-eared Slider or Brown Bullhead? Would you know what to do if Dalmatian Toadflax or Giant Hogweed landed in your neighbourhood? Alex Van Tol can help. In Aliens Among Us, she identifies more than 50 species of animals and plants that have invaded British Columbia. With the help of colour photographs and illustrations, she exposes the invaders, explains how they got here and what they’re doing to the environment.

In this first-ever children’s book published by the Royal BC Museum, Van Tol has harvested the knowledge of museum biologists to alert the next generation of responsible environmentalists. Her list of serious invaders includes the colourfully named Purple Loosestrife, Violet Tunicate, Eastern Grey Squirrel and Yellow Perch, species that tend to take over an area and crowd out or destroy native species. She names the creatures that can eat their way through an ecosystem, like Smallmouth Bass, Gypsy Moths and American Bullfrogs, as well as vandals like Norway Rats and European Starlings that cause damage to property. And she points out the species that might do serious harm to humans and other animals, such Rockpool Mosquitoes, Giant Hogweed and Poison Hemlock. Some aliens, like European Wall Lizards and Giant Garden Slugs, haven’t yet posed problems in BC, at least not that we’re aware of – but they still need to be watched. And finally, Van Tol raises the alert on species that haven’t yet arrived but may be coming soon, like Northern Snakeheads, Fence Lizards and Zebra Mussels. This readable and alarmingly informative book will help young people prepare for the invasion, and arm them with the tools to stop the spread of unwanted aliens in British Columbia.

Reviews
"Chapters include examples within every class of animal and a selection of herbaceous and woody plants found in BC. One chapter discusses three animals (e.g. zebra mussel) not yet in the province, but likely to appear soon. Another chapter looks at native species (e.g. northern raccoon) that can dominate enough to upset ecology. Finally, the author offers a few examples of aliens that have become so familiar (e.g. cattle) that we forget they are not native here. An important feature is the section “You Can Help” which outlines ways to stop the spread of aliens and urges the reporting of sightings. There’s a Glossary of terms, several pages of scientific names and a useful list of sources, both print and web. The book is packed with concise, intriguing details gathered by the BC author, a former teacher who loves to research. It is published by the Royal BC Museum which attests to its relevancy and accuracy." - CM Magazine, 2016

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128 pages | 7.50" x 9.00"

 

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$19.95

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Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus
Authors:
Mike Deas
Artists:
Mike Deas
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6;

Dalen and Gole are refugees on Earth in a race against time to save their home planet from an evil plot. With seconds to the finish line, Dalen and Gole lead the distant world of Budap's annual Junior-Jet Race. Suddenly they are overtaken. Left behind in a cloud of mysterious purple exhaust, they realize something doesn't add up. Looking for clues, the two friends uncover a tunnel that leads them to Earth.

They arrive in Port Angus, once a lively west coast fishing community. The fishing industry is dying, and Dalen and Gole find themselves embroiled in a sinister plot to steal fish and send them to Budap. Pursued by government agents and angry aliens, Dalen and Gole are in a race against time to save both their own distant world and the fishing community of Port Angus.

Reviews
"Deas' experience as an illustrator enables him to understand the importance of the interplay of the text and illustrations. He does not rely on the text to tell the story; indeed, many panels rely solely on the detailed facial expressions and actions of his characters to forward his tale. The simple backgrounds are also helpful in establishing the setting and mood of the plot. As a result, his graphic novel is extremely accessible to emerging and struggling readers...Deas has created two likeable and interesting characters whose personal quirks are well used in the development of the plot...The mystery, interlaced with action and humour, will appeal to the graphic novel fan."— CM Magazine, October 2011

"A crisp, clear comic romp about two alien friends who uncover a gently sinister scheme that could destroy both their home planet and a small fishing town on Earth...Deas’ art has a clarion brightness and is tidily paneled across the page...Squeaky-clean, good fun." — Kirkus Reviews, August 2011

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128 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

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$9.95

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Food Fight: A Graphic Guide Adventure
Authors:
Liam O'Donnell
Artists:
Mike Deas
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Devin and Nadia are in a desperate race to stop a multinational corporation from gaining control of the food supply and destroying their mother's career in the process.

While Devin and Nadia spend summer vacation at a university camp for little kids—Nadia as a counselor and Devin as an unwilling participant—their mother's research project is vandalized and her motives are questioned. Devin, Nadia and Simon stumble upon shady characters, corporate conspiracy and a plot to take over the nation's food supply with genetically modified fertilizer.

Mixing action and suspense with information on the agricultural system and the intricacies of the food supply, Food Fight is another gripping installment in the A Graphic Guide Adventure series.

Reviews 
"O'Donnell has once again used his unique teaching tool to inform a generation of children about a current and growing social concern...All this information, combined with the superb art work of Mike Deas, is sure to grab and keep the attention of today's youth...Accessible, interesting, and relevant. This graphic novel is highly recommended." — CM Magazine, April 2010

"Educational without being didactic; the explanations are organic to the plot and flow seamlessly in the narrative. The bright, cartoon-like colors will catch kids' eyes and the mystery will propel them through before they've realized they're learning something." — NMRLS Youth Services Book Review, October 2010 

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This graphic novel is part of the A Graphic Guide Adventure series.

Recommended Ages: 9-12.

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64 pages | 5.75" x 8.00"

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$9.95

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Media Meltdown: A Graphic Guide Adventure
Authors:
Liam O'Donnell
Artists:
Mike Deas
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Pema, Bounce and Jagroop are battling a greedy developer for control of the airwaves.

When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm—through whatever means necessary—Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While learning about media consolidation and the power of money over truth, Bounce, Pema and Jagroop decide to take on the developers and the media.

Media Meltdown is another exciting graphic novel adventure from the winning team of Liam O'Donnell and Mike Deas. The first three books in the series have all been best-sellers, and two of them, Soccer Sabotage and Ramp Rats, have been Junior Library Guild selections. 

Educator Information
This graphic novel is part of the A Graphic Guide Adventure series.

Recommended Ages: 9-12.

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64 pages | 5.75" x 8.00"

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$9.95

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Meet Tom Longboat
Authors:
Elizabeth MacLeod
Artists:
Mike Deas
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5;

Meet Tom Longboat, the Onondaga runner who broke world records... on his own terms!

On April 19, 1907, a hundred thousand people lined up to watch the eighth running of the Boston Marathon. At the start of the race, more than one hundred runners surged forward, and at the end, Tom Longboat won it in a record-breaking four minutes, forty-six seconds. He became the most famous runner in the world, yet faced scrutiny and criticism of every part of his life, from his revolutionary training techniques to his Indigenous heritage.

This picture book will introduce young readers to a brave and fascinating man whose legacy as Canada’s foremost distance runner continues to be recognized to this day.  

This new biography series features accessible text, full-colour illustrations, with historical notes and timelines that provide even more information on Tom Longboat’s background and incredible accomplishments.

Educator Information
Recommended ages: 6-10.

Themes/Key Ideas: Biography, Sports, Canada, Indigenous Canadians, Social Topics, Prejudice & Racism.

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32 pages

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$16.99

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Power Play: A Graphic Guide Adventure
Authors:
Liam O'Donnell
Artists:
Mike Deas
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Book Six in the Graphic Guide Adventure series.

Devin and Nadia team up with Bounce, Pema and Marcus as they all travel to Northern Ontario to watch their parents present to the Summit of World Leaders. A swarm of politicians, lobbyists, corporate bosses and protestors have all converged on the summit to get their messages heard. A tragic accident just hours before their parents' presentation plunges the kids into their biggest mystery yet and sets them on the trail of a murderer bent on stopping their parents' controversial message from being heard.

It's a fight against the planet's power players as the kids dive into the world of politics, uncovering how government works, the history of democracy, the influence of lobbyists and corporations on politicians and the potential of civil society to change it all.

Educator Information
This graphic novel is part of the A Graphic Guide Adventure series.

Recommended Ages: 9-12.

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64 pages | 5.75" x 8.00"

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$9.95

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Ramp Rats: A Graphic Guide Adventure
Authors:
Liam O'Donnell
Artists:
Mike Deas
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Read the adventure, learn the tricks, be a skater.

Fresh from his adventures in Wild Ride, Marcus is back and helping his cousin, Bounce, learn to skate. Between learning how to ollie and do a 50-50 grind, Bounce and his friends also have to avoid the skate-park goons and take on the outlaw bikers who are terrorizing the small town. Excitement, action and some radical skating tips. Hang on for another wild ride!

Educator Information
This graphic novel is part of the A Graphic Guide Adventure series.

Recommended Ages: 9-12.

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64 pages | 5.75" x 8.00"

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$9.95

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Soccer Sabotage: A Graphic Guide Adventure
Authors:
Liam O'Donnell
Artists:
Mike Deas
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Action, adventure and some spot-on soccer instruction.

Nadia is playing for her local soccer team, and they have made it all the way to the national tournament—against some very determined opposition. Unfortunately, Nadia's challenges don't just come from her opponents but from her teammates as well. After their coach is injured in a suspicious accident and the threats against the team mount, it is up to Nadia and her younger brother Devin to pull the team together and take a run at the championship. Another wild ride!

Educator Information
This graphic novel is part of the A Graphic Guide Adventure series.

Recommended Ages: 9-12.

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64 pages | 5.75" x 8.00"

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$9.95

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Voici Tom Longboat
Authors:
Elizabeth MacLeod
Artists:
Mike Deas
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5;

Voici Tom Longboat, originaire des Six Nations en Ontario, un coureur onondaga renommé dans le monde entier qui a battu les records et brisé les stéréotypes.

En avril 1907, par une journée glaciale et venteuse, Tom Longboat remporte le célèbre marathon de Boston, battant à plate couture une foule de coureurs hors pair. Par la suite, il a pulvérisé record après record et s'est fait des légions d'admirateurs au Canada et dans le monde entier. Mais Tom était bien plus qu'un athlète inspirant : il s'est engagé durant la Première Guerre mondiale et a combattu vaillamment. Tom était aussi un père de famille et un citoyen dévoué. Il n'a pas gagné toutes ses courses, mais il a toujours marché la tête haute.

Durant sa carrière, Tom a toujours pris ses propres décisions… et il a connu le succès par ses propres moyens.

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 6-10.

This book is available in English as Meet Tom Longboat.

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32 Pages

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$16.99

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Wild Ride: A Graphic Guide Adventure
Authors:
Liam O'Donnell
Artists:
Mike Deas
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

The first installment in the new Graphic Guide Adventure Series.

Devin, Nadia and Marcus are on their way to visit their environmentalist parents who are working to stop a logging company from clear-cutting a remote valley. When their plane crashes and the pilot is killed, the kids are left to survive in the wild with Wiley, a government bureaucrat, who is the only other passenger on the plane. Learning to build a shelter and make a fire in the woods, they discover that Wiley is working with the logging company and will do anything to stop the secret getting out. On the run and in mortal danger, the three must outrun Wiley, escape a raging forest fire and outwit a hungry grizzly bear to make it to safety.

Combining pulse-pounding adventure and survival skills in a colorful graphic novel format, Graphic Guides are sure to be a hit with young readers. Wild Ride is packed with survival tips including how to build a fire and set a broken limb.

Educator Information
This graphic novel is part of the A Graphic Guide Adventure series.

Recommended Ages: 9-12.

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64 pages | 5.75" x 8.00"

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$9.95

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