RCOA’s Digital Library: Check Out the New Reads!

Skip the public library waitlist and check out RCOA’s Digital Library, Sora.

We’ve added over 60 new titles in the past month. From children’s picture books to teen novels, we have something for everyone. We also have some of your favourite classics simplified into easy readers.

Need a refresher in getting started with Sora? We’ve got you covered:

Sora can be accessed either through your desktop or laptop at soraapp.com or by installing the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. https://soraapp.com/
For more information on books and how to use Sora, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Here are a few highlights of some of our new titles!

Children’s Picture Books
Tops & Bottoms - Janet Stevens
Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear during planting season. A great resource to tie into any plant unit!

On a Beam of Light - Jennifer Berne
A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imaging, on a beam of light. Learn more about the brilliant mind of Albert Einstein, and encourage your children to face the world with curiosity and wonder.

Little Pea– Amy Krouse Rosenthal
If Little Pea doesn’t eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What’s a young pea to do? Incorporate this creative tale into a discussion on healthy eating and nutrition.

Stick and Stone– Beth Ferry
When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair becomes fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favour? A great read about friendship and kindness.

Primary Novels
Mercy Watson– Kate DiCamillo
Dive into the world of Mercy Watson, the adorable and slightly troublesome pig! The e-book of Mercy Watson to the Rescue, and two audio book volumes of the Mercy Watson Collections are now available.

Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riverters– Andrea Beaty
Rosie Revere is no stranger to flops and fails, kerfuffles and catastrophes. After all, engineering is all about perseverance! But this time, Rosie has a really important project to tackle – one that feels much bigger than herself. This is a great story to tie into Applied Design Skills and Technologies.

Intermediate Novels
Classic Starts
Peter Pan, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, Little Women, The Call of the Wild, Anne of Green Gables, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, and Animal Stories are part of a wonderful easy reader series now available through Sora.  Enjoy a simpler version of the classics!  

Middle School Novels
The Penderwicks Collection - Jeanne Birdsall
Meet the Penderwicks, four different sisters with one special bond. There’s responsible, practical Rosalind; stubborn, feisty Skye; dreamy, artistic Jane; and shy little sister Batty, who won’t go anywhere without her butterfly wings. This collection includes the first three Penderwick novels.

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street– Karina Yan Glaser
The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. So, when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince the dreaded Beiderman just how wonderful they are.

The Call of the Wild - Jack London
Enjoy this classic in audio book format. Meet Buck, the half St. Bernard, half shepherd dog who cannot resist the call of the wild. Listen to the book on Sora and then watch the newly released Disney movie, The Call of the Wild, to compare similarities and differences.

Teen Novels
Anne of Green Gables– L.M. Montgomery
Listen to this timeless classic about the beloved Anne Shirley, a red-haired orphan with a fiery spirit. All she’s ever wanted is to belong somewhere. And the longer she stays at Green Gables, the harder it is for anyone to imagine life without her.

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Meet Guy Montag. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. When he meets an eccentric young neighbour, Clarisse, he begins to question everything he has ever known.

The Railway Children - Edith Nesbit
Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis were very happy living in a comfortable house, until one evening when there was a knock at the door and their father was mysteriously taken away by two men. Suddenly alone, their mother moves the family to a small cottage in the countryside. There, the children begin a series of exciting adventures that eventually lead to the unraveling of the mystery of their father’s disappearance.

Need a refresher in getting started with Sora? We’ve got you covered: 

  1. Sora can be accessed either through your desktop or laptop at soraapp.com or by installing the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. 
  1.  In Sora, either click the Find your School link and search for Regent Christian Online Academy, or enter our School’s Setup Code, which is regentca. Then sign in with your OTIS email and OTIS password. 
  1.  Browse the Explore tab, look through our Collections, and click borrow when you find a book you would like. Your book will open so you can start reading right away. Families may borrow 3 books at one time for a period of 2 weeks. If a book that you’re wanting is already checked out to someone else, you may place a hold on it. 

Close the book and go to your Shelf to see all your loans and holds. From there, you can: 

  • Tap Open Book or Open Audiobook to read or listen to the book. 
  • Tap Options to renew or return the book, see any notes or highlights you’ve made in the book, and more. 

If you have further questions or need further assistance with Sora, please ask your HLST for help.

Happy Reading!