Great writing. Great storytelling.Rapid Reads.

Rapid Reads are short novels and non-fiction books for adult readers. In our increasingly fast-paced world we believe there is a need for well-written, well-told books that can be read in one sitting. Rapid Reads are intended for a diverse audience, including ESL students, reluctant readers, adults who struggle with literacy and anyone who wants an high-interest quick read.

Rapid Reads focus first and foremost on strong writing and storytelling. We are committed to providing books that will help adults achieve their literacy goalsin an interesting and accessible way. Each novel in the Rapid Reads series is written between a 2.0 and 4.5 reading level. The plots are contemporary and entertaining, with adult language and themes. Reading guides with plot summaries and discussion questions for Rapid Read titles are available for free download. Learn more about Rapid Reads.

Spring 2014 Preview: Upcoming Titles

News and Reviews

"[Rapid Reads] feature memorable main characters and tightly woven plots that grab and hold the reader’s interest. Sentences are short, vocabulary is basic, and the novels can be read in an hour or two. They are perfect for mature reluctant readers, ESL learners, or anyone who enjoys a good story."

Lou Allin wins 2013 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novella for Contingency Plan! Learn more about (and download excerpts from) the novel as well as two other shortlisted titles: A Winter Kill, by Vicki Delany and Evil Behind That Door, by Barbara Fradkin. Congratulations to all three authors!

"The Rapid Reads series for adults is designed for reluctant or low-literacy readers and features low page counts, swiftly moving plots, short chapters, and uncomplicated language and sentence structure. Even avid readers, though, may enjoy losing themselves in the accessible stories, many of which feature underrepresented voices in fiction.


"LIfe interfers with good books. Orca Book Publishers recognizes this and offers rewarding alternatives for those pressed for time, and for those pressed for interest."

Coastal Spectator