The mission of Professor Owl’s Book Corner is to provide specialized information to children and young adults with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner is a hub of resources for children and young adults with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges. Each month we produce a complimentary newsletter to showcase special activities, news and crafts for those who are ill or have needs out of the ordinary.

These activities include reading challenges, games, safe web surfing, prizes and a special page; where we feature monthly heroes  from the Variety Foundation.

Professor Owl will also give monthly book reviews and news on the latest children’s books that have been released. There will be books listed for all ages so no one will be left out.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Community News Boards ~March of Dimes ~ 24th., August 2016


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Rock for Dimes

This Sat Aug 27, #RFDKingston will be-a-rockin’! All the support from this fundraiser goes to our Campers Helping Campers Program, giving a summer camp experience and opportunity to adults and children with disabilities! So please come to Loughborough Lake Holiday Park from 4pm onwards and have a great time with us…


Kingston – August 27, 2016 Edmonton – September 18, 2016


Opening Doors for Accessibility

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Don’t Miss Opening Doors for Accessibility

in Montreal on November 18, 2016!

If you are an individual living with a disability, health professional, service provider, caregiver /partner or family member, you should attend this free community resource showcase.

Opening Doors for Accessibility Montreal


Date:  Friday, November 18, 2016
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


 Best Western Plus Downtown Montreal Hotel Europa  1240 Drummond Street, Montreal, Quebec
Fee:  Free (Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions include:

  • March of Dimes Canada AccessAbility Services
  • DesignAbility Program – Gadgets and Gizmos
  • The Difference that Music Therapy Can Make
  • Living Beyond Autism and Disability
  • Supporting First Responders in Understanding Emergency Preparedness for people with special needs
  • Employment Services for Adults with Disabilities
  • Accessible Travel and Exiting Horizons

** Event will include a continental breakfast, lunch and networking opportunities.


** Please note that a personal care worker will be available onsite giving out certificates of attendance to all attendees. 

** Un préposé aux soins personnels sera sur place pour distribuer des certificats de présence à tous les participants.


Please RSVP at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at events@marchofdimes.ca. / RSVP au 1-800-263-3463 ou par courriel à events@marchofdimes.ca

** In the subject line, please be sure to identify the city where you wish to attend. 



Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative iPad Giveaway

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Edmonton & Nova Scotia, March of Dimes Canada is here for you! 

Tell us your story and win a customized iPad package with specialized apps to improve your community access and participation.

March of Dimes Canada will help Edmonton and Nova Scotia residents this fall with physical disabilities to enhance their community access and participation through the Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative by providing customized iPad tablet packages (Apple iPad tablet, a stylus and a cover/case), for up to 8 residents in each city. The iPad prize package will also include a pre-paid Apple credit card to purchase/install appropriate apps to meet their needs, for a total value of up to $1,875.

Tell us your story and win a customized iPad with apps for communication, daily living and increased independence! The goal is to share how technology assists people to increase their independence and quality of life, enhance their ability to interact or communicate with others in the community or control electronic devices in their homes.

The project will help successful applicants achieve one or more of the following:

  • Increase access to services
  • Explore or control the environment
  • Contribute to their ability to take on new leisure pursuits
  • Contribute to improving their education
  • Assist in their employment objectives
  • Assist in communication, verbal and written

** Applications for Edmonton must be received by September 7, 2016.   (see below) ** Applications for Nova Scotia must be received by October 14, 2016.   (see below)

Edmonton AMTI iPad Giveaway


Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Edmonton iPad tablet give away, contestants must:

  1. Be a permanent Canadian resident and the person must make his / her permanent and principal home in the Edmonton area;
  2. Be 19 years of age or over;
  3. Be a person with a permanent disability that impacts his or her ability to fully engage in activities in daily living;
  4. Explain how he or she will benefit from having a tablet in achieving a desired goal;
  5. Be of financial need. In order to be eligible for funding, the combined gross income of applicant and spouse (where applicable) cannot exceed $50,000 after allowable deductions are considered; and
  6. Be available for the presentation of the tablet at the annual Rock for Dimes Edmonton fundraiser to be held on September 18, 2016 at On The Rocks, 11740 Jasper Ave. NW, Edmonton, Alberta.

Application Forms:

Click to download the following pdf forms:  

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines for Edmonton  Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton  Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Frequently Asked Questions for Edmonton

Applications must be received by September 7, 2016. * Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Si vous avez besoin des services en français, veuillez téléphoner au Programme à  1-855-660-6632.

Submit all applications and direct any inquiries to: 

March of Dimes Canada Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative       291 King Street, 3rd Floor      London ON  N6B 1R8

amti@marchofdimes.ca        Tel (toll-free): 1-855-660-6632      Fax /télécopieur: 519-432-4923

Presentation to Recipients:

The iPad packages will be presented to the selected recipients at March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Edmonton fundraiser to be held on September 18, 2016 at On The Rocks, 11740 Jasper Ave. NW, Edmonton, Alberta.

Nova Scotia AMTI iPad Giveaway

 Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Nova Scotia iPad tablet give away, contestants must:

  1. Be a permanent Canadian resident and the person must make his / her permanent and principal home in the Halifax area;
  2. Be 19 years of age or over;
  3. Be a person with a permanent disability that impacts his or her ability to fully engage in activities in daily living;
  4. Explain how he or she will benefit from having a tablet in achieving a desired goal;
  5. Be of financial need. In order to be eligible for funding, the combined gross income of applicant and spouse (where applicable) cannot exceed $40,000 after allowable deductions are considered; and
  6. Be available for the presentation of the tablet at the annual Rock for Dimes Halifax fundraiser to be held on October 28, 2016 at the Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Application Forms:

Click to download the following pdf forms:  

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines for Halifax  Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Halifax  Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Frequently Asked Questions for Halifax

Applications must be received by October 14, 2016. * Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Si vous avez besoin des services en français, veuillez téléphoner au Programme à  1-855-660-6632.

Submit all applications and direct any inquiries to: 

March of Dimes Canada Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative       291 King Street, 3rd Floor      London ON  N6B 1R8

amti@marchofdimes.ca        Tel (toll-free): 1-855-660-6632      Fax /télécopieur: 519-432-4923

Presentation to Recipients:

The iPad packages will be presented to the selected recipients at March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Halifax fundraiser to be held on October 28, 2016 at the Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Past Winners

March of Dimes Canada was there for residents in Nova Scotia, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, presenting customized tablets with specialized software/apps to improve community access and participation!

March of Dimes Canada have already helped residents with physical disabilities in the Nova Scotia, Montreal, greater Vancouver area and Calgary enhance their community access and participation through the Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative by providing customized tablets, such as iPads and Galaxy tablets, to 5-10 residents in each location. The tablets included appropriate software or apps customized to meet the needs for each person, along with someone to teach them how to use the software.

The successful candidates were awarded a tablet with customized software / apps valued up to $2,500 based on their individual needs, for a total of $15,000 per event location. The tablets were presented to selected recipients at March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes fundraisers in their area.

Read about all the Winners of the Calgary Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Tablet Give Away

For more information on any of these events ~ Please use information under each event.

Or visit ~ www.marchofdimes.ca



Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ August 20th, 2016

Walk on Earth a Stranger

(Gold Seer Trilogy)

by Rae Carson (Author)

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The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times-bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America. Walk on Earth a Stranger begins an epic saga from one of the finest writers of young adult literature.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?

Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns series, dazzles with the first book in the Gold Seer Trilogy, introducing a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance, as only she can.

“Carson does nice work adding nuance to her side characters, showing minor evolutions that challenge the racism, sexism, and classism deeply rooted in most of the people Leah encounters…Fantasy readers will likely find Leah and her gold-sensing core to be intriguingly different than the usual heroine.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

Released on September 15th 2015 and available from:




Other fine book stores.


 About Author

rae Olson Rae Carson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning fantasy and historical fiction. She lives in Arizona with her husband. Her next book, like ~ “A River Glorious,” will be available September 2016.

(For more information on this new book, check Professor Owl’s Newsletter next month}.





Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Community Boards ~ Variety Village ~ September 2016

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For more than 65 years, Variety Village has worked to help young people with disabilities and those who face developmental barriers to achieve life goals. They provide integrated sports and life skills programs in order to improve lives and strengthen our community.

Variety the Children’s Charity proudly supports Variety Village promoting access, awareness and adapted activities. Discover opportunities, information and resources for individuals and families interested in increasing their awareness of programs and services for people of all abilities


Variety Village’s vision

A world-class facility in a world without barriers


Helpful Links:

Variety the Children’s Charity proudly supports Variety Village promoting access, awareness and adapted activities. Discover opportunities, information and resources for individuals and families interested in increasing their awareness of programs and services for people of all abilities.


My favorite quote is:

“When the world says ~ Give Up!”

“Hope says ~ Try One More Time!”

When I see the above quote to me it seems relevant to both the staff, children and young adults  at Variety Village who  have been able to live their dreams and reach their goals in spite of the barriers they face.

When we first started publishing Professor Owl’s Book Corner about ten years ago, we would showcase one of their “Hero’s” telling how they overcame these challenges and went on to excel in their chosen sport.

We are pleased and excited  to say we are now able to share more of their stories, these heroes are now known as ambassadors and go out into their communities spreading the news about how wonderful this  organization Variety Village really is..

From this month in every issue ~  we will be letting these special boys and girls introduce themselves and tell you why they just love Variety Village and what they love to do, our first guest is Alex:



My name is Alexander and I am 9 years old. I love being an Ambassador for Variety Village because I meet lots of great people and get to try new things. I really like my school and making new friends.

  • My favourite hobby is reading, especially comic books about super heroes. My favourite movie is Astro Boy because he has rocket boots that make him fly.
  • If I could be an animal, I would be a cow because it makes milk for people to drink, or a goat because I drink goats’ milk too.
  • My favourite foods are smoked salmon and quinoa salad.
  • I love Variety Village because it is a safe place for me where I get to do lots of fun stuff and meet a lot of great people.  Everyone is nice there.

Upcoming Events

For information on the Variety Village athletes who are competing at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio ~ Dates Sept. 7 -18,2016


Variety Village is very proud of Head Coach Steve Bialowas and the following athletes who started their sport/coaching career at Variety Village and are now representing their country at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio!


You can read more about these athlete and Head Coach Steve Bialowas ~ By visiting the link below.


Follow Professor Owl’s Book corner for the results as they become available.


Other upcoming events include the:

  • Lieutenant Governor Games: Date: October 2, 2016 at Variety Village there will be over 500 kids with disabilities participating in games and activities.
  • Variety Village’s World’s Greatest Christmas Party takes place on November 27, 2015

We will have more information on these and other events in our future newsletter’s

.  For more information on Variety Villages Programs ~ Please visit their website http://www.varietyvillage.ca


Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Back to School Issue ~ September 2016

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Welcome to Professor Owl’s Book Corner

In every month’s issue we will share with you

the wonderful world of books!


The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~~ Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes 

Hi, boys and girls, it’s that time of year again, dust off those pencils, crack open those books it’s back to school…

In this issue, we will share with you some of Professor Owl’s tricks to getting back on track and back to school.


Do You Need a Homework Helper?

Homework help

Back to school can be a lot of fun seeing old friends and teachers.  One thing most children do not like about going back to school is the homework.

Listed below are some websites that can help you with every subject – helping elementary and high school kids find what they need on the ‘net. They cannot do your homework for you, but offer great age-appropriate kid-friendly links to sites, by e-mail.






Nutritious Brown Bag Lunch Ideas


Healthy School lunch

It’s back to school time and for many parents it means trying to come up with nutritious lunch ideas that their kids won’t trade.  In many schools, the old standard peanut butter & jelly sandwiches aren’t an option anymore due to deadly peanut allergies. Although time may be tight making sure your child eats right pays off in the long run.

Some general rules of thumbs:

  • The less processed high fat, high sugar foods in your child’s lunch the better.
  • Cutting foods into small bite-sized pieces makes it easier for your child to eat lunch in the limited time they have.
  • Make sure there are at least two or three vegetable and fruit servings and one portion of protein
  • Always include water, flavoured water or milk to make sure your child stays hydrated.  Avoid sugary drinks, which will cause you child to have an afternoon “sugar slump”
  • Tortilla wraps or pita bread are great alternatives to plain bread.
  • Rice crackers or Wasa Bread are good options to plain crackers
  • Provide low fat dairy products and meats when possible.
  • Making homemade “baked” potato, sweet-potato chips or pita chips
  • Making popcorn and adding seasoning
  • Packing flavoured rice cakes or mini rice cakes
  • Baked Tortilla Chips and Salsa

Some ideas…

  • Homemade Bean, Rice and Cheese Burritos.  Add lettuce, tomato, and avocado to up the nutritional value.
  • Sandwiches made with whole wheat bread, pita bread or tortilla wrap, a protein such as tuna salad or sliced chicken breast, roasted turkey or ham with veggies such as cucumber, grated carrots, sliced apples or lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Making your own “snack packs” with low fat cheese, cold cuts (cut with cookie cutters to make unique shapes) and whole grain or rice crackers.
  • Hummus or roasted red pepper dip with veggie sticks (carrots, celery, peppers, cucumbers) and homemade pita or bagel chips
  • Small fruit kabobs with, fruit chunks (dip apples into lemon juice to prevent browning) melon balls, berries with low fat yogurt




By Sylvia McGrath

It is that time of year again, children will be going back to school.   Many of them are looking forward to going back, however, for some it is the dread of the homework and lack of playtime can be a very scary thought.  For others it is not school that bothers them but the thought of being beaten up, embarrassed or tormented by bullies.

What is a bully?  A bully is someone who finds power and self-worth by belittling or intimidating others. Sad thing is that often bullies have usually been the victim of another bully.  If you are being bullied the best thing you can do is tell someone.  It’s not tattling, you are not telling to get someone in trouble, you are telling to protect yourself.  Another thing to do is if possible is walk away or stay near an adult if you feel threatened.  Remember being the victim of a bully is not YOUR fault.

You may not be the one being bullied, but being unfortunate enough to watch it happening someone else.  Do not join in, by encouraging or giving the bully an audience, if possible try to get help or find an adult.  Whatever you do don’t try to fight the bully!

Bullying has become a serious problem affecting many children and teens, however it is not likely that most children, especially those with special needs, will walk up to their parents and tell them, “I’m being bullied.”

Bullying can include name-calling, violence, or exclusion, and must be identified and addressed as soon as possible. The objective is to pinpoint the signs of bullying and take preventative measures against future incidents

The following is an Exceptional Resource for All Adults Who Care about Safety for Kids

The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults:


Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Advocacy, & Confidence for Young People


This easy-to-use comprehensive guide puts Kidpower’s 23+ years of experience at the fingertips of parents and all adults who care about protecting children and teens from bullying, abuse, abduction, and other violence – and prepares them to empower young people with skills and knowledge in developing positive relationships, increasing their confidence, and taking charge of their emotional and physical safety.

The following is an Exceptional Resource for All Adults Who Care about Safety for Kids







The Great Forest of Shee

A Fantasy Novel for Young Adults

by Patricia Gilkerson

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Welsh folklore with her own vivid imagination the author writes an inspiring fantasy adventure. Readers ages 10 to 15 (and above!) will readily identify with a boy named Griffin seeking to save his parents and find himself in a magical world right next door

“Find Arizopal!” With those words from his desperately ill father, fifteen-year-old Griffin begins his journey to the Great Forest of Shee, a mystical place, and difficult to navigate. The Great Forest is Faerie itself and during his quest, Griffin will meet many magical and sometimes fearsome dwellers there. Befriended by some, challenged by others, Griffin finds he is not the person he thought he was. But who is he? He has to use his wits and call on new friends to figure out first, how to save his father, next, how to rescue his mother and a beautiful half-elf named Indigo. And finally, how will he keep the Great Forest itself from being destroyed?


About Author

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Patricia Gilkerson ~ Contact: ~ pat@patriciagilkerson.com

About Pat:

I was born in Llangollen, Wales and came to the US before I was old enough to remember.  I spent a happy childhood growing up in Kentucky as an animal lover, especially horses.  The first time I remember really writing was in fourth grade, when I wrote a play about a redbird and was allowed to act it out with friends. I went to Stephens College, then the University of Missouri, Columbia, where I met my husband, Jim. I graduated from Missouri with a BS and Masters in Education, got married and began my teaching career, which spanned grades PS through HS at one time or another.

Somewhere in the middle of teaching assignments, having a family and moving around the Midwest from Missouri to Wisconsin to Minnesota, I began to write again.  I wrote everything! I wrote a melodrama for a small-town festival, teaching aids, newsletters, activities for educational magazines, adult short stories, poetry and children’s middle-grade novels and picture books.  The children’s books became an easy favorite and I have found a publishing home with Melange Books.

My husband and I live on a hobby farm in Minnesota.  I retired from teaching in order to put all my time and energy into writing. Jim and I have two adult children who are married with children and pets of their own, so our house frequently echoes with the pitter-patter of little feet, both human and canine. I currently have the care and feeding of three horses, although the number fluctuates. Over the years, I have developed new passions in the form of Irish/Celtic folk music, travel, and scuba diving.  My “Happy Place” is 50 feet underwater looking for seahorses!  We travel to Mexico several times a year to dive and see friends.  My favorite things are reading, writing, and hanging out with family, friends and critters.




Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom

August 9, 2016

By David Neilsen (Author)

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When the mysterious Dr. Fell moves into the abandoned house that had once been the neighborhood kids’ hangout, he immediately builds a playground to win them over. But as the ever-changing play space becomes bigger and more elaborate, the children and their parents fall deeper under the doctor’s spell.   Only Jerry, Nancy, and Gail are immune to the lure of his extravagant wonderland. And they alone notice that when the injuries begin to pile up on the jungle gym, somehow Dr. Fell is able to heal each one with miraculous speed. Now the three children must find a way to uncover the doctor’s secret power without being captivated by his trickery.


Skeleton Island

(An Araminta Spookie Adventure)

July 26, 2016

By Angie Sage (Author)

Skeleton Island

Araminta and her best friend Wanda are going on a school trip to Skeleton Island, a place rumored to be the site of a scary ghost shipwreck. And when the pair is stranded overnight, they discover that there might be more truth to the island’s name than they would have preferred.

Now some terrifying pirate skeletons are on the loose, and they want to take the girls down to Davy Jones’s locker with them! Will Araminta, Wanda, and an unexpected friend be able to thwart the ghostly crew, avoid a watery fate, and maybe find some lost treasure to boot?

Told with her trademark wit and a dash of scary fun, along with black and white illustrations throughout, Angie Sage’s latest tale is perfect for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch and Jacqueline West.


Quit Calling Me a Monster!

August 23, 2016

By Jory John (Author), Bob Shea (Illustrator)

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The talented creators of I Will Chomp You! brilliantly frame the struggle to buck stereotypes and learn empathy in this monster’s hilarious lament.   Floyd Patterson is so much more than shaggy purple fur and pointy monster teeth— why can’t people just see him for him? Jory John and Bob Shea have struck gold in creating a knee-slapping, read-it-again story that will start a valuable discussion about how we treat others and how it feels to be seen as “different.”


This Is Not a Picture Book!

May 3, 2016

by Sergio Ruzzier (Author)

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In this quirky yet sweet picture book about the joy and power of reading, Duck learns that even books without pictures can be fun. While he and his friend Bug may struggle at first to decipher their book, they stick with it, and before long they discover that not only can they read it, but it deserves a place on the shelf with all their favorite picture books. Author-artist Sergio Ruzzier has created a fanciful tribute to books of all kinds. It includes both words AND pictures.

 All books are available from:  www.amazon.ca  and www.amazo.com  and other fine book stores.



writig prompt

“Bullying builds character like nuclear waste creates superheroes. It’s a rare occurrence and often does much more damage than endowment.” ~ Zack W. Van

What if being bullied could actually  give the victim a superpower? What would the victim’s superpower be?  Would they use their power for good or evil?  Would they use this power to become a vigilante against bullies  or to help the bully to reform.

Get creative, write and have fun!🙂



POBC Picks


Boys and girls for  great websites filled with great links for all ages check out:

For Learning & Fun:

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ &


Apps for Android and iPad/iPhone:

HwPic Homework Tutor


via Google Play

HwPic is an online tutoring application. You can use it to send a picture of a problem you are having difficulties with to a knowledgeable tutor who will solve the problem in detail, and Email you an answer with complete explanation which you could use to understand how the question was solved.

HwPic is created to tutor students in all levels of math, and high school level of physics and chemistry.

HwPic’s sole purpose is to help students with individual questions that they might have while working on their homework. This application is free of charge to download however it requires Knowledge points to continue to work.

Knowledge points can be purchased or earned. Most answers are sent within 5-20 minutes by a professional tutor.
Please note that we answer only one question per picture and only one email account could be registered per device. You can always change your email address in the settings. We do send a text message with each email notifying you that your answer is ready in your email.

If you wish to stop the text messages, simply text us at HwPic@HwPic.com.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hwpic.droidapp&hl=en

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hwpic-homework-picture/id517834230?mt=8

Company Site: http://www.hwpic.com/

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~August, 2016.



Due to a death in the family ~ We apologise that we have not yet published our “Back To School Newsletter and Weekly Book Reviews on August 1, 2016 as promised.

We will be publishing on August 15, 2016 along with the weekly book reviews and Community  News Boards.

Thank-you for your patience ~ See you soon! POBC LOGO




Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 04 July, 2016





Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

by Charlie N. Holmberg (Author)

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Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.

When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.

During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences.

From the author of The Paper Magician series comes a haunting and otherworldly tale of folly and consequence, forgiveness and redemption.

I enjoyed this book. For me it was a nice quick read. Holmberg’s writing draws readers in, and instantly I found myself enjoying the story and caring about the protagonist.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com



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Charlie Nicholes Holmberg was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to two parents who sacrificed a great deal to give their very lazy daughter a good education. As a result, Charlie learned to hate uniforms, memorized all English prepositions in alphabetical order, and mastered the art of Reed-Kellogg diagramming a sentence at age seven. She entered several writing contests in her elementary years and never placed.

Being a nerd, Charlie started writing fan-fiction as a teenager in between episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She became a full-fledged band geek with mediocre talent in high school, where she met her husband Jordan Holmberg. While she strove to win his attention by baking him cookies and throwing ramen noodles at his house, he didn’t actually ask her out until six years later.

Charlie began taking writing seriously during her undergrad at Brigham Young University, where she majored in English and minored in editing. She finally won a few writing contests. She graduated with her BA in 2010 and got hitched three months later. Shortly afterwards, her darling husband dragged her to Moscow, Idaho, where he subsequently impregnated her.

In summer 2013, after collecting many rejection letters and making a quilt out of them, Charlie sold her ninth novel, The Paper Magician, and its sequel to 47North with the help of her wonderful agent, Marlene Stringer. Someday she will own a dog.


Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ June, 27th.,2016




The Midnight Society

(The Midnight Chronicles Book 1)

by Rhonda Sermon (Author


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Fans of The Mortal Instruments and Outlander will love The Midnight Society’s gripping mix of magic, high-stakes action and time travel twists.

Witness protection has a protocol for dealing with every situation–except magic.

Cate’s life has been monitored since her new identity was created five years ago. She’s spent countless hours learning how to deal with potential threats and dangerous situations. None of which is any use when everyone around her is suddenly frozen like statues at the bus stop.

As she attempts to make sense of the frightening scene, a mysterious group of teenagers appears out of thin air. They are intrigued she’s not affected, but focus on completing their deadly mission, using baffling powers before they vanish again.

When the group seeks her out the next day, Cate is drawn into a world filled with sorcery and time travel. After she accidentally brings a cheerleader back from the dead, her incredible powers are revealed. Cate is shocked to discover she has a pivotal role to play in a centuries-old battle between two mortal enemies which threatens to destroy her entire world.

With the distinction between good and evil blurred, she’s faced with the excruciating choice of which side to join. Cate can save her family or protect thousands of people from death. She can’t do both. Will she risk destroying innocent lives to save the ones she loves?

The Midnight Society is the first book in The Midnight Chronicles series of young adult urban fantasy novels. If you like original butt-kicking heroines, fast-paced fantasy and science fiction with unpredictable time travel twists, then you’ll love Rhonda Sermon’s refreshing, entertaining series starter.

(Midnight Society was originally released as Timesurfers. This book has been revised and contains additional content.)

This book is really amazing, once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down! It was very captivating, one of the best books I have read in a long time;  looking forward to reading more books by Rhonda Sermon!

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ 20, June 2016


The Night Flyers (Mysteries through History)

Author ~ Elizabeth McDavid Jones


The night flyers f 


When her homing pigeons disappear while her father is fighting in World War I, a twelve-year-old girl suspects a German spy may be responsible With her father in France, fighting in the war, Pam Lowder has the responsibility of taking care of the family’s prize-winning homing pigeons on their farm. The birds are special because her father trained them to fly at night so they can bring messages to his family when he’s not there. And now a stranger with a foreign accent has shown up in Currituck with an offer to buy the whole lot.   But Pam isn’t interested in selling. She loves the pigeons and would much rather spend time with them than go to school. Then she wakes up one morning to find some pigeons missing. After the disappearance of Caspian, her favorite, the plucky pigeoneer sets a plan in motion to catch the thief. She has a pretty good idea who it is. But how is she supposed to rescue her pigeons and outwit a German spy?   This e-book includes a historical afterword.

Product Descriptions

  • Format: Kindle Edition File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 93 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween (July 8 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L3SYL3K
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Available from www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ June 15, 2016


Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices)

By Cassandra Clare Page

Lady Midnight f

March 8, 2016

Book 1 of 2 in the Dark Artifices Series



From School Library Journal: Gr 9 Up—

Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn have grown up together, struggling with the deaths of their respective parents and the responsibilities of caring for Julian’s younger siblings after the Dark War. Five years after they convince the Clave to allow Emma to stay with the Blackthorns in Los Angeles, Emma and Julian realize that they are drawn to each other in a way prohibited by the rules of their parabatai bond. Julian’s older brother Mark returns, conditionally, from the Wild Hunt to help the duo investigate recent murders that Emma believes may be connected to those of her parents. The Clave insists that her parents’ deaths were related to the war, so true to Shadowhunter form, the teens take matters into their own hands, enlisting the help of the warlock Malcolm Fade and their tutor, Diana Wrayburn, as they pursue a dangerous truth that will unlock secrets of betrayal, obsession, and revenge. Complications abound, with multiple cliff-hangers that hint at the hard-hitting drama to come as the series continues. Clare delivers spectacular Shadowhunter fare with her trademark street tough yet emotionally fragile adolescent characters taking on adult roles and includes plenty of violent action and passionate romance to satisfy fans of “The Infernal Devices” and “The Mortal Instruments” series, who will be thrilled to see some of their favorite characters from the previous books make appearances. VERDICT A must-have for libraries with devoted Shadowhunter fans, who will undoubtedly be waiting for this emotionally intense beginning to her new series. ~ Kerry Sutherland, Akron-Summit County Public Library, OH

Indisputably spectacular. I could not put it down, and it honestly felt like I was a part of the book, I was so pulled into the story. I soared through it in a few hours, and immediately regretted it because I wanted more. I have a whole new group of Shadowhunters to fall in love with.

About the author.

Cassandra Claire Page

Cassandra Clare Page

Visit Amazon’s Cassandra Clare Page



Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson.

She also wrote The Shadowhunter’ s Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.


Available from www.amazon.ca and www.amazon.com


Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ June 4th., 2016

Shining Sea

by Mimi Cross (Author)

Shining Sea F

Seventeen-year-old Arion Rush has always played the obedient sidekick to her older sister’s flashy femme fatale—until a mysterious boating accident leaves Lilah a silent, traumatized stranger. As her sister awaits medical treatment with their mother, Arion and their father head to his hometown in Maine to prepare a new life for them all. Surrounded by the vast Atlantic, song writing is Arion’s only solace, her solid ground.

Unexpectedly, Arion blossoms in the tiny coastal town. Friends flock to her, and Logan Delaine, a volatile heartthrob, seems downright smitten. But it’s Bo Summers—a solitary surfer, as alluring as he is aloof—that Arion can’t shake. Meanwhile, Lilah’s worsening condition, a string of local fatalities, and Arion’s own recent brushes with death seem ominously linked…to Bo’s otherworldly family. As Arion’s feelings for Bo intensify and his affections turn possessive, she must make a choice. How will Arion learn to listen to her own voice when Bo’s siren song won’t stop ringing in her ears?

If you love to stay up past your bedtime? Read Shining Sea. You travel to a part of the Maine coast that swarms with strange activity, and not just at Arion’s new high school. She lives with her father in a lighthouse, as they wait for her mom and sister to join them if the operation to save her sister works out.

As Arion meets the locals, she begins to realize that what’s going on with her sister in California might have had roots in this small Maine town. Not only that, the pull of the same forces is conspiring to drag Arion down, too. She’s both saved and at risk through her amazing musical abilities.

If you are a fan of reading books about the supernatural, of love triangles, and a good mystery, read this book, I highly recommend it.


About the Author

Mimi Cross f

Mimi Cross

Mimi Cross is an author, singer, and songwriter. Grammy award–winning artist Rosanne Cash has described Cross’s writing and singing as “Fusing delicacy and power, heart and gut. Inspiring, evocative, and refreshing.” Cross received a bachelor of music from Ithaca College and an MA from New York University and is the creator of Body of Writing, a practice combining yoga and writing that boosts creativity. Her debut novel, Before Goodbye, was published by Skyscape. She resides with her young son in New Jersey.

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