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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 ~ Weekly Book Review~ 24th. September, 2016

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I receive a newsletter from Reading Rockers every week, and in their latest issue, they have a list of books to help “Struggling Readers.”

I would like to share with you over the next few reviews the books they suggest especially for you ~ to receive your own copy of their newsletters give the following  link to your parents http://www.readingrockets.org/

 

Home at Last Hardcover – Sep 13 2016

by Vera B. Williams (Author, Illustrator), Chris Raschka (Illustrator

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A poignant, timely, and universal picture book about fear, adoption, family, and the joy of fatherhood, written by beloved and award-winning author Vera B. Williams and illustrated by the author in collaboration with two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka.

After Lester is adopted by Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich, he develops a big problem—he can’t fall asleep. Night after night he creeps into his parents’ room and attempts to crawl in between his two daddies, confident that if he’s with them and their dog, Wincka, nothing bad will happen to him ever again. But every night, Lester’s new dads walk him back to his own room, hoping that eventually Lester will get used to the new house and his new family and feel as though he belongs. They buy him a bike and take him for ice cream. They make cocoa and introduce him to his cousins. But no matter how happy Lester seems during the day, he still gets scared and worried at night! It’s the sweet dog Wincka who finally solves the problem when she climbs into Lester’s bed and promptly falls asleep, serving as both his pillow and his protector. Lester feels home at last.

Reviews:

“Full of tender everyday moments, Raschka’s sunny, loosely stroked painting lull readers into Lester’s new life. …Williams’s gift was capturing candid moments of pure love, and this, her final story before her death in 2015, offers a string of them.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))


“Williams’ heartfelt text, published posthumously, supports Raschka’s expressive illustrations to tell the story of a child adopted by two dads. … Raschka’s paintings add emotional depth to the setbacks, miscommunications, and moments of joy. …A book to welcome into all kinds of homes.” (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author and Illustrator:

Vera B. Williams died on October 16, 2015, while still working on this book with her dear friend and fellow artist Chris Raschka. Chris Raschka’s astonishing and glorious full-color paintings are based on sketches by Vera B. Williams and honor both her spirit and her intent. Home at Last is a universal, timely, and timeless book about the right of all children to belong someplace safe.

Books are available from ~ http:// www.amazon.ca,  http://www.amazon.com, all good book stores and your local libraries.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Community Notice Board~ March of Dimes ~ October, 2016

 

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Dodging for Dimes Toronto 2016

Dodging for Dimes Toronto

OCTOBER 1, 2016

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beach Blast, 15 Leswyn Rd, Toronto

Get your corporate team together now for this fast and fun charity tournament on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Beach Blast, 15 Leswyn Rd, Toronto, Ontario and help raise money for Conductive Eduction®, a program of March of Dimes Canada that helps children and adults with physical disabilities.

Each player is asked to raise a minimum of $75 in pledges and there is a team registration fee of $100. The top fundraising team* will win a Sharp Aquos 60 inch LED TV (LC-60EQ10U), valued at $1,700! And every player who individually raises over $500 will be included in a day of event draw for an opportunity to win a Frigidaire Wine Fridge, valued at $500 or a Maxi Big Green Egg, valued at $700!

The Top 5 Fundraising Teams in the order of team total fundraising will “Draft” one of five Dodgeball Canada award winning players, both as a Coach Mentor and Player for your Team!!

The Draft will take place on Friday September 30th and Linda Yielding will coordinate with Team Captains. Visit Dodging for Dimes Toronto website for more details.

Register now No practice or training needed, just loads of fun with big impact for 60,000 Canadians living with physical disabilities!

Dodging for Dimes Toronto

October 1, 2016

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beach Blast, 15 Leswyn Rd,

Toronto, ON M6A 1J1

Visit Dodging for Dimes Toronto for more details and to register.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities contact:

Linda Yielding

Manager, Special Events and Fundraising

March of Dimes Canada

10 Overlea Blvd.

Toronto, ON M4H 1A4

Phone: 1-800-263-3463 ext.7290 

lyielding@marchofdimes.ca

 

*Teams must raise a minimum of $2,000 in pledges to qualify for the Sharp Aquos 60 inch LED TV prize.


A special thank you to our sponsors

 

Opening Doors for Accessibility

 

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Don’t Miss Opening Doors for Accessibility

in Ottawa on October 4th and in Montreal

on November 18th!

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 Ottawa

Date:Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Ontario Medical Supply Inc.
1100 Algoma, Ottawa, Ontario
Fee: Free 
 (Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions include:

  • March of Dimes Canada AccessAbility Services
  • Customized Products for Accessibility
  • An Accessible World for ALL

** Event will include a light dinner of sandwiches and dessert and networking opportunities.


Opening Doors for Accessibility Montreal

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

RSVP

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

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

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TICKETS

Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up at the door at the Cunard Centre on October 28th. Tickets will be held under the name that you use to purchase them.

Items available for purchase (Taxes included):

Buy a ticket from Impulse – IMP Solutions:

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Buy a Rock for Dimes Halifax General Admission Ticket:

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Check out the Rock for Dimes National website at: www.rockfordimes.ca

Text the word SUPPORT to 45678 to donate $10 to March of Dimes Canada

 

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

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Parking lot closure  for paving.

Beginning Wednesday 21 September 2016 lot is closed  to all parking and drop offs.

Fall vendor Fair:

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Come and shop many vendors and crafters at our first annual Variety Village Fall Vendor Fair

October 15.

The fair is will be open from 9:30am to 3:30pm and entry is FREE to members. We request that non-members and public kindly make a minimum $2 donation at reception to enter the fair.

Vendors include: Avon Baubles Doterra Mary Kay Steeped Tea TuVous and more!

Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about our Fall Vendor Fair or are interested in being a Vendor please contact: Avinash Sudama 4176 699 7167 x358 asudama@varietyvillage.on.ca

The 32nd Annual Lieutenant Governor Games

Friday, October 21, 2016 9:30am-1:00pm

 

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The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will host over 700 children from schools across the GTA, Variety Village staff, and high school volunteers.

The 32nd Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Games hosts youngsters of varied abilities participate in adapted co-operative and competitive high energy activities and games in the Variety Village fieldhouse. This one-day event is an introduction to sport and physical activity for youngsters with physical, developmental, learning, and socio-economic needs.

For more information on this event please contact: Archie Allison 416 699 7167 extension 236 aallison@varietyvillage.on.ca

5th Annual Fall Luncheon 2016

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Please join us for the fifth annual Variety Village Fall Luncheon at the Arcadian Court on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from noon until 2:00 pm.

This year’s celebration luncheon will pay tribute to the upcoming Invictus Games. Join us as we honour our outstanding Corporate Award recipient Weston – Seeding Stronger Communities, Spirit Award recipient – to be announced, and Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award recipient the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association.

The Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support, rehabilitation and generate wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country and their loved ones. In the spirit of the Invictus Games our keynote speaker is Captain Kimberly Fawcett Smith, a veteran, para-athlete and an inspiring role model who trains at Variety Village.

The Fall Luncheon brings together prominent leaders from business, government and community.  Given this audience, we urge to you consider a partnership as:

  • Presenting, Luncheon, Speaker or Heart sponsor
  • Purchase a corporate table(s) or tickets
  • Make a donation

To secure your company’s best interest and exposure, please review the attached package and partner with Variety Village. We look forward to seeing you on October 25.

Download our Luncheon Sponsorship Package 2016 for table prices and information. Click here to visit the full website listing for more information.

Contact Lynda Elmy Director of Communications 416-699-7167 x 249 lelmy@varietyvillage.on.ca

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~17th. September, 2016

27 Magic Words

By Sharelle Byars Moranville (Author)

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Apart from the title “27 Magic Words”, there is no magic in this gently moving, well-paced story and the reality of a child deep in denial eventually coming to terms with her parents’ death. Ten-year-old Kobi and her older sister live in Paris with their grandmother, enjoying a seemingly privileged lifestyle: they are homeschooled by a tutor, dine on gourmet meals prepared by a housekeeper, and wear fashionable French clothing. While Kobi misses her parents, whom she believes to be on an extended ocean voyage, she can see them whenever she wants by uttering one of the 27 magic words her mother gave her before she and Kobi’s father left five years earlier. A move to Iowa to live with her uncle leaves Kobi struggling to adjust in every way possible: to school, to a new culture, to a much less luxurious lifestyle-and eventually to the realization that her parents aren’t coming home. Told from Kobi’s point of view, this character-driven novel does a remarkable job of allowing readers to see the world through Kobi’s eyes, both as a five-year-old believing in her parents’ magical abilities and as a 10-year-old surrounded by adults who are coping with their own heartbreaks and traumas. Secondary characters are portrayed equally deftly, and even minor characters come across as living, breathing individuals.

This book is a gem. The masterfully crafted prose engages young and adult readers alike. Kobi is a compelling main character whose difficult emotional journey is ultimately satisfying and hope-filled. The supporting characters are engaging, too.

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

Also available from Public and School Libraries’

Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter ~ October 2016 ~ Halloween Issue

Welcome to Professor Owl’s Book Corner

In every month’s issue we will share with you

the wonderful world of books!

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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 

Welcome to Professor Owl’s Book Corner

In every month’s issue we will share with you

the wonderful world of books!

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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 

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It’s that time of year again, October 31st when children and adults alike dress up in ghoulish costumes looking forward to trick or treating and spooky stories!

From its Celtic roots, Halloween has become one of North America’s most popular holidays. Children and adults alike enjoy long held traditions of wearing costumes and trick-or-treating, telling spooky stories or attending ghoulish parties. We enjoy this celebration every year but many of  us do not really know the meaning behind this unusual holiday. 

 Centuries ago, Celtic farmers believed that there was one day every year where the season of life – summer, met the season of death – autumn. The belief was that evil spirits could rise on this night and walk amongst the living. According to historian Nicholas Rogers this day was referred to as “Samhain” (pronounced “sa-win”), meaning “summer’s end.” Druid priests would gather to determine whether or not their villages would survive the winter and  if they were to have bountiful harvest  the following year.

Today, many people follow Halloween traditions including dressing up in creative, scary costumes, but may not know the origins of this practice. Initially, the Celtic villagers would light a large bonfire now replaced by Jack-o-lanterns and dress up in lavish disguises in order to confuse and ward off earth bound ghosts.  Trick or treating hailed from the tradition of “souling.” When souling, less-fortunate families would go door to door and say prayers for the dead in exchange for food. It wasn’t until the mid-20th century, the term “trick-or-treating” was first used, as the holiday became a popular tradition. Hopefully, by knowing more about the history of this popular holiday it can make this year’s festivities more interesting for you!

Halloween Costumes

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Ghost, ghouls and monsters aren’t the only things to be afraid of on Halloween. Accidents and mishaps increase dramatically when children trick-or-treat.

To avoid the many dangers children face while trick or treating, use common sense. Be aware of potential Halloween hazards and take precautions to eliminate them. Consider heading for an indoor Halloween party and bypass any chaos or danger.

http://www.halloween-website.com/safety.htm   

 

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Halloween Treats:

A Touch-and-Feel BoHalloween Treatsok Board book

by Tom Arma (Photographer)

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Baby to 2 year olds:

Look who’s all dressed up for their very first Halloween: a baby jack-o’-lantern with a satiny costume, a pint-sized sheriff with a shiny star badge, a queen with a velvet robe, and a ballerina with a lacy tutu!

About the Author

Tom Arma lives in New York City. His board books for Grosset & Dunlap have total sales of more than 830,000 copies. copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved

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Clifford’s Halloween Kindle Edition

by Norman Bridwell (Author, Illustrator)

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For 4 – 8 year olds:

Out of all the holidays, Emily Elizabeth and Clifford like Halloween the most. They play games, trick-or-treat in the neighborhood, and tell ghost stories. Best of all, they can wear costumes! Clown, witch, knight, or ghost–what will Clifford decide to dress up as this year?

About the Author

Norman Bridwell is the author and illustrator of numerous children’s books, including the beloved Clifford series, which has over 126 million copies in print, in 13 languages! He lives in Edgartown, Massachusetts, with his wife, Norma. They have two children, son, Tim, and daughter, Emily Elizabeth.

 

Out of all the holidays, Emily Elizabeth and Clifford like Halloween the most. They play games, trick-or-treat in the neighborhood, and tell ghost stories. Best of all, they can wear costumes! Clown, witch, knight, or ghost–what will Clifford decide to dress up as this year?

About the Author:

Norman Bridwell is the author and illustrator of numerous children’s books, including the beloved Clifford series, which has over 126 million copies in print, in 13 languages! He lives in Edgartown, Massachusetts, with his wife, Norma. They have two children, son, Tim, and daughter, Emily Elizabeth.

 

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What’s in the Attic in Halloween?

 (KIDS ADVENTURE BOOKS #3)

by Felicia Harper (Author)

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For 9 – 12 year olds:

“What’s in the Attic in Halloween?” is a story about a young girl named Merlyn and her cousin Joe. Merlyn just turned ten and feels more mature than ever. Nevertheless, because her birth date falls on Halloween, costumes are mandatory. For the first time in ten years, her mother offers her a beautiful ice queen costume; unfortunately, Merlyn believes she’s not that kind of girl. She tries to find her identity by asking her cousin Joe to help her find a new costume: a sorceress’ armor. The search led them to the attic where a magical trunk awaits them. They get sucked inside the chest and into a whole new world. Merlyn finally finds pieces for her costume but in return, she gets hunted down by a vile creature that takes Joe hostage. Merlyn is able to escape thinking that Joe has escaped as well. She returns to the real world, celebrates her party, but realizes that Joe has not come back. She tells herself that the mature thing to do is go back and save him. Did she manage to save Joe? Read “What’s in the Attic in Halloween?” and find out!

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Masquerade (Canterwood Crest)

by Jessica Burkhart (Author)

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For 12  – 16 year olds:

Canterwood Crest Academy cordially invites you to a costume party—with a special sweetheart surprise. Canterwood is known for its fabulous parties, and Halloween is no exception. Lauren Towers is especially excited for the big day. Not only is it her favorite holiday, it’s also her birthday! And this year, she and her friends will celebrate in style—by attending Canterwood’s first-ever masquerade ball. What Lauren doesn’t know is that there’s a special someone behind a mask, just waiting to be revealed. Will this mysterious guest make this masquerade magnifique, or will her perfect birthday bash become a bummer?

This book takes a lot of crazy turns that no one would ever guess would ever happen and that’s what makes this story really good it’s so suspenseful that you don’t want to stop reading. I highly recommend this book

About the Author

Jessica Burkhart (aka Jessica Ashley) is the author of the Unicorn Magic and Canterwood Crest series, which you can learn more about at CanterwoodCrest.com. She is a former equestrian who writes from her apartment in Brooklyn, New York. (It s not the size of Crystal Castle, but Jess tries to decorate like a princess!) Jess s aura would be hot pink and she loves glittery things. If she had a unicorn, it would be named Sparkle. Visit Jess at JessicaBurkhart.com.

 

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BOOK OF THE MONTH

Nevernight

 By Jay Kristoff (Author)

Released August 9, 2016

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Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic ― the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Revenge.

I enjoyed this book. Jay Kristoff did a great job of world-building and developing characters, including my favorite kind, the morally ambiguous. The book is well-paced and the action is amazing. There are a few twists that took me by surprise. The interactions between the characters is excellent whether they be corporeal or not. The story is dark but not more so than many other fantasy stories I’ve read.

 Young adult book.

 

All books are available from http://www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com

 

 

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“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” ~Werner Herzog

Write a story about what danger inhabits the darkest, hidden recesses on earth.  Where does this “danger” call home? What makes it so dangerous? What form does it take?  Is it easily enticed to the light or does it silently stalk its prey?

Get creative, write and most of all…have fun! 🙂

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Baby Hazel Halloween Night

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Play Baby Hazel Halloween Night game for free. Enjoy the funny spooky Halloween night with Baby Hazel and her friends.

“It’s a full moon night tonight
Jack-o’-lantern glows up by a moonlight
Hazel and friends have disguised as spooky characters
Tis the time to enjoy a spooktastic Halloween night”

Get into the spooky spirit and enjoy fun, scary and spooky Halloween season with Baby Hazel!

All Hallows’ Eve is the night for kids to dress up in Halloween costumes, enjoy their favorite Trick-or-treating, feast on tasty treats and much more. This Halloween, join Baby Hazel and friends to celebrate this scary Eve.

This Halloween season, join Baby Hazel and friends to enjoy amazing and fun Halloween activities and games. Dress up the kids in Halloween costumes and accessories and indulge in your favorite trick or treat adventure. Visit the Halloween Food Hub for tasty feast and get surprise gifts from someone very special. So, kids are your ready to enjoy fun and spooky Halloween night with Baby Hazel and friends?

Awesome game features :
Halloween Makeover – Style up kids in Halloween themed makeover! Show off your scary dress up sense and give a prefect spooky look kids with Halloween outfits and accessories.

Enjoy Trick-or-treating – Kids walk around the town disguised as spooky characters for Trick-or-treating. Let’s see, it’s a trick or treat for adorable kids!

Visit Halloween Food Hub – Pamper your taste buds with variety of delicious feast along with kids.

Enjoy festive Halloween music during game play!!!

So this Halloween season, join Baby Hazel and friends to enjoy the most exciting Halloween activities and games ever!

Play Baby Hazel Halloween Night game online on Topbabygames at :
http://www.topbabygames.com/baby-hazel-halloween-night.html

Play Baby Hazel Halloween Night online on Babyhazelgames at :
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From Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/baby-hazel-halloween-night/id1051322445?mt=8

 

Live Online Tomorrow: Reading is Fundamental’s 50th Birthday Bash — Michelle Eastman Books

Originally posted on Writing for Kids (While Raising Them): Three years ago I visited RIF Headquarters in Washington D.C. to deliver a donation from Picture Book Idea Month. I was told an incredible story of how a RIF executive had just returned from one of the poorest areas of Appalachia. She visited a school with children…

via Live Online Tomorrow: Reading is Fundamental’s 50th Birthday Bash — Michelle Eastman Books

Roald Dahl at 100 — Discover

September 13 is Roald Dahl’s birthday, and 2016 marks 100 years since his birth. To celebrate, here’s a reading list of seven longreads about the bestselling novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, fighter pilot, and British spy.

via Roald Dahl at 100 — Discover

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ September 10th. 2016

Prince of Outcasts

a novel of the Change

First edition.

By Stirling S.M. (Author)

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Summary/Review: “”[An] epic series, “* the Novels of the Change by New York Times bestselling author S.M. Stirling chronicle a postapocalyptic landscape of medieval and mystical monarchies ruling and warring across a world where mysterious Powers removed advanced technology. A new alliance has been forged between the High Kingdom of Montival and the Empire of Great Japan, but at the cost of a lost prince … John Arminger Mackenzie wanted to be a troubadour, but fate made him the son of the King of Montival. His sister Princess Ólaith will deservedly inherit the throne of the High Kings, and it will pass on to him only in the event of her death, leaving the young prince on an unknown path to discover his true role in the family. The opportunity to prove his mettle comes when John’s ship, the Tarshish Queen, is caught in the fierce storm raised against the enemies of the alliance. When the clouds recede and the skies clear, John and his crew find themselves on the other side of the Pacific, in the island chains of the Ceram Sea, fighting to survive against vicious pirates and monstrous creatures of the deep while meeting new allies and mysterious enemies of this world and another. Now Prince John must seize his birthright and lead his people in battle against the darkest forces man and nature can conjure against them”-

Released September 6th. 2016

Author Notes:

Stephen Michael Stirling is a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. His Birthday is September 30, 1953. He has lived in several countries and currently resides in the United States in New Mexico with his wife. He is probably best known for his Draka series of novels and his more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series. In 2014 his title The Golden Princess made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

 

Available from http://www.amazon.ca ~http://www.amazon.com and your public and school libraries

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 3rd. September, 2016

Empire of Storms

by Sarah J. Maas (Author)

Release date– Sep 6 2016

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Kingdoms collide in Sarah J. Maas’s epic fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what — and who — to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

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

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ 27th., of August, 2016

Valley of Steel

 (A story of survival, redemption and joy; of childhood memories that burn in the soul)

by Ivan King (Author)

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Young Adult Book (Released Aug. 25 2016)

Fate can be unkind. Would you dare to look back and risk her wrath? When you’re a child of the favela, in the Valley of Steel, you know that Fate comes like a whirlwind, lifting some to great heights and slapping others down with no reason. Ivan, rescued first from an orphanage in the slums of Rio de Janeiro and then from the bleak streets of Ipatinga in Brazil’s Valley of Steel, has been favored by Fate. When a call from Brazil interrupts his privileged life in America, he learns his best friend has committed suicide in the rugged Valley of Steel and only he knows the real reasons why. This is the story of one man’s journey home after a self-inflicted exile. The story of a boy who saw more than any child should, and the man he grew into—and how that man came back to the Valley of Steel to avenge his childhood and stare down the demons of his past. It is a story of survival, redemption, and joy. Of childhood memories that burn in the soul—and what happens when one man has courage enough to fan the flames and face the fire.

Hear What the Critics Are Saying:

“If you enjoyed The Kite Runner, then you’ll love Ivan King’s Valley of Steel; it both made me laugh and cry. It is by far one of the best fiction novels for young adults I have read this year. A Must Read.” -Mary Jones -Valley Daily News

“This inspirational book for young adults was a great read; I have a sixteen year old son and both he and I read it; Great Book.” -Judy B. Cohen -Valley Group Media

“I was looking for a book about dealing with depression and anxiety and a friend recommend this one. I won’t lie to you, by the end I was crying a bit. Highly Recommend.” -Dave Baker -Book Bloggers of America

“My Daughter in Law recommended this book to me and so I bought it. I was trying to overcome the loss of a family member so the book really spoke to me. This is just me, but I thought the book was sad; as a coming of age tale for young adults, it sends a very Powerful Message.” -Debra Eisner -Literary Times Inc.

 

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About The Author

          Ivan King F
Ivan King

With more than 25 years of experience in the writing business, Ivan King is an Award Winning and Best Selling Author of over 30 Novels. His #1 Book on Amazon, Breakfast With Jesus, has become a major success internationally. Mr. King was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1977; though his stay in Rio was to be short lived. Adopted from an orphanage, he was raised in Ipatinga’s, Valley of Steel. His favorite author is Hemingway; yet his favorite book, is Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. When he is not writing or reading, he plays chess and the guitar.

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