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
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.
“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.
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:
Manager, Special Events and Fundraising
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4
Phone: 1-800-263-3463 ext.7290
*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
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
(Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)
- 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
(Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)
- 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.
** In the subject line, please be sure to identify the city where you wish to attend.
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:
Buy a ticket from The Showcase Showdowns – Cox & Palmer:
Buy a ticket from The Spare Parts – Emera:
Buy a ticket from Gene Featuring Jean – Presse Mason:
Buy a ticket from Red C – McInnes Cooper:
Buy a ticket from Terminal Road – N.S. Dept. of Justice:
Buy a ticket from Blue M’Ocean – BMO:
Buy a Rock for Dimes Halifax General Admission Ticket:
Text the word SUPPORT to 45678 to donate $10 to March of Dimes Canada
27 Magic Words
By Sharelle Byars Moranville (Author)
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.
Also available from Public and School Libraries’
Prince of Outcasts
a novel of the Change
By Stirling S.M. (Author)
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
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
Empire of Storms
by Sarah J. Maas (Author)
Release date– Sep 6 2016
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.
Valley of Steel
(A story of survival, redemption and joy; of childhood memories that burn in the soul)
by Ivan King (Author)
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.
About The Author
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.