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

Professor Owl’s Book Corner is a hub of resources for young adults (13+) 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 YA books that have been released.

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 11th. August 2018 ~

The Dark Beneath the Ice

by Amelinda Berube

Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity in this compelling ghost story about a former dancer whose grip on reality slips when she begins to think a dark entity is stalking her.

Something is wrong with Marianne.

It’s not just that her parents have finally split up. Or that life hasn’t been the same since she quit dancing. Or even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital.

She’s losing time. Doing things, she would never do. And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close. Something is after her. And the only one who seems to believe her is the daughter of a local psychic.

But their first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing’s rage. It demands Marianne give back what she stole. Whatever is haunting her, it wants everything she has-everything it’s convinced she stole. Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it thinks it’s owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.

The Dark Beneath the Ice was truly an unnerving story with a well-planned plot, characters and motivated storyline. I haven’t enjoyed reading a scary book in a long time, which says a lot because I read a great deal of horror and zombie books. I was spellbound by the story this author has created and look forward to reading and reviewing  more of her work.

Other Reviews:

“Fun frights and a well-constructed haunting..it’s Black Swan meets Carrie. “ – Kirkus

“The book’s haunting, waterlogged atmosphere and Marianne’s psychological turmoil will build an effective and growing sense of dread in readers…hand this novel to those who enjoy spooky, psychological books with strong themes of self-discovery.”   – School Library Journal

“The vivid descriptions make the tension real. Fans of thrillers will enjoy Marianne’s struggles.” – School Library Connection

About the Author

Amelinda Bérubé 

GOODREADS AUTHOR (MEMBER SINCE 2007)

Born ~ Canada

Website ~ http://www.metuiteme.com

Twitter~metuiteme

Genre ~ Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal

AMELINDA BÉRUBÉ has been a writer and editor with a small department in the Canadian public service since 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton University and a Master of Arts from McGill. Amelinda is also a member of SCBWI and can be found on Twitter at @metuiteme. Visit amelindaberube.com.

Available from: www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.com, www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 5th. August, 2018

Olympian Challenger

by Astrid Arditi

A hero’s tournament. A defiant contender. Does one girl have the courage to take on Mount Olympus?

Hope’s world doesn’t have room for heroes. She barely has time for schoolwork, swim team, and taking care of her ailing mother. But when she’s invited to a mysterious tournament, the all-powerful hosts won’t take no for an answer.
Transported to Mount Olympus, Hope comes face to face with her new trainers—the pantheon of Greek gods. While other contenders train hard to gain a fighting edge, Hope searches for a way out. Instead, she finds a gorgeous shadow god who may just convince her to stay…

As each round unfolds, the ultimate prize draws closer—the granting of her heart’s deepest desire. If she survives the final challenge, her mother’s cure would be within reach…but only if Hope can ignore the tournament’s dark purpose.
Olympian Challenger is the first book in a bold YA urban fantasy trilogy. If you like Greek mythology, forbidden romance, and feats of courage, then you’ll love Astrid Arditi’s heroic coming-of-age tale.

This book was very well written with great story line and interesting and unforgettable  characters, I am sure Astride got as much enjoyment in writing this story as I did reading it. It was a another book I could not put down until I finished  it. Will certainly want to be reading the second book in this series.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review another great book.

Available from: www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.com, www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores

About Author

Astrid Ardit

Astrid Arditi has studied at Hogwarts, ridden a dragon, swam with mermaids and flown to the moon. Recently, she traveled to Mount Olympus… She leads a double life: one of words and whimsy; the other one chasing her two young kids around the playground and kissing away booboos. She’s a spy, a princess, a unicorn, a wife, a mother and an author. Life is never dull in her messy home in Brooklyn, or in her dreams where she escapes as often as she can. She writes from experience, of course. You may not believe it, but everything in her books has actually happened to her…even if only in her imagination.

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 28th. July, 2017 ~ Ignite the Stars.

Ignite the Stars

by Maura Milan

Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cōcha is a seventeen-year-old girl.

A criminal mastermind and unrivalled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her, and her identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.

Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?

In this exhilarating edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure—perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles—debut author Maura Milan introduces our world to a thrilling new heroine.

Ignite the Stars is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure with strong female characters. If you can get past the idea that a 17-year-old girl has been the most wanted criminal and rebel in the universe for several years, then this book is a fun and quick read.

The best part of this book is the way it handles the treatment of refugees and people from minority ethnic backgrounds. It feels very relevant to the world today and comes with a strong message of accepting who you are and being proud of your heritage, even when people around you are hateful.  This is another great reason to read this story.

I really enjoyed reading this book and think it’s worth picking up. I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book for Professor Owl’s readers.

Available from: www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.com, www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores

About Author

Maura Milan

Maura Milan received her BA in Film Production from USC’s School of Cinema-Television and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she works in video production. Ignite the Stars is her first novel.

http://www.mauramilan.com

Autistic Teen Stuns Crowd #WATWB

 

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit. 

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are:

Peter Nena,
Inderpreet Kaur Uppal,
Shilpa Garg
Roshan Radhakrishnan
Sylvia McGrath/a>
and
Belinda Witzenhausen

 

 

For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here!

Autistic Teen Stuns Crowd as He Breaks His Silence and Gives Awe-Inspiring Commencement Speech

 

 

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 20th. July,2018 ~ “Children of Blood and Bone”

Children of Blood and Bone

The OrÏsha Legacy

by Tomi Adeyemi

 

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless King, Maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Overall, I’m honestly so surprised Children of Blood and Bone was a debut: the characters, the pacing, the writing, and plot were all practically perfect. I would highly recommend it.

I received this book in return for my honest opinion ~ Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read a great story.

Other reviews of this great book:

“A phenomenon.” Entertainment Weekly

“The epic I’ve been waiting for.” New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu

“You will be changed. You will be ready to rise up and reclaim your own magic!” New York Times-bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton

“The next big thing in literature and film.” Ebony

 

About the Author

Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 4,500 subscribers at tomiadeyemi.com. Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

Her debut West African YA Fantasy novel is CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan). The CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE movie is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with Karen Rosenfelt and Marty Bowen (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it.

If you want to know everything important about her and her stories, you can read this blog post: Why I Write, Telling A Story That Matters.

 Available from: www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.com, www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 14th. July, 2018 ~ Pretty Waiter Girls by Greg Alldredge

Pretty Waiter Girls

by Greg Alldredge

Some monsters are still human.

In a magical 1899 San Francisco, the new millennium is quickly approaching. Of course, new inventions happen every day, some wondrous, some mundane while the streets produce a new murder every night.

Set against this backdrop a debutante goes missing, and socialite Helena Brandywine takes it upon herself, along with her trusted manservant, to discover what happened.

Did the woman run afoul of the Tongs in Chinatown? What horrors might she have exposed? Discover this Gilded Age while Helena uncovers her family’s secrets. The good and evil, where danger lurks around every corner. Can Helena Brandywine be prepared for the monsters she will uncover? Come search for the Pretty Waiter Girls.

Pretty Waiter Girls is an excellent steampunk adventure, with some fantasy elements mixed into a mystery plot. I love the steampunk setting and I really enjoyed the delightful protagonist, Helena Brandywine. Hopefully, there will be more of her adventures.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you..

Available from: www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.com, www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores.

 

About Author

Greg Alldredge

I write books I would want to read. Normally short enough to read in a day or two, and exciting enough to make me want to finish. I want powerful women and men able to overcome adversity, stand up for what is right and willing to sacrifice for their beliefs. If these interests you check out one of my novels at most worldwide retailers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Owl’s Bookcorner ~ Weekly Book Review 7th. July 2018 ~”Time School: We Will Remember Them”

Time School: We Will Remember Them

by Nikki Young (Author)

A power cut and a series of mini-disasters mean friends, Jess, Nadia, Tomma, and Ash barely make it to the station to catch their train to school. What they find is a far cry from the usually packed commuter train they’re expecting…

When they arrive at Hickley School, the children are surprised to find some of the buildings missing and they don’t recognize any of the other pupils, who are all dressed in a different style of uniform. The only person who takes the time to help them is Martha, despite being preoccupied with her own worries about her family being hungry and not hearing from brother, Henry whom she says is away fighting.
The children soon realise this is no normal day and it’s not until they return home that they’re able to figure out what happened. What they don’t know is whether it was a one-off day, or if they will get to see Martha and the other pupils again. Jess hopes so. She has something she needs to tell Martha. Not knowing how or why she feels a connection and an obligation to this girl she can’t explain.

I thoroughly enjoyed this great read. All the characters in the story felt so real, I could imagine what they were like and they felt rounded. I was especially impressed by the dialogue which sounded like the way I have heard children talk to each other and really helped to bring all the characters alive. I am looking forward to reading more in this series and enjoying the adventures of these four-time travelers.

About the Author

Nikki Young

Nikki Young is a writer and lover of stories, her first book, a spy story for children aged 8-12, was published in April 2017.
Nikki credits her lively imagination to an amazing childhood, growing up in Yorkshire in England and living in a cul-de-sac in the days when children could run free and left to make their own fun!
Now, she is a mum of three, but in her head, she has not really grown up and those memories of her childhood days remain strong and active.

Available from: www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.com, www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores.

Professor Owl’s Bookcorner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 30th., June 2018 ~ The Dragonslayer’s Sword

The Dragonslayer’s Sword

by Resa Nelson
series Dragonslayer #1

Astrid assumed all dragons should be killed – until she met one that changed her mind.
In the medieval Northlands, a dangerous family seeks power.
They slaughter all who get in their way.
Children’s rhymes hint at what’s to come, but no one recognizes the danger at hand.
Astrid doesn’t know she holds the key to this power.
She’s just a blacksmith who makes swords for dragonslayers.
But Astrid has a dark secret …
A dragon once chewed her up and spit her out.
She hides the old scars covering her body through shapeshifting.
But the time for hiding is over.

A really well written and captivating book. I’m really looking forward to the next in the series. The storyline and the characters are really well rounded,  Once I started reading the book it was hard to put it down. I will certainly keep a lookout for this author’s works in future.  In the meantime watch the weekly reviews for all of the books in this series and my reviews in the not too distant future.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This YA Epic Sword & Sorcery Fantasy series is written for adults but appropriate for ages 14 and up.

Series: Dragonslayer 1-4

Book 1 – The Dragonslayer’s Sword
Book 2 – The Iron Maiden
Book 3 – The Sword of Darkness
Book 4 – The Dragon’s Egg

About the Author

Resa Nelson

Resa Nelson is a long-time member of SFWA (Science Fiction Writers of America) and a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Resa writes fantasy and mystery/thriller novels about women who are strong, smart, and courageous. Her characters are everyday people faced by overwhelming problems that threaten to destroy the existence they know.

Available from: www.kobo.com,   www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.com, www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores.

 

Weekly Book Review ~22nd. June, 2018 ~ The Button War, By Avi

The Button War,

By Avi

Description:

Renowned, award-winning author Avi pens a stark, unflinching tale of ordinary boys living in wartime as tensions — and desperations — mount among them.

Twelve-year-old Patryk knows little of the world beyond his tiny Polish village; the Russians have occupied the land for as long as anyone can remember, but otherwise life is unremarkable. Patryk and his friends entertain themselves by coming up with dares — some more harmful than others — until the Germans drop a bomb on the schoolhouse and the Great War comes crashing in. As control of the village falls from one nation to another, Jurek, the ringleader of these friends, devises the best dare yet: whichever boy steals the finest military button will be king. But as sneaking buttons from uniforms hanging to dry progresses to looting the bodies of dead soldiers — and as Jurek’s obsession with being king escalates — Patryk begins to wonder whether their “button war” is still just a game. When devastation reaches their doorstep, the lines between the button war and the real war blur, especially for the increasingly callous Jurek. Master of historical fiction Avi delivers a fierce account of the boys of one war-torn village who are determined to prove themselves with a simple dare that spins disastrously out of control. Renowned, award-winning author Avi pens a stark, unflinching tale of ordinary boys living in wartime as tensions — and desperations — mount among them.
Twelve-year-old Patryk knows little of the world…

This Book is about looking at war through the eyes of a child, the Button War is set in a small Polish village where the Great War is about to have a devastating impact.

This is the story of twelve-year-old Patryk and his friends who have lived under Russian occupation for all their lives, but one tragic day, the excitement of seeing their first airplane turns to terror when it bombs their village. Soon the Russians flee the oncoming German army, and one set of occupiers is traded for another. While a war that will shake the world is taking place on their doorstep, the boys are deep in a war of their own, a hunt for military buttons, with the boy who finds the brightest and best becoming “king” of the gang. When one war bleeds into the other, the consequences are tragic.

This is a forceful and moving book, the writing style is easy enough for a middle grade reader, but the story being told will appeal to the more mature reader too. The author has done, a really great job of setting the scene, and shining a light on the stark reality of the war.

The characters are well rounded, and the communication between them is believable. As the book moves forwards to its conclusion there is a real sense of impending doom that really kept me interested until I finished the book.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Publishers for the opportunity to review this great book.

Available from: www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.com, www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores.

 

About the author ~ Avi

 

 

 

Weekly Book Review ~ 16th. June, 2018 ~ Parallel Destiny by Simon Rose

Parallel Destiny

by Simon Rose
Series ~ A Flashback Novel #3

This is another great book written by Simon Rose one of Professor Owl’s favourite authors. We have been honoured to review several of his books which we have always found to be an entertaining read. This was certainly another great read.
Max is haunted by a girl with green eyes. He ignores the odd visions, but then he meets the girl face to face. Her name is Julia, and she and Max knew each other once, in another world…and now she needs his help.
The borders between realities are thinning, and Alastair Hammond’s experiments into the existence of parallel universes are dangerous and destructive.
Marooned within a bewildering series of alternate timelines, Max and Julia are forced to fight for their own survival and to save the very fabric of reality from Hammond’s deadly scheme.
This is an excellent book for teenagers and will appeal to both boys and girls. I used to find books that involved time travel confusing and too farfetched. Flashback series is the exception. Simon Rose manages to keep it simple enough that the reader doesn’t need to get caught up in the details. They simply get to enjoy a good story.

Available from: www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.com, www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores.

Other books in this series:
Flashback (A Flashback Novel Book 1)

Flashback (A Flashback Novel Book 1)Mar 25, 2015

by Simon Rose

Twisted Fate (A Flashback Novel Book 2)

Twisted Fate (A Flashback Novel Book 2)Apr 25, 2017

by Simon Rose

About the Author

Flashback, Future Imperfect, Twisted Fate, Parallel Destiny, and the Shadowzone series. He is also the author of The Children’s Writer’s Guide, The Working Writer’s Guide, The Social Media Writer’s Guide, The Time Traveler’s Guide, a contributor to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction and has written many non-fiction books with Weigl Publishers and Capstone.