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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.

WOW! She’s Just 12 Years Old#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-host will be :
Sylvia McGrath,
Mary Giese ,
Shilpa Garg,
Sylvia Stein, and Belinda Witzenhausen

 
 

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner Book of the Week, October 14th, 2020

Death by Midnight

By Nicole Nadeau

Death by Midnight is a Young Adult Spy Thriller, Book 1 of The Secret Life of Anna Good. ~ A teen genius. A Russian terrorist. Can she save her family before time runs out?

Sixteen-year-old Anna Goode wishes she could be herself. Constantly harassed by the school bully for being too smart, her best friend is the only person she can trust with the knowledge that she is an accomplished inventor. But when her parents are taken hostage, the bright teenager must find a way to use her talents to save their lives.

With her inventions and Jake by her side, Anna races against time to complete her mission. She quickly discovers that her parents aren’t the only ones in danger.

Can she save her family and countless others before it’s too late?

Death by Midnight is the first book in The Secret Life of Anna Goode series. If you like well-written characters, a strong female lead, suspenseful plots, and unexpected twists, you’ll love Nadeau’s action-packed spy thriller.

This was a great book to read, the descriptions and the story was written so well that I felt I was right next to the characters and living the story with them. The plot had so many twists and turns that each page kept you wanting more.  I could not put the book down until I finished reading it,  I am now going to look for the next book in the Anna Goode series.

Buy Death by Midnight today…the clock is ticking……

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

About Author

Nicole Nadeau

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BIOGRAPHY

Nicole Nadeau grew up in Springboro, Ohio, with her older sister, Paige, and younger brother, Mark. While she has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), she doesn’t let that stop her and is busy planning the next book in the Secret Life of Anna Goode series.

Nicole Nadeau’s Books

Stay in the know on books by Nicole Nadeau. See upcoming books and the bestselling by the author here. You’ll Also find the deals on books by Nicole Nadeau.

** Please note that the information or price displayed here may not be updated. Make sure to double-check the latest book price before buying books to read

“This Is Me” ~ First Gold Button on Britain’s Kids Got Talent #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-host will be :Eric Lahti, Peter Nena Shilpa Garg, Roshan Radhakrishnan, and Sylvia Stein

 
The following video really does go to prove, nothing is impossible.
 

 

These Kids are Inspirational Beyond Their Years#WATWB

 
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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-host will be: Lizbeth Hartz, Peter Nena Shilpa Garg, Roshan Radhakrishnan, and Sylvia Stein.
 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ August 05,2020

BELIEVE

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By Julie Matheson

Full of humor and wonder, BELIEVE explores the power and limits of the imagination – and how love both breaks and heals our hearts.
Eleven-year-old Melanie knows she is special and had never been bored. She understands the secret language of old houses and makes jewels out of broken glass. Her imagination can do anything — except make friends. It is 1980, and life as a fifth grader at Buckminster Experimental School is lonely at best, when she is not dodging Karen, the school bully. Then, Melanie meets Sabrina, who looks like a TV star and acts like a spy, and who does not care what anyone thinks. She teaches Melanie how to believe in herself, and soon Melanie starts living her dreams. She even lands the lead in Peter Pan!
If only she could share it all with Mom. Missing her mom is like trying to breathe with one lung. It is bad. Sabrina thinks they can track her down, and Melanie wants to believe, but sometimes it is easier to pretend. Her new life feels like a house of cards, until one day it all comes crashing down and she finds herself with no choice but to face the truth… and let go.

An incredible teen story so wonderfully written, with a unique plot line following the everyday struggles of young girl. This book tackles mental health in a way that young children can access. The ending was a refreshing surprise, satisfying but not stereotypical.

This quirky, heartfelt middle-grade novel about grief and the resilience of the human spirit will keep you guessing until the very last chapter.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to obtain a an advance copy of this book to give an honest review.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca. www,amzon.com, http://www.kobo.com and other fine book stores

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week 6th. July, 2020

Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life

(Middle School series Book 1)

by James Patterson (Author)

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Discover the #1 bestselling middle-grade comic that inspired a major motion picture: Children’s Choice Award winner James Patterson has never been more hilarious and heartwarming.

Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he is got an ace plan for the best year ever: to break every rule in his school’s oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class: 5,000 points! Running in the hallway: 10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm: 50,000 points! But when Rafe’s game starts to catch up with him, he’ll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he’s finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he’s been avoiding.

James Patterson’s debut middle-grade novel addresses some of middle schoolers’ biggest issues: bullies, first crushes, and finding out what makes each of us special, all with a hilarious main character and fantastic in-text illustrations that are sure to have young readers begging for more!

Great read for the reluctant reader it was a good funny book, I could not put it down until I had finished it,  I will certainly be reading more of this series in the near future. Keep checking Professor Owl’s Book Corner for some more reviews soon.

Available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com, www.kobo.com and other fine book stores.

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Owls Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Reviews ~ 28th. June, 2020

This week we have picked another two adventure eBook mysteries to read on your eReader, you can also download them to your computer to a desktop program. Although they were written about several years ago, and do have some religious notations, they are a nail-biting series that really does keep you guessing right up to the last page.

They were written  between 1996 – 2002, and all together there are six books  in the Parker Twins Series available on Amazon some for $0.00 – Again, I read them out of sequence, but they do stand on their own and nothing spoilt the stories or the enjoyment of a great read.

Parker Twins:

1. Cave of the Inca Re (1998)
2. Jungle Hideout (1999)
3. Captured in Colombia (1999)
4. Mystery At Death Canyon (1996)
5. Secret of the Dragon Mark (1996)
6. Race for the Secret Code (2002)

Our books are picked for middle grades or young adults

Captured in Colombia

Parker Twins Series Book 3) Kindle Edition

by Jeanette Windle (Author)

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When Uncle Pete is kidnapped by Colombian guerrillas, Justin and Jenny Parker must find him before a nearby volcano erupts. But that means deciding whether to trust a new friend—and whether betrayal deserves forgiveness.

 

SECRET OF THE DRAGON MARK

(Parker Twins Series Book 5) Kindle Edition

by Jeanette Windle (Author)

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When twins Justin and Jenny Parker witness mysterious men in black terrorizing business owners in a local Vietnamese neighborhood, they want to see justice done. They join forces with a friend who lives in the neighborhood to expose the gang. But as they become targets of those with the dragon mark, they discover that standing up for faith and friendship can mean stepping over the line of their own personal safety.

About the Author

Jeanette Windle

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Jeanette Windle grew up daughter of American missionaries in South America, where she canoed in jungle rivers, hiked the steep Andes trails, and swung from vines off cliffs into mountain pools. She has since lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty. Her experiences have birthed eight YA novels, including the Parker Twins Series, and seven adult international intrigue novels, including bestselling Veiled Freedom, Freedom’s Stand, and Congo Daw.

Books are available from http://www.amazon.ca, http://www.amazon.com and other fine book stores.

Do not forget to look for another couple of books in next week’s picks.

 

Professor Owls Weekly Book Review ~ June 20th, 2020

As promised last week, I was able to get copies of Books one and two of the Samantha Wolf Series, they are both a quick read, and were books that kept me guessing right to the very last page.  If you want to read a good mystery this series is for you.

Although I did read book three first, the new books were not spoilt for me as each book can stand on its own.

I really enjoyed these two as much as last week’s story and gave both books five stars.

At the bottom of the page are more books in this series, and Amazon does still have a couple of them on for $0.00 and they are all available for eReaders.

 The Mystery of Hollow Inn

 (Book #1 in the Samantha Wolf Mysteries Series)

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by Tara Ellis

Twelve-year-old Samantha Wolf, and her best friend Ally, are excited to spend part of their summer break in the mountains of Montana. But unbeknownst to them, Hollow Inn is bathed in mystery and legend. After arriving, they soon discover that things are not going well for Sam’s Aunt and Uncle, who own the Inn. There’s vandalism, ghostly sightings, and rumors of lost treasures. Determined to help, Sam and Ally embark on a challenging journey to find the truth.

 The Secret of Camp Whispering Pines

(Book #2 in the Samantha Wolf Mysteries Series)

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By Tara Ellis

What could be better than hiking, swimming, and horseback riding? Having a mystery to solve, of course!

When Sam and Ally go off to summer camp together, they discover the secrets of Camp Whispering Pines. Set in the beautiful, rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, the clues are slowly revealed and it’s up to the two girls to figure it out.

New friendships are formed, while at the same time enemies lurk nearby. The closer they get to uncovering the truth behind the camp, the further they are pushed into danger and deceit. Can Sam and Alley put all the pieces together before it’s too late? Follow them on another thrilling tale filled with excitement and adventure, along misty, high mountain trails, and deep ravines, where the answers wait to be found!

All the Books in this series:

Book 1 The Mystery of Hollow Inn
Book 2 The Secret of Camp Whispering Pines
Book 3 The Beach House Mystery
Book 4 The Heiress of Covington Ranch
Book 5 The Haunting of Eagle Creek Middle School
Book 6 A Mysterious Christmas on Orcas Island

Book 7 The Case of the Curious Canine

Book 8 The Legend of Shadow Mountain

Book 9 The Mystery of Old Gully Trail

Book 10 Return to Hollow Inn

Book 11 The Secret of Sanctuary

All books are available from Amazon and other fine book stores.

Do not forget to drop by next week for a new book, check our blog too during the week, as we do add new book suggestions several time  as we get them.

www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca and www.kobo.com

 

 

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week, June 13, 2020

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The Beach House Mystery

(Samantha Wolf Mysteries Book 3)

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by Tara Ellis and Melchelle Designs

What should be a quiet week at the beach turns into the most challenging mystery that Sam and Ally have uncovered yet. What is the truth behind the odd family renting the cabin next-door? Is the tale of a sea creature and haunted lighthouse just a myth? How does a missing girl, and suspicious boat tie into all of it? The girls cannot solve this puzzle on their own, so they turn to their brothers for help.

Travel with them to the scenic Washington Coast and into the Olympic Rain-forest, where the four must work together to untangle the clues and fit the mysterious pieces together.

For those young readers who love a good mystery or older readers who were fans of the Nancy Drew series and have longed for a great book to share with their children here a great read and series that is well written and has you excited as your turn each page.  I have given this book five stars, because it really was a great story for both girls and boys.

This is book three, and I enjoyed it even without reading the first two books, which I might add I will be reading over the next couple of weeks.

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

For a limited time, this book can be downloaded from Amazon to your Kindle $0.00

About the Author

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Author Tara Ellis lives in a small town in beautiful Washington State, in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys the quiet lifestyle with her two teenage kids, and several dogs. Tara was a firefighter/EMT and worked in the medical field for many years. She now concentrates on family, photography, and writing middle grade and young adult novels. –This text refers to the paperback edit.

http://taraellisauthor.allauthor.com/

Professor Owls Book Corner ~ September, 2020

Welcome to 2020  Back To School issue of

Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter.  

This year has been  very different  for almost everyone, no  matter what country you live in because of  Covid 19.  At Professor Owl’s Book Corner  we hope that you and your family have been able to stay safe with social distancing and the wearing of masks and by following the guidelines set out for you by your countries health departments.

School this year will be very different for most of you if at school you will still have to do your part and continue with these safety measures. Some of you may have opted in for the online classes.

Over the Summer Professor Owl’s Book Corner has been gathering some how to-do’s  on things to help you adjust to your new school year, no matter what you have decided to do. 

 If we do not  cover what you are having problems with, please do not hesitate in writing to us at  professorowl@outlook.com   with your questions and we will try to find an answer for you.

We will also be having a new format, with a whole new look coming up soon, so check back “Every Week” to see what we have planned for you.

We will still supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, and are still committed  to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor  to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village. The March of Dimes and Holland Bloorview Children’s Hospital.

Community Boards

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario flagship facility

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Variety Village will reopen with health and safety precautions in place, guided by the Provincial Government, Ministry of Health, with the additional resources from the City of Toronto, Pediatric Physiotherapy, Red Cross and The Lifesaving Society. Continue to read below for more information on Variety’s Reopening COVID-19 Protocol.

Members are required to wear masks when walking to/from the workout areas, however once inside the area they may remove their masks while keeping 2m apart.

All staff will be provided with training on Variety facility COVID-19 protocols prior to the commencement of reopening. During training, all staff will be trained on the safe use, limitations and proper care of PPE, including, but not limited to, plexiglass, gloves, masks, and face shields.  In addition, cleaning, hand washing and sanitizing as well as surface disinfecting protocols will be provided. 

All training is done in line with Health and Safety guidelines.  All staff will remain 2 metres apart and be provided with face shields, masks and gloves for the duration of the training. Attendance records will be kept ensuring no staff is permitted to work without attending a training session.

All staff will be screened prior to entering the facility daily as per COVID 19 entry protocols.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION

  • Registration is subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Registration for programs will be done by PHONE on the first day of registration for persons with disabilities
  • General registration will be held ONLINE on our Registration Portal
  • Please note registrants must meet the specified minimum age of the program within three weeks of program start

·       2020

Persons with a Disability

General Membership

Fall

 Sept. 16 – 8:00am

 Sept. 19 – 7:30am

Book Online! Click here to access our Registration Portal

Questions?
Contact our Membership team by calling 416 699 7167

Questions?Book Online! Click here to access our Registration Portal

Contact our Membership team by calling 416 699 7167

 

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus): What you need to know

Last updated: September 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for organizations across the country, including March of Dimes Canada. But through this time, our commitment to continue serving and supporting Canadians with disabilities in all aspects of their lives has not wavered. We are doing what is necessary to continue to provide services while keeping everyone safe.

Our front-line staff have adopted strict health and safety protocols to continue to provide essential services to our clients in their homes. Our remaining staff, working from their homes, and have adapted most of our programs to be offered virtually.

The virtual programs have been a great success, providing a sense of connection for our clients who all too often live in isolation. After the pandemic, we will continue to offer programs virtually because they provide easy access to people all over the country.

Gradual Re-Opening

But we have not been able to do everything that our clients require. Some services simply must be delivered in person.

As we have seen public health restrictions lift slightly across Canada, we have made the decision to gradually re-open, with stringent health and safety precautions in place. We are beginning with a select group of services offered by appointment only, in just a few locations, with a small number of employees.

Since this pandemic began, we’ve acted based on the latest public health information and will continue to do so. As always, health and safety remain our first priorities. We appreciate your patience, and hope to see you in person soon.

 

​Community and After Stroke Programs

 Many of our Community Programs and After Stroke services are being delivered virtually to keep staff and clients safe during the pandemic. We expect this to continue supporting you online for the time being.

Learn more >>

Please help us raise funds!

This pandemic has hit charities – including March of Dimes Canada – hard. Our donor-funded programs rely on donations raised through events that we have had to postpone, and we do not know when it will be safe to gather in large groups again. It’s a difficult situation.

Our Philanthropy team has been working hard to adapt and host online fundraisers so we can continue to provide the support our clients need.

For information about our online fundraisers, please click here

Thank you to everyone who is continued to support us during the pandemic, whether you have donated money or time. Your support makes a difference in the lives of people living with disabilities.

We need your support more than ever! If you are able,  

please donate now.

Thank you for your support. 

Watch our newsletter next month for a listing of events and fundraising in October,2020

 

March of Dimes Canada Head Office

10 Overlea Blvd.  Toronto, ON M4H 1A4  

Tel: 416-425-3463, Toll-free:  1-800-263-3463  Fax: 416-425-1920

 

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https://hollandbloorview.ca/about-us/hospital/mission-vision-impact

  Mission, Vision & Impact Holland Bloorview

  Our full history | Holland Bloorview

https://research.hollandbloorview.ca/our-full-history

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is now Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities. We are a global leader in applied research, teaching and learning, and client-and family-centred care with a vision to create a world of possibility for kids with disabilities.

   Centre For Leadership | Holland Bloorview

https://hollandbloorview.ca/about-us/hospital/centre-leadership

To achieve this mission, they will focus on the following objectives: 1. Support integrated clinical, research and education projects that identify, design, test and implement evidence-based solutions for children youth, families, and/or clinicians.

   About the Bloorview Research Institute | Holland Bloorview

https://hollandbloorview.ca/research-education/…

The Bloorview Research Institute is housed in Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada’s largest pediatric rehabilitation and continuing care teaching hospital, which is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

   Programs & Services | Holland Bloorview

https://hollandbloorview.ca/services/programs-services

As a teaching hospitalHolland Bloorview has an interdisciplinary team of autism experts in the areas of research, clinical care, and teaching. Holland Bloorview’s Bioethics Service is dedicated to helping client and family well-being and organizational integrity. 

Holland Bloorview ~ Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is now Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities. They are a global leader in applied research, teaching and learning, and client-and family-centred care with a vision to create a world of possibility for kids with disabilities.

 Do not forget to check back every week for another edition of Professor Owl’s Book Corner.