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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.

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner~Weekly Book Review for YA~January 14. 2017

Carve the Mark

To be released ~ January 17, 2017

 

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 Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth’s stunning new science-fiction fantasy series.

This book is about the survival of a boy and a girl, but it is also about the survival of humanity, a nation, a planet, a galaxy. Can’t wait to see where this journey takes us.

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another

This is a great book, so easy to read not boring at the least, the world building is beautiful, you really get an understanding of the two nations on the planet.

I was unable to predict the ending of the story there was never a dull moment. The characters in the book grow a lot and change. You can feel the pain of the characters. There is a lot of violence in this book, and action, and not very much romance at all.

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

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ January 7, 2017

Chronicles of the Last Days

(Dragonsfall Book 3)

Kindle Edition

Myril doesn’t need prophecy to see that her world is going to end – the city is sinking before her eyes. Foreign ships fill Anamat harbor, bringing foreign traders bent on pillaging the city’s treasures – with help from the governor – as the people of the city flee across the sea to hostile lands.

Myril’s guildmaster calls on her to help save the Chronicles of Anamat from the pillagers. Meanwhile, her old friend Darna needs healing, Iola wants to go to her death in the dragons’ realm, and the Defenders are airing their secrets at just the wrong time. She begins to wonder how much the people she loves are to blame for the fall of Anamat.

How will anyone, or anything, survive when the waters rise again?

This book has dragons, magic, and sword play. It is a classic fantasy story. I would recommend it from 14 and up.

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

About Author

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Thanks to my grandmother, Nancy Woollcott Smith, I started out in life with the delusion that writing was a thing grown-ups did. Becoming a writer seemed almost as realistic an ambition as becoming an accountant, though less lucrative. That delusion led me to a couple of decades of irregular and mostly profitless work, but it’s also kept me going.

In high school I wrote two novels with a friend. We passed chapters back and forth in between classes. They were written on paper, the first book long-hand, the second on computer. That was before the internet. During the fall and winter after I graduated from college, I wrote a novella/poetry collection, still unpublishable or at least unmarketable. I sent it to about a half dozen agents and collected their more-or-less gentle rejections.

At age 31, I launched into my current project, a multi-volume epic fantasy about the last generation of a land animated by dragon-gods. I set it aside when I had my first baby, and I’m not 31 any more. I’ve also written a stand-alone Regency romance, a historical fantasy novella, and a screenplay.

The first two books of the series are available now on Amazon and will return to most of the noteworthy ebook retailers in April. I hope to release the remaining books in the series some time in 2016.

Keep checking in. I’ll let you know if anything interesting falls out of the keyboard.

You can join my mailing list for news of new books, giveaways, and other major events.

Here are links to some of the non-fiction articles I’ve written in recent years:

Passive Solar in Vineyard Style

Serving Hands  in Vineyard Style

Quansoo Farm in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center  in Vineyard Style

Two young women to volunteer in Africa in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

The Brickyard in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

The Artisan’s Festival in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Tiffany Smalley  graduates from Harvard in The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Solar Energy in Martha’s Vineyard Arts & Ideas

 

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ December 11th., 2016

Light of Fire (The Cloud Warrior Saga Book 10) …

D.K. Holmberg

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As a new father, the world has changed for Tan. He wants nothing more than to protect his family, to find a measure of peace, but when he discovers a friend—and bonded elemental—in danger, how can Tan not act?

Saving Honl means reaching a greater connection to the elements than before, and takes him back into the heart of an old enemy where he learns there was more to Incendin than he had known.

Gaining that knowledge is only a beginning to understanding an emerging threat, one which warriors faced centuries ago. Tan will need all the connections he has made to succeed, or he will lose not only Honl, but all of his bonds.

The penultimate novel in The Cloud Warrior Saga ~ If you love science  fiction and mythical creatures then this series is for you. It has love,tragedy, mystery,suspense all rolled into one novel. Once I pick up a book in this series I Cannot put them down until I’ve finished the whole book. Can’t wait for the next one.

Published December 6th, 2016

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

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~December 4, 2016

Chamaeleon:

Book 3.5 of The Stardust Series Kindle Edition

by Autumn Reed (Author), Julia Clarke (Author)

Note to Readers:

Chamaeleon must be read after book 3 and before book 4 to fully understand the storyline.

Chamaeleon is a novella told from both Haley’s and the guys’ perspectives.

Haley
“For the last seven months, my life practically revolved around ‘my’ guys—they kept me safe, made me laugh, and embraced me as one of their own. And, now, the unimaginable was happening. I was turning my back on the life I created with them. There would be no more duets with Chase, tickle fights with Theo, stargazing with Ethan, running with Knox, relaxing with Jackson, or cooking with Liam. In other words, I was walking away from the place—and the people—that had become my new home.”

Knox
“Theo opened his mouth like he was going to say something but then shut it again. The truth was, there was nothing left to say. We had to either compete for her heart or let her go, and both options were incomprehensible. Even if she chose me, could I live with the guilt of knowing I stole her away from my brother and best friends? And, if she chose someone else, would I ever get over her?”

Another hit from Autumn Reed & Julia Clark! I could not put it down. If you have not read this series then you MUST. Autumn and Julia have a way of getting you so involved in the characters that you will find yourself laughing, crying and yelling at your book.

The writing is so well done it pulls me in every time. I can’t wait for the next book to come out. Definitely a must read.

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

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ November 20, 2016

 

 

Damsel (A Legacy Girls Novel Book 1)

Kindle Edition

by Augusta Blythe (Author)

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For fans of fantasy and fairy tales.

Released November 8, 2016

 

An evil empress. A hint of fairies. A handsome hero or two. A fairy tale world’s future rests in the hands of five young women from a Virginia college–they just don’t know it yet. Get to know the five heroines before they stepped through the magic mirror in The Legacy Girls: A Prequel, available now. To learn more about Augusta Blythe and her books, please visit her website at http://augustablythe.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AugustaBlythe

 

About Author

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Augusta Blythe

Goodreads Author

Born

The United States

Website

http://augustablythe.blogspot.com

Twitter

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Genre

Young Adult, Literature & Fiction

Influences

Jonathan Carroll, Margaret Atwood

Member Since

March 2011

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Augusta Blythe is the author of Winterborne and Ravenstoke, YA urban fantasy novels. She is also the author of Hostel Takeover written under the pseudonym Keeley Bates. She currently lives in England with her husband, two children, a clown fish, a cleaner shrimp and a mine urchin.

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

 

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Newsletter ~ December, 2016

 

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ would like to wish all our readers who Celebrate Christmas ~

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
and
A HAPPY NEW YEAR

As we look all around us, we see so many people who have decorated their homes for Christmas. For many of us this is the happiest holiday of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
As we enjoy these holidays, we must not forget that many other religions have their own special holidays also.

Holidays Around the World

For two other religions that have celebrations in the month of December, please check out below.

On December 25, 2016, Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights started and lasts eight days.

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Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate the Miracle of the Oil. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means “dedication.” Over 2000 years ago, in 165 BC, the Jews in Judea rebelled against their Syrian ruler, Antiochus, because he insisted that all Jewish people must worship Greek Gods. After three hard years of fighting, the Jews defeated Antiochus and, to celebrate, they restored the Temple of Jerusalem – which had been taken over by the Syrians – and rededicated it to their God.
As part of the celebrations they lit an oil lamp which should have been kept burning all the time, even though they could only find enough oil to keep it burning for one night. However, a miracle occurred, and the oil lamp stayed lit for eight days, which was the time it took to make new oil for the lamp. This was the Miracle of the Oil.
It was then declared that every year, Jews would remember the day with an eight-day Festival of Lights and celebrate the miracle of the oil by placing eight candles in a Menorah (a special candlestick) and lighting one candle for each evening of the celebration. The Hanukkah lights are to remind those walking by the home about the holiday’s miracle, so the Menorah is displayed at a prominent window or near the front door.
During Hanukkah, people exchange gifts and give to the poor and needy.

 

In the week between 26 December and 1 January each year.

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  1. Kwanzaa an African-American holiday celebrated mainly in the US.The holiday was established in 1966 to help African Americans remember and celebrate their heritage. The word “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili language and means “first fruits.” Each day of the seven days is dedicated to one of “The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa,” which are1. umoja – to maintain unity in the family and community2. kujichagulia – self-determination, to be responsible and speak for oneself3. ujima – collective work and responsibility, to build and maintain a community4. ujamaa – economic co-operation, to help and profit one another5. nia – purpose, to build and develop the community for the benefit of the people6. kuumba – creativity, to do everything possible to leave the community more beautiful and beneficial for future generations

    7. imani – faith, to believe in parents, teachers, and leaders.

Book of the month

Welcome to the 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 Shut!”

Babies 0-1 year old’s:

Merry Christmas, Little One!
Board book
by Sandra Magsamen (Author)

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Christmas comes but once a year ~Time for magic, love and cheer.

Featuring sturdy lift-the-flaps, a puffy fabric Christmas tree on the cover, and a glittery finale, this newest addition to the Snuggle-Me Stories line follows in the best-selling tradition of Peek-a-Boo, I Love You! Sandra Magsamen celebrates Christmas in her signature style, with heartfelt rhymes and engaging illustrations. Babies and loved ones will merrily read and play along. A perfect way for little ones to celebrate the holiday season.

Children 3-7 year old’s:

Santa Sleeps In!
by Dimpple Koul (Illustrator)

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It’s Christmas Eve and the elves can’t wake up Santa!
Even the elves’ brass band can’t wake him. What is Edwards the ‘ead elf going to do? How will all the boys and girls get their presents if Father Christmas won’t wake up?
Only one little girl can wake up Santa!
Can the elves get her there on time?

Children 6-8 year old’s:

New York Book Festival 2015 prize winner

The Kingdom of Christmas:
The Guardian of the Mountain

By the Snow Spirit (Author)

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When their enchanting Christmas Kingdom is overthrown by an evil Guardian, and Santa and The Spirit of Christmas are taken captive inside an icy castle, it is up to Prince Michael and Princess Sarah to save the day. A Secret Scroll reveals their mysterious powers and some unforgettable Christmas characters light their way.
Yet as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime, grappling with thrilling caves, hidden forests and the mind-blowing ‘curse of the frozen candle’, some blood-curdling questions seep out of the shadows. What does the wicked Guardian really want, and who cries out eerily from deep inside his forgotten chambers? Are the children caught up in a web far darker than they can imagine, and if so, how will they ever manage to rescue Christmas, not just for their Kingdom, but for the entire world beyond it?
This is a Christmas cracker of a novel, bursting with laughter and magic and packed with unforgettable twists and turns, culminating in a finale that will take your breath away.

Books for children 9-12 year old’s:
 

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

 by Eric A. Kimmel (Adapter), Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator)

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Tired and hungry, the wandering beggar Hershel of Ostropol arrives in a small village on the first night of Hanukkah and is eager to join the celebrations. But the villagers are terrified of Hanukkah – their synagogue is haunted by goblins who will not let the villagers celebrate the holiday and who make their lives miserable. Hershel, of course, is certain he can help, and volunteers to spend all eight nights of Hanukkah in the haunted synagogue. The task that Hershel must take on is truly daunting. He not only has to light the Hanukkah candles every night despite the goblins’ efforts to stop him, but on the last night the King of the Goblins himself must light the candles! …
There is also a brief postscript that talks about the origins of Hanukkah, and the PROPER way to play dreidel!

 

Kevin’s Kwanzaa (Cloverleaf Books: Fall and Winter Holidays) Paperback

by Lisa Bullard (Author), Constanza Basaluzzo (Illustrator)

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Kevin’s family is celebrating the seven days of Kwanzaa! They light candles and learn a special word each day. They talk about working together. On the sixth day, everyone dances at a big feast! Find out the different ways people celebrate this holiday

 

A Child’s Christmas in Wales Hardcover – Sep 24 2013

Dylan Thomas (Author), Chris Raschka (Illustrator)

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Fifty years after its first publication in book form, Dylan Thomas’s timeless prose poem is echoed by the rolling, evocative images of Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka — a beautiful gift for book lovers.

Bring out the tall tales now that we told by the fire as the gaslight bubbled like a diver. . . .

There are always Uncles at Christmas. And Aunts, of course, who might sing a little loudly after dinner. There are the neighborhood cats “sleek and long as jaguars and horrible-whiskered,” the carols to sing at eerie houses, the Useful Presents and the Useless Presents, and the endless snow “shawling out of the ground.” First published in HARPER’S BAZAAR some fifty years ago, A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES showcases Dylan Thomas’s genius for language and remains the poet’s most popular prose work in the United States. Chris Raschka’s fluid torn-paper illustrations honor the poet’s words, evoking their musical cadences and bringing us a fresh appreciation for this most lyric work.

Available at your library and http://www.amazon.ca http://www.amazon.com

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writig prompt

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney

What is one thing you would try if you knew that you were guaranteed success….absolutely no chance of failure? Would you do something for monetary gain? Would you do something to make the history books? Would it benefit others or just yourself? What would it take for you to give it a shot, even with the risk of failing?

Reflect and write.

 

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