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~ 19th. May, 2018

The Namarielle
(The Chronicles of Lashai ~ Book 1)

By Julien Jamar


Hollis studied her face in the light of the campfire. “So, how does a shepherd girl find herself in the Forest of Fondair, heading to the Kiatri to lead a crusade against the Fontre?”

Cassai had untied her braid and was unraveling it. The curls tangled themselves around her small fingers. “Not a crusade, war. Lashai belongs to us. We were a free, peaceful people under the Namarielle. The land flourished, and the people had plenty. The Fontre took everything: our herds, our crops, our money, they even burned down our churches. Why would they do that?”

Her gaze had fallen into the darkness between the trees, and Hollis assumed this was a rhetorical question. “So, we’re going to fight them; our small band of Keepers and anyone else we can find to join us will fight for our Lashai. And if no one else joins, I’ll fight them alone. I just can’t live as their slave. I won’t.”

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, neither all good nor all bad, with a lot of depth.  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.

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

About Author

Julien Jamar

Born ~ The United States

Website ~ https://www.julienjamar.com

Twitter  ~  julienjamar

Genre ~ Fantasy, Young Adult

Julien was born in 1980 and spent the first few years of her life traveling through America with her family. She was raised in Dallas, TX. Her father, a prolific novelist and poet, taught her to write as a very small child. She writes dark, thrilling, fantastic tales of mortal battles and daring exploits. She also writes a helpful little blog designed to inspire a lighthearted approach to life’s trials and everyday tasks. She lives with her husband and five children in Marble Falls, TX. https://www.julienjamar.com


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

NEW RELEASE #BookReview of The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (@CNHolmberg )#UrbanFantasy #NetGalley



The Plastic Magician

(The Paper Magician Series #4)

by Charlie N. Holmberg

Release date: May 15th, 2018


Plastic Magician by CN Holmberg Cover

I received a complimentary ARC copy of  The Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician #4 Spin-Off) by Charlie N. Holmberg from NetGalley and 47th North

New to the world of Charlie N. Holmberg I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by The Plastic Magician. This book although a spin-off of the popular YA Paper Magician Series (which I have yet to read) this book definitely works as a stand-alone.

The Plastic Magician treats us to twenty-year-old Polymaker (Plastic Magician) Alvie Brechenmacher’s adventures apprenticing abroad.  Down to earth, intelligent and highly enthusiastic, Alvie leaves her German-American family in the states to apprentice for the world-renowned inventor and Polymaker, Magician Praff in London England.

Enroute she meets a rather rude gentleman who causes her to get off at the wrong train station and this is where her adventure begins. Along her journey, Alvie meets wonderful friends, a kind-hearted love interest and a mentor who respects and believes in her.  Magician Praff and Alvie work on a life-changing invention to not only help a friend but to present at a world-famous convention(contest) for Magicians.  Magician Praff has already won the elite contest and it helped establish him as one of the best Polymakers in the world.  When word gets out to rivals that they are presenting a groundbreaking device that will help many people,  their work and lives are put in peril.

Holmberg does a fantastic job crafting this fantastical cozy mystery. She creates a unique, fun magic system and her characters are interesting, quirky and downright loveable. Although the mystery is fairly predictable, I really didn’t mind because I liked the sweet story that unfolded along the way.  There is a bit of adventure, a bit of romance and a great story that keeps you interested in Alvie’s journey.  

All in all a fantastic, fun read that I would highly recommend for young and old alike.

Professor Owl’s Bookcorner ~ Weekly Book Review ~May 5th, 2018

American Panda

by Gloria Chao

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.
With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?
From debut author, Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.

American Panda was an uplifting, emotional, and eye-opening read. It was certainly one of the most enjoyable reads I have had lately and a little different from the ones I have reviewed. I highly recommend this book to readers ranging from their teens, into their adult years, those who enjoy reading contemporary, as well as readers who might be wanting to dip their toes into contemporary YA for the first time!
I would like to thank NetGalley for the chance to read it.

Sweepingly funny.” —The Wall Street Journal
• “Delightful.” —Buzzfeed

“Charmed my socks off.” —David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquito land

Available from www.kobo.com, www.kobo.ca, www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com other fine bookstores, Local and School Libraries

Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ May, 2018 Edition


Welcome to the May issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also 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 also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Rising concerns over literacy rates in Canada

Most of us often take reading for granted as an everyday practice for most families but according to the latest statistics from First Book Canada a quarter of Canadian households don’t even own a single book.

There are a number of reasons and barriers for kids that just don’t get that kind of day-to-day exposure to books.”

On Sept. 8, Canada marked International Literacy Day. The day highlights the need of getting children to read and the importance of getting them access to books inside the classroom and at home.

Recent statistics show:

  • 25 %, is a big number and it has nothing to do with the digital revolution. It has to the with the inability of parents to be able to afford books,” Tom Best from First Books Canada told Global News.
  • Figures also show around 30 % of Grade 3 students lack basic literacy skills.
  • According to Statistics Canada, 29 per cent of individuals with low literacy levels are from low-income households compared to eight per cent of individuals who are ranked in the highest two categories of literacy.
  • In May 2018, First Books Canada partnered up with McDonald’s Canada to distribute over two million books with Happy Meals across the country to help give kids access to books.
  • Little free library helps build a sense of community
  • “That’s a fantastic opportunity for parents to sit down, read at McDonald’s or back at home, and to sit down and read with kids because that is really what is missing,” Best said.

For those who follow Professor Owl will have noticed that we have tried to give the message that all children and young adults need to be encouraged to read and the best place to learn is at home while they are still young. Parents introduce them to books on the sports they play or crafts or activities they enjoy.

The books we show in our book corner can also be found in the School or Community Libraries as well as bookstores..

If you would like to see more on the interview between Angie Seth and Tom Best, follow the link below:


© 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.


“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Seuss

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail to:  professorowl@outlook.com



How to Teach Yourself How to Read

With YouTube and Professor Owl




True Storm

By L.E. Sterling


Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her—but all is not well in Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself torn between three men with secrets of their own.

Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But DNA isn’t the only thing they want from Lucy…or her sister.

As they say in Dominion, rogue genes can never have a happy ending…

True Storm’ is the third and final book in the ‘True Born’ dystopian trilogy. ‘True Born’ does an excellent job introducing readers to the characters, their societal hierarchy and history, and the overarching plot of the series. Excellent storytelling, non-stop action, gripping conclusion which is full of plot twists and surprises for Lucy and for readers.

The True Born series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 True Born
Book #2 True North
Book #3 True Storm

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book, it was a great read.

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

We would love to hear about your favourite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com


Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brainCheap paper is less perishable than grey matter. And lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.

~Jack London

I love to journal and find when I have no idea what to write about I turn to quotes. Do you have a favourite quote or saying that resonates with you?  Take your quote, write about how it applies to your life and what it means to you.  Don’t have one? Check out websites such as http://www.brainyquote.com/ or http://www.thinkexist.com/ and find one that speaks to you!

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!

Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Macro Tulip II

Spring is here and so are new beginnings! What new beginning do you want?

Creating A Creativity Corner!

Whether you journal with pen and paper or use a computer or tablet, journaling is an excellent way to express yourself. Journal about anything that matters to you, it can be anything from real-life, about your life, your hopes and dreams, drawings, doodles, collages or a fictional story you make up. But to do this often it helps to have a small little corner that you keep just for journaling, reading and being creative.

Make sure you try to make a time to journal every day. Perhaps after school before dinner or before you go to school in the morning so choose a place that won’t interfere with other family members and a place where can sit and just be creative. Turn on music if you like or keep it silent, whatever works for you and helps you make this time special.

Set up your workspace. Choose a space which feels comfortable and where you won’t have to move your stuff all the time. Using bright index cards or post-its and write different affirmations or inspirational sayings and post them in your workspace.  Place inspirational pictures, your favourite books, plants or objects to motivate you. Keep all of your supplies so that they are easily within reach. If you choose to use pen and paper, a trip to the local dollar store can help you find some nice journals, pens, markers, washi tape or scrapbooking materials to decorate it and make it unique.  Try to make this area yours!

May 2018



Variety Village

 Variety Village2

upcoming events

 for May,2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
While supplies last.
Limit 2 per customer.
Not valid with specials or coupons.

Tag us in your PIZZA SELFIES!

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KYRA , Age 6
Variety Member Since age 3. Loves to dance & read. Fave colour is red!

Pierce , Age 5
Variety Member for over a year. Fave sport: Hockey!

Pizza Nova’s association with Variety Village spans over 30 years.
This association has resulted in more than $1 million for our organization via the Pizza Nova That’s Amore Pizza for Kids Day which started in 1999.

The professionalism and passion that staff and volunteers display for children with physical and mental challenges sustains the ongoing partnership between Pizza Nova and Variety Village. It goes hand-in-hand with Pizza Nova’s passion for its product, its employees and its community.

36th Annual Toronto Police Children’s Games

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018

Join us for the 36th Annual Toronto Police Children’s Games here at Variety Village! Participants with disabilities and their siblings are invited to join us for this fun day of inclusive sports and games.  This invitation will welcome 200 registrants to join teams lead by Toronto Police volunteers.


9:00-9:30am – Registration (Fieldhouse)
9:30-10:00am – Welcome (South Side – Fieldhouse)
10:00am – Opening Ceremonies
10:30am-12:30pm – Activities (Sports and Games)
12:30pm – Closing Ceremonies and Awards

For more information on these events or Summer Camps and Programs, please contact/ www.varietyvillage.ca

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca

EVENTS ~  May, 2018

Don’t miss Opening Doors for Accessibility in Barrie!

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 Barrie​



Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:   Liberty North
100 Caplan Avenue, Barrie, Ontario
Cost:  Free
(Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions Include :

  • Home Modifications​
  • Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt
    Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul endorsed
    Author | International Keynote Speaker |
    Paralympic Trialist | Accessibility Advocate |
    Award Winning Humanitarian​
  • Caregiver Strategies
  • Adaptive Cooking
  • Inspirational Talk by Aaron Lillie
  • Aging in Place** Event will include lunch and networking opportunities.     RSVP by May 11, 2018 at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca.RSVP** In the subject line, please be sure to identify the city where you wish to attend. 
  •  Please RSVP at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca. / RSVP au 1-800-263-3463 ou par courriel à ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca. ​
  •  * Every attendee will receive a certificate of attendance.

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >www.marchofdimes.ca


 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.





Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 28th. April, 2018

The Mars Room: A Novel

by Rachel Kushner (Author)

It’s 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision.

Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room demonstrates new levels of mastery and depth in Rachel Kushner’s writing. It is daring and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined. As James Wood said in The New Yorker, her fiction “succeeds because it is so full of vibrantly different stories and histories, all of them brilliantly alive.”

Absolutely stunning. Kushner gets better and better with each book. The Flamethrowers was excellent, but this story fits together even more and challenges the reader’s view at every turn. The style is stunning. Rachel has a distinctive feel for the rhythms of language and uses it perfectly in this book.

For me, this book was a great read which kept me hooked right through to the end of story.  I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.

 About the author

Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner is the author of the bestselling novel The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the 2014 Folio Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and was chosen as one of the five best novels of the year by the New York Times. A book of early short fictions, The Strange Case of Rachel K, was published by New Directions in 2015. Her debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was reviewed on the cover of the NY Times Book Review and was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Kushner’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and the Paris Review. She is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, and 2016 winner of the Howard D. Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Available from:  https://www.kobo.com,   https://www.amazon.cahttps://www.amazon.com,  and other fine bookstores.


Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 21st. April, 2018


by Caryn Lix
series A Sanctuary Novel


Alien meets Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds in this thrilling debut novel about prison-guard-in-training, Kenzie, who is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station—only to have to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures.
Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways, and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.

This story was well written with a great storyline, the characters were also amazing. Once I picked up the book, I could not put it down until it was finished. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I would like to thank NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book it was a great read.

Available at http://www.kobo.comhttp://www.amazon.ca, and http://www.amazon.com


Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her Masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 14th April, 2018

Codename: Freedom – The Goblin Siege

By Apollos Thorne (Author)

After surviving the onslaught of week one, Lucius has something to prove. He seeks to train under a living legend in hopes of being ready for the goblin siege.

He isn’t the only one looking to train. As his competition grows in strength, he must push himself harder than ever before.

Then, he unexpected happens. Players start to unlock abilities…

There is only one thing to do when facing impossible odds. Train harder!

This book is creative and a great break from typical fantasy. It adds a growth element and tracks the hero well. This  book is light hearted and fun! If you enjoy a traditional fantasy this is a must read for young adults.


About Author ~ Apollos Thorne (Author)

Visit Amazon’s Apollos Thorne Page
Find all the books, read about the author, and more.

Available at http://www.amazon.com, http://www.amazon,ca  and other good book stores.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book review of the week ~ April 7th. 2018

Robin Hood’s Dawn (The Robin Hood Trilogy Book

by Olivia Longueville (Author), J. C. Plummer (Author)

A unique retelling of the Robin Hood legend!

England, 1154-1194:

• A kingdom under assault.
• A conspiracy born of anarchy.
• A hero standing against tyranny.

Falsely convicted of a shocking crime, Robin Fitzooth, the Earl of Huntingdon, finds refuge in Sherwood Forest and becomes Robin Hood.

Leading a band of men against the injustices of a malevolent sheriff and his henchmen, Robin begins to unravel a web of treachery threatening the English royal family.

As shadowy forces gather to destroy the future of a nation, Robin faces deceit, betrayal, and the ravages of war as he defends his king, his country, his people, and the woman he loves from a conspiracy so diabolical, so unexpected, that the course of history hangs in the balance.

From the mists of an ancient woodland to lavish royal courts teeming with intrigue, to the exotic shores of the Holy Land – Robin Hood leads the fight in a battle between good and evil, justice and tyranny, the future and the past.

Part one of an exciting three-part retelling of the Robin Hood legend!

Although the books in the trilogy are not stand-alone, they do not end in cliffhangers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley and would like to thank them for the opportunity to read a most enjoyable book.

Almost everyone has heard the classic tale of Robin Hood and his Merry band of men who stole from the rich and gave to the poor while battling with the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, the beautiful Maid Marian.

I was born and grew up in England and even visited Sherwood Forest a few times. This story was one of my favorite’s, I found this version of the story very refreshing much to my surprise.

Robin Hood’s Dawn was exceptionally well written read and it not only creates a Robin that I found myself relating with more than any other version of the character before, but also a character who is not a perfect hero. He may still be the forest thief, but he is also tinged with a duty to his country and those he loves. Robin is constantly trying to balance his life and be with Marian, while also trying to live up to what he feels he must do for others. The other element of this novel that I tremendously enjoyed was Marian’s character. She learned to protect herself and takes charge of any situation and was certainly not a damsel in distress as shown in the previous version of this story. I also enjoyed the very well-done glossary at the end of the novel, packed full of explanations and historical details.
I will certainly look forward to reading another book in this series.

About the Authors.

Olivia Longueville is a European author whose first book was “Between Two Kings” a story set in Tudor England. J.C. Plummer is an American author and historian living in Texas. They are long-distance friends who share a passion for writing and history, and this is their first collaboration. Learn more at their website: www.AngevinWorld.com

The book is available from https://www.amazon.com ,  https://www.amazon.ca,   https://www.kobo.com ~     and other fine book stores.






Professor Owl’s Bookcorner ~ Book Reviews of the week ~ 31st March, 2018


Defiant Souls

by Kathleen Chadwick (Author)

When Kyle Chase accepted his Aunt Cindy’s invitation to spend his summer vacation with her, he thought they would be exploring old caves, looking for arrow heads, and honing his skills as a young Archeologist. He never dreamed the fate of the world would rest on his small shoulders. Kyle, his aunt and a small group of travelers have been imprisoned by a mad-man.

Man’s arrogance has opened a doorway of evil and it’s up to Kyle to close it. He will need to trust in his sixth sense, strength, and intellect to escape and find the one man who can help him destroy the evil that holds them captive.

Excellent story well written with characters interaction and the plot flowed very well. In all It love the whole concept of the book was just great. I had a hard time putting it down before I had finished reading it. I would highly recommend this book.


Book of the Week  for our younger Readers’.
Take the Bullying by the Horns

by Hunter Dan (Author), Pam Hodgdon (Illustrator)

The author created this story for children who are just reaching school age. He believed in teaching children before they enter first grade what bullying is and teaching them that it is unacceptable behavior and how to end it regardless of what the bully says to them. He thought this to be the best time in a child’s life to introduce to them what it is before they experience it for real.

This book shows bullying in action by telling a story how one child could stop their own torment by stepping up. It may sound simple to an adult, but for a child, seeing this displayed in the book can be very easy to understand.
Describing the effects of bullying from the victim’s point of view and then telling them by demonstrating the actions that can be taken by everyone for a resolution.

This book can address fears about what a child may think adults will or won’t do when confronted with bullying. It is also a good book to start the discussion with your child about what to do in a hypothetical situation. I appreciate that it is not too long and allows parents and caregivers many different potential actions they can take as well.

All books available at www.amazon.ca and www.amazon.com and other good bookstores.


The Great Big Story ~ Defying the Odds at any Age.#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 five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are  

Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein, Shilpa Garg, Eric Lahti and Belinda Witzenhausen

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

The following  quote defines to me, many stories about the young people at Variety Village, who strife to be the best they can be, despite any health challenge they have ~ continuing to excel and follow their dream.

“When the world says give up ~ Hope says try one more time!”

Defying the Odds at any Age.

The video below tells the story of five more young people who have definitely shown that they too defied the odds.