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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 ~ Book of the week ~ June 18, 2019

City of the Falling Sky

(The Seckry Sequence Book 1)

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By Joseph Evans

When Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends.

Fortunately, the marvels of the city do a good job in distracting Seckry from his anger and homesickness, and it isn’t long before he’s competing at Friction (the city’s most popular multiplayer video game), slurping awe-inspiring multicoloured milkshakes, and getting butterflies on his first date.

Then, when a mysterious email asks Seckry to break into the headquarters of the Endrin Corporation and steal a container full of worms for a hefty sum of money, his anger resurfaces, and he can’t resist the revenge he promised himself.
The book is full of plot twists some that are so page turning I just lost track of the time completely as I didn’t want to put the book down.
A remarkably good read it kept my attention all the way through. Great characters and plot, story was great, a well put together book, great story telling. I will be reading more from this author, looking forward also to other books in the series.
Books are available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com, www.kobo.com and other fine book stores.

About Author

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Joseph Evans

Joseph Evans grew up in Cardiff, South Wales, UK, where he spent a lot of his childhood playing video games and watching anime. His love of books originated from his love of the fantastic stories and narratives he found in both of these. He is still a big video games fan and his favourite game of all time is Final Fantasy VII. He has a 1st class degree in Interactive Media and alongside writing he is a freelance motion graphics designer as well as a bookseller in the Cardiff branch of Waterstones. If you’re ever in the area, drop by and say hello!

Professor Owls Book Corner ~ Community Board ~ Access Expo! June 2019

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Join us for the Access Expo!
Connecting consumers of all abilities; their families and friends, organizations and healthcare professionals to products and services for any individual interested in accessibility, inclusion, mobility, sport, fitness and healthy living.

For more information on the event please visit the website below.

www.accessexpo.ca

We are excited to introduce the new transformation from the People in Motion show to the Access Expo, presented by Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario. Please read below for important event information.

Join us for the Opening Ceremonies!

To celebrate the official opening, we would like to extend an invitation for you to join us on Thursday, June 6 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. In addition to a ceremonial opening we will be honoring this year’s award winners for their contributions to accessibility and inclusion in Ontario.

Reception: Thursday, June 6 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Court 2 Demo Area
Awards Presentation: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

AWARDEES
Theme: Innovation in Accessibility

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Lifetime Achievement for Innovation in Accessibility: David Onley
Innovation for Accessibility in Sport: Arron Barberian & Linda Rodeck
Innovation in Adaptive Sport/Parasport: Zack Copplestone
ParaSport® Ontario Community Impact Award: Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers

SPEAKER SERIES

The Access Expo is excited to welcome an exciting speaker series to promote inclusive healthy active living opportunities and experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

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SPEAKER SCHEDULE: Friday June 7, 2019

10:00 – 10:45am – JaimeLynn Nowbari – High Five Training
11:00 – 11:45am – Alf Spencer – Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility
12:00 – 12:45pm – Marianne Kozinets, Anu Banerjee, Kristan Francis of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
1:00 – 1:45pm – Michelle Haney – Euro-Peds
2:00 – 2:45pm – Chris Power – Power Transitions
3:00 – 3:45pm – Jeff Tiessen – ParaSport Ontario
4:00 – 4:45pm – Karen Stintz – Variety Village/Variety Ontario
5:00 – 5:45pm – Valeria Alvia – World Financial Group

Click below to visit our website to learn more about the full list of speakers.

CAREER & EDUCATION FAIR
Booth #901 Accenture
Booth #902 Canadian Council of Rehab and Work
Booth #903 HSBC
Booth #904 BGIS
Booth #905 CNE
Booth #906 TD Bank
Booth #907 Nielsen
Booth #908 The Career Foundation
Booth #909 U of T Scarborough
Booth #910 Ryerson
Booth #911 York University
Booth #912 University of Western
Booth #913 OCAD
Booth #914 Public Service Commission
Visit the TTC bus on-site to learn about accessible features. Located outside next to the BBQ and Beer Tent area.

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EVENT DETAILS
Location:
Variety Ontario (Variety Village)
3701 Danforth Avenue
Scarborough Ontario
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Hours: 2-day Expo
Thursday, June 6
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday, June 7
8:00am – 8:00pm

Save the date in your calendar!

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SHOW GUIDE & EVENT MAP
Download the complete show guide and floor map below.

Show Guide
Event Map

FOOD & REFRESHMENTS

Variety Cafe: Lobby and front reception area
Food Booth: Court 3
Items will include bagels, sandwiches, wraps, salads, baked goods and more! Please note: all sandwiches and salads are made fresh daily.

BBQ
Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
Thursday, June 6 – Not available
Friday, June 7 – 11:00am – 6:30pm
Brock Street Brewing Company
Beer Tent
Keep an eye out for the Brock Street Beer tent featuring a fully -accessible bar. ID required. Please drink responsibly.

                      On Draft at the Tent:

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Brock Street ~ Brewing Company.

Blonde Lagered Ale
Bohemian Pilsner
Amber Lagered Ale

Cash, debit and credit will be available at all locations.

PARKING

Parking will be not be available in the Variety Village parking lot on both days.

June 6th: Parking will be available at Birchmount High School (which is directly beside Variety Village) after 3:00pm. As well, parking is available on Danforth Avenue.

June 7th: Valet parking will be available. Your car can be dropped off and picked up at the valet station in the Variety parking lot. Parking will be available on Danforth Avenue as well as Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (Birchmount Rd. and Danforth Ave.).

Shuttles

There will be two accessible shuttle golf carts during the entirety of the event if people choose to park their own vehicles, but need assistance getting back. Parking will be available at Birchmount High School after 3:00pm.
PERSONAL SUPPORT ASSISTANCE

The Access Expo is excited to have paired with the Personal Support Workers and will be providing free support to anyone who needs it. The Personal Support Workers booths is located at Booth #802.

FIRST AID

Toronto Paramedics will be on-site to provide first aid services, located at Booth #804.

Connect with us & Share your experience!

FACILITY CLOSURES & RESTRICTIONS
Event Day

Thursday, June 6
Parking lot: closed to all members and public.
Only accessible parking remains open.
Fieldhouse: closed
Information for members
All fitness classes and fieldhouse One to One’s cancelled with the exception of the classes noted below:
Chairfit 11:00 am-12:00 noon – moved to Cafeteria.
Aquatic programs will still run except for Aquafit 11:00 am–2:00 noon
Red Cross and Aquatic One to One’s – still running.
Friday, June 7 – Access Expo Event 8:00am – 8:00pm
Parking lot: closed to all members and public.
Only accessible parking remains open.
Fieldhouse: closed
Information for Event Attendees: Valet parking (Friday, June 7)
Valet parking begins at 8:30am. Please drop you vehicle at Lobby entrance doors.
Information for Camp pick up and drop off:
Please drop campers off at Cafeteria entrance before 9:15am – camp day trip.

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The Inspirational Story Of 9-Year-Old Ezra Frech #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:

Professor Owl’s Book Corner has always been for and about children and young adults who in spite of their illness or disability have turned their lives around and have achieved the impossible. This young man really has made a possible difference to his and others lives.
For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here

Professor Owls Book Corner~ June, 2019

 
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Welcome to the June 2019 Edition of Professor Owl’s Newsletter! This month we’ll be highlighting some great books, offering some tips on how to get the most from your reading and…we would also like to encourage you to take Professor Owl’s Reading challenge, and if you would like to send us your reviews on the weekly books, we would love to include them in our books of the week. mail them to professorowl@outlook.com
Next month we are taking a break but check back with us throughout the summer for some awesome book reviews and events that will be happening with our favourite organizations every Saturday.
On August 15th. we will be back with our back-to-school edition!  

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Many of you will probably be graduating this summer and are wondering what lies ahead, some of you may go onto University others may have jobs to go to or may be looking for a summer job.

Hopefully you will find some information below to help you on your way.
If not there are also lots of information like this online, even extra courses and books to help you make decision.

College and Alternatives for Students with Disabilities …

https://www.navigatelifetexas.org/en/transition-to-adulthood/college-and-alternatives…

Because of this, and because their right to an education is now better protected than ever, continuing after high school is now a natural next step for many students with disabilities or …

Congratulations to all – Graduating students ~ Everyone at Professor Owl’s Book Corner is hoping you have a wonderful summer and wish you all the very best in the years to come. 

Many of you will probably be graduating this summer and wondering what lies ahead, some of you may go onto University others may have jobs to go to or may be looking for a summer job.

Hopefully you will find some information below to help you on your way.
If not there are also lots of information like this online, even extra courses and books to help you make decision.

Funding: Canada Summer Jobs

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/jobs.html

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market.

Ontario Resources for Persons with Disabilities. | Labour …

https://www.worktrends.ca/resources/ontario-resources-persons-disabilities

Learn about the services available to students with disabilities and special needs at universities and colleges across Canada. Madentec Ltd. Learn about the assistive technology available for people with physical disabilities.

A STUDENT’S GUIDE TO PLANNING FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
www.hdi.uky.edu/ktcp/materials/student_guide_5-22-02.pdf · PDF file

 

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Congratulations to all – Graduating students ~ Everyone at Professor Owl’s Book Corner is hoping you have a wonderful summer and wish you all the very best in the years to come.                                   

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 As we will not be posting to this section until August 15th.2019 for those of you who would like to continue improving their reading, follow the links below for some really good ideas for you to try.

Professor Owl would love to know what is working for you, that way we can introduce new things when we publish again in the fall. professorowl@outlook.com

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https://www.scribd.com/presentation/29854839/The-Laubach-Way-to-Reading

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The Red Labyrinth 

By Meredith Tate.

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To save the hero, she’ll have to team up with the villain. But in the labyrinth, nothing is as it seems.
The massive labyrinth was built to protect Zadie Kalvers’ isolated desert town. Unfortunately, living in the maze’s shadow makes her feel anything but safe. Even without its enchanted deathtraps and illusions, a mysterious killer named Dex lurks in its corridors, terrorizing anyone in his path.
But when Zadie’s best friend vanishes into the labyrinth-and everyone mysteriously forgets he exists- completing the maze becomes her only hope of saving him. In desperation, Zadie bribes the only person who knows the safe path through-Dex-into forming a tenuous alliance.
Navigating a deadly garden, a lethal blood-filled hourglass, and other traps-with an untrustworthy murderer for her guide-Zadie’s one wrong step from certain death. But with time running out before her friend (and secret crush) is lost forever, Zadie must reach the exit and find him. If Dex and the labyrinth don’t kill her first.

This book was a great read, with strong word building, and convincingly flawed charterers. The story had some great action sequences with a twist of a peak that will keep readers wanting more. This is another great book that I could not put down until I finished reading it. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Tate’s books.
I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity of reading and reviewing another great book.

 

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

About Author

Meredith Tate

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Meredith Tate grew up in Concord, New Hampshire, where she discovered Harry Potter and subsequently fell in love with the many worlds of science fiction and fantasy. In college, Meredith began writing her first novel, which is now in a drawer somewhere where it belongs. Pursuing her love of travel, Meredith spent a semester in London and then backpacked in Europe for a month before earning her master’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire. After graduation, Meredith worked in the field in Boston for a few years before deciding to pursue her true dream of telling stories. Meredith and her husband spent three wonderful years in St. Louis, Missouri. They recently moved to Zurich, Switzerland as expats. Meredith spends her days eating cheese and chocolate by the lake, and writing stories about characters way braver than http://meredithtate.com/

 

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Summer Journal Ideas

 

With summer just around the corner, many young writers will now have time to start or commit to their journaling practice. Here are a few ideas to help spark ideas. 

 Get Outside – Whether you go to a park, camping or even in your own back yard, write down what you discover. Write about the different plants, animals, or other natural elements you find.  Write about the smells, colours and most of all what you think and feel about the experience. Add doodles and you can even tape leaves and other natural elements inside the journal. 

Keep Your Vacation Memories Alive – Travelling this summer or planning to have a staycation right in your hometown? The best way to keep your memories alive is to keep a travel journal.  There is no right or wrong way to keep one, just do what comes naturally to you. 

Personally, I like to write about specific outings and create little sketches of the places I visit. I usually pack a pencil, small watercolour palette and a black pen.  The drawings are nowhere near perfect but just a quick impression of what I saw.  Not into sketching? How about using polaroids or printing off photos when you get home. The great thing about smartphones is that they are usually always on hand and ready to capture the perfect moment.  Write a note or two in your notebook, describe the place using your senses, what do you see, what sounds surround you, do you feel a cool breeze, did you try a new food, how did it taste? Once you get your photos, you can insert them into your journal alongside your thoughts to reinforce your memories. 

I also like to include little things like postcards, ticket stubs or pressed flowers, anything I can to keep that memory fresh when I look back in the colder months. All you need to start is a notebook of some sort, a pen, art supplies (if desired) a keen eye and a sense of adventure and you’re on your way! 

Review a Movie or TV Show – Summers are often filled with trips to the movies or staying home watching reruns on television. What movies have you seen? Would you recommend them? What did you like or dislike about each one? What TV programs do you watch? What is your favourite type, do you like mysteries, comedies, fantasy? What TV shows do you watch in rerun and why don’t you mind seeing them again? Write about what you like about each show and how you feel about some of the situations the characters are put in.   

 Response to a Song – Print out the lyrics to your favourite song and tape it inside your journal.  Write about how you can relate to the song. How do you feel when you listen to it? Does it bring back good or bad memories?  

Review a Book ~ Have you read a book that you enjoyed or even really disliked? Talk about the book and what you thought the strong and weak points were.  You can even create your own rating system so that you’ll be able to recommend books to other readers.  Hey, drop some of your favourite books in our comments section if you like.  

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EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 2019

THE ACCESS EXPO
JOIN US FOR A FREE 2-DAY EXHIBITION!

Discover ability-enhancing products and services, play adaptive sports and attend informative workshops. Register for free today!
This inaugural year will showcase programs and services promoting accessibility, inclusion, healthcare, sport, fitness, and healthy living at a premier accessible facility – Variety Village in Scarborough, Ontario.
In addition to Exhibitors, participants will have access to job fairs, parasport demonstrations, key note speakers, community award presentations and an opportunity for networking in the beer tent. The Access Expo will build upon what is already working for participants and Exhibitors while also creating new opportunities to engage, showcase and learn. This exciting event attracts thousands of prospective individuals, families, students, educators, and community organizations seeking information and resources.

Learn more! Visit www.accessexpo.ca
REGISTRATION IS FREE! Fast-track your admittance into the expo by RSVP-ing online. Phone registration is not available. If attendees are unable to register online, they may come directly to the Expo and register on-site.
BECOME AN EXHIBITOR! ~ Drawing thousands from Toronto and Eastern Ontario, you can showcase your products and services, reach your audience directly, meet other in the industry and hear from thought leaders about the future opportunities for the industry. Not-for-Profit booths available!
• TRY OUT ADAPTIVE SPORTS! There is so much more happening at the Access Expo! Check out the free events for demonstrations of adaptive sports, assistance dogs, and more. Most events include time for attendees to participate!
• CAREER FAIR: The Access Expo will host a designated area for employers to meet prospective candidates and discuss the types of skills and experience required. This event is an ideal opportunity for any employer seeking to recruit qualified candidates to available positions.
• EDUCATION FAIR: Welcoming colleges and universities from across the Province to attract and recruit students of varied ages and abilities seeking academic interests. We are excited to welcome post-secondary institutions to demonstrate their interest in creating inclusive learning experiences.
• SPEAKER SERIES: Join us for an exciting speaker series to promote inclusive healthy active living opportunities and experiences for people of all ages and abilities. Click here to meet the speakers!
• AWARDS: The Access Expo is recognizing individuals that have been leaders in innovation for accessibility. Leading by example, these individuals have been a positive influence for change.
• FOOD & BEER TENT: We’re heating up the barbeque for some hamburgers and hot dogs at the Expo BBQ. Keep an eye for the Brock Street Beer Tent!
• Visit the Access Expo website to check out the nominees including David Onley.

DANCE ABLE

Dance Able

Variety – the Children’s Charity and Substance Cares are excited to announce they are hosting the 3rd annual all-inclusive FREE dance party, DANCE-ABLE. At the 3rd Annual Dance-Able, guests will experience an evening of music, inclusive dancing and some special surprise performances.
The event is about bringing families, businesses, and the greater local community together to create a world that is inclusive and accessible and where people with disabilities are recognized and appreciated.
SAVE THE DATE!
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019
6:00PM-9:00PM

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Get ready for the 11th Annual Walk ‘n’ Roll this June!
People will get active and out in their community by
Walking or Rolling across Ontario and British Columbia
June 1-15, 2019

This year’s annual Walk‘n’Roll fundraiser will be held across Ontario and British Columbia by March of Dimes Canada from June 1 to June 15, 2019, encouraging people with physical disabilities or aphasia, to get active and out in their communities, supporting vital programs that help independence, improved communication, community participation and improves health and fitness as a bonus. We hope you can be a part of it!

About: Participants, volunteers, friends and family members of March of Dimes Canada’s stroke, acquired brain injury, aphasia and communication disabilities, post-polio, and supportive living programs, walk or roll through a designated course in their community and put up displays about support groups to raise awareness and money for vital community programs and services.

Since it’s inception, Walk’n’Roll has raised over $435,000 towards community programs.

For more information go to: www.marchofdimes.ca/walknroll

 

20th Annual March of Dimes Canada’s
Ability & Beyond Dinner
June 11, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Reception & Dinner at

Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto

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On June 11th, 2019, March of Dimes Canada will hold the 20th Annual Ability and Beyond Dinner. Presented by Bell, the evening will include live and silent auctions, and an inspiring presentation by journalist, author and stroke survivor, Mark McEwen.

As a journalist for CBS, Mark McEwen interviewed Presidents and celebrities, and covered everything from the Olympics to the Cannes Film Festival. In 2005, he survived a stroke. Since then he’s made a miraculous recovery and turned his experience into a story of hope and courage that he shares with audiences across the US and now Canada. McEwen has served as Ambassador for the American Heart Association, hosed the National Stroke Associations first annual RAISE awards, and spoke at two International Stroke Conferences. As an advocate for stroke recovery and prevention, we are thrilled to bring Mark McEwen to our Ability & Beyond Dinner.
Presented by Bell, the evening will include live and silent auctions, and an inspiring presentation by journalist, author and stroke survivor, Mark McEwen
For more information on this event ~ Please visit Visit Ability & Beyond 2019 website for more information at www.marchofdimes.ca/Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book of the Week: Romanov by Nadine Brandes #Teens #YA #Historical #Fantasy #NetGalley #BookReview

Review

Romanov

by Nadine Brandes

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Release date: May 7th, 2019

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Romanov
by Nadine Brandes from NetGalley and Thomas Nelson–FICTION in order to read and give an honest review.

“…Well crafted, emotional, heartbreaking and at times comical, Brandes shapes a touching story with magical fantasy and young romance…”

New to author Nadine Brandes’s work, I have to say I really enjoyed it. Taking the historical story of the Romanovs, the tale about their demise at the hands of the Bolsheviks and the rumours that initially the bodies of the youngest two were never found. Brandes tells an alternate history of their lives and pulls an author’s favourite trick…asking “what if” Brandes posits that the two managed to survive and tells the story of the events that followed.

The story follows the exile of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Tsarina Alexandra and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei. In this story, they are not painted as the family of tyrants but as a loving, patriotic family who believes in the power of forgiveness and showing kindness to all, even your enemies. Romanticized the story is told from the POV of the spirited and mischievous daughter, Anastasia Romanov who struggles to be brave and find forgiveness.

Well crafted, emotional, heartbreaking and at times comical, Brandes shapes a touching story with magical fantasy and young romance weaved in. Although not as accurate as some may like, to me this was definitely fiction, a story inspired by the facts. I think it takes talent and creativity to take a story down a different path away from what is and into what may have been.  I loved it and would definitely recommend it to anyone who craves something a bit different.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book Review of the week ~May 3rd., 2019

 

 

Things That Don’t Make Sense

The Bad Kids in 4B

by Bryan Kelly

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Things That Don’t Make Sense is a hi-lo reader geared towards older kids who struggle with reading.

Landon has an F in life. He refuses to do his homework, he won’t take tests, and he won’t look at the chalkboard during class. Landon’s parents and teachers think it’s because he is not trying. He is hiding a secret though nothing makes sense to him. Landon struggles to read, he can’t wrap his mind around math, and he has trouble focusing.

This is a terrific quick read about Landon who is a struggling learner, a low reader and he really gets confused at math.

When he fails, he decides that he cannot let his mother know as she is always troubled about how others view her family. He decides, therefore, to take matters into his own hands.

This book is a great choice for reluctant or struggling readers as it is short, a fun read and has a few amusing drawings throughout the story.
I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review and share with others.

Books are available from www.amazon.com, http://www.amazon.ca

7 Thoughts on how a 13-year-old changed Impossible to I am Possible #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-hosts are:
Lizbeth Hartz,
Peter Nena,
Shilpa Garg,
Eric Lahti,
and Inderpreet Kaur Uppal

Professor Owl’s Book Corner has always been for and about children and young adults who in spite of their illness or disability have turned their lives around and have achieved the impossible. This young man really has made a possible difference to his and others lives.
For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here

Professor Owl’s Book Corner, May, 2019 ~ Summer Camp Edition

 Welcome to the May 2019 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.

Now we are already into Spring,  and although it may seem a little early to think about Summer Camps, Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s Summer Camp edition! The Camps start to fill up early so we hope to give you some ideas as to what is available. 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.

How to choose a Summer Camp

For you Special Needs Child.

Summer Camps

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It is the season to register for Summer Camps. It may be just late Spring, and most camps do fill up quickly.
If you think that your child’s special needs will prevent him or her from participating in a summer camp, it’s time to think again. Many camps offer specialized medical care for specific disabilities or one-on-one buddies, while other camps provide tutoring for individuals with learning disabilities in addition to outdoor activities. Here’s a run-down of the most popular camps for kids and adults with special needs

Try checking the links below, to check out the camps that are available.  You can also try local organizations in your Municipality or surrounding areas.

https://bestspecialneedscamps.com
https://www.mysummercamps.com/camps/Special_Needs_Camps/Cerebral_Palsy
https://www.verywellhealth.com/summer-camps-autism-spectrum…
www.specialneedsroadmaps.ca/special-needs-summer-camp-listing
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-camp-for-kids…
https://www.vaniercollege.qc.ca/…/special-needs-camp-monitor
https://ken.childrenshealthcarecanada.ca/xwiki/wiki/navigator.

See also our Community Boards in this newsletter for information about Variety Village, and the March of Dimes Summer Camps for Special Needs Children.

Getting Equipment for your Child’s Summer Camp Visit.

https://marketplace.friendshipcircle.org/en/listings.
Amazon does cover a large selection of supplies for people with special needs.     https://www.amazon.ca  and https://www.amazon.

 

literacy

How to Teach Yourself How to  read:

Web Resources: Our Web Resources provide students, tutors, and all who are interested in a relevant and organized listing of literacy-related websites. These sites have been found useful to adults who want to improve their reading, writing, math and essential skills and to tutors and trainers who work with these motivated learners. We also provide brief descriptions of each site that is listed. Each site is listed according to the Essential Skill provided.

GCF LearnFree.org:

GCF LearnFree.org offers the computer and technology training you need for life – absolutely free! Whether you’re new to the computer, returning for review, or want to use technology to enhance your skills, GCFLearnFree.org has something for you, from basic computer skills to Microsoft Office training, free. (skills: RT, DU, TS, CU, CL)

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  1. Myths and Mortals

    Numina, Book 2

    by Charlie N. Holmberg

    Release date: April 16th, 2019

    Review via http://www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

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    I received a complimentary ARC copy of Myths and Mortals Numina, Book 2 by Charlie N. Holmberg from NetGalley and 47th North
    …created another brilliant series, one filled with brilliantly crafted plotlines, compelling and unique characters and her world building…
    True to form Charlie Holmberg has created another brilliant series, one filled with brilliantly crafted plotlines, compelling and unique characters and her world building skills are well…out of this world! Myths and Mortals picks up right where Smoke and Summons left off.  Sandis is no longer a vessel for Ireth and living with the only family she has, her Uncle. Although grateful for having somewhere to go now that she is no longer a numina, she is still grieving, terrified and feels alone in the world.  Still destroyed by Rone’s betrayal and plagued by bad dreams of the vessels left behind and of Kolossus, a numen, who can destroy humanity. Although she lives her life doing unusual jobs for her corrupt Uncle. When she refuses a particularly unsavoury one, he kicks her out without anywhere to go, there is only one person she can think of…Rone.  Rone managed to get his mother across the border to safety and even though he had papers to join her, he has stayed behind.  Rone won’t rest until he knows Sandis is alright and he hopes to have her understand why he betrayed her. Although Sandis doesn’t completely trust Rone when they are hunted by an assassin and learn that  Kazen might still be alive and looking for a new vessel for Kolossus they team up.  The two start out trying to find the other vessels to save them from a fate worse than death. On their journey, they pick up allies and make enemies as they find clues to Kazan’s whereabouts all leading to one terrifying cliffhanger. All in all, a fantastic, fun series that I would highly recommend for young and old alike.
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Tips for Young Writers

Read! Read! Read!
The more you read, the more you learn about writing. Read what you love, read in different genres and should you come across a book you don’t like, consider that a learning experience. When reading try to note what made you like or dislike about a book. Do you like one author’s description of a setting, another’s dialogue etc.? Knowing what you like, or dislike is a great lesson on how to create your own unique voice.

Keep an Idea Journal!
I always have two journals on the go…one for my daily diary, setting goals, venting, dreaming etc. and one where I keep story ideas, snippets of dialogue I’ve heard and writer’s prompts.

Pay Attention To Your Surroundings!
When writing it really is a case of show, don’t tell. When watching a movie or tv show, you see the colour of the main character’s hair, you can see their quirks or expressions on the characters faces. By observing life with five senses you gain experience which helps your writing in the long run.

All First Drafts Are Diamonds In The Rough!
First drafts are all about getting the story down, expect to make mistakes and a lot of them. Remember you can always edit a first draft but you can’t edit a blank page. Don’t be scared to be bad at first, everyone is. Just have fun and enjoy telling the story.

Write! Write! Write!
Lack of Time? Not Inspired? Life will always seem busy especially with school, homework, friends, and extracurricular activities, you might not think you have much time for writing…you have to make the time.
Writing takes practice, the best way to become great is to write as much as you can. I have been writing since a child, I would write anywhere and on anything. If I didn’t have a notebook handy, napkins would work, now with cell phones, it is even easier to jot down a few lines. Too busy?  If I had a busy week I would find little ten to fifteen-minute snippets of time to write. I wrote on the bus,  in lines while shopping, waiting for appointments…and on weekends I often woke up early and wrote for a few hours before the rest of the family woke up.
The best way to succeed as a writer is to show up to the page, make the time and even if you’re not feeling inspired sit-down and try. Often the act of writing will help you find the inspiration you need.

Keep Everything You Write, Even What You Hate!
Whenever you write something whether it’s unfinished or not something you are proud of…always keep it. Often you can recycle ideas, dialogue, descriptions, characters or settings. It also helps you gauge your progress when you read some of your earlier work you can see just how much you’ve improved with time and practice.

Understand The Benefits of Criticism!
If you choose to show your work to others don’t be upset or surprised if you receive criticism. Writing is so personal, we put a little bit of ourselves into our writing so often when someone tells us that something is wrong with it, we can get upset or discouraged. Criticism is a big part of writing and it is something you can use to improve your writing. Ask for specifics, what didn’t they like? Take a good look at what they are saying, could they be right? Don’t take it personally, their criticism can help you improve your writing.


 

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your young adult’s creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just encourage them to be honest, creative and stretch their imagination!

Writing Prompt…

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“A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” ~ James Joyce

Write about what happens when a mistake leads to a secret portal. Where does the portal lead? What is on the other side?

✒ Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! ✒


 
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Follow this page every month in Professor Owl’s Book corner to get the most up to date events at Variety Village.

Variety the Children’s Charity and Variety Village promotes appreciation, interaction,
empowerment and inclusion. We facilitate the achievement of life goals for people with
disabilities through sports, fitness, wellness; awareness; education for more than 60
years, Variety Ontario has worked with young people with disabilities and those who
face developmental barriers to achieve their life potential. We are a world-recognized
authority providing integrated sports and life skills programs, applied research and
learning programs that change children’s lives and strengthen communities.

We’ve achieved this reputation because of our ongoing work to better the lives of children and young people with disabilities. We are active in the greater Toronto area and across Ontario promoting the inclusion of young people through our three areas of expertise:

Integrated sports and life skills programs:

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Children’s programming is delivered at Variety Village and throughout Ontario.

Applied research:

Reflecting on our philosophy, our practical and theoretical work develops equipment, games, and curricula promoting access, awareness and adapted activities.

Learning programs:

Our academic and professional certifications programs draw students and teachers from around the world to learn and study our best practices and approaches, to participate in their applications and to learn how to adapt their own programs and initiatives.

Our hope is to foster a more integrated society, where everyone feels welcome, inspired and hopeful about his or her future.

      VARIETY CAMPS

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Variety is pleased to offer several camps to children of all abilities including March Break Camp, Holiday Camps and Kid Development Day Camps (camps that fall on days that are PA/PD days within the Toronto Board). Variety offers a broad range of integrated full-day camps for participants of all abilities*, ages 4 to 20+. Our camp experience includes:
Download Variety’s 2019 Camp Brochure:
• Summer Camp – Register for 2019!
• Kid Development Camp (Day Camp)
• Holiday Camp
• March Break Camp
• Say hello to Summer! Camping is for everyone, and Variety offers a range of programs to ensure we meet the needs and interests of your camper. Summer Day Camp offers new experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships — extended hours are available to support your families busy schedule!
• NEW! Summer camp t-shirts are a mandatory purchase at a cost of $15.00.
• Camp Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sport & Social: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Extended hours (optional): 7:30 am – 6:00pm ($60/week)
• Download our 2019 Summer Camp Registration Form
NOTE:
The following camps are now full:
• Jr. Engineers, Week 3
• Jr. Engineers, Week 7
CAMP INFORMATION
• Camper Tools
• Camp Daily Schedules
In this section you will find resources for Campers and parents to have a successful season at camp.
Please click for:

One to One Camp Attendant Policy Form
Picture Exchange Visuals
CAMP FAQ’S
How do I register my child for camp?
To register your child for camp, please download and complete the correct registration form and send to Carly Cookman at ccookman@varietyontario.ca
For more information:

REGARDING CONTACT INFORMATION

Billing & Receipt Information Membership Please call 416 699 7167
Concerns & accommodations Camp Coordinator Camp Coordinator contact:
416 699 7167 x 254
ccookman@varietyvillage.on.ca
Program & schedules Please read our FAQ questions. If you still have questions please contact the Camp Coordinator
1:1 support requests and inquiries Support Supervisor varietycamps@varietyvillage.on.ca
For more information and facts about their Camps please visit.
http://www.varietyvillage.ca/fitness-sport/camps/

EVENTS FOR MAY 2019

VARIETY FITATHON

Core-fit, Chair-Fit, ZUMBA, Kickboxing, Yoga, Circuit Training & More!
Variety invites you to our second annual Fitathon. Join us as we work out for better health and a better facility! We’re doing three hours of back-to-back group exercise classes to raise money for new equipment for fitness classes.
Each class will run for 20 minutes with a variety of styles, instructors and benefits – because who doesn’t like a little variety when working out? Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out, come join us for the FUNtastic FUNdrasier! All levels and abilities are welcome. Modifications are available for each class

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Fit30 Group Fitness Challenge

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30 days of April
Grab a card from your group fitness instructor and take part in tracking your fitness progress for the 30 days of April. Participate in a minimum of 3 fitness classes per week for your chance to win a FREE 4-month Membership.
DRAW DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2019
LOCATION: Variety Fitathon, Variety Village, 6:00-9:00pm

TORONTO POLICE CHILDREN’S GAMES

May 11th. 2019

Police Games

Participants 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

by Toronto Police volunteers. Please complete the Police Games 2019 fillable form below to express your interest in participating before May 1, 2019.
EVENT SCHEDULE:
9:00-9:30am – Registration (Fieldhouse)
9:30-10:00am – Welcome (South Fieldhouse)
10:00 – Opening Ceremonies
10:30-12:30pm – Activities (Sports and Games)
12:30pm- Closing Ceremonies/Awards
1:00-2:00pm – Registrant BBQ

Please Complete Registration form by clicking the link below.
http://www.varietyvillage.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/police-games-2019-fillable.pdf

VENUE:
Variety Ontario (Variety Village)
3701 Danforth Avenue
Scarborough, ON M1N 2G2
For more information:
Archie Allison
aallison@varietyontario.ca
416 699 7167 ext.236

20TH ANNUAL PIZZA NOVA THAT’S AMORE PIZZA FOR KIDS DAY
SAVE THE DATE!

Pizza Nova

On Tuesday, May 14 get a MEDIUM PEPPERONI PIZZA for only $4.39+ tax at any participating Pizza Nova locations across Ontario and $1 from every pizza sale will support Variety’s kids

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 11am – 9pm
Walk-in only | While supplies last | Limit 2 per customer | Not valid with specials or coupons

For further Information: On this months visits please visit the link below/
3701 Danforth Ave. Toronto, ON M1N 2G2 Phone: 416 699 7167
For more information on these Variety Village Events and Programs, please contact/ www.varietyvillage.ca 

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About March of Dimes Canada

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across the country.[

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

Accessibility Customer Service Policy Feedback (including feedback for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)
Please send a message to aodafeedback@marchofdimes.ca to submit your comments, concerns, questions or suggestions about our Accessible Customer Service Policy.

Media inquiries
Tel: 416-425-3463, ext. 7258
Toll-free: 1-800-263-3463
Fax: 416-425-1920
E-mail: media@marchofdimes.ca

Polio Canada
Tel: 416-425-3463
Toll-free: 1-800-263-3463
Fax: 416-425-1920
E-mail: polio@marchofdimes.ca

March of Dimes Canada – Summer Recreation Program …

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https://communitylink.cioc.ca/record/BAR0121

Summer Recreation Program for people with physical disabilities includes social events, swimming, water sports, canoeing, art, nature trail walks, and out trips into the community * includes meals and accommodations, along with an atmosphere of acceptance, fun and friendship * attendant services are provided on an as-needed basis * accessible transportation to and from the facility available

Young Adults, Adults, resident of Ontario, with behavioural and social skills appropriate for an adult integrated setting * must not be experiencing violent behaviour, require one on one care or be a substance abuser

March of Dimes Canada – Summer Recreation Program …

www.nsmhealthline.ca/mobile/displayservice.aspx?id=34674

MODC Summer Recreation Program 2019

Events May 2019

BRUCE PENINSULA & GEORGIAN BAY CRUISE

Thursday May 2, 2019

Join our Recreation program on a terrific once-a-year opportunity for an extra-long 5-hour spring time cruise aboard the Ms Chi-Cheemaun on Georgian Bay along the coast of the spectacular Bruce Peninsula.

For: Adults (18 yrs.+) living with a disability​​

When: Thursday May 2, 2019

Location: Bruce Peninsula, ON ​

Price: $139.00 per person 

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

*Includes ticket aboard the Ms Chi-Cheemaun cruise, hot and cold buffet on board the boat, complimentary water and snack on the bus, accessible and companion seating available.

Transportation details:

Round trip transportation from Toronto: Departure from 10 Overlea Blvd March of Dimes Canada at 8:00 am. Return to 26 Overlea Blvd Tim Hortons/ Wendy’s at 9:30 pm. (Additional pickup points en-route may be possible – call for more details)Download Day Trip Registration Form

RETURN TO GRACE

Wednesday May 8, 2019

Space is Limited – Register Early! ​

(Registration may close earlier if event capacity is reached)

A non-refundable payment of $139.00 must be included with the application form. 

Application forms can be submitted via emailfax or mail. 

Email : recreation@marchofdimes.ca​ ~ Fax: 416-425-1920   

Mail: Attention MODC Recreation, March of Dimes Canada,                                                                  10 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto ON M4H 1A4  

For more information or to purchase a ticket with a credit card please contact:

Keith Rashid                                                      Rubby Nwaluka

krashid@marchofdimes.ca                            rnwaluka@marchofdimes.ca  ​

416-425-3463 ext. 7213                                       416-425-3463 ext.7212 

1-800-263-3463 ext. 7213                                    1-800-263-3463 ext. 7212

Join our Recreation program team on a glorious, heartfelt tribute to a music icon, RETURN TO GRACE traces the greatest musical moments of a generation with song favourites that include “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Love Me Tender”, and more!

For: Adults (18 yrs.+) living with a disability​​ ~ When: Wednesday May 8, 2019                      Time: 1:30 p.m. 

Location: Princess of Wales Theatre

300 King Street West, Toronto ON M5V 1J2

Price: $65.00 per person, *Includes ticket to the show, accessible and companion seating available.

Transportation details: Transportation is not available for this trip. Download Day Trip Registration Form


TORONTO BLUE JAYS VS CHICAGO WHITE SOX  

Saturday May 11, 2019

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Join our Recreation Program to watch as our beloved Toronto Blue Jays take on the White Sox

For: Adults (18 yrs.+) living with a disability​​ ~ When: Saturday May 11, 2019

Time: 3:07 p.m. Location: Rogers Centre 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V 1J1

Price: $60.00 per person. 

*Includes ticket to the game, hot dog, a drink, accessible and companion seating available.

Transportation details:

Transportation is not available for this trip.

Application deadline: Wednesday May 1, 2019

Download Day Trip Registration Form

Space is Limited – Register Early! ​

(Registration may close earlier if event capacity is reached)

A non-refundable payment of $60.00 must be included with the application form. 

Application forms can be submitted via emailfax or mail. 

Email : recreation@marchofdimes.ca​ 

Fax: 416-425-1920  Mail: Attention MODC Recreation

March of Dimes Canada, 10 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto, ON, M4H 1A4  

For more information or to purchase a ticket with a credit card please contact:

Keith Rashid                                                         Rubby Nwaluka

krashid@marchofdimes.ca                               rnwaluka@marchofdimes.ca  ​

416-425-3463 ext. 7213                                       416-425-3463 ext.7212 

1-800-263-3463 ext. 7213                                    1-800-263-3463 ext. 7212

​​​​​We look forward to seeing you! ​​​​​​​​​​

 

THE SOUND OF MUSIC


Wednesday May 29, 2019 

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Join our Recreation Program on the spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family that will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.
For: Adults (18 yrs+) living with a disability​​
When:Wednesday May 29, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m.Location: Princess of Wales Theatre 300 King Street West, Toronto ON M5V 1J2Price: $65.00 per person
*Includes ticket to the show, accessible and companion seating available.Transportation details:Transportation is not available for this trip.
Application deadline: Monday April 15, 2019
Download Day Trip Registration FormSpace is Limited – Register Early! ​
(Registration may close earlier if event capacity is reached)

To receive information on any of the March Of Dimes event, Please visit: https//www.March of Dimes.com   Or Phone:416-425-3463, 1-800-263-3463

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner, April 2019 ~ Computer Safety Edition

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Welcome to the April 2019 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.

Now the March break has now come and gone. Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s computer safety 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.

Online Safety for Tween, Teens and Young Adults.

1. Keep Your Online Identity Secret

• Don’t share or tell anyone your real name, address or neighborhood you live in.

Here are the general rules:

• Do not give out any information that a predator could possibly use to find you.

1. Even “simple clues” like the name of the school you attend or the name of your sports team is enough for a predator to figure out your identity

2. Your Username and Password Belong to You … Only You

• Do not give or share your username or password with anyone. It is that simple.

• If someone gets hold of them and tries to pull a joke on you by putting something online under your name. It can cause many serious problems that can get you into trouble with your parents, school or even the police. Keep both your username and password “Private.”

3. The Internet has a Great Memory ~ Keep Its Memory of You Clean.

• Since the internet is so huge that does not mean that any embarrassing or rude pictures, nasty comments, or illegal activities will just disappear.

• Be careful what you post about yourself or others. Do not allow your friends to post about you. If not you may have to live with it for a long, long time.

Looking for an interesting book about internet safety check out Belinda’s review:

The All Seeing Digital Eyes

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Release date: September 20th, 2018

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I received a complimentary copy of  The All Seeing Digital Eyes
by Neville J Kattakayam from the author and AshNel Inc in order to read and give an honest review.

… the author had done an incredible job showing us what is happening to our information and what we can do to prevent our privacy from being compromised…

Whether you are an internet veteran from the days of bulletin boards and WebCrawler (I know dating myself) to a novice just dipping their toes into the cyber water this book is for you. Neville J. Kattkayam’s initial inspiration was to write a book to help his 13-year-old daughter navigate the information age when everyone is utilizing smartphones, smart televisions, tablets and even appliances.  With the advance of technology when most of our lives are controlled by the transmission of electronic information so is our personal information.  The author has done an incredible job showing us what is happening to our information and what we can do to prevent our privacy from being compromised.  If you have already experienced problems it’s not too late, Mr Kattkayam also includes a section to get your information secured and tips on how to proceed moving forward.

Even though this book is inspired by a 13-year old I feel this is a great guide for everyone who is on the grid, definitely a five-star in my opinion.

 

via http://www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

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Book of the Week: The Sound of Suffering by Darin C. Brown #Sci Fi & #Fantasy #Teens #YA #NetGalley #Review

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The Sound of Suffering

by Darin C. Brown

Release date: February 21st, 2019

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Sound of Suffering by Darin C. Brown from NetGalley and Doc Squared Publishing/Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members’ in order to read and give an honest review.

Hunter is on a quest to find out what the aura’s, scents and sounds he experiences around people mean.  This is the second book in the Masters of Perceptions series, the first I have not read but feel it didn’t hamper my ability to enjoy the story.  Young Hunter is autistic and suffers from overwhelming stimuli when he comes in contact with others. At this point, he is learning a little bit about himself and his abilities.  While excelling at school and working his way through earning his Karate belts he still struggles with learning how to handle his gift and how to interact with those around him.  He has people to help him though, a few friends, one of which has a dubious reputation, his desk mate and his Sensei all help him but he finds his biggest confidant to be his grandfather who lives across the country.  When he gets strange sensations indicating one of his teachers is in trouble he can’t ignore the feeling and becomes determined to help her.  His friends by his side he sets out on a dangerous adventure that is much bigger than just helping his teacher. I won’t give any more away the plot takes an interesting turn you need to read!

The characters are well-written and as mentioned the story takes an unexpected and interesting path. I would give this story 4.5 stars only because I found that some things seemed a bit unnecessary and they detracted from the story. Although I appreciate that the author is trying to teach the reader through the process of reading, sometimes the “info dumps” distracted me from the flow of the story, it felt hard to stay connected.  It’s really is an ingenious story with interesting characters but many of the lessons seem repetitive. All in all, though I think it’s worth reading and would definitely recommend it!