Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week, March 27, 2014




Shelter (Book One): A Mickey Bolitar Novel





Kindle edition CDN$ 9.99 

Paperback  CDN$ 9.49

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‘This explosively fast thriller will leave fans clamoring for more’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ‘Cunningly plotted and dependably entertaining’ EVENING STANDARD

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The stunning young adult debut from international bestseller Harlan Coben is now in paperback! Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. Fortunately, he’s met a great girl, Ashley, and it seems like things might finally be improving. But then Ashley vanishes. Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that Ashley isn’t who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey’s father. Soon Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew. First introduced to readers in Harlan Coben’s novel Live Wire Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about.

This book is being billed as a teen novel, but it will appeal to readers of all ages. The story line is filled with the same clever lines that we all love from Myron, Mickey is a loveable teenager dealing with unimaginable circumstances, and the novel with fun twists and turns that Harlan is known for. This is evidently going to be a new series ~ I cannot wait to read his upcoming books that follow Mickey Bolitar especially his next adventure in Seconds Away, published in the fall of 2012.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (Sept. 6 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XFZ8AK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled


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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Variety Village News Board ~ March 24, 2014





 Variety Village Charity Curl’14


The 2014 Canadian Masters and Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships – June 20 -22, 2014 ~  At Variety Village. Save the Date!


spring/summer + camps 2014
download the new guide here.



Synchronized Swim Team


About the Team

Variety Village believe in an inclusive and supportive environment so theit athletes feel comfortable to work together and strive towards excellence within all levels of synchro. Their training atmosphere reflects their desire to achieve success, as friends, teammates and competitors. Variety Village‘s coaches and swimmers support each other in pursuit of individual goals, personal performance, team achievement and perfection.

Coach – Jennifer Koptie

A fully certified level 3 coach working towards her levels 4 and 5, Jennifer has been with the club for 13 years. She’s the founder of the National Level Program for able-bodied members as well as athletes with disabilities. Jennifer was the 2010 13-15A and 12 and Under A Provincial Team Coach. She has also represented Variety Village as the Assistant Coach for Team Ontario at the 2007 Canada Games as well as the Canadian National Team Manager for the 2005 and 2006 Junior National Teams.

Age Divisions:

  • 10 and Under Intro (no synchro experience necessary)
  • 10 and Under Elite (one year experience necessary)
  • 12 and Under Intro (no synchro experience necessary)
  • 12 and Under Elite (one year experience necessary)
  • 13-15 and 14-16 Provincial Level (one year experience necessary)
  • Tier 6 National Level Program (13-15)
  • Tier 7 National Level Program (16-18)
  • Tier 8: athlete with a cognitive disability (any age)
  • Tier 9: athlete with a physical disability (any age)

Get Involved                                                               

For more information on the VVAC Synchronized Swim Club please contact Jennifer Koptie, Head Coach, at 416 699-7167 ext. 327 or . You can also check out the website link to

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ March 20, 2014




Warriors of Camlann

N.M. Browne(Author



Kindle version CDN$ 7.98


This is a sequel to Warriors of Alavna (Bloomsbury, 2002). Browne has created a strong, fierce young woman, and an introspective, sensitive, young man, and plays with the idea of looking at the “reality” of Camelot, with the glamour worn off.

Browne has again written a great story, I did however, prefer her first book. I did not like the changing of personalities, as Ursula’s thoughts and feelings were not well brought across to the reader, sometimes giving the impression of her being a brutal warrior liking to fight and threaten. Yet, the plot on whole was well-written, a pleasant read, I’d recommend it to any 11 year olds and above. (I did not like the story when he ending with a question mark.) I hope his third book will be published soon and not the three-year time frame as with the first two books.

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When the thick fog of the Veil descends again, Dan and Ursula expect to return to present-day Britain. Instead, the treacherous mist transports them to an ancient world very like the one they have just escaped. But the battle they fought in only hours before is distant history to those around them and their deeds on the battlefield are legend. Dan and Ursula have travelled forwards through time, but how far? What has happened to their old allies and enemies? To find a way back, they have to piece the clues together and use all their skills of survival – as it seems they were not the only ones to step through the mist. Subtly and cleverly woven around Arthurian legend, Warriors is action-packed and completely compelling.

The teens’ final walk into the Veil will leave readers wondering where or – rather when, this pair will wind up.

About the Author

N. M. Browne was born in the north of England to Welsh parents. This background inspired a fascination with all things Celtic and an interest in how earlier societies survived the bleakness of a northern winter. She is a huge fantasy fan, and is enormously committed and passionate about writing quality books for children. She lives in London and is the author of Hunted and Warriors of Alavna.


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March of Dimes CA ~News Board March 17, 2014

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Canada Wins Gold In Wheelchair Curling At The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games! Watch the full story here >

For more results of this and other events ~ CDNParalympics – YouTube

Rock for Dime


Rock for Dimes is a corporate battle of the bands held to benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Amateur musicians compete in this friendly fundraiser for the title of their city’s best corporate band and showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals.

Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised close to $1,000,000
to support our Conductive Education®Stroke Recovery Canada®and Campers Helping Campers Outdoor Recreation programs, and has become March of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser held in communities coast to coast.

Come out and support Rock for Dimes! Join the fun for a great cause. It’s an exciting way to rock out for charity in your community.

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OpportuniTeas Calgary with Kate Linder


OpportuniTeas Calgary with Kate Linder & Friends – star of “The Young and the Restless”

Join us for High Tea with Kate Linder & Friends From The Young and the Restless​

Sunday, April 27, 2014

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Westin Calgary

320 4th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta


VIP Circle of Friends  $200
Patron Preferred Seating  $100
High Tea & Show  $80

March of Dimes Canada’s OpportuniTeas Calgary High Tea will take place at The Westin Calgary on April 27, 2014. The event features actors from the top-rated North American soap opera The Young & The Restless, including Kate Linder (Esther Valentine), Jess Walton (Jill Foster Abbott), Liz Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell) andTristan Rogers (Colin Atkinson), plus artists to the stars Patti Denney (Make-up /Studio artist) and George Guzman (Hair /Studio artist). The tea will include a Question & Answer session with the cast, an amazing raffle, silent and live auction, autograph signing and photo opportunities!

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Lindsay Charity Road Hockey Challenge



The 3rd Annual Lindsay BIA Charity Road Hockey Challenge

For over 14 years the Annual Charity Road Hockey Challenge  has been raising money for charity by organizing an annual road hockey challenge in GTA. This one day event brings together neighbours, families, athletes, hockey fans, local business owners and from all parts of the city to have fun while raising money for worthy causes. March of Dimes Canada is again honoured to be the recipient of funds raised from these events.

Charity Road Hockey Challenge and
Family Street Festivals

The 3rd Annual Lindsay BIA Charity Road Hockey Challenge on SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2013 was a huge success!

On Sunday, May 26, 2013, from 10am – 5pm, part of Kent Street (between Victoria and Cambridge Street) in Lindsay was transformed into makeshift road hockey rinks in support of the 3rd Annual Lindsay BIA Charity Road Hockey Challenge. The Grand Restaurant was the event headquarters and co-owner Charlie MacDonald, has been a huge supporter of this event from the beginning.

“I am so excited to be working with the Lindsay BIA and be a part of this event again! It just keeps getting bigger and better –and every dollar raised stays in the community,” says Regional Fundraising Coordinator, Sandra Clements.

For more information, or to host your own fundraiser please contact March of Dimes Canada:
1-800-263-3463 ext. 7290

For more information on any of these events, please visit



Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ March 13, 2014

The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit

by Octavia Spencer
Illustrator Vivienne To

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | October 15, 2013

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Hardcover Edition CDN$12.99

Kindle Edition CDN$11.99

Meet Randi Rhodes, the world’s first ninja detective! Mystery abounds in this delightful new middle grade series from Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer.

Deer Creek is a small town whose only hope for survival is the success of their Founder’s Day Festival. But the festival’s main attraction, a time capsule that many people believe hold the town’s treasure, has gone missing.

Randi Rhodes and her best friend, D.C., are Bruce Lee-inspired ninjas and local detectives determined to solve the case. Even if it means investigating in a haunted cabin and facing mean old Angus McCarthy, prime suspect.

They have three days to find the treasure…the future of their whole town is at stake! Will these kids be able to save the day?

This is a charming book for young teenager. The characters are well-developed; it has entertaining plot twists, and end-of-chapter ninja activities for the adventurous.

Although I am well beyond being a young teenager, I cannot

wait for the next adventure.

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