Quote of the Week~Professor Owl’s Book Corner

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”

~Marcel Proust


Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ 29 May, 2014

Double Dog Dare (Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries)

Author ~ Donna Ball


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Price:CDN$ 6.41 Kindle Edition


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For dog trainer and search-and-rescue volunteer Raine Stockton the last few months have been marked by murder, danger, and betrayal. A luxury vacation to the Caribbean resort island of St. Bart’s sounds like the perfect antidote for stress, particularly since it includes three of her favorite traveling companions: boyfriend Miles, his daughter Melanie, and Raine’s happy-go-lucky golden retriever Cisco. But even in paradise, trouble finds them. An American actress has suffered a fatal diving accident, and someone close to Miles appears to have been involved. As more and more people from Miles’s past surface, he and Raine are drawn reluctantly into a murder investigation. Raine, far more comfortable in her native North Carolina Mountains than in this foreign culture surrounded by the baffling behavior of the rich and famous, is at a distinct disadvantage. But Raine faces her worst fears when someone she loves goes missing, and she is forced to navigate unfamiliar terrain in an alien land to track down a killer. And this time, even Cisco can’t help her. “There can’t be too many golden retrievers in mystery fiction for my taste.” — Deadly Pleasures

Action packed, not your usual mystery. This one has lots of twists and turns and high fives. I practically read through the night. Ms. Ball really knows dogs and writing. The next golden mystery can’t come too soon

Available from www.amazon.ca


Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ March Of Dimes ~ News Board 26, May 2014

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YDAC Aphasia Walk’n’Roll –

 YDAC Aphasia Walk’n’Roll-a-thons in June 2014

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Ability and Beyond Gala– Music icon, Amy Grant to host March of Dimes Canada’s 2014 Ability & Beyond Gala June 12, 2014

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Rock for Dimes – A Battle of the Bands held to benefit MODC’s programs and services.

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Opening Doors for Accessibility – Opening Doors for Accessibility – coming to your community soon!

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Breaking the Barrier Awards – 15th Annual Breaking the BarrierAwards, June 4, 2014 in St. Catharines, Ontario. 


For more information on any of the above events,

Please visit : http://www.marchofdimes.ca

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ 22, May 2014

The Birchbark House

Louise Erdrich (Author)

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Paperback CDN$7.59


A nineteenth-century American pioneer life was introduced to thousands of young readers by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books. With The Birchbark House, award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s first novel for young readers, this same slice of history is seen through the eyes of the spirited, 7-year-old Ojibwa girl Omakayas, or Little Frog, so named because her first step was a hop. The sole survivor of a smallpox epidemic on Spirit Island, Omakayas, then only a baby girl, was rescued by a fearless woman named Tallow and welcomed into an Ojibwa family on Lake Superior’s Madeline Island, the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. We follow Omakayas and her adopted family through a cycle of four seasons in 1847, including the winter, when a historically documented outbreak of smallpox overtook the island.

Readers will be riveted by the daily life of this Native American family, in which tanning moose hides, picking berries, and scaring crows from the cornfield are as commonplace as encounters with bear cubs and fireside ghost stories. Erdrich–a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwa–spoke to Ojibwa elders about the spirit and significance of Madeline Island, read letters from travelers, and even spent time with her own children on the island, observing their reactions to woods, stones, crayfish, bear, and deer. The author’s softly hewn pencil drawings infuse life and authenticity to her poetic, exquisitely wrought narrative. Omakayas is an intense, strong, likable character to whom young readers will fully relate–from her mixed emotions about her siblings, to her discovery of her unique talents, to her devotion to her pet crow Andeg, to her budding understanding of death, life, and her role in the natural world. We look forward to reading more about this brave, intuitive girl–and wholeheartedly welcome Erdrich’s future series to the canon of children’s classics. (Ages 9 and older)

This book is an outstanding read for young readers and engages them in the Ojibwe culture, but it may require a second read of the book  to fully understand it and its references. The glossary is fine to get a quick answer to fill in the gaps, but to fully appreciate the text, some outside research may be necessary.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (June 3 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786814543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786814541


Available from http://www.amazon.ca







Professor Owls Book Corner ~ Variety Village News Board ~ 19, May 2014

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ 15 May, 2014

The ARCTIC6 Adventure Series

(Book 1, Killer Strangelets)

 C.T. Furlong 

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Kindle Edition CDN$2.19

Paperback Edition CDN$9.99


Product Description:

 Think Mission Impossible For Kids!

When a powerful scientist turns bad, the outcome can affect the entire planet. Katrina Kreng, a formerly brilliant scientist at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research), is hell bent on revenge. Her plan? To destroy the universe by recreating the Big Bang explosion. When six kid detectives, known as the ARCTIC6, find out that their leader Iago’s father has been kidnapped to facilitate Kreng’s plan they face a race against time to save him and the rest of the world.
This adrenaline packed thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

This book is truly phenomenal! It is action filled from start to finish ~ this book is amazingly informative as well as being entertaining, great characters, plenty of adventure and a lot of laugh out loud wisecracks. An excellent book, I could not put it down.

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Product Details
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thompson Media Productions; 2 edition (July 4 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DTU87OE

Available from www.amazon.ca