Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ July 2014 Newsletter

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Welcome to the New Professor Owl’s Book Corner

In every month’s issue we will share with you

the wonderful world of books!


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

~~ Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”



This month’s newsletter is dedicated to one of our own special Heroes

In loving memory of 

Patrick MacLachlan




…Sadly on June 10, 2014 we had to say goodbye to a courageous and positive young man who inspired all who knew him or his story. Patrick  was a very special person to us all at Professor Owl’s Book Corner and will be missed immensely.  Over the years Patrick shared  his story, inspiring us with his positive, courageous spirit.  No matter how bad his days were, he always managed to share his infectious smile and positive attitude. We have seen him grow from a young boy to an amazing young man who left an indelible mark on our hearts and will always be a hero in our eyes.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

  “Rest in peace Patrick!”


A Hero is an ordinary individual

Who finds the strength to persevere,

and endure in spite of overwhelming

Obstacles ~ Christopher Reeves






POBC Books

Classic Books

Every month download to your I-pad, Reader or Computer “A Classic Book” ~ Completely FREE!

Project Gutenberg Canada / Project Gutenberg Canada

The Mysterious Island

Jules Verne (Author

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Available online, kindle, e-pub and plain text.

Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive as they uncover the island’s secret.

I’ve read several of Verne’s novels and this is my favorite. You have to keep in mind that it was written in the late 1800s and some of the attitudes common then don’t reflect modern values. Still, the basic story of survival on a remote island, the ingenuity of the castaways in creating a civilized settlement, various dangers, and a great mystery all make this a great book. I discovered a big old hardbound copy in the public library when I was a kid in the 60’s and re-read it about 15 years later. It held up. Just try to chuckle at the antique racial and class stereotypes among the castaways, rather than let it affect your enjoyment of the story.


 Jules Verne

 About the Author

Jules Verne, born at Nantes, France, in 1828, of legal and seafaring stock, was the author of innumerable adventure stories that combined a vivid imagination with a gift for popularizing science. Although he studied law at Paris, he devoted his life entirely to writing. His most popular stories, besides 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870), include: Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), A Trip to the Moon (1865), Around the World in Eighty Days (1872), and Michael Strogoff (1876). In addition, he was the author of a number of successful plays, as well as a popular history of exploration from Phoenician times to the mid-nineteenth century, The Discovery of the Earth (1878-80). After a long and active career in literature, Jules Verne died at Amiens, France, in 1905. Isaac Asimov authored over 400 books in a career that lasted nearly 50 years. As a leading scientific writer, historian, and futurist, he covered a variety of subjects ranging from mathematics to humor, and won numerous awards for his work.


New Releases


Jude Watson (Author)


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Kindle Edition CDN$9.99

Hardcover Edition CDN$13.71


On a foggy night in Amsterdam, a man falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below. It’s Archibald McQuinn, the notorious cat burglar, and he’s dying. As sirens wail in the distance, Archie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March: “Find jewels.” But March learns that his father is not talking about hidden loot. He’s talking about Jules, the twin sister March never knew he had. No sooner than the two find each other, they’re picked up by the police and sent to the world’s worst orphanage. It’s not hard time, but it feels like it. March and Jules have no intention of staying put. They know their father’s business inside and out, and they’re tired of being pushed around. Just one good heist, and they’ll live the life of riches and freedom that most kids only dream about. . . . . Hold on to your pearls, because this summer, the world’s youngest criminal masterminds are coming for you.


Praise for Loot: “So many things I love about this book: Cursed jewels, a dangerous prophecy, a crash course in the history of thievery, acrobatics and grift . . . This is LOOT you can take to the bank. It’s the perfect summer read for kids.” — Rick Riordan, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series “LOOT is one of those books that you’ll want to devour in one sitting. Full of twists and turns and thrills aplenty, with the perfect mixture of humor throughout, this is a must-read. I really loved it.” — James Dashner, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER “LOOT is pure delight — a super-smart, funny, and exciting ride that I hoped would last forever. Full of wonderful characters and gratifying twists, this story is truly something special.” — Rebecca Stead, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author and Newbery Medalist for WHEN YOU REACH ME “A nonstop thrill ride of cons, schemes, and near misses, with more twists than a pretzel factory. If middle grade heist counts as a genre, Jude Watson is the master.” — Gordon Korman, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of SWINDLE “LOOT is proof that Jude Watson can do it all: an edge-of-your seat mystery that manages to be thrilling, funny, nail-biting, and full of real characters readers will care about. I loved it.” — Peter Lerangis, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of The Seven Wonders series “LOOT is one of my favorite reads in a very long time! I could not put this book down!” — Jennifer A. Nielsen, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE FALSE PRINCE “LOOT breezes along in Jude Watson’s trademark smart, snappy style, a sophisticated caper with a charming and unforgettable cast of characters.” — Natalie Standiford, author of THE SECRET TREE “LOOT is fast, fun, and full of exciting twists — like OCEANS 11 starring kids. Buried beneath the exciting heist adventure is a beautifully written story of love and resilience, but that just serves to deepen the surprises and suspense that will keep kids flipping pages long after lights out.” — Rachel Vail, author of UNFRIENDED * “Akin to the best of roller-coaster rides. . . . Taut, engrossing, and unstoppable.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review * “Jewel theft has never been as fun as in 39 Clues contributor Watson’s action-packed novel featuring Mission: Impossible – style escapades. . . . The high level of suspense, ultra-short chapters, and fast pace will hook readers of all stripes.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review “Sassy narration, smart quips, pigeon drops, and slang worthy of an episode of DRAGNET make this fast-paced tale of topsy-turvy antics a joy from beginning to end. Don’t try these high jinks at home…” — BOOKLIST “A richly entertaining romp.” — BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS

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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition

  • File Size: 21875 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0545468027
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (June 24 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HG1ND82



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Writing Prompt

We all have hobbies we love to do. I love to read! Reading gives me a way to explore new worlds and do things I could never do in real life.  What is your hobby and why do you enjoy it?

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POBC Picks

FableScapes 2

This month Professor Owl picks an app to help your children’s imagination thrive.  With FableScape2 your child can create their own stories.


Via GooglePlay


FableScapes 2 is a fun educational storytelling game that unleashes your imagination to create fantastic fables and terrific tales.

FableScapes 2 gives children and parents a virtual puppet theatre to play with. Inside, you’ll find a whole world of stories and images for kids which can be created, changed, saved and shared.

Exercise your imagination and intelligence, and have fun while exploring creative storytelling at its most amazing: with you in control!

With a wide range of inspiring scenarios, FableScapes 2 gives you all the characters and objects you could ever want. It’s so easy to create wonderful animated adventures for all the family.

Will the brave knight rescue the princess from the dragon? Will the pirates keep their buried treasure? Use your creativity to decide in FableScapes 2!

• Creativity unleashed: Develop self-awareness and creativity in your child by promoting role-play, spatial relationships, cause-and-effect, and narrative reasoning.
• Imagine, then create: Encourages children to participate in the interactive process of creating a story
• Discover your imagination: Parents can collaborate with kids to make memorable stories that will last forever
• Express yourself: Construct your very own personalized fable by selecting landscapes, characters and the characters’ expressions and roles
• Easy story: Fun, simple actions and smart characters that kids really love
• Create and collaborate: kids and parents tell stories together, with important roles for both

The app comes with:
• Free Knights & Wizards hand painted scenario, with the option to purchase additional scenarios: Pirate Adventures and Space Journey
• 30 characters, each with 2 or 3 poses with frame-by-frame animations (10 per scenario)
• 15 animated objects of which 3 with a hidden character (5 per scenario)
• Evocative music and lively sound effects
• Save-scene function
• Share screenshots function

FableScapes2 is the enhanced version of FableScapes, nominated in the top-ten apps in December 2010 by App4Kids

Via GooglePlay (Android)

Via Itunes (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch)

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About writingmama

Sylvia McGrath ~ AKA Writingmama, a freelance writer from King City, Ontario has worked in the business field for about forty years obtaining business management experience and business writing skills. She also spent several years in social work for Children’s Services. Now retired is living her childhood dream of being a writer. A few years ago Sylvia decided to take a course in freelance writing, which she really enjoyed as it was the key to follow her dreams. Since completing the course, she has worked as a professional writer, a published poet and co-authored a book with Two Maximum Life Coaches about living with chronic illness; this is titled After The Diagnosis: The Journey Beyond.” She also co-authored an E-Book of Resources for the parents of children with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges titled “The Treasure Chest of Resources,” part-one has already been sent to the Canadian National Library Archives. Sylvia has also written several articles on chronic illness for the following online sites. • • • Besides working as a freelance writer, Sylvia still finds time for two other passions of hers; to volunteer as a literacy tutor for her local Learning Centre, and assist in facilitating of workshops on disability awareness. Her main mission for the future is to write a series of books for young adults and children who have learning challenges and suffer chronic illness. At present she is also the co-owner and columnist for “Professor Owl’s Newsletter” which is published on-line monthly for children.

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