Professor Owl’s Newsletter ~ Book of the week ~ 28th August, 2014

Sleepover Sleuths: one

(Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew)

Carolyn Keene (Author), Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator)

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Kindle Edition CDN$5.99

Paperback Edition CDN$6.69


Product Description:

Eight-year-old Nancy Drew has her first case to crack! Can you help? Nancy and her two best friends, George and Bess, are so excited! They have been invited to Deirdre’s sleepover party! There will be pizza, cake, and even a pajama fashion show. However, the most exciting thing is that the party has a City Girls doll theme. All of the guests are bringing their dolls with them! Then Deirdre’s City Girls doll — Hollywood Heather — goes missing. Is her sleepover ruined? Is there a detective in the room who can make sense of this mystery?

About the Author

Carolyn Keene is the author of the ever-popular Nancy Drew books. Macky Pamintuan was born and raised in the Philippines. He moved to San Francisco at age twenty-one and received his fine arts degree from the Academy of Art College.

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Variety Village News Board ~ 25th August, 2014


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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ 21st August, 2014



A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet

By Madeleine L’Engle


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Kindle Edition CDN$7.99

Paperback Edition CDN$8.54

Everyone in town thinks Meg is volatile and dull-witted and that her younger brother Charles Wallace is dumb. People are also saying that their father has run off and left their brilliant scientist mother. Spurred on by these rumors, Meg and Charles Wallace, along with their new friend Calvin, embark on a perilous quest through space to find their father. In doing so, they must travel behind the shadow of an evil power that is darkening the cosmos, one planet at a time.

Young people who have trouble finding their place in the world will connect with the “misfit” characters in this provocative story. This is no superhero tale, nor is it science fiction, although it shares elements of both. The travelers must rely on their individual and collective strengths, delving deep into their characters to find answers.

A classic since 1962, Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is sophisticated in concept, yet warm in tone, with mystery and love coursing through its pages. Meg’s shattering yet ultimately freeing discovery that her father is not omnipotent provides a satisfying coming-of-age element. Readers will feel a sense of power as they travel with these three children, challenging concepts of time, space, and the power of good over evil. (Ages 9 to 12)

Although written in 1962, this book is still a favorite of many adults including myself who read it as a child, has continued to enchant subsequent generations of children, as well! A wonderful magical book!


 “A book that every young person should read, a book that provides a road map for seeking knowledge and compassion even at the worst of times, a book to make the world a better place.” —Cory Doctorow

“An exhilarating experience.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This imaginative book will be read for a long time into the future.” —Children’s Literature

Product Details:
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0374386137
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 1 2010)
  • Sold by:Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OA64H0


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Professor Owl’s Book Corner~ Book of the week ~ 14th August 2014

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart (Author}

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Kindle Edition: CDN$11.99

Hardcover Edition CDN$10.10


Patrician New England clan decamps to their private island off Martha’s Vineyard for the summer. Of the dozen or so Sinclair family members in residence, “No one is a criminal. No one is an addict. No one is a failure.” Three lies, the first of many, provide an irresistible premise for this ticking bomb of a novel by E. Lockhart.

All the Sinclair’s are rich, athletic and beautiful. They have servants, money and stiff upper lips. They go to the right schools, play excellent tennis and are as brittle as porcelain, ready to shatter into a million pieces under the strain of rivalry, silence and greed.

Overtones of the Brothers Grimm and “King Lear” abound in this quasi-fable about the powerful patriarch and his three beautiful, useless daughters, all of whom drink too much and feud over who will get the biggest slice of the family fortune. Meanwhile the next generation — Lear’s grandchildren, as it were — raises the moral ante by falling inappropriately in love, fomenting revolution and refusing to participate in the traditional Sinclair game of vying for granddad’s money.

The liars of the title are three teenage cousins — Johnny, Mirren and our narrator, Cadence — together with an outsider by the name of Gat Patil. Gat is handsome, dark-skinned and charismatic, with passionately held political beliefs such as: “Not everyone has private islands. Some people work on them. Some work in factories. Some don’t have work. Some don’t have food.” Cadence’s grandfather cannot even bring himself to address the interloper by name, but for Cadence it is love at first sight.

While the Sinclair mothers bicker over tablecloths, earrings and trust funds, the liars dream of college and freedom and true love. Lockhart admirably captures the erotic intensity of shadowy summer nights when the grown-ups either are drunk or elsewhere, or both, leaving the liars — tanned and barefoot and desperate for intimacy — to kiss and shiver and swear eternal allegiance on the beach.

Years pass; the troubles in paradise intensify. Money is tight. Drinkers become drunks. Sexual jealousies surface. And then, during the summer of her 15th year, Cadence suffers a catastrophic accident that leaves her with crippling migraines and total amnesia. But what actually happened? Was it really just an accident?

Cadence returns to the island after two years to try to reconstruct what happened on the night of the accident. For reasons that frustrate her (and the reader), but which will eventually be explained, not a single witness will talk. The story jumps back and forth in time, interspersing her edgy, idiomatic narrative with a series of powerful twisted fairy tales. Slowly, painstakingly, Cadence pieces together the events of that terrible night. Despite a final chapter that hints at redemption, it is not the sort of disaster from which she will ever recover.

A New York Times Bestseller “Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents.”–Wall Street Journal “A rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.”– “Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” – John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

“You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending.” – Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.   We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.  Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. “An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing.”–New York Times Book Review

No one should be talking about the shocking twist ending. What we can talk about is…[Lockhart’s] razor-sharp portrayal of a family for whom keeping up appearances is paramount and, ultimately, tragic.”–The Chicago Tribune

 Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2239 KB
    • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (May 13 2014)
    • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
    • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FPOSDGYAlso available as an Hardcover Edition

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Variety Village News Board ~ 11th August 2014

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ 7th August 2014

Now from the Author your Mommy and Daddy might read a book written just for kids….


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A perfect murder
A faceless witness
A lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth . . . and he’s only thirteen years old
Meet Theodore Boone

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.

But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.

The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.

Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep readers guessing and pages turning.


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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ August 2014 Newsletter


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!”







Hi, boys and girls, it’s that time of year again, dust off those pencils, crack open those books it’s back to school…

In this issue, we will share with you some of Professor Owl’s tricks to getting back on track and back to school.





It’s that time of year again ~ Back to School.  Many look forward to going back and some dread the homework and lack of playtime.  For some however it can be a very scary thought. It’s not school that bothers them but the thought of being beat up, embarrassed or tormented by bullies.

What is a bully?  A bully is someone who finds power and self-worth by belittling or intimidating others. Bullies have usually they been the victim of a bully themselves.  If you are being bullied the best thing you can do is tell someone.  It’s not tattling, you are not telling to get someone in trouble, you are telling to protect yourself.  Another thing to do is if possible walk away or stay near an adult if you feel threatened.

Remember being the victim of a bully is not YOUR fault ~ What if you are not being bullied but see someone else being bullied?  Don’t join in, encourage or give the bully an audience, if possible try to get help or find an adult.  Whatever you do don’t try to fight the bully.


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Back to school can be a lot of fun seeing old friends and teachers.  One thing most children do not like about going back to school is the homework.

Listed below are some websites that can help you with every subject – helping elementary and high school kids find what they need on the ‘net. They cannot do your homework for you, but offer great age-appropriate kid-friendly links to sites, by e-mail.


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Five Run Away Together

Enid Blyton (Author)

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This is the third book in the Famous Five series; and is one of my favourite books!

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It begins with Julian, Dick and Anne going to stay with their cousin Georgina (known as George). George’s mother is rushed to hospital and so the children are left to be looked after by the family’s new cook, the horrible Mrs. Stick, her mean husband and their boy Edgar.

The Sticks are so awful that the children go off to spend the rest of the holidays on Kirrin Island, not forgetting to take good old Timmy the dog with them as well! When they reach the island they discover that someone else has been living there and they’re determined to find out who. Enid Blyton is one of my favourite authors, and I really enjoy the Famous Five stories, I have some of them on CD as well as all the books.  When I was younger I really enjoyed all of her books and can remember reading some of the Noddy books to my younger sister and to my own daughter when she was small.

This story is very exciting because it’s got lots of adventure in it and mystery.

The Sticks made very good bad guys! I also enjoyed reading about the children living on the island and cooking their own meals – even if some of the things they ate sounded a bit peculiar! I think this book is good for both girls and boys who love reading adventure stories.





About The Author


Enid Mary Blyton (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968) was an English children’s writer whose books have been among the world’s bestsellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Blyton’s books are still enormously popular, and have been translated into almost 90 languages; her first book, Child Whispers, a 24-page collection of poems, was published in 1922. She wrote on a wide range of topics including education, natural history, fantasy, mystery stories and biblical narratives, but is best remembered today for her Noddy, Famous Five, and Secret Seven series.

Following the commercial success of her early novels such as Adventures of the Wishing Chair (1937) and The Enchanted Wood (1939) Blyton went on to build a literary empire, sometimes producing fifty books a year in addition to her prolific magazine and newspaper contributions. Her writing was unplanned and sprang largely from her unconscious mind; she typed her stories as events unfolded before her. The sheer volume of her work and the speed with which it was produced led to rumours that Blyton employed an army of ghost writers, a charge she vigorously denied.

Blyton’s work became increasingly controversial among literary critics, teachers and parents from the 1950s onwards, because of the alleged unchallenging nature of her writing and the themes of her books, particularly the Noddy series. Some libraries and schools banned her works, which the BBC had refused to broadcast from the 1930s until the 1950s because they were perceived to lack literary merit. Her books have been criticised as being elitist, sexist, racist, xenophobic and at odds with the more liberal environment emerging in post-war Britain, but they have continued to be bestsellers since her death in 1968.

Blyton felt she had a responsibility to provide her readers with a strong moral framework, so she encouraged them to support worthy causes. In particular, through the clubs she set up or supported, she encouraged and organized them to raise funds for animal and pediatric charities. The story of Blyton’s life was dramatized in a BBC film entitled Enid, featuring Helena Bonham Carter in the title role and first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Four in 2009. There have also been several adaptations of her books for stage, screen and television.


Enid Blyton’s books are available at the link above, your public and School libraries and most of the main book stores across Canada and United States. 

Also available from Amazon, in Kindle, Paperback and Audio.



New Releases

The Great Greene Heist,’

by Varian Johnson

At Maplewood Middle School, one student fits this description. While Jackson Greene may seem like your average middle schooler, trying his best to keep up his grades, please his parents and ignore the cafeteria’s more disgusting menu options, he is an outstanding student. That is, he has an outstanding reputation as a con man and prankster.

At the start of Varian Johnson’s “The Great Greene Heist,” Jackson has sworn off scheming since Keith Sinclair, his classmate and archenemy, ratted him out to the school principal. When Keith — arrogant, vengeful and privileged —runs for student council president against Gaby de la Cruz, Jackson’s former best friend and current love interest, Jackson and his Greene Gang attempt to swing the election in Gaby’s favor using a heist to end all heists.

In his first novel for middle-grade readers, Johnson cleverly integrates familiar issues like cafeteria food, gossip and first crushes with dashes of politics and race. His cast of characters is refreshingly diverse, both in ethnicity (Jackson is African-American; his friends are Hispanic, Asian and Caucasian) and skill set (each member of the gang has a role to play, from tech support to inside man to closer).

The gang uses cons for a noble end: to ensure that recognition is awarded only to the deserving, and to curb the abuse of power by the likes of Sinclair, who tries to buy the election, and the principal, who plans to spend Keith’s bribe on an espresso machine or a trip to Italy. It’s a thrilling ride that may con reluctant readers into settling down on the couch with books like “The Great Greene Heist” instead of the remote control.


By Varian Johnson

240 pp. Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic. $16.99. (Middle grade; ages 10-14)


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– Over 50 words to explore and learn. Please note that this app comes free with 7 word puzzles and animations. A one-time in-app purchase will unlock the rest.
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– Word game teaches children letters.
– Endless Alphabet was designed with your children in mind. There are no high scores, failures, limits or stress. Your child can interact with the app at their own pace.