Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter ~ November, 2015


Welcome to 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 


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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

 Written by Sylvia McGrath



There are about 300,000 Canadians living with type “1 diabetes” (T1D) and Canada has the sixth highest rate of type “1 diabetes” in children 14 years of age or younger in the world.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks the beta cells that produce insulin, a hormone enabling the body to convert blood glucose to energy. It is the most severe form of diabetes, striking at any age.

Warning signs include:

  • Extreme thirst,
  • Frequent urination,
  • Increased appetite,
  • Drowsiness or lethargy,
  • Sudden vision change,
  • Sudden weight loss,
  • A sweet breath odour.The difference between diabetes type 1 and 2 is:
  • Complications of T1D may include blindness, heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, and amputation. Managing T1D is challenging and demands constant vigilance to avoid complications.
  • In Type 1 Diabetes, the body stops producing insulin, therefore it must be given through injections or a pump. People with type one will be dependent on insulin for life.
  • Type 2 Diabetes the insulin is present; however, the body develops a resistance to it and is unable to use it.  This type of diabetes can sometimes be controlled by medication and diet and the regular testing of glucose levels in your body.
  • The  Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada’s – goal is to improve the lives of everyone who is affected by TID by increasing the progress on the promising opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing this disease. To learn more about the foundation, please visit the website below:-

They invite you to connect with them in raising awareness of T1D. See how they are fighting it, and how you can join them.

Learn 1. Discover JDRF’s efforts toward improving lives. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter. 2. Watch for Media Stories on JDRF’s research progress.

Act 1. Get involved in World Diabetes Day activities across Canada or online. 2. Give a JDRF give and go Prepaid Visa® card this holiday season. 3. Contact your local JDRF about mentoring or becoming an Ambassador.

Share 1. Share your story on our Facebook page and be eligible to win 1 of 6 prizes. 2. Share our posts and Tweets to raise awareness of T1D with your network. 3. Share what you are doing to celebrate World Diabetes Day at      


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The Tell-Tale Heart

Edgar Allan Poe (Author)

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Edgar Allan Poe (19 January 1809 – 7 October 1849) was an American writer best known for stories of mystery and horror. Poe also wrote poetry, including the well known poem “The Raven”. Not much is known about Poe’s untimely death, but it cannot be debated that he has had a great influence on American literature.

This story is about a man, the narrator, who has an obsession with another man’s eye. The eye resembles that of a vulture’s or in simpler terms it has a glazed look to it. The eye drives the narrator crazy. After many nights of waiting he finally gets the chance to kill him. He hides the body underneath the floorboards in the house. When the police investigate the narrator believes that he can hear the beating of the heart underneath the floor. He is sure the police can hear it to. It overcomes him, and since he is so sure that they hear it, he confesses. When in all reality, it is his own guilt which leads him to confess… I gave this book five stars ~ it is a great read ~ I love horror stories and short ones are the best

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About the author


Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allen Poe F19 January 1809 – 7 October 1849

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.[1] He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.[2]

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New Book Release for November, 2015


Ann Curtin (Author)

The Dreamcatcherf


Jesse Alvarez is tired of being the new kid every time his dad takes a job on another ranch. It doesn’t help that Cade Savage, the boss’s son, is a bully who has everything Jesse wants—money, a permanent home, horses, and most of all, a mother who lives with his family. Then Jesse meets Aaron Little Elk, who lives on the Wind River Reservation, steals scraps of yarn from the art room to make dreamcatchers, and never stops talking about his older brother Reuben. Despite that, they become friends, and when Aaron stops coming to school, Jesse worries—and learns of a secret Aaron has been harboring. As he tries to find out what’s happened to his friend, Jesse must unravel the mystery of Aaron’s dreamcatchers and their connection to the wild paint mustang only Aaron can handle. Part contemporary western, part ghost story, Dreamcatcher is ultimately a novel about friendship, the pain of letting go, and the importance of holding on to what remains behind.

Published September 22nd 2015 by Zumaya Thresholds (first published September 20th 2015)

Great read, I really enjoyed it. The characters are so believable they truly draw you into the story! I can not t wait to read something else by Ms. Curtin.

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About the author

Ann Curtin was born in Baltimore, Maryland.  She received a Batchelor Of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Maryland and Master’s from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  She worked as an archaeologist and is now a middle school history teacher.  She lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband Jerry their two dogs and on cat.






Writing Prompt

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” ~ Cassandra Clare

Write about what happens when someone is so influenced by a fictional book that their life is turned inside out. Describe what book they read. How did they change internally? What changes did their friends and family witness?

Get creative, write and have fun! 🙂

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