Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ 21st. December, 2015

Christmas

 

~  Last-minute holiday book picks ~

 

 

Age Range: 0-3

What Pet Should I Get?

By Dr. Seuss

 

What Pet shall I get 

 

A never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss!   This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!   Told in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds.   An Editor’s Note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss’s pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for What Pet Should I Get?

 

 

Age Range: 3-7

 

 

A Very Special Christmas Tree

Written by Debra Buchanan

Illustrated by Nataly Savitskaya

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A Very Special Christmas Tree is a picture book that helps spread the “true meaning” of Christmas. Set in a beautiful forest, the author spins a tale about a little tree in a grove of large trees that all have perfect branches. While all of the trees grow and spread their strong limbs, the little tree keeps hope that she will also grow tall and strong. Fall comes and the little tree is still the smallest and her branches are awkward. As she watches the trees be purchased one by one after Thanksgiving and find homes in prestigious places that are New York City hotspots and known for creating Christmas Spirit, the little tree is the last one standing. A gentleman eventually comes and takes the little tree to what appears to be a simple place with few decorations. However, the little tree unexpectedly receives the best honor of all Christmas trees when she realizes that the true meaning of Christmas is not just about beauty and sparkle and all things grand, but the gift of giving—giving in a greater sense, giving of oneself. The little tree has found a place in a church that provides shelter for homeless families. The joy that the gentleman and his simple holiday decorations and small Christmas tree bring are the highest Christmas honors.

Author Debra Buchanan is an award-winning dance educator and director. A Very Special Christmas Tree began as a ballet to be performed during the Christmas season and Buchannan has seamlessly transformed her story from movement to words. While the story of a small tree finding a home is a familiar one, readers will enjoy the tour of the grandiose Christmas Trees of New York—at Saks Fifth Avenue, Lincoln Center, The Plaza Hotel, and Radio City Music Hall. The quiet story transition illustrates the beauty that comes from the simple but powerful gifts of kindness and generosity. It’s well written and the color illustrations add warmth and a blanket of gentleness that rounds out this lovely little book.

 

Age Range 9 – 12 years

 

 

Woof (Bowser and Birdie)

by Spencer Quinn (Author)

The New York Times Bestselling Mystery

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There is trouble brewing in the Louisiana swamp — Bowser can smell it. Bowser is a very handsome and only slightly slobbery dog, and he can smell lots of things. Like bacon. And rawhide chews! And the sweat on humans when they’re lying. Birdie Gaux, the girl Bowser lives with, also knows something is wrong. It’s not just that her Grammy’s stuffed prize marlin has been stolen. It’s the weird rumor that the marlin is linked to a missing treasure. It’s the truck that seems to be following Birdie and the bad feeling on the back of her neck. When Birdie and Bowser start digging into the mystery, not even Bowser’s powerful sniffer can smell just how menacing the threat is. And when the danger comes straight for Birdie, Bowser knows it up to him to sic ’em.

About the Author

Spencer Quinn is the author of the New York Times bestselling adult mystery series, Chet and Bernie. He lives on Cape Cod with his dog, Audrey.

 

Teenage ~ Young Adults

Carry On

by Rainbow Rowell (Author)

#1 New York Times best seller!

Carry On

 

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here–it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters

All available at www.amazon.ca  and www.amazon.com

Professor Owl’s Book  Corner ~ would like to  wish all our readers who  Celebrate Christmas ~  

 A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS 

and

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 

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We will be back with you again on January 4th., 2016 ~ With our January 2016 Newsletter

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ 11th. December, 2015

Blue Voyage

Diana Renn (Author)

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An intricately crafted mystery set in the contemporary Middle East.  Zan is a politician’s daughter and an adrenaline junkie. Whether she’s rock climbing or shoplifting, she loves to live on the edge. But she gets more of a rush than she bargained for on a forced mother–daughter bonding trip to Turkey, where she finds herself in the crosshairs of an antiquities smuggling ring. These criminals believe that Zan can lead them to an ancient treasure that’s both priceless and cursed. Until she does so, she and her family are in grave danger. Zan’s quest to save the treasure—and the lives of people she cares about—leads her from the sparkling Mediterranean, to the bustle of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, to the eerie and crumbling caves of Cappadocia. But it seems that nowhere is safe, and there’s only so high she can climb before everything comes tumbling down.

“Renn expertly builds tension, sweeping readers away to exotic locales. Witty and engaging, this book hearkens back to works by Agatha Christie.”—School Library Journal

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves an easy-to-follow mystery.

About the Author

Diana Renn is the Fiction Editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network), an award-winning online magazine featuring short-form writing for teens. She is the author of the young adult mystery novels Latitude Zero and Tokyo Heist, numerous short stories and essays, and several ESL textbooks. She grew up in Seattle and now lives outside of Boston with her husband and son. She is also an avid traveler. Visit her online at http://www.dianarennbooks.com.

 

Available from www.amazon.ca and www.amazon.com

 

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ 4th. December, 2015

Their Fractured Light

by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Dec 1 2015

Fractured Light

 

Their Fractured Light is the story of Gideon and Sofia and finally brings the reader to Corinth, the capital of the galaxy. He’s a hacker, and she’s from the planet Avon, which was the setting for book two in the series. We first met Gideon as the Knave of Hearts, a hacker employed in This Shattered World. We first met Sofia on the planet Avon, where she helped hide Flynn from the soldiers. But both of them have ties that go further back than that, even if they don’t yet know it.

They’re both criminals — trust comes hard for them, for very good reason, and they both do things in this book that makes it even harder for them to pin their hopes on the other. Ultimately, their fate will rest on their ability to make that leap of faith.

And for those readers who want to know if they’re going to see characters from past books in Their Fractured Light, the answer is a huge YES. You’ll see plenty of them — everything in the series so far has been leading to this moment, which means we’re going to need everyone on deck! Everything that’s happened so far in the series will take on new layers and meaning by the end of this book.

This is my favorite of this full series because so much happens! All the players come back from the previous book and it’s like one big amazing reunion (but it’s not really a reunion for the characters who are all coincidentally tied together in many ways).

The ending was great and perfect for this series. I really can’t wait to see what these amazing writers will come up with next.

 

Available from www.amazon.ca and www.amazon.com