Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Newsletter ~ March 2016

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Welcome to Professor Owl’s Book Corner

In every month’s issue we will share with you

the wonderful world of books!

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March is Easter Seals Awareness Month

by Sylvia McGrath

Helping children with disabilities gain greater independence

In 1922 a group of Rotary Clubs formed the American Easter Seals Programs in the United States of America. The province of Alberta founded the first Canadian Easter Seals program in 1945. Today, 40,000 children and their families across Canada have access to licensed agencies helping children with physical and/or mental disabilities

The most common disabilities that Easter Seals programs help are:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida

The best known services are the camp programs. There are twelve camps across Canada providing camp opportunities to over 4600 children. These camps provide programs for disabled children to participate in activities such as:

  • Archery
  • Sledge hockey
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Arts and crafts
  • Pottery
  • Camping in Tents
  • High Ropes
  • Fun sports
  • Swimming

These Camps are available to children at little or no cost to the families. Easter Seals also provides services such as mobility aids, adaptive computers, communication aids, wheelchair-accessibility, as well as modifications to vehicles and homes.

For more information on Easter Seals in your area, please see the links below:

http://www.easterseals.ab.ca/Site/index.aspx

http://www.easternseals.co.uk/

http://www.easterseals.org/

Our International Affiliates Easter Seals Disability Services

 

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Classic Books

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesAbout the Book:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It was first published on 14 October 1892, though the individual stories had been serialized in The Strand Magazine between June 1891 and July 1892. The stories are not in chronological order, and the only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr. Watson. As with all but four of the Sherlock Holmes stories, those contained within The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are told by a first-person narrative from the point of view of Dr. Watson.

In general the stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes identify, and try to correct, social injustices. Holmes is portrayed as offering a new, fairer sense of justice. The stories were well received, and boosted the subscriptions figures of The Strand Magazine, prompting Doyle to be able to demand more money for his next set of stories. The first story, “A Scandal in Bohemia”, includes the character of Irene Adler, who, despite being featured only within this one story by Doyle, is a prominent character in modern Sherlock Holmes adaptations, generally as a love interest for Holmes. Doyle included four of the twelve stories from this collection in his twelve favourite Sherlock Holmes stories, picking “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” as his overall favourite.

Subjects:

Children’s stories, English, Detective and mystery stories, English Detective and mystery stories, English Short stories, Fiction, Juvenile fiction, Juvenile literature, Mystery and detective stories, Novela policíaca inglesa, Novela policíaca juvenil, Private investigators, Sherlock Holmes (Fictitious character), Short stories, Translations into Russian, Accessible book, Protected DAISY, Large type books, In library, History, John H. Watson (Fictitious character)

People:

Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson

Places:

England

Times:

1890’s

Links (outside Open Library)

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WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL SITE OF SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, … Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for the 60 stories he wrote about Sherlock Holmes.

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New Book Release for March 2016

Glass Sword (Red Queen)

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The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

If you were a “Red Queen” fan, then you won’t be disappointed by “Glass Sword” While I found the story was slower than the first book, we do get to delve so much further into each of the character’s mindset which is both heartbreaking and amazing. Victoria Aveyard perfectly displays the struggle that Mare goes through while trying to be a leader, revolutionary, sister, friend, daughter basically all that she can be to everyone while trying to not lose herself in the process.  I highly recommend giving this book a shot but be prepared the ending is a killer!

 About the Author

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Victoria Aveyard graduated from USC, where she majored in screenwriting. RED QUEEN is her first novel. She splits her time between Massachusetts and Los Angeles. You can visit her online at http://www.victoriaaveyard.com/about

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


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Writing Prompt

‘Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.’ ~ Unknown

Write about the most perfect moment in your life. It can be one that has already occurred or one you hope will happen. Reflect, write and most of all, have fun! 🙂

POBC Picks

Nighty Night – Bedtime story

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Via GooglePlay

“Nighty Night!” is the perfect App for a daily bedtime ritual with sweet music and elegant narration.This App has been downloaded over 2 Million times and is a great success worldwide!

Watching all the animals go to sleep is a lovely way to set the mood for bedtime. The interactive bedtime “Nighty Night” is brought to you from Oscar-Nominee Heidi Wittlinger (2002, best animated short) who put a lot of passion and effort in constructing little sets made of paper and combining them with 2D illustration and animation.

Languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Portuguese.

FEEDBACK FROM APP USERS: “This book finally proves to me that a kids book can be as great electronically as they are on paper. Buy this book, it´s truly art”

PRESS: “4 stars out of 4 “There’s bags of innovation happening right now around Apps for children, especially those that blend storytelling, animation and interactivity. Nighty Night! is one of the latest and greatest examples.” // THE GUARDIAN UK

“Overall this is my new top recommendation for bedtime books with interactivity.” // Digital Storytime / 5 stars out of 5

“Nighty Night is a truly gorgeous ebook – and lull the kids into the Land of Nod.” // Kids Book Review

“What I liked: Everything. Nighty Night is simple, subtle, and clever. It is an App that very young children will enjoy and demand to use again and again.” // PadGadget / 5 stars out of 5

“Nighty Night! is a must-have bedtime companion for your digital wunderkids!” // The ikids blog

Via GooglePlay (Android)

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ February 26, 2016

Armada: A Novel

by Ernest Cline (Author

 

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Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.   But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.   And then he sees the flying saucer.   Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.  

Much like my experience reading Ready Player One, this book had me hooked from the beginning. This is a must read for fans of sci-fi, video games, really anyone at all. You won’t regret picking it up.

 

 

Available from http://amazon.ca and http://amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 19th. February, 2016

Calamity (The Reckoners)

by Brandon Sanderson (Author)

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From the bestselling author of the Mistborn series and Words of Radiance comes Calamity, the final book in the New York Times bestselling Reckoners series. What started in the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Steelheart and continued in the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Firefight now concludes in Calamity.     When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.     David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners’ leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back. ~ But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics—Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.

Action-packed and very enjoyable. Picked it up and could not put it down Unlike the conclusions to other book series, this book effectively ties off every remaining loose end in a way that is both profound and interesting.

About the Author

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Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Steelheart and Firefight, the first two books in the Reckoners series, and the internationally bestselling books in the Stormlight Archive and the Mistborn trilogy. He was also chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. He lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about Brandon and his books, visit him at brandonsanderson.com and follow @BrandSanderson on Twitter.

Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 16, 2016

Calamity (The Reckoners)

by Brandon Sanderson (Author)

Available from http://www.amazon.ca and http://www.amazon.com

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ 12th. February, 2016

Red Queen

Victoria Aveyard (Author)

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 The #1 New York Times Bestseller Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her? Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

Red Queen is a fast paced, breathless kind of read. A true edge-of-your-seat story. Intrigue filled, action packed, twisty and highly dramatic, it’s a real page turner. Impossible to put down. I really loved the world Aveyard created. It was dark and dangerous, but also oddly beautiful and enchanting. It’s a world where old clashes with new.

 

About Author:

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Victoria Aveyard graduated from USC, where she majored in screenwriting. RED QUEEN is her first novel. She splits her time between Massachusetts and Los Angeles. You can visit her online at http://www.victoriaaveyard.com.

Glass Sword (Red Queen)

by Victoria Aveyard (Author

Released February 9, 2016

Watch for the review in Professor Owl’s New Releases in our March 2016 Newsletter

Available from http://www.amazon.ca and http://www.amazon.com

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ 5th. February, 2016

We Are the Ants

by Shaun Hutchinson

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 Book Summary:

Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.

Only he isn’t sure he wants to.

After all, life hasn’t been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer’s. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend’s suicide last year.

Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him.

But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it…or let the world – and his pain – be destroyed forever.

I have not read books by Shaun Hutchinson before.  However, this book was a great read and hard to put down once I started reading it.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca and http://www.amazon.com

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Community News Boards ~ February 2016

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Variety Village is pleased to host exciting special events throughout the year. Our goal is to connect with our community and raise funds to support Variety Village by creating mutually beneficial events that support healthy, active lifestyles in an inclusive environment.

Some events are fundraising initiatives, others are dedicated to the recognition of outstanding community service and still others focus on development of future leaders. Over the years, many individuals and corporations have generously contributed to the overwhelming success and growth of these events, ensuring the delivery of vital community services and the promotion of a healthier tomorrow.

We invite you to get involved and make our special events even more special.

To see past events, check out our latest news page and check out our photo gallery.

Upcoming Events:

 

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Kid Development Camp Day!

No school? No Problem! Variety Village offers day camps on the days the schools hold PA Days. For more info visit our KDD Camp page.

Family Day

Variety Village is open on Monday, February 15 for Family Day from 9am – 5pm.

Come and spend the day with us!

 31st Annual Lieutenant Governor Games

Friday, February 26, 2016

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 Hosted by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

These 31st Annual Games will be Her Honour’s second year attending this long standing event. Her Honour interacts with all of children with disabilities from GTA schools by visiting each activity station and then presents each child with a medal recognizing his/her participation. The Games are a great way to show that children of all abilities can and should participate in sports and recreational activities together. Many of the participants continue their involvement in sports through community sport and recreation leagues and some even go on to represent Canada in the Paralympics and Special Olympics.

Contact  Maria Markle Executive & Events Administrator

416-699-7167 ext. 270

mmarkle@varietyvillage.on.ca

Experience Variety Village for yourself!

Host an Event for Variety Village!

Get A Free Pass

For more information, on the programs and events  ~ Please contact ~ www.varietyvillage.ca

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March of Dimes

UPCOMING EVENTS 

 

Rock for Dimes

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Rock for Dimes Winnipeg The West End Cultural Centre February 12

All Things Hot & Spicy

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February 11, 2016 at the Fifth Social Club 2

25 Richmond St W, Toronto 

Mingling with the Celebs, Live Auction, Appetizers,

Q&A, DJ and Dancing!

  Hosted by: Steve Anthony, CP24 Breakfast

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Join our Hot & Spicy celebs to date:

Yan Joseph, Sean Carrigan, Tye Evans, Rainbow Sun Francks and Daniel Kelly.

Plus more to come …  Watch February’s New Board for more information.

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For More information  ~ Please visit ~  www.marchofdimes.ca

Event Coordinator Linda Yielding Manager, Special Events & Fundraising

Tel: (416) 425-3463 Ext. 7290
Email: lyielding@marchofdimes.ca

Technical Web Support Shauna Arrington Internet Marketing and Web Specialist.

MODC Mailing Address:

March of Dimes Canada National Office 10 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON M4H 1A4 Canada

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Autism Village’s mission is to apply Internet and Mobile technologies to provide a globally accessible platform which helps the autism community to manage practical day to day problems. Our goal is to improve the futures of all people with autism by making daily life more navigable.

There are a myriad of educational apps on the internet for parents of autistic children, but Autism Village is different. Autism Village is producing apps which are especially designed to be useful for managing life with autism and which are based on their community of autism “Villagers”.

For more information on Autism Village Go to their home page to share and view the video:

www.autismvillage.com

Call us: (610) 296.2726
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P.O. Box 14 Chester Springs PA 19425 USA

info@autismvillage.com

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ February 2016 Newsletter

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Welcome to Professor Owl’s Book Corner

In every month’s issue we will share with you

the wonderful world of books!

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

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

 

Heart and Stroke

 

Children and Congenital Heart Disease

Infants born with a congenital heart condition in 2014 are more likely to have better results, both cardiac and developmental, than those infants born a several years ago. This is due to a better understanding of congenital heart disease (CHD) and to medical improvements and studies. These studies are now being done on adult patients, and results collected are helping to provide information to prepare families of children who are newly diagnosed.

Even though, results have only been collected in recent years they are finding that children with cardiac problems are now living well into adulthood. This is due to the development of medical procedures on the pre-and post-operative care, school environment and other factors that might affect the child’s development, both physically and mentally.

Being a parent to an infant or toddler with a heart condition can be very different from being a parent to a school-aged child, likewise being a teen-ager with the same condition. As teenagers reach adulthood, they are faced with new issues, physical and social (for example physical frustration, sexual maturity, or accepting limitations), that further affect their care and well-being.

Your family support system and the health care team can help you and your child face adulthood by understanding their concerns, and assist by developing coping strategies that your child can take with them into adult years.

Physical activity:

Many children with congenital heart disease go on to lead full, normal lives, though sometimes with restrictions.

However, it does depend on how much and the type of exercising your child can do. This is mainly for children with simple congenital heart disease; as their conditions can in many cases be corrected, either permanently or well enough to enable virtually trouble-free living. In other cases, children are advised not to participate in strenuous sports.

Always the importance is on the overall health and recovery benefits of physical activity, with a focus on what a child can do, as opposed to what they cannot do. Endurance sports are usually alright, and if it’s not clear how involved a child can get in a given sport. The doctor should also do regular exercise tolerance reassessment as the child grows to see whether the condition is improving over the years to an extent that other sports may have become an option.

Concern over physical activity:

  • Doctors suggest that children with certain heart conditions avoid certain types of physical activity, generally competitive and contact sports.
  • These limits depend on how severe the heart condition is.
  • The concern is that the interaction might physically further damage the heart or that the intense activity can over-excite the heart.
  • When the body is working hard, adrenaline is released into the blood stream.
  • This too has the potential to irritate, and potentially further damage, the heart.

Helping your child cope with physical limitations:

  • It can be tough, especially for older children, to be unable to participate fully in sports and other physical activities.
  • They will be frustrated by not being able to have fun with their friends and may feel left out.
  • This will be especially difficult for children diagnosed later in life who had previously excelled in sports.
  • It’s critical that they understand, however, why it is so important to choose their activities carefully and observe athletic activity restrictions, particularly if they “feel fine” and don’t seem to have symptoms.
  • As a parent, you can encourage your child to participate in safe sports, such as swimming, golf, and house leagues.
  • Your doctor will be able to confirm which sports are acceptable for your child. Everyday family activities are also safe.
  • You can also encourage your child to develop skills in other areas and engage in alternate activities that can be equally satisfying.
  • If your child is quite young, you will need to make sure that teachers at your child’s school are aware of his physical activity restrictions.
  • Meet with your child’s teachers or write a letter to the school, or ask the doctor or nurse to write one.
  • With advance notice, many teachers can arrange for alternate activities that will help your child feel included.

Helping your child get used to new physical ability:

  • Many children, after treatment, find themselves feeling much better and able to participate in activities they were previously unable to do.
  • Some children may be afraid of engaging in activities that before were “off limits”.
  • As a parent, encourage your child to gradually participate in activities that appeal to them. You too may also need to overcome some fear about seeing your child engage in more vigorous activity.

Outdoor activity and sun exposure

  • We all know how important it is to have sun smarts. No doctor will encourage anyone to actively sun tan, or spend extended amounts of time in the sun, simply because of the risk of skin damage and skin cancer.
  • There are also added risks for some children with CHD who have to take medications, like Amiodarone, that make the skin more sun-sensitive.
  • This can cause the skin to be discoloured if exposed to the sun.

It is best to play it safe and follow these guidelines:

  • Keep away from sun exposure at peak sun hours
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible
  • Cover up with hats and long-sleeved shirts
  • Use sun block with a high SPF

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For More information or to participate in your countries foundation – please visit the following link

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www.ottawaheart.ca/heart_disease/cardiomyopathy.htm

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www.heartfoundation.org.au/

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 This  article was first published in Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ February 2014

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Classic Books

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

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Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen (Author)

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One of the most universally loved and admired English novels, Pride and Prejudice was penned as a popular entertainment. But the consummate artistry of Jane Austen (1775–1817) transformed this effervescent tale of rural romance into a witty, shrewdly observed satire of English country life that is now regarded as one of the principal treasures of English language. In a remote Hertfordshire village, far off the good coach roads of George III’s England, a country squire of no great means must marry off his five vivacious daughters. At the heart of this all-consuming enterprise are his headstrong second daughter Elizabeth Bennet and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy—two lovers whose pride must be humbled and prejudices dissolved before the novel can come to its splendid conclusion. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

 

About the Author

 Jane Austin

JANE AUSTEN was born in Steventon rectory on December 16, 1775. Her family later moved to Bath, then to Southampton and finally to Chawton in Hampshire. She began writing Pride and Prejudice when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions and was initially rejected by the publishers and only published in 1813 after much revision. She published four of her novels in her lifetime, Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Jane Austen died on July 18, 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were both published posthumously in 1818.

This book and our other Classic books are also available at your School and Local Libraries and all  Book Stores.

 

 New Releases

Passenger

By Alexandra Bracken (Author)

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Product Description:

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn’t even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.

Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies–the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.

Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light–threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home… forever.

About the author:

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ALEXANDRA BRACKEN is the New York Times bestselling author of the Darkest Minds series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at http://www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter @alexbracken.

This book was so good! ~ 0f course we get a classic Alexandra Bracken cliff hanger at the end. I loved the writing style in this book! It was completely different than the darkest minds trilogy. I love seeing when author’s change it up.

I haven’t really shared much with you about this book, because I do not want to spoil the beauty of it. I will however tell you: This is one of those books that is almost impossible to not fall in love with. This story is so well thought out and the characters are so easy to connect with. This is one of those books that adults will love too.

Available from:    http://www.amazon.ca and http://www.amazon.com

 

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Writing Prompt

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank

Write about what you can do at this very moment to make a positive difference in someone’s life.  Will you donate time, objects or money to a charity? Will you do something to help out a friend, neighbour or complete stranger? Reflect and write! 🙂

POBC Picks

Reading Games for Kids Under 6

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via Google Play 

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We now offer an All-in-One Pack, which includes access to the full versions of all of Intellijoy’s existing and future apps and comes with a free 7-day trial. Get it here: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.intellijoy.pack

Reading Games for Kids Under 6 is the part of Intellijoy’s best-selling reading curriculum series. It is preceded by Kids ABC Letters and Kids ABC Phonics and followed by Kids ABC Trains and Kids Sight Words.

In addition to the three activities available in this free version, the paid version has three extra activities – Word Ball, Word Magic and Rocket Words.

Featured at the Google I/O conference, Reading Games for Kids Under 6 is a delightful game that invites preschool-aged children to blend sounds into words, read and form simple words, identify spoken words and learn word families.

Its six sections include:
★ In Magic Letter Bridge kids learn to blend letter sounds into words by moving Tommy the Turtle across the letter bridge as each letter is sounded out and a word is formed and pronounced. Your kids can hand Tommy a skateboard to make him go faster as they become comfortable with blending the sounds.

★ With Skateboards and Helmets children practice reading as they are asked to fit Tommy’s animal friends with skateboards and helmets.

★ In Turn the Blocks kids make words in a way that’s fun by turning real-looking blocks with letters on each side until the word is spelled out.

★ Through Word Ball children learn to identify spoken words by helping Tommy bat the right ball.

★ With Word Magic kids learn about word families as they fill the corresponding pot with potion and watch magic happen

★ In Rocket Words children get to practice word families as they assemble and launch a rocket into space

If your children do not know the alphabet sounds yet, we recommend our Kids ABC Phonics app. And if your kids need to learn or practice the names of the letters, try our Kids ABC Letters app.

Every section is designed to let children enjoy success time after time and receive positive reinforcement from the likable teacher, so they want to keep learning. Once your child is involved and happy, you can relax, with the assurance that he or she is having a great time – and learning.