Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ April 29th. 2016



Red Moon Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy Books

1-3 Kindle Edition Trilogy:

by Micah Caida (Author)

Reg Moon TRiology

Product Description ~ Released April 26th, 2016:

The entire Red Moon Trilogy by USA Today bestseller Micah Caida… a sci-fi/fantasy young adult story unlike any other.

TIME TRAP:  Waking up in an unknown world, Rayen has no memory, not even of her name until a ghost informs her, and shares that she’s seventeen just before she has to run for her life. She’s hunted then captured, ending up in an unusual high school located in a place called Albuquerque. It seems to be a safe haven, but she soon finds out she’s dead wrong when she accidentally opens a portal and ends up fighting alongside two other teens to stay alive in a world that is fantastic and dangerous. This place calls to the strange power inside of her and pushes her toward a boy who is as deadly as he is attractive, and thinks she’s the enemy. Escaping appears impossible, but staying trapped means death, and the portal she opened threatens the existence of the current world along with the future.

TIME RETURN:  Choices backfire, trust is forfeit and alliances shift as elements of the Damian Prophecy begin to fall into place and the time is shorter than anyone thought.

TIME LOCK:  The explosive conclusion to a young adult series unlike anything else you’ve ever read. Countdown begins now to when the Red Moon sets for the last time.  “Time Trap is amazingly original and unexpected … I loved every second of reading it!”

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~ April 22nd. 2016

Flamecaster (Shattered Realms)

by Cinda Williams Chima (Author)

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Set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. This dazzling beginning to a new series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work.

Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he’s closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. With time running out, Ash faces an excruciating choice: Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it? Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.  Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.


About Author

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Cinda Williams Chima

Cinda Williams Chima is a New York Times bestselling author, best known for The Heir Chronicles and The Seven Realms series. Her Heir Chronicles young adult contemporary fantasy series includes The Warrior Heir, The Wizar…


1984: She received her master’s degree in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in 1984.

2004: From 2004–2009, she was an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Akron before leaving to write full-time.

2009: The Demon King written by Cinda Williams Chima was first published in 2009.

2013: The Enchanter Heir (Heir Chronicles, The) (The Heir Chronicles) written by Cinda Williams Chima was first published on October 01, 2013.

2014: The Sorcerer Heir ((The Heir Chronicles, Book 5)) written by Cinda Williams Chima was first published on October 21, 2014.

2016: Her new series will be launching in 2016 with Flamecaster0

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ April 15th. 2016

The Raven King

(The Raven Cycle, Book 4)

by Maggie Stiefvater (Author)


The Raven King

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 2012 Blue Ribbons list


Product Description

The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.”

About the Author

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at

In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.”


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Now available for Pre-order. This item will be released on April 26 2016

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book review of the week ~ April 10th, 2016

The Lie Tree

by Frances Hardinge (Author)

Release date: April 19, 2016

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 Read this thought-provoking, critically acclaimed novel from Frances Hardinge, winner of the Costa Book of the Year and Costa Children’s Book Awards

 Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy—a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men. But inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist mysteries: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. She knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And she knows, when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, that he was murdered.

In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father’s possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father’s murder—or it may lure the murderer directly to Faith herself. Frances Hardinge is the author of many acclaimed novels, including Cuckoo Song, which earned five starred reviews.

**STARRED REVIEW** “Hardinge, who can turn a phrase like no other, melds a haunting historical mystery with a sharp observation on the dangers of suppressing the thirst for knowledge, and leaves readers to wonder where science ends and fantasy begins… Smart, feminist, and shadowy, Hardinge’s talents are on full display here.”

(School Library Journal)

**STARRED REVIEW** “Hardinge’s characteristically rich writing is on full display—alternately excoriating, haunting, and darkly funny—and the novel also features complex, many-sided characters and a clear-eyed examination of the deep sexism of the period, which trapped even the most intelligent women in roles as restrictive as their corsets.”

(Publisher’s Weekly)

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




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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Newsletter ~ April, 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!



The Coming of Spring

By Sylvia W. McGrath

Boy watering Garden

Spring is here again I see,

and many a bud do I see on the tree.

I love the soft notes of the birds that sing,

I love the sweet smell the daffodils bring.

Tulips in bold colours of yellow pink and red,

Brighten-up that dreary old flower bed.


The Robin arrives wearing his red vest,

and in the old oak tree builds his nest.

The cuckoo is on his way.

To do damage or just to play?

The coming of spring fills the air with fresh hope

And in the most stressful lives we feel we can cope



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Classic Books

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The Autobiography of a Horse

by Anna Sewell

[English Quaker — 1820-1878.]

Black Beauty.2

          [Note: ‘Black Beauty’ was originally published in 1877. This e-texts was transcribed from an American edition of 1911. Some small corrections were made, after being confirmed against other sources.]

To my dear and honored Mother, whose life, no less than her pen,

has been devoted to the welfare of others, this little book is affectionately dedicated.


Black Beauty, the friendly, patient stallion with a white blaze upon his forehead, is one of the most familiar figures in children s literature. After the first lively carefree years in the fields, Black Beauty learns to accept the saddle and bridle and the rule of his masters. But a succession of misfortunes shows that the life of a horse can be harsh and painful. This touching portrait, full of drama and sadness, is as moving now as when it was first written in 1877.

I first read the book when I was ten, I would suggest If you haven’t read this in awhile I found it be worth a read again. Or a great way to introduce this great story to a young child or even teen. I love movies, but sometimes love to get lost in a book.

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About the Author

Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell


Anna Sewell was an English novelist, best known as the author of the classic 1877 novel Black Beauty. Anna Sewell was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.

Anna Sewell was an English novelist, best known as the author of the classic 1877 novel Black Beauty. Anna Sewell was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, into a devoutly Quaker family. Her father was Isaac Phillip Sewell, and her mother, Mary Wright Sewell was a successful author of children’s books. She had one sibling, a younger brother named Philip and was largely educated at home.


The Queen’s Poisoner

(The Kingfountain Series Book 1)

by Jeff Wheeler (Author)


The Queens poisoner


Product Description:

King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles…and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king’s hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

Seeking allies and eluding Severn’s spies, Owen learns to survive in the court of Kingfountain. But when new evidence of his father’s betrayal threatens to seal his fate, Owen must win the vengeful king’s favor by proving his worth—through extraordinary means. And only one person can aid his desperate cause: a mysterious woman, dwelling in secrecy, who truly wields power over life, death, and destiny.

About the Author

Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, and a devout member of his church. He is occasionally spotted roaming among the oak trees and granite boulders in the hills of California or in any number of the state’s majestic redwood groves. He is the author of The Covenant of Muirwood Trilogy, The Legends of Muirwood Trilogy, the Whispers from Mirrowen Trilogy, and the Landmoor Series.


About the Author

Jeff Wheeler


Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, and a devout member of his church. He is occasionally spotted roaming among the oak trees and granite boulders in the hills of California or in any number of the state’s majestic redwood groves. He is the author of The Covenant of Muirwood Trilogy, The Legends of Muirwood Trilogy, the Whispers from Mirrowen Trilogy, and the Landmoor Series.

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Writing Prompt

“I don’t know how you persist in being so stubborn”…”It’s a superpower. I was bitten by a radioactive mule.” ~ Shannon Hale

Write about what happens when you are bitten by a radioactive ___________. What unique superpower do you acquire? Are you able to fly, develop superior strength, become invisible or is it something quite unique? What is it like on your first day with this new power, are you able to master it quickly or do you develop some “control” issues?

Get creative, write and more importantly have fun!:)

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The Zoosters, Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria, are in trouble, and it’s up to the Penguins to save the day! Your child will help Skipper, Kowalski, Private, and Rico as they embark on a wild mathematical covert operation to free their friends from the enemy agents!

It won’t be easy but Kowalski’s ready with his new invention–The Equationator, a unique machine that uses math to create soda pop fuel. The Penguins will use soda pop powered jetpacks in an aerial assault, in order to bust the Madagascar Zoosters out of their cages!

Your child will have fun by using intuitive, simple gameplay as they race to rescue the Madagascar gang. Hours of learning fun await your child as they solve mathematical problems and use special jetpack abilities to finish every level.

•See all your favorite Madagascar friends: Play along with the Madagascar crew—Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and those lovable Penguins — Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private!
•Hours of entertaining physics-based gameplay: Play 80 game levels – strap on soda fueled jet-packs and deploy Penguin pyrotechnics to free the Zoosters. You child won’t put the game down!
•Learn math the fun way: Explore thousands of math problems ranging from 1st grade to 4th grade, based on standards developed by educational experts for Mathematics. Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with 3 difficulty modes.
•All-New timer mode increases the math challenge, after level 25! Solve the math problems before time expires! •Upgrade your game: Power-ups upgrade the fun and help your child free the Madagascar Zoosters!
•Exciting locales to see: Visit places across the world like New York, Paris, and more!
PLEASE NOTE: Madagascar Math Ops uses in-game currency to unlock game content, power-ups and worlds. You can earn them through gameplay or purchase additional in-game coins via your Google Play account. You may lock out the ability to purchase the upgrade by disabling this through your device’s settings.

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