Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 26th. May, 2018


First in The Flying Ponies series

By L.M. Ransom


For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Flynn, moving into the heart of the Michigan woods with her family is the biggest adventure she’s ever had. A self-proclaimed geek girl with a penchant for Sherlock Holmes, she wonders if she’ll ever have an exciting quest of her own.

But when she discovers an antique carousel tucked into the woods near her new home, her life soon spins out of control. For the ponies are so much more than their faded paint portrays. Filled with primal magic, the ponies are alive, and they have been waiting for her for a long time.

With the help of a young carousel caretaker named Black, Charlotte soon discovers that the Flying Ponies are in danger from others who want to possess them and their magic. Drawn into a battle for the carousel and ultimately the entire world while navigating her first true romance, Charlotte may have more adventure than she ever bargained for . . .

“This is a great read for young adult readers’. It’s a charming read told through the eyes of the modern geek-girl teen. There are references to all the favorites — Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Harry Potter — but Ransom does a fine job of relating to each of these without trying to be any of them.

I found the book an exciting read, full of adventure, magic, love and fantasy! If you like C.S. Lewis, you’ll love this book. This is the first installment of The Flying Ponies Trilogy and I can’t wait for book 2!

Available from,,, other fine book stores , School’s and Community Libraries.

About Author

L.M. Ransom
Goodreads Author
Born in Shelby, The United States

L. M. Ransom lives in West Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. She also shares her home with two crazy Dachshunds, and her heart with two naughty ponies. L.M. is a librarian by trade, and an author by passion. She draws from her lifelong love and obsession with all things equine to spin tales about nefarious carousel horses.
A self-professed geek girl, L.M.’s fandoms span the galaxy from Tatooine to Gallifrey, and back down to the seedy streets of Gotham City. As a Christian, she feels a calling to tell clean, intriguing stories for readers to escape into. You can find L. M. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and





Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review~ 19th. May, 2018

The Namarielle
(The Chronicles of Lashai ~ Book 1)

By Julien Jamar


Hollis studied her face in the light of the campfire. “So, how does a shepherd girl find herself in the Forest of Fondair, heading to the Kiatri to lead a crusade against the Fontre?”

Cassai had untied her braid and was unraveling it. The curls tangled themselves around her small fingers. “Not a crusade, war. Lashai belongs to us. We were a free, peaceful people under the Namarielle. The land flourished, and the people had plenty. The Fontre took everything: our herds, our crops, our money, they even burned down our churches. Why would they do that?”

Her gaze had fallen into the darkness between the trees, and Hollis assumed this was a rhetorical question. “So, we’re going to fight them; our small band of Keepers and anyone else we can find to join us will fight for our Lashai. And if no one else joins, I’ll fight them alone. I just can’t live as their slave. I won’t.”

A really well written and captivating book. I’m really looking forward to the next in the series. The storyline and the characters are really well rounded, neither all good nor all bad, with a lot of depth.  Once I started reading the book it was hard to put it down. I will certainly keep a lookout for this author’s works in future.

I would like to thank  NetGalley for the opportunity to  review this great book.

About Author

Julien Jamar

Born ~ The United States

Website ~

Twitter  ~  julienjamar

Genre ~ Fantasy, Young Adult

Julien was born in 1980 and spent the first few years of her life traveling through America with her family. She was raised in Dallas, TX. Her father, a prolific novelist and poet, taught her to write as a very small child. She writes dark, thrilling, fantastic tales of mortal battles and daring exploits. She also writes a helpful little blog designed to inspire a lighthearted approach to life’s trials and everyday tasks. She lives with her husband and five children in Marble Falls, TX.


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NEW RELEASE #BookReview of The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (@CNHolmberg )#UrbanFantasy #NetGalley



The Plastic Magician

(The Paper Magician Series #4)

by Charlie N. Holmberg

Release date: May 15th, 2018


Plastic Magician by CN Holmberg Cover

I received a complimentary ARC copy of  The Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician #4 Spin-Off) by Charlie N. Holmberg from NetGalley and 47th North

New to the world of Charlie N. Holmberg I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by The Plastic Magician. This book although a spin-off of the popular YA Paper Magician Series (which I have yet to read) this book definitely works as a stand-alone.

The Plastic Magician treats us to twenty-year-old Polymaker (Plastic Magician) Alvie Brechenmacher’s adventures apprenticing abroad.  Down to earth, intelligent and highly enthusiastic, Alvie leaves her German-American family in the states to apprentice for the world-renowned inventor and Polymaker, Magician Praff in London England.

Enroute she meets a rather rude gentleman who causes her to get off at the wrong train station and this is where her adventure begins. Along her journey, Alvie meets wonderful friends, a kind-hearted love interest and a mentor who respects and believes in her.  Magician Praff and Alvie work on a life-changing invention to not only help a friend but to present at a world-famous convention(contest) for Magicians.  Magician Praff has already won the elite contest and it helped establish him as one of the best Polymakers in the world.  When word gets out to rivals that they are presenting a groundbreaking device that will help many people,  their work and lives are put in peril.

Holmberg does a fantastic job crafting this fantastical cozy mystery. She creates a unique, fun magic system and her characters are interesting, quirky and downright loveable. Although the mystery is fairly predictable, I really didn’t mind because I liked the sweet story that unfolded along the way.  There is a bit of adventure, a bit of romance and a great story that keeps you interested in Alvie’s journey.  

All in all a fantastic, fun read that I would highly recommend for young and old alike.

Professor Owl’s Bookcorner ~ Weekly Book Review ~May 5th, 2018

American Panda

by Gloria Chao

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.
With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?
From debut author, Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.

American Panda was an uplifting, emotional, and eye-opening read. It was certainly one of the most enjoyable reads I have had lately and a little different from the ones I have reviewed. I highly recommend this book to readers ranging from their teens, into their adult years, those who enjoy reading contemporary, as well as readers who might be wanting to dip their toes into contemporary YA for the first time!
I would like to thank NetGalley for the chance to read it.

Sweepingly funny.” —The Wall Street Journal
• “Delightful.” —Buzzfeed

“Charmed my socks off.” —David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquito land

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Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ May, 2018 Edition


Welcome to the May issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Rising concerns over literacy rates in Canada

Most of us often take reading for granted as an everyday practice for most families but according to the latest statistics from First Book Canada a quarter of Canadian households don’t even own a single book.

There are a number of reasons and barriers for kids that just don’t get that kind of day-to-day exposure to books.”

On Sept. 8, Canada marked International Literacy Day. The day highlights the need of getting children to read and the importance of getting them access to books inside the classroom and at home.

Recent statistics show:

  • 25 %, is a big number and it has nothing to do with the digital revolution. It has to the with the inability of parents to be able to afford books,” Tom Best from First Books Canada told Global News.
  • Figures also show around 30 % of Grade 3 students lack basic literacy skills.
  • According to Statistics Canada, 29 per cent of individuals with low literacy levels are from low-income households compared to eight per cent of individuals who are ranked in the highest two categories of literacy.
  • In May 2018, First Books Canada partnered up with McDonald’s Canada to distribute over two million books with Happy Meals across the country to help give kids access to books.
  • Little free library helps build a sense of community
  • “That’s a fantastic opportunity for parents to sit down, read at McDonald’s or back at home, and to sit down and read with kids because that is really what is missing,” Best said.

For those who follow Professor Owl will have noticed that we have tried to give the message that all children and young adults need to be encouraged to read and the best place to learn is at home while they are still young. Parents introduce them to books on the sports they play or crafts or activities they enjoy.

The books we show in our book corner can also be found in the School or Community Libraries as well as bookstores..

If you would like to see more on the interview between Angie Seth and Tom Best, follow the link below:

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Seuss

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True Storm

By L.E. Sterling


Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her—but all is not well in Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself torn between three men with secrets of their own.

Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But DNA isn’t the only thing they want from Lucy…or her sister.

As they say in Dominion, rogue genes can never have a happy ending…

True Storm’ is the third and final book in the ‘True Born’ dystopian trilogy. ‘True Born’ does an excellent job introducing readers to the characters, their societal hierarchy and history, and the overarching plot of the series. Excellent storytelling, non-stop action, gripping conclusion which is full of plot twists and surprises for Lucy and for readers.

The True Born series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 True Born
Book #2 True North
Book #3 True Storm

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book, it was a great read.

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We would love to hear about your favourite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them


Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brainCheap paper is less perishable than grey matter. And lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.

~Jack London

I love to journal and find when I have no idea what to write about I turn to quotes. Do you have a favourite quote or saying that resonates with you?  Take your quote, write about how it applies to your life and what it means to you.  Don’t have one? Check out websites such as or and find one that speaks to you!

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!

Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Macro Tulip II

Spring is here and so are new beginnings! What new beginning do you want?

Creating A Creativity Corner!

Whether you journal with pen and paper or use a computer or tablet, journaling is an excellent way to express yourself. Journal about anything that matters to you, it can be anything from real-life, about your life, your hopes and dreams, drawings, doodles, collages or a fictional story you make up. But to do this often it helps to have a small little corner that you keep just for journaling, reading and being creative.

Make sure you try to make a time to journal every day. Perhaps after school before dinner or before you go to school in the morning so choose a place that won’t interfere with other family members and a place where can sit and just be creative. Turn on music if you like or keep it silent, whatever works for you and helps you make this time special.

Set up your workspace. Choose a space which feels comfortable and where you won’t have to move your stuff all the time. Using bright index cards or post-its and write different affirmations or inspirational sayings and post them in your workspace.  Place inspirational pictures, your favourite books, plants or objects to motivate you. Keep all of your supplies so that they are easily within reach. If you choose to use pen and paper, a trip to the local dollar store can help you find some nice journals, pens, markers, washi tape or scrapbooking materials to decorate it and make it unique.  Try to make this area yours!

May 2018



Variety Village

 Variety Village2

upcoming events

 for May,2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
While supplies last.
Limit 2 per customer.
Not valid with specials or coupons.

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KYRA , Age 6
Variety Member Since age 3. Loves to dance & read. Fave colour is red!

Pierce , Age 5
Variety Member for over a year. Fave sport: Hockey!

Pizza Nova’s association with Variety Village spans over 30 years.
This association has resulted in more than $1 million for our organization via the Pizza Nova That’s Amore Pizza for Kids Day which started in 1999.

The professionalism and passion that staff and volunteers display for children with physical and mental challenges sustains the ongoing partnership between Pizza Nova and Variety Village. It goes hand-in-hand with Pizza Nova’s passion for its product, its employees and its community.

36th Annual Toronto Police Children’s Games

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018

Join us for the 36th Annual Toronto Police Children’s Games here at Variety Village! Participants with disabilities and their siblings are invited to join us for this fun day of inclusive sports and games.  This invitation will welcome 200 registrants to join teams lead by Toronto Police volunteers.


9:00-9:30am – Registration (Fieldhouse)
9:30-10:00am – Welcome (South Side – Fieldhouse)
10:00am – Opening Ceremonies
10:30am-12:30pm – Activities (Sports and Games)
12:30pm – Closing Ceremonies and Awards

For more information on these events or Summer Camps and Programs, please contact/

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities

EVENTS ~  May, 2018

Don’t miss Opening Doors for Accessibility in Barrie!

If you are an individual living with a disability, health professional, service provider, caregiver /partner or family member, you should attend this FREE COMMUNITY RESOURCE SHOWCASE.  

Opening Doors for Accessibility Barrie​



Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:   Liberty North
100 Caplan Avenue, Barrie, Ontario
Cost:  Free
(Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions Include :

  • Home Modifications​
  • Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt
    Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul endorsed
    Author | International Keynote Speaker |
    Paralympic Trialist | Accessibility Advocate |
    Award Winning Humanitarian​
  • Caregiver Strategies
  • Adaptive Cooking
  • Inspirational Talk by Aaron Lillie
  • Aging in Place** Event will include lunch and networking opportunities.     RSVP by May 11, 2018 at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at** In the subject line, please be sure to identify the city where you wish to attend. 
  •  Please RSVP at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at / RSVP au 1-800-263-3463 ou par courriel à ​
  •  * Every attendee will receive a certificate of attendance.

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >

wise-picks ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience. ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more. ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.