by A.A. Milne  (Author)

Read this Murder Mystery Novel set in an English Country House“:

Of course, it’s very hampering being a detective, when you don’t know anything about detecting, and when nobody knows that you’re doing detection, and you can’t have people up to cross-examine them, and you have neither the energy nor the means to make proper inquiries; and, in short, when you’re doing the whole thing in a thoroughly amateur, haphazard way.” ― A.A. Milne, The Red House Mystery

This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This e-book also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you will share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and cannot wait to hear what you have to say about it.

A house party in the county turns into a crime scene when one the host is murdered. A.A. Milne’s delightful mystery novel takes the reader on twists and turns and arrives at a logical solution to the case.

I remember when as a teen we were given this book as a reader for our class, I really enjoyed it then many years ago, and enjoyed it when I recently read it again after I found my copy at the back of my bookcase,

This is a delightful twisty mystery with a duo who were by their own admission playing Holmes and Watson. As country house mystery it lacks the array of guests but otherwise satisfies. I just wish there were more mysteries with these two!

Available as kindle and paperback at, and available at your School and Public Libraires.

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Are you a young writer 17 years of age or under who has always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo? Well, you can!!! Did you know that NaNoWriMo has a Young Writers Programme just for you.


Every year approximately 100,000 young writers participate check out their website and sign up to participate…..

NaNoWriMo allows an individual to silence their inner critic, as it does tend to emphasize quantity over quality.  For those writers who are often intimidated by their inner critic the urgency of the contest motivates them to push through fears, the need for perfection and keep writing.  With the fast pace of NaNoWriMo, adult writers need to produce approximately 1667 words per day so there is not a lot of time left for editing or worrying. Young writers can choose a goal which is achievable to you. With school, homework and afterschool activities you can set a reasonable goal for you to reach.

NaNoWriMo hosts virtual writing events to provide participants with an active supportive community and raises money via donations as well as sales of promotional items, which it donates approximately 50% of its net intake to reading charities.

NaNoWriMo has proven to be a popular contest and does not appear to be slowing down. The first year only 21 people participated to date the number reached 798,162 participants producing approximately 367,913 novels. NaNoWriMo initially began to instigate and inspire writers to create impromptu novels, and it has become an exceptionally successful contest. In fact, many of those NaNoWriMo novels became rough drafts which eventually became published novels.  Books such as Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, Wool, by Hugh Howey, The Darwin Elevator, by Jason M. Hough and Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress by Marissa Meyer were all born out of NaNoWriMo.


We are less than a week away to the start of this year’s NANOWRIMO and if you haven’t started making plans it’s not too late.

There is no set way on how to write a novel, everyone has their own way. You may have heard the phrase “Plotter or Pantser” which describes whether a person outlines their novel before writing it or whether they fly by the seat of their pants and go without making too many plans.  There are benefits of doing it both ways and it really is all about what works for you.  I, myself, am an outliner, I like having a rough map of where I’m going before I set out.  I plan out my chapters and create my characters in advance of sitting down to write.  While some feel this is way too stifling and can’t be quite as creative it helps give me a framework to keep the story moving forward and avoid getting stuck for ideas halfway through. If I’m struck by some paths or ideas that aren’t on my outline, I still draft out the scenes and see if they’ll fit in down the road.  I recommend you follow the path that feels right for you.  If you are not sure where to start, there are some terrific books out there. Two I recommend are No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty, the founder of NANOWRIMO and Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland.  Both are incredibly good books that each offer a unique perspective on whether to plot or not. NaNoWriMo also has a great NaNo Prep handbook that’s free to download here.

Personally, I can’t wait until November first, and I am putting the finishing touches to my story notebook, have already set up my outline on my computer and I’ve been busy creating a mood board for my new story on Pinterest and my writing soundtrack on Spotify, all to help keep me inspired and motivated while I write. If you are thinking of joining the website, please feel free to add me as a buddy here! Don’t forget to log-in, buddy up and get valuable tips and encouragement on the NaNoWriMo website please feel free to add me as a buddy here!

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Those who know me can tell you how passionate I am about writing and promoting children and young adults with a disability giving awareness on how they are following their dream despite their disability, this month I am going to show you a story about a senior who is following a long-time dream of his and showing that it is never too late to follow that lifelong dream. Something I am a firm believer.

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A few years ago, retired and decided to follow a long-time dream of mine, of being a freelance writer, and specialize in writing for children and young adults with health and learning challenges. I have taken several courses, on writing and tutoring. I am a licensed tutor and professional book reviewer. In 2010 my daughter and I started Professor Owl’s Book Corner and over the years have become a freelance writer, co-authored and published a Book with two Life Coaches titled “After the Diagnosis ~ The Journey Beyond, along with several poems. View all posts by Sylvia W. McGrath, Freelance Writer, Literacy Tutor, and Professional Book Reviewer. →


Welcome to this week’s Book Corner, we hope you are now into your regular school routine and are all keeping safe and well.

This week we have a different kind of book of the week, a new fantasy that is due out this month, to get some idea of previous books in this series we suggest you may look at one of your local or school Libraries for previous books on I am Margaret Moore in this series or see if they are available for your readers so that you appreciated this week’s. book.

I Am Margaret Moore


Hannah Capin (Goodreads Author)

 Lyrical and haunting, Hannah Capin’s I Am Margaret Moore is a paranormal thriller that tests the hold of sisterhood and truth.

I am a girl. I am a monster, too.

Each summer the girls of Deck Five come back to Marshall Naval School. They sail on jewel-blue waters; they march on green drill fields; they earn sunburns and honors. They push until they break apart and heal again, stronger.

Each summer Margaret and Rose and Flor and Nisreen come back to the place where they are girls, safe away from the world: sisters bound by something more than blood.

But this summer everything has changed. Girls are missing and a boy is dead. It’s because of Margaret Moore, the boys say. It’s because of what happened that night in the storm.

Margaret’s friends vanish one by one, swallowed up into the lies she has told about what happened between her and a boy with the world at his feet. Can she unravel the secrets of this summer and last, or will she be pulled under by the place she once called home.

Eerie and unsettling yet filled with hope. When Margaret Moore meets a young man and falls in love during summer camp, everything is perfect. And then it is not…

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my review.

Although this was not the usual kind of book I review, it was a little slow in getting started, but once into the story plot and great word building, I must say it was a surprisingly enjoyable read and I will be looking for future books in this series. I give this book four stars ****.

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ 10th. October 2021









Ski Weekend:

A Novel Paperback – Oct. 26, 2021

by Rektok Ross (Author)

The Breakfast Club meets Alive in this gripping tale of survival, impossible choices, and the harrowing balance between life and death.

Six teens, one dog, a ski trip gone wrong . . .

Sam is dreading senior ski weekend and having to watch after her brother and his best friend, Gavin, to make sure they do not do anything stupid. Again. Gavin may be gorgeous, but he and Sam have never gotten along. Now they are crammed into an SUV with three other classmates and Gavin’s dog, heading on a road trip that cannot go by fast enough.

Then their SUV crashes into a snowbank, and Sam and her friends find themselves stranded in the mountains with cell phone coverage long gone and temperatures dropping. When the group gets sick of waiting for rescue, they venture outside to find help—only to have a wilderness accident leave Sam’s brother with a smashed leg and soon, a raging fever. While the hours turn to days, Sam’s brother gets sicker and sicker, and their food and supplies dwindle until there is not enough for everyone. As the winter elements begin to claim members of the group one by one, Sam vows to keep her brother alive.

No matter what.

Filled with twists, secrets, and life-changing moments, Ski Weekend is a snow-packed survival thriller featuring a diverse cast of teens that will appeal to fans of One of Us is Lying and I Am Still Alive.

Named a Best Book of Fall by CosmopolitanYahoo! Life ~ She Reads ~ She Knows ~ Book Trip ~, and more!
*2021 American Fiction Awards Award-Winning Finalist in Young Adult, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Winner in Young Adult, and Firebird Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction.

I really enjoyed this book, it started off a little slow for me at first, but once it started picking up and I found myself unable to put the book down until it was finished. 

I would like to thank NetGalley for allowing me to review this book for you, get your advanced orders in, it is to be published on October 26th,2021.


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About The Author


Rektok Ross is the pen name of Liani Kotcher, a trial attorney turned award-winning young adult author and book blogger. An avid reader since childhood, Liani writes exactly the kind of books she loves to escape into herself: exciting thrillers with strong female leads, swoon-worthy love interests, and life-changing moments. She graduated from the University of Florida School of Journalism and obtained her juris doctorate at the University of Miami School of Law. Originally from South Florida, she currently splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles with her husband, step kids, and her dogs. You can find her online just about anywhere at @RektokRoss, as well as on her website,, where she blogs about books and writing. –This text refers to the paperback edition.


2021 Firebird Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction
2021 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Bronze Medal in Young Adult – Thriller
2021 American Fiction Awards Finalist in Young Adult
Featured in Cosmopolitan‘s “15 Compelling Fall 2021 Books to Add to Your Reading List”
Featured in Yahoo! Life‘s 
You’ll Want to Cozy Up With All These New Books This Fall
Featured in “Most Anticipated YA Books of Fall 2021”
Featured in “16 Books Coming Out This Fall We Can’t-Wait to Read”
Featured in BookTrib‘s “13 Must-Reads to Keep You Cozy This Fall”

“Ross offers YA readers genuinely diverse characters, each of whom continues to grow throughout the narrative. . . . Brace for impact readers, this YA thriller holds little back.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This is a suspenseful book that had me thoroughly hooked from page one . . . The emotional journey of Ski Weekend is relentless . . . ”
Readers’ Favorite, five-star review

“A nail-biter with some surprising moments. Recommended for high school and YA collections.”
School Library Journal

“Full of twists and thrills, Ski Weekend