by Rae Knightly (Author)


The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2019 Silver Medal Winner – READER’S FAVORITE ★★★★★

Twelve-year-old Ben Archer’s life is turned upside-down when UFOs crash near his grandfather’s house. And when a dying extraterrestrial entrusts him with a superpower, he is catapulted into hair-rising adventures across land, ocean, and space.

Now everyone is after him. The government considers him a cumbersome witness to The Cosmic Fall, a deadly shapeshifter wants his ability, and Ben finds himself in a race against time to unravel the secrets of his new-found power before they catch him.

With no choice but to flee, Ben joins forces with the sole survivor of the crash – an alien man called Mesmo. And while the destinies of boy and alien become inextricably linked, one question hovers above their unlikely friendship: why did the aliens come to Earth in the first place?

The Alien Skill Series is a science-fiction adventure story for fans of Percy Jackson, Epic Zero and Crime Travelers. With over 50,000 copies sold and ranking at the top of “Amazons. Com’s Children’s Explore Canada best-seller list” for over 6 months, these upper middle-grade books have won the hearts of young and old alike, turning them into a best-selling, award-winning coming-of-age series filled with superpowers, alien contact, hidden enemies, and a thought-provoking glimpse into the way we treat our planet. Ideal for young readers (10-12+) and the young-at-heart.

Another amazing book, it is number one in a series of six books, and I will certainly be reviewing the other books for you. I am, giving this book ★★★★★ as I found it to be a great read that kept my attention until the very last page.

These books are available from and

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ February 1st.,2023

Welcome back to the New Professor Owl’s Book Corner, if you remember in the last few newsletters, we, we were asking our readers opinions on the monthly issues, and most of you thought that it was too long and requested a shorter version more often.

So, we have decided that there will be a new weekly issue, with book reviews, and literacy assistance and puzzles. This will be published once a week.

Please continue to give us feedback on our progress and let us know what you like and dislike after all this is your newsletter, and we want you to have it the way you enjoy it.


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