“…Well crafted, emotional, heartbreaking and at times comical, Brandes shapes a touching story with magical fantasy and young romance…”
New to author Nadine Brandes’s work, I have to say I really enjoyed it. Taking the historical story of the Romanovs, the tale about their demise at the hands of the Bolsheviks and the rumours that initially the bodies of the youngest two were never found. Brandes tells an alternate history of their lives and pulls an author’s favourite trick…asking “what if” Brandes posits that the two managed to survive and tells the story of the events that followed.
The story follows the exile of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Tsarina Alexandra and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei. In this story, they are not painted as the family of tyrants but as a loving, patriotic family who believes in the power of forgiveness and showing kindness to all, even your enemies. Romanticized the story is told from the POV of the spirited and mischievous daughter, Anastasia Romanov who struggles to be brave and find forgiveness.
Well crafted, emotional, heartbreaking and at times comical, Brandes shapes a touching story with magical fantasy and young romance weaved in. Although not as accurate as some may like, to me this was definitely fiction, a story inspired by the facts. I think it takes talent and creativity to take a story down a different path away from what is and into what may have been. I loved it and would definitely recommend it to anyone who craves something a bit different.
Things That Don’t Make Sense is a hi-lo reader geared towards older kids who struggle with reading.
Landon has an F in life. He refuses to do his homework, he won’t take tests, and he won’t look at the chalkboard during class. Landon’s parents and teachers think it’s because he is not trying. He is hiding a secret though nothing makes sense to him. Landon struggles to read, he can’t wrap his mind around math, and he has trouble focusing.
This is a terrific quick read about Landon who is a struggling learner, a low reader and he really gets confused at math.
When he fails, he decides that he cannot let his mother know as she is always troubled about how others view her family. He decides, therefore, to take matters into his own hands.
This book is a great choice for reluctant or struggling readers as it is short, a fun read and has a few amusing drawings throughout the story.
I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review and share with others.
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Welcome to the May 2019 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.
Now we are already into Spring, and although it may seem a little early to think about Summer Camps, Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s Summer Camp edition! The Camps start to fill up early so we hope to give you some ideas as to what is available. 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.
How to choose a Summer Camp
For you Special Needs Child.
It is the season to register for Summer Camps. It may be just late Spring, and most camps do fill up quickly. If you think that your child’s special needs will prevent him or her from participating in a summer camp, it’s time to think again. Many camps offer specialized medical care for specific disabilities or one-on-one buddies, while other camps provide tutoring for individuals with learning disabilities in addition to outdoor activities. Here’s a run-down of the most popular camps for kids and adults with special needs
Try checking the links below, to check out the camps that are available. You can also try local organizations in your Municipality or surrounding areas.
Web Resources: Our Web Resources provide students, tutors, and all who are interested in a relevant and organized listing of literacy-related websites. These sites have been found useful to adults who want to improve their reading, writing, math and essential skills and to tutors and trainers who work with these motivated learners. We also provide brief descriptions of each site that is listed. Each site is listed according to the Essential Skill provided.
GCF LearnFree.org offers the computer and technology training you need for life – absolutely free! Whether you’re new to the computer, returning for review, or want to use technology to enhance your skills, GCFLearnFree.org has something for you, from basic computer skills to Microsoft Office training, free. (skills: RT, DU, TS, CU, CL)
…created another brilliant series, one filled with brilliantly crafted plotlines, compelling and unique characters and her world building…
True to form Charlie Holmberg has created another brilliant series, one filled with brilliantly crafted plotlines, compelling and unique characters and her world building skills are well…out of this world! Myths and Mortals picks up right where Smoke and Summons left off. Sandis is no longer a vessel for Ireth and living with the only family she has, her Uncle. Although grateful for having somewhere to go now that she is no longer a numina, she is still grieving, terrified and feels alone in the world. Still destroyed by Rone’s betrayal and plagued by bad dreams of the vessels left behind and of Kolossus, a numen, who can destroy humanity. Although she lives her life doing unusual jobs for her corrupt Uncle. When she refuses a particularly unsavoury one, he kicks her out without anywhere to go, there is only one person she can think of…Rone. Rone managed to get his mother across the border to safety and even though he had papers to join her, he has stayed behind. Rone won’t rest until he knows Sandis is alright and he hopes to have her understand why he betrayed her. Although Sandis doesn’t completely trust Rone when they are hunted by an assassin and learn that Kazen might still be alive and looking for a new vessel for Kolossus they team up. The two start out trying to find the other vessels to save them from a fate worse than death. On their journey, they pick up allies and make enemies as they find clues to Kazan’s whereabouts all leading to one terrifying cliffhanger. All in all, a fantastic, fun series that I would highly recommend for young and old alike.
Tips for Young Writers
Read! Read! Read! The more you read, the more you learn about writing. Read what you love, read in different genres and should you come across a book you don’t like, consider that a learning experience. When reading try to note what made you like or dislike about a book. Do you like one author’s description of a setting, another’s dialogue etc.? Knowing what you like, or dislike is a great lesson on how to create your own unique voice.
Keep an Idea Journal! I always have two journals on the go…one for my daily diary, setting goals, venting, dreaming etc. and one where I keep story ideas, snippets of dialogue I’ve heard and writer’s prompts.
Pay Attention To Your Surroundings! When writing it really is a case of show, don’t tell. When watching a movie or tv show, you see the colour of the main character’s hair, you can see their quirks or expressions on the characters faces. By observing life with five senses you gain experience which helps your writing in the long run.
All First Drafts Are Diamonds In The Rough! First drafts are all about getting the story down, expect to make mistakes and a lot of them. Remember you can always edit a first draft but you can’t edit a blank page. Don’t be scared to be bad at first, everyone is. Just have fun and enjoy telling the story.
Write! Write! Write! Lack of Time? Not Inspired? Life will always seem busy especially with school, homework, friends, and extracurricular activities, you might not think you have much time for writing…you have to make the time. Writing takes practice, the best way to become great is to write as much as you can. I have been writing since a child, I would write anywhere and on anything. If I didn’t have a notebook handy, napkins would work, now with cell phones, it is even easier to jot down a few lines. Too busy? If I had a busy week I would find little ten to fifteen-minute snippets of time to write. I wrote on the bus, in lines while shopping, waiting for appointments…and on weekends I often woke up early and wrote for a few hours before the rest of the family woke up. The best way to succeed as a writer is to show up to the page, make the time and even if you’re not feeling inspired sit-down and try. Often the act of writing will help you find the inspiration you need.
Keep Everything You Write, Even What You Hate! Whenever you write something whether it’s unfinished or not something you are proud of…always keep it. Often you can recycle ideas, dialogue, descriptions, characters or settings. It also helps you gauge your progress when you read some of your earlier work you can see just how much you’ve improved with time and practice.
Understand The Benefits of Criticism! If you choose to show your work to others don’t be upset or surprised if you receive criticism. Writing is so personal, we put a little bit of ourselves into our writing so often when someone tells us that something is wrong with it, we can get upset or discouraged. Criticism is a big part of writing and it is something you can use to improve your writing. Ask for specifics, what didn’t they like? Take a good look at what they are saying, could they be right? Don’t take it personally, their criticism can help you improve your writing.
Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your young adult’s creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just encourage them to be honest, creative and stretch their imagination!
“A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” ~ James Joyce
Write about what happens when a mistake leads to a secret portal. Where does the portal lead? What is on the other side?
✒ Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! ✒
Follow this page every month in Professor Owl’s Book corner to get the most up to date events at Variety Village.
We’ve achieved this reputation because of our ongoing work to better the lives of children and young people with disabilities. We are active in the greater Toronto area and across Ontario promoting the inclusion of young people through our three areas of expertise:
Integrated sports and life skills programs:
Children’s programming is delivered at Variety Village and throughout Ontario.
Reflecting on our philosophy, our practical and theoretical work develops equipment, games, and curricula promoting access, awareness and adapted activities.
Our academic and professional certifications programs draw students and teachers from around the world to learn and study our best practices and approaches, to participate in their applications and to learn how to adapt their own programs and initiatives.
Our hope is to foster a more integrated society, where everyone feels welcome, inspired and hopeful about his or her future.
Variety is pleased to offer several camps to children of all abilities including March Break Camp, Holiday Camps and Kid Development Day Camps (camps that fall on days that are PA/PD days within the Toronto Board). Variety offers a broad range of integrated full-day camps for participants of all abilities*, ages 4 to 20+. Our camp experience includes: Download Variety’s 2019 Camp Brochure: • Summer Camp – Register for 2019! • Kid Development Camp (Day Camp) • Holiday Camp • March Break Camp • Say hello to Summer! Camping is for everyone, and Variety offers a range of programs to ensure we meet the needs and interests of your camper. Summer Day Camp offers new experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships — extended hours are available to support your families busy schedule! • NEW! Summer camp t-shirts are a mandatory purchase at a cost of $15.00. • Camp Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sport & Social: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Extended hours (optional): 7:30 am – 6:00pm ($60/week) • Download our 2019 Summer Camp Registration Form NOTE: The following camps are now full: • Jr. Engineers, Week 3 • Jr. Engineers, Week 7 CAMP INFORMATION • Camper Tools • Camp Daily Schedules In this section you will find resources for Campers and parents to have a successful season at camp. Please click for:
One to One Camp Attendant Policy Form Picture Exchange Visuals CAMP FAQ’S How do I register my child for camp? To register your child for camp, please download and complete the correct registration form and send to Carly Cookman at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information:
Core-fit, Chair-Fit, ZUMBA, Kickboxing, Yoga, Circuit Training & More! Variety invites you to our second annual Fitathon. Join us as we work out for better health and a better facility! We’re doing three hours of back-to-back group exercise classes to raise money for new equipment for fitness classes. Each class will run for 20 minutes with a variety of styles, instructors and benefits – because who doesn’t like a little variety when working out? Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out, come join us for the FUNtastic FUNdrasier! All levels and abilities are welcome. Modifications are available for each class
. Fit30 Group Fitness Challenge
30 days of April Grab a card from your group fitness instructor and take part in tracking your fitness progress for the 30 days of April. Participate in a minimum of 3 fitness classes per week for your chance to win a FREE 4-month Membership. DRAW DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2019 LOCATION: Variety Fitathon, Variety Village, 6:00-9:00pm
TORONTO POLICE CHILDREN’S GAMES
May 11th. 2019
Participants 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
by Toronto Police volunteers. Please complete the Police Games 2019 fillable form below to express your interest in participating before May 1, 2019. EVENT SCHEDULE: 9:00-9:30am – Registration (Fieldhouse) 9:30-10:00am – Welcome (South Fieldhouse) 10:00 – Opening Ceremonies 10:30-12:30pm – Activities (Sports and Games) 12:30pm- Closing Ceremonies/Awards 1:00-2:00pm – Registrant BBQ
VENUE: Variety Ontario (Variety Village) 3701 Danforth Avenue Scarborough, ON M1N 2G2 For more information: Archie Allison email@example.com 416 699 7167 ext.236
20TH ANNUAL PIZZA NOVA THAT’S AMORE PIZZA FOR KIDS DAY SAVE THE DATE!
On Tuesday, May 14 get a MEDIUM PEPPERONI PIZZA for only $4.39+ tax at any participating Pizza Nova locations across Ontario and $1 from every pizza sale will support Variety’s kids
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 11am – 9pm Walk-in only | While supplies last | Limit 2 per customer | Not valid with specials or coupons
For further Information: On this months visits please visit the link below/ 3701 Danforth Ave. Toronto, ON M1N 2G2 Phone: 416 699 7167 For more information on these Variety Village Events and Programs, please contact/ www.varietyvillage.ca
About March of Dimes Canada
March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across the country.[
March of Dimes Canada Head Office 10 Overlea Blvd. Toronto, ON M4H 1A4 Tel: 416-425-3463 Toll-free: 1-800-263-3463 Fax: 416-425-1920
Accessibility Customer Service Policy Feedback (including feedback for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) Please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your comments, concerns, questions or suggestions about our Accessible Customer Service Policy.
Summer Recreation Program for people with physical disabilities includes social events, swimming, water sports, canoeing, art, nature trail walks, and out trips into the community * includes meals and accommodations, along with an atmosphere of acceptance, fun and friendship * attendant services are provided on an as-needed basis * accessible transportation to and from the facility available
Young Adults, Adults, resident of Ontario, with behavioural and social skills appropriate for an adult integrated setting * must not be experiencing violent behaviour, require one on one care or be a substance abuser
Join our Recreation program on a terrific once-a-year opportunity for an extra-long 5-hour spring time cruise aboard the Ms Chi-Cheemaun on Georgian Bay along the coast of the spectacular Bruce Peninsula.
For: Adults (18 yrs.+) living with a disability
When: Thursday May 2, 2019
Location: Bruce Peninsula, ON
Price: $139.00 per person
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
*Includes ticket aboard the Ms Chi-Cheemaun cruise, hot and cold buffet on board the boat, complimentary water and snack on the bus, accessible and companion seating available.
Round trip transportation from Toronto: Departure from 10 Overlea Blvd March of Dimes Canada at 8:00 am. Return to 26 Overlea Blvd Tim Hortons/ Wendy’s at 9:30 pm. (Additional pickup points en-route may be possible – call for more details)Download Day Trip Registration Form
RETURN TO GRACE
Wednesday May 8, 2019
Space is Limited – Register Early!
(Registration may close earlier if event capacity is reached)
A non-refundable payment of $139.00 must be included with the application form.
Application forms can be submitted via email, fax or mail.
Join our Recreation program team on a glorious, heartfelt tribute to a music icon, RETURN TO GRACE traces the greatest musical moments of a generation with song favourites that include “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Love Me Tender”, and more!
For: Adults (18 yrs.+) living with a disability ~ When: Wednesday May 8, 2019 Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Princess of Wales Theatre
300 King Street West, Toronto ON M5V 1J2
Price: $65.00 per person, *Includes ticket to the show, accessible and companion seating available.
Join our Recreation Program on the spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family that will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. For: Adults (18 yrs+) living with a disability When:Wednesday May 29, 2019 Time: 1:30 p.m.Location: Princess of Wales Theatre 300 King Street West, Toronto ON M5V 1J2Price: $65.00 per person *Includes ticket to the show, accessible and companion seating available.Transportation details:Transportation is not available for this trip. Application deadline: Monday April 15, 2019 Download Day Trip Registration FormSpace is Limited – Register Early! (Registration may close earlier if event capacity is reached)
Welcome to the April 2019 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.
Now the March break has now come and gone. Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s computer safety 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.
Online Safety for Tween, Teens and Young Adults.
1. Keep Your Online Identity Secret
• Don’t share or tell anyone your real name, address or neighborhood you live in.
Here are the general rules:
• Do not give out any information that a predator could possibly use to find you.
1. Even “simple clues” like the name of the school you attend or the name of your sports team is enough for a predator to figure out your identity
2. Your Username and Password Belong to You … Only You
• Do not give or share your username or password with anyone. It is that simple.
• If someone gets hold of them and tries to pull a joke on you by putting something online under your name. It can cause many serious problems that can get you into trouble with your parents, school or even the police. Keep both your username and password “Private.”
3. The Internet has a Great Memory ~ Keep Its Memory of You Clean.
• Since the internet is so huge that does not mean that any embarrassing or rude pictures, nasty comments, or illegal activities will just disappear.
• Be careful what you post about yourself or others. Do not allow your friends to post about you. If not you may have to live with it for a long, long time.
Looking for an interesting book about internet safety check out Belinda’s review:
I received a complimentary copy of The All Seeing Digital Eyes
by Neville J Kattakayam from the author and AshNel Inc in order to read and give an honest review.
… the author had done an incredible job showing us what is happening to our information and what we can do to prevent our privacy from being compromised…
Whether you are an internet veteran from the days of bulletin boards and WebCrawler (I know dating myself) to a novice just dipping their toes into the cyber water this book is for you. Neville J. Kattkayam’s initial inspiration was to write a book to help his 13-year-old daughter navigate the information age when everyone is utilizing smartphones, smart televisions, tablets and even appliances. With the advance of technology when most of our lives are controlled by the transmission of electronic information so is our personal information. The author has done an incredible job showing us what is happening to our information and what we can do to prevent our privacy from being compromised. If you have already experienced problems it’s not too late, Mr Kattkayam also includes a section to get your information secured and tips on how to proceed moving forward.
Even though this book is inspired by a 13-year old I feel this is a great guide for everyone who is on the grid, definitely a five-star in my opinion.
I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Sound of Suffering by Darin C. Brown from NetGalley and Doc Squared Publishing/Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members’ in order to read and give an honest review.
Hunter is on a quest to find out what the aura’s, scents and sounds he experiences around people mean. This is the second book in the Masters of Perceptions series, the first I have not read but feel it didn’t hamper my ability to enjoy the story. Young Hunter is autistic and suffers from overwhelming stimuli when he comes in contact with others. At this point, he is learning a little bit about himself and his abilities. While excelling at school and working his way through earning his Karate belts he still struggles with learning how to handle his gift and how to interact with those around him. He has people to help him though, a few friends, one of which has a dubious reputation, his desk mate and his Sensei all help him but he finds his biggest confidant to be his grandfather who lives across the country. When he gets strange sensations indicating one of his teachers is in trouble he can’t ignore the feeling and becomes determined to help her. His friends by his side he sets out on a dangerous adventure that is much bigger than just helping his teacher. I won’t give any more away the plot takes an interesting turn you need to read!
The characters are well-written and as mentioned the story takes an unexpected and interesting path. I would give this story 4.5 stars only because I found that some things seemed a bit unnecessary and they detracted from the story. Although I appreciate that the author is trying to teach the reader through the process of reading, sometimes the “info dumps” distracted me from the flow of the story, it felt hard to stay connected. It’s really is an ingenious story with interesting characters but many of the lessons seem repetitive. All in all, though I think it’s worth reading and would definitely recommend it!
Welcome to the March 2019 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.
With March break upon us Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s parental 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.
It’s March break again, the time of year that strikes fear into the hearts of many parents. What can you do to occupy and inspire your child during the week?
Are you going on a long drive or flight and are worried about how to keep your child occupied other than movies and gadgets? Create an age-appropriate travel kit for your child. Pack an inexpensive tote with journals, markers, coloured pencils, stickers, glue sticks, watercolours and drawing tablets. Along the way encourage your child to keep a travel journal. At every stop have them pick up inexpensive postcards and incorporate them into their journal, writing about each stop. This will not only keep your child occupied but also enable them to have a lasting memory of their travels.
Not traveling? No Problem! If feasible, plan day trips to museums, theatres and your local zoo. Have your child pick up postcards, ticket stubs and programs to add to their travel journal. Is your child a budding artist? Have them take a sketchbook along as well. Want to get out of the house? Create an “around town” scavenger hunt. By using a relatively inexpensive disposable camera give your child a list of items to photograph right in your own backyard. Make it a “Signs of Spring” list i.e. bird, flower bud, chipmunk, etc. Another option does your child love cars? Take them to a car show or around the neighbourhood looking for different cars, for example, the oldest car, the biggest car, a red car, etc. Once all of the pictures have been taken have them developed and have fun with your child creating a special collage.
Local craft stores, libraries, and community centers may offer classes on everything from pottery to bead making helping your child to create a lasting treasure. For inexpensive creative ideas often you don’t have to look any further than your local dollar or craft store.
Not only do creative pursuits help pass the time they also give your child tools to live a creative life. Creating helps give your child a sense of accomplishment and boosts their self-confidence. Learning how to tap into their creativity helps them find solutions to problems by teaching them how to think “outside the box”. Another benefit of being creative is that your child also learns how to express themselves, learn new skills and discover their unique attributes.
“Creativity is really the structuring of magic.” ~ Ann Kent Rush
Creative challenge for March Break: Choose at least three creative activities to enjoy with your child this week.
This week’s affirmation: I teach my child to discover their creative potential.
In this video, the teacher leads her students through activities that begin with a previous homework assignment and lead up to reading an authentic science article. The teacher uses a series of scaffolded steps to develop students’ critical thinking and to prepare them to understand and discuss the technical article they read together in class. At the end of the class, the teacher explains her rationale for how she structured the lesson and reflects on what went well and what she changed or adapted as the lesson progressed
Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.
Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.
Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.
The characters in this book were very interesting the villains very complicated, and a plot pulled from a dark fairy-tale. This was a very suspenseful and quick read, one that held my interest from cover to cover with a very satisfying ending.
Thanks again to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.
This is Book #2 of The Select series. Readers should read Book #1, SELECT, first.
After rejecting the cult-like influence of her father’s family, Julia moves into a fancy hotel in downtown Austin. But she finds herself alone except for her boyfriend, John–and her fears. Once again she’s suppressing her abilities, afraid her family will come for John when they find out he’s been developing abilities of his own in her presence. The FBI is also keeping a close eye on Julia hoping she can lead them to her father, Novak, as he’s wanted for questioning in his former assistant’s death.
With tensions high, Julia and John agree to go separate ways for the summer, paving the way for Julia to reunite with Angus, a fellow outcast. Together they set out on a road trip to California to find Julia’s mom and a way into Novak’s secret underground world. Along the way, Julia will learn the Puri perhaps aren’t the only humans evolving into something different. . . and that maybe she’s the leader her people have needed all along.
This is a fun fantasy read and I would recommend it. The story is unique and interesting. It is well written in a style that is easy to read and keeps you interested. Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book.
Ten Things about Marit Weisenberg.
1. I live in Austin, TX with my husband and two daughters where we love to hike across the greenbelt for breakfast tacos.
2. My first name is Norwegian, pronounced maa-RIHT. I’m only a quarter Norwegian but my parents really decided to commit. My sister’s name is Kjersti.
3. I’ve retold a PG-13 version of Game of Thrones for my kids, roughly covering all seven seasons. It took a couple of weeks and I’m realizing there are still subplots left.
4. I love nice clothing but spend most of my days wearing workout gear and never bothering to change.
5. I’m a native Northern Californian and I grew up in Silicon Valley before it became the Silicon Valley it is today.
6. From California, I went to Bowdoin College in Maine and was stunned to experience a true winter for the first time.
7. I have a master’s degree from UCLA in Cinema and Media Studies and worked in development at production companies on the Warner Brothers, Disney and Universal lots. If you ask me which my favorite was, I think I would say Warner Brothers–I’ll never forget seeing all six of the ‘Friends’ on one golf cart. But the Disney Commissary had the best food.
8. We are on the waitlist for a golden doodle puppy and I know my life is about to change.
9. I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer–from making up stories with my toys, to secretly writing a romance novel with my friend during high school Latin class.
10. I love to read–especially YA. I love powerful girls and anything having to do with first love.