Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ November 5, 2016

Star Wars: Ahsoka Audible – Unabridged

E. K. Johnston (Author), Ashley Eckstein (Narrator), Listening Library (Publisher)

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Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars and before she reappeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally her story will begin to be told.

Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa – and the Rebel Alliance.

Amazing story. Like most people Ashoka is my favorite from Clone Wars and was excited when this book showed up for pre-order. I rarely finish a book in a day but I did this one. I was disappointed when I realized I had finished it, I wanted more! Please tell me there is at least a second book on the way very soon.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com

 

 

 

 

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ October 30, 2016

Witch Way to Hallows’ Bay: A Brimstone Bay Mystery

(Brimstone Bay Mysteries Book 2)  ~ Kindle Edition

by N.M. Howell (Author)

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Cats, cookies, and murder. An unfortunate recipe for a Halloween celebration. After finding out her job at the Brimstone Press is at risk when a misogynistic journalist from her past gets hired, clever witch and accidental cat lady River Halloway doesn’t think her day could get any worse. That is, until someone new to town is killed during the Hallows’ Bay Halloween celebration, and one of the most well-loved people in town is accused of the murder. Now, not only does River need to solve the crime and be the first to write the story for the sake of her job, but she must find who the real killer is before her beloved friend gets sent to state prison for murder. This is book 2 of the Brimstone Bay Mysteries series. If you’re a fan of Amanda M. Lee, Juliette Harper, and Amy Boyles, then be sure to get your fill of magic, mystery, and murder with this cozy new paranormal mystery series.

This book  released on October 25, 2016 is on special for $-99 for Canadian Readers and $-75 for our U.S. Readers.

 

Get your copy below:

http://www.amazon.ca  and  http://www.amazon.com

 

 

 

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review~ 24th. September, 2016

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I receive a newsletter from Reading Rockers every week, and in their latest issue, they have a list of books to help “Struggling Readers.”

I would like to share with you over the next few reviews the books they suggest especially for you ~ to receive your own copy of their newsletters give the following  link to your parents http://www.readingrockets.org/

 

Home at Last Hardcover – Sep 13 2016

by Vera B. Williams (Author, Illustrator), Chris Raschka (Illustrator

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A poignant, timely, and universal picture book about fear, adoption, family, and the joy of fatherhood, written by beloved and award-winning author Vera B. Williams and illustrated by the author in collaboration with two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka.

After Lester is adopted by Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich, he develops a big problem—he can’t fall asleep. Night after night he creeps into his parents’ room and attempts to crawl in between his two daddies, confident that if he’s with them and their dog, Wincka, nothing bad will happen to him ever again. But every night, Lester’s new dads walk him back to his own room, hoping that eventually Lester will get used to the new house and his new family and feel as though he belongs. They buy him a bike and take him for ice cream. They make cocoa and introduce him to his cousins. But no matter how happy Lester seems during the day, he still gets scared and worried at night! It’s the sweet dog Wincka who finally solves the problem when she climbs into Lester’s bed and promptly falls asleep, serving as both his pillow and his protector. Lester feels home at last.

Reviews:

“Full of tender everyday moments, Raschka’s sunny, loosely stroked painting lull readers into Lester’s new life. …Williams’s gift was capturing candid moments of pure love, and this, her final story before her death in 2015, offers a string of them.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))


“Williams’ heartfelt text, published posthumously, supports Raschka’s expressive illustrations to tell the story of a child adopted by two dads. … Raschka’s paintings add emotional depth to the setbacks, miscommunications, and moments of joy. …A book to welcome into all kinds of homes.” (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author and Illustrator:

Vera B. Williams died on October 16, 2015, while still working on this book with her dear friend and fellow artist Chris Raschka. Chris Raschka’s astonishing and glorious full-color paintings are based on sketches by Vera B. Williams and honor both her spirit and her intent. Home at Last is a universal, timely, and timeless book about the right of all children to belong someplace safe.

Books are available from ~ http:// www.amazon.ca,  http://www.amazon.com, all good book stores and your local libraries.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~17th. September, 2016

27 Magic Words

By Sharelle Byars Moranville (Author)

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Apart from the title “27 Magic Words”, there is no magic in this gently moving, well-paced story and the reality of a child deep in denial eventually coming to terms with her parents’ death. Ten-year-old Kobi and her older sister live in Paris with their grandmother, enjoying a seemingly privileged lifestyle: they are homeschooled by a tutor, dine on gourmet meals prepared by a housekeeper, and wear fashionable French clothing. While Kobi misses her parents, whom she believes to be on an extended ocean voyage, she can see them whenever she wants by uttering one of the 27 magic words her mother gave her before she and Kobi’s father left five years earlier. A move to Iowa to live with her uncle leaves Kobi struggling to adjust in every way possible: to school, to a new culture, to a much less luxurious lifestyle-and eventually to the realization that her parents aren’t coming home. Told from Kobi’s point of view, this character-driven novel does a remarkable job of allowing readers to see the world through Kobi’s eyes, both as a five-year-old believing in her parents’ magical abilities and as a 10-year-old surrounded by adults who are coping with their own heartbreaks and traumas. Secondary characters are portrayed equally deftly, and even minor characters come across as living, breathing individuals.

This book is a gem. The masterfully crafted prose engages young and adult readers alike. Kobi is a compelling main character whose difficult emotional journey is ultimately satisfying and hope-filled. The supporting characters are engaging, too.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca and http://www.amazon.com

Also available from Public and School Libraries’

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ September 10th. 2016

Prince of Outcasts

a novel of the Change

First edition.

By Stirling S.M. (Author)

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Summary/Review: “”[An] epic series, “* the Novels of the Change by New York Times bestselling author S.M. Stirling chronicle a postapocalyptic landscape of medieval and mystical monarchies ruling and warring across a world where mysterious Powers removed advanced technology. A new alliance has been forged between the High Kingdom of Montival and the Empire of Great Japan, but at the cost of a lost prince … John Arminger Mackenzie wanted to be a troubadour, but fate made him the son of the King of Montival. His sister Princess Ólaith will deservedly inherit the throne of the High Kings, and it will pass on to him only in the event of her death, leaving the young prince on an unknown path to discover his true role in the family. The opportunity to prove his mettle comes when John’s ship, the Tarshish Queen, is caught in the fierce storm raised against the enemies of the alliance. When the clouds recede and the skies clear, John and his crew find themselves on the other side of the Pacific, in the island chains of the Ceram Sea, fighting to survive against vicious pirates and monstrous creatures of the deep while meeting new allies and mysterious enemies of this world and another. Now Prince John must seize his birthright and lead his people in battle against the darkest forces man and nature can conjure against them”-

Released September 6th. 2016

Author Notes:

Stephen Michael Stirling is a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. His Birthday is September 30, 1953. He has lived in several countries and currently resides in the United States in New Mexico with his wife. He is probably best known for his Draka series of novels and his more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series. In 2014 his title The Golden Princess made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

 

Available from http://www.amazon.ca ~http://www.amazon.com and your public and school libraries

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 3rd. September, 2016

Empire of Storms

by Sarah J. Maas (Author)

Release date– Sep 6 2016

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Kingdoms collide in Sarah J. Maas’s epic fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what — and who — to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca and http://www.amazon.com

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ 27th., of August, 2016

Valley of Steel

 (A story of survival, redemption and joy; of childhood memories that burn in the soul)

by Ivan King (Author)

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Young Adult Book (Released Aug. 25 2016)

Fate can be unkind. Would you dare to look back and risk her wrath? When you’re a child of the favela, in the Valley of Steel, you know that Fate comes like a whirlwind, lifting some to great heights and slapping others down with no reason. Ivan, rescued first from an orphanage in the slums of Rio de Janeiro and then from the bleak streets of Ipatinga in Brazil’s Valley of Steel, has been favored by Fate. When a call from Brazil interrupts his privileged life in America, he learns his best friend has committed suicide in the rugged Valley of Steel and only he knows the real reasons why. This is the story of one man’s journey home after a self-inflicted exile. The story of a boy who saw more than any child should, and the man he grew into—and how that man came back to the Valley of Steel to avenge his childhood and stare down the demons of his past. It is a story of survival, redemption, and joy. Of childhood memories that burn in the soul—and what happens when one man has courage enough to fan the flames and face the fire.

Hear What the Critics Are Saying:

“If you enjoyed The Kite Runner, then you’ll love Ivan King’s Valley of Steel; it both made me laugh and cry. It is by far one of the best fiction novels for young adults I have read this year. A Must Read.” -Mary Jones -Valley Daily News

“This inspirational book for young adults was a great read; I have a sixteen year old son and both he and I read it; Great Book.” -Judy B. Cohen -Valley Group Media

“I was looking for a book about dealing with depression and anxiety and a friend recommend this one. I won’t lie to you, by the end I was crying a bit. Highly Recommend.” -Dave Baker -Book Bloggers of America

“My Daughter in Law recommended this book to me and so I bought it. I was trying to overcome the loss of a family member so the book really spoke to me. This is just me, but I thought the book was sad; as a coming of age tale for young adults, it sends a very Powerful Message.” -Debra Eisner -Literary Times Inc.

 

Available from http://www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com

About The Author

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With more than 25 years of experience in the writing business, Ivan King is an Award Winning and Best Selling Author of over 30 Novels. His #1 Book on Amazon, Breakfast With Jesus, has become a major success internationally. Mr. King was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1977; though his stay in Rio was to be short lived. Adopted from an orphanage, he was raised in Ipatinga’s, Valley of Steel. His favorite author is Hemingway; yet his favorite book, is Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. When he is not writing or reading, he plays chess and the guitar.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 04 July, 2016

 

 

 

 

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

by Charlie N. Holmberg (Author)

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Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.

When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.

During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences.

From the author of The Paper Magician series comes a haunting and otherworldly tale of folly and consequence, forgiveness and redemption.

I enjoyed this book. For me it was a nice quick read. Holmberg’s writing draws readers in, and instantly I found myself enjoying the story and caring about the protagonist.

Available from http://www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com

 

 

About the Author

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Biography

Charlie Nicholes Holmberg was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to two parents who sacrificed a great deal to give their very lazy daughter a good education. As a result, Charlie learned to hate uniforms, memorized all English prepositions in alphabetical order, and mastered the art of Reed-Kellogg diagramming a sentence at age seven. She entered several writing contests in her elementary years and never placed.

Being a nerd, Charlie started writing fan-fiction as a teenager in between episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She became a full-fledged band geek with mediocre talent in high school, where she met her husband Jordan Holmberg. While she strove to win his attention by baking him cookies and throwing ramen noodles at his house, he didn’t actually ask her out until six years later.

Charlie began taking writing seriously during her undergrad at Brigham Young University, where she majored in English and minored in editing. She finally won a few writing contests. She graduated with her BA in 2010 and got hitched three months later. Shortly afterwards, her darling husband dragged her to Moscow, Idaho, where he subsequently impregnated her.

In summer 2013, after collecting many rejection letters and making a quilt out of them, Charlie sold her ninth novel, The Paper Magician, and its sequel to 47North with the help of her wonderful agent, Marlene Stringer. Someday she will own a dog.

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ June, 27th.,2016

 

 

 

The Midnight Society

(The Midnight Chronicles Book 1)

by Rhonda Sermon (Author

 

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Fans of The Mortal Instruments and Outlander will love The Midnight Society’s gripping mix of magic, high-stakes action and time travel twists.

Witness protection has a protocol for dealing with every situation–except magic.

Cate’s life has been monitored since her new identity was created five years ago. She’s spent countless hours learning how to deal with potential threats and dangerous situations. None of which is any use when everyone around her is suddenly frozen like statues at the bus stop.

As she attempts to make sense of the frightening scene, a mysterious group of teenagers appears out of thin air. They are intrigued she’s not affected, but focus on completing their deadly mission, using baffling powers before they vanish again.

When the group seeks her out the next day, Cate is drawn into a world filled with sorcery and time travel. After she accidentally brings a cheerleader back from the dead, her incredible powers are revealed. Cate is shocked to discover she has a pivotal role to play in a centuries-old battle between two mortal enemies which threatens to destroy her entire world.

With the distinction between good and evil blurred, she’s faced with the excruciating choice of which side to join. Cate can save her family or protect thousands of people from death. She can’t do both. Will she risk destroying innocent lives to save the ones she loves?

The Midnight Society is the first book in The Midnight Chronicles series of young adult urban fantasy novels. If you like original butt-kicking heroines, fast-paced fantasy and science fiction with unpredictable time travel twists, then you’ll love Rhonda Sermon’s refreshing, entertaining series starter.

(Midnight Society was originally released as Timesurfers. This book has been revised and contains additional content.)

This book is really amazing, once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down! It was very captivating, one of the best books I have read in a long time;  looking forward to reading more books by Rhonda Sermon!

Available from http://www.amazon.ca and http://www.amazon.com

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ 20, June 2016

 

The Night Flyers (Mysteries through History)

Author ~ Elizabeth McDavid Jones

 

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When her homing pigeons disappear while her father is fighting in World War I, a twelve-year-old girl suspects a German spy may be responsible With her father in France, fighting in the war, Pam Lowder has the responsibility of taking care of the family’s prize-winning homing pigeons on their farm. The birds are special because her father trained them to fly at night so they can bring messages to his family when he’s not there. And now a stranger with a foreign accent has shown up in Currituck with an offer to buy the whole lot.   But Pam isn’t interested in selling. She loves the pigeons and would much rather spend time with them than go to school. Then she wakes up one morning to find some pigeons missing. After the disappearance of Caspian, her favorite, the plucky pigeoneer sets a plan in motion to catch the thief. She has a pretty good idea who it is. But how is she supposed to rescue her pigeons and outwit a German spy?   This e-book includes a historical afterword.

Product Descriptions

  • Format: Kindle Edition File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 93 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween (July 8 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L3SYL3K
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Available from www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com