EXTRA: #BookReview The Book Knights, An Arthurian Fantasy by J.G. McKenney (@jgmckenney) #Fantasy #YA #NetGalley

Review

The Book Knights

An Arthurian Fantasy

by J.G. McKenney

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Published: July 5th 2017


I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Book Knights by J.G. McKenney from NetGalley and Victory Editing NetGalley Co-Op.

…a wonderfully unique plotline, compelling characters and an interesting and terrifying (reading and books are outlawed *shudders*) world! …

I absolutely loved this book! The author has created a brilliant and unique take on Arthurian legend. Filled with a wonderfully unique plotline, compelling characters and an interesting and terrifying world (where reading & books are outlawed *shudders*😲)!

The story begins with Arti, our protagonist, on the run after her parents are arrested for being readers and having a hidden library brimming with books in their home.   A neighbour has reported them and their home is raided. Hiding behind a shelf Arti barely escapes the destruction of her home and is on the run for her freedom.  Morgan Fay, the head of “The Corporation” is an acting government of sorts and has banned reading and books throughout the land. Arti is being hunted by The Flames (Fay’s enforcement officers) who will stop at nothing until they bring readers to justice. Scared, lost and on the run Arti meets a young street smart girl named Gal who helps her navigate her new life on the run.  Gal unable to read is moved and they bond when Arti introduces her to the beauty of reading.

With her world in danger and at risk of having any readers annihilated, Arti teams up with some interesting characters along the way.  She meets Merl at an abandoned Garage called “Camel-Lot” when they stumble upon his motor home hidden in one of the Bays.  Peeking in the window they notice him reading an ancient looking tome. Arti knowing he is one of “them” decides to talk to him and their lives change forever.  Merl who has been looking for the “chosen one” who can read the hidden text in the tome and is elated when he realizes there is hope for the world. One by one her knights are drawn to her. Along with Merl, Gal and Arti, Lance and Gwen join them on a crusade to restore reading to their world.

A fun fast-paced and interesting take on a classic story that I would highly recommend for young and old alike.

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~Book of the Week~ June 28th.2019

No Fences in Alaska

By Glen Sobey

“A love letter to family relationships and Alaskan life, No Fences in Alaska is a gratifying young adult novel.”Foreword Reviews
“All told, readers will find No Fences in Alaska impossible to put down.” –BlueInk Starred Review

Their worlds are about to come crashing down…

At sixteen years old, Harper Lyon’s life is spinning out of control. She threatens her parents with suicide unless she can meet her drug-dealing boyfriend, a college student who doesn’t know she’s pregnant. Cooper Lyons, her estranged grandfather, lives in rural Alaska with only his dog and cat for company. He has just been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, and he doesn’t plan on letting the disease run its course. Harper needs to escape her parents and decide what to do about the baby. She and her grandpa are worlds apart, but they may be exactly what the other needs. When Harper calls her grandfather, he welcomes the opportunity to help her and redeem his previous failure with his daughter Heather, who died from a drug overdose years ago.

I really loved this book, I was simply drawn into the story and went from thinking Harper was going to be a maybe “wayward”, alcoholic teen but the more I read into the book I realised that she is rather misunderstood. The characters and story line were very well done it explores family relationships and character development. The book is on the mature side, dealing with some intense themes. It does, however, induce a sense of joy that happens when one is part of a complete family, chosen or biological.

This the first book I have read from author Glen Sobey and certainly look for his other books.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity of receiving an advance copy of this book for reviewing.

Book is available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca http://www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores.

About the author

Glen Sobey.

Glen Sobey lives in rural Alaska with his wife, three dogs, and a forest cat. He plays several musical instruments, hikes, kayaks, catches fish (sometimes), builds things, repairs more things, gardens, shovels lots of snow, splits too much wood, enjoys his family, and writes as often as he can.

 

 

 

 

 

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Julia Hawkins has a lot of passions in life.#WATWB


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The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are:

Sylvia McGrath,
Susan Scott,
Shilpa Garg,
Eric Lahti,
and Belinda Witzenhausen

The story below is very relevant to me at present, it  shows one that you are never to old to begin again and follow your dreams.

At age 102, Julia Hawkins has a lot of passions in life, but none more thrilling than running. She broke a world record for the 100-meter dash by female competitors 100 years and older and she shows no signs of stopping.

 

For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ June 18, 2019

City of the Falling Sky

(The Seckry Sequence Book 1)

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By Joseph Evans

When Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends.

Fortunately, the marvels of the city do a good job in distracting Seckry from his anger and homesickness, and it isn’t long before he’s competing at Friction (the city’s most popular multiplayer video game), slurping awe-inspiring multicoloured milkshakes, and getting butterflies on his first date.

Then, when a mysterious email asks Seckry to break into the headquarters of the Endrin Corporation and steal a container full of worms for a hefty sum of money, his anger resurfaces, and he can’t resist the revenge he promised himself.
The book is full of plot twists some that are so page turning I just lost track of the time completely as I didn’t want to put the book down.
A remarkably good read it kept my attention all the way through. Great characters and plot, story was great, a well put together book, great story telling. I will be reading more from this author, looking forward also to other books in the series.
Books are available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com, www.kobo.com and other fine book stores.

About Author

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Joseph Evans grew up in Cardiff, South Wales, UK, where he spent a lot of his childhood playing video games and watching anime. His love of books originated from his love of the fantastic stories and narratives he found in both of these. He is still a big video games fan and his favourite game of all time is Final Fantasy VII. He has a 1st class degree in Interactive Media and alongside writing he is a freelance motion graphics designer as well as a bookseller in the Cardiff branch of Waterstones. If you’re ever in the area, drop by and say hello!

Professor Owls Book Corner ~ Community Board ~ Access Expo! June 2019

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Join us for the Access Expo!
Connecting consumers of all abilities; their families and friends, organizations and healthcare professionals to products and services for any individual interested in accessibility, inclusion, mobility, sport, fitness and healthy living.

For more information on the event please visit the website below.

www.accessexpo.ca

We are excited to introduce the new transformation from the People in Motion show to the Access Expo, presented by Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario. Please read below for important event information.

Join us for the Opening Ceremonies!

To celebrate the official opening, we would like to extend an invitation for you to join us on Thursday, June 6 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. In addition to a ceremonial opening we will be honoring this year’s award winners for their contributions to accessibility and inclusion in Ontario.

Reception: Thursday, June 6 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Court 2 Demo Area
Awards Presentation: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

AWARDEES
Theme: Innovation in Accessibility

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Lifetime Achievement for Innovation in Accessibility: David Onley
Innovation for Accessibility in Sport: Arron Barberian & Linda Rodeck
Innovation in Adaptive Sport/Parasport: Zack Copplestone
ParaSport® Ontario Community Impact Award: Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers

SPEAKER SERIES

The Access Expo is excited to welcome an exciting speaker series to promote inclusive healthy active living opportunities and experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

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SPEAKER SCHEDULE: Friday June 7, 2019

10:00 – 10:45am – JaimeLynn Nowbari – High Five Training
11:00 – 11:45am – Alf Spencer – Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility
12:00 – 12:45pm – Marianne Kozinets, Anu Banerjee, Kristan Francis of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
1:00 – 1:45pm – Michelle Haney – Euro-Peds
2:00 – 2:45pm – Chris Power – Power Transitions
3:00 – 3:45pm – Jeff Tiessen – ParaSport Ontario
4:00 – 4:45pm – Karen Stintz – Variety Village/Variety Ontario
5:00 – 5:45pm – Valeria Alvia – World Financial Group

Click below to visit our website to learn more about the full list of speakers.

CAREER & EDUCATION FAIR
Booth #901 Accenture
Booth #902 Canadian Council of Rehab and Work
Booth #903 HSBC
Booth #904 BGIS
Booth #905 CNE
Booth #906 TD Bank
Booth #907 Nielsen
Booth #908 The Career Foundation
Booth #909 U of T Scarborough
Booth #910 Ryerson
Booth #911 York University
Booth #912 University of Western
Booth #913 OCAD
Booth #914 Public Service Commission
Visit the TTC bus on-site to learn about accessible features. Located outside next to the BBQ and Beer Tent area.

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EVENT DETAILS
Location:
Variety Ontario (Variety Village)
3701 Danforth Avenue
Scarborough Ontario
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Hours: 2-day Expo
Thursday, June 6
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday, June 7
8:00am – 8:00pm

Save the date in your calendar!

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SHOW GUIDE & EVENT MAP
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Show Guide
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FOOD & REFRESHMENTS

Variety Cafe: Lobby and front reception area
Food Booth: Court 3
Items will include bagels, sandwiches, wraps, salads, baked goods and more! Please note: all sandwiches and salads are made fresh daily.

BBQ
Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
Thursday, June 6 – Not available
Friday, June 7 – 11:00am – 6:30pm
Brock Street Brewing Company
Beer Tent
Keep an eye out for the Brock Street Beer tent featuring a fully -accessible bar. ID required. Please drink responsibly.

                      On Draft at the Tent:

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Blonde Lagered Ale
Bohemian Pilsner
Amber Lagered Ale

Cash, debit and credit will be available at all locations.

PARKING

Parking will be not be available in the Variety Village parking lot on both days.

June 6th: Parking will be available at Birchmount High School (which is directly beside Variety Village) after 3:00pm. As well, parking is available on Danforth Avenue.

June 7th: Valet parking will be available. Your car can be dropped off and picked up at the valet station in the Variety parking lot. Parking will be available on Danforth Avenue as well as Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (Birchmount Rd. and Danforth Ave.).

Shuttles

There will be two accessible shuttle golf carts during the entirety of the event if people choose to park their own vehicles, but need assistance getting back. Parking will be available at Birchmount High School after 3:00pm.
PERSONAL SUPPORT ASSISTANCE

The Access Expo is excited to have paired with the Personal Support Workers and will be providing free support to anyone who needs it. The Personal Support Workers booths is located at Booth #802.

FIRST AID

Toronto Paramedics will be on-site to provide first aid services, located at Booth #804.

Connect with us & Share your experience!

FACILITY CLOSURES & RESTRICTIONS
Event Day

Thursday, June 6
Parking lot: closed to all members and public.
Only accessible parking remains open.
Fieldhouse: closed
Information for members
All fitness classes and fieldhouse One to One’s cancelled with the exception of the classes noted below:
Chairfit 11:00 am-12:00 noon – moved to Cafeteria.
Aquatic programs will still run except for Aquafit 11:00 am–2:00 noon
Red Cross and Aquatic One to One’s – still running.
Friday, June 7 – Access Expo Event 8:00am – 8:00pm
Parking lot: closed to all members and public.
Only accessible parking remains open.
Fieldhouse: closed
Information for Event Attendees: Valet parking (Friday, June 7)
Valet parking begins at 8:30am. Please drop you vehicle at Lobby entrance doors.
Information for Camp pick up and drop off:
Please drop campers off at Cafeteria entrance before 9:15am – camp day trip.

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The Inspirational Story Of 9-Year-Old Ezra Frech #WATWB

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are:

Professor Owl’s Book Corner has always been for and about children and young adults who in spite of their illness or disability have turned their lives around and have achieved the impossible. This young man really has made a possible difference to his and others lives.
For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here

Professor Owls Book Corner~ June, 2019

 
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Welcome to the June 2019 Edition of Professor Owl’s Newsletter! This month we’ll be highlighting some great books, offering some tips on how to get the most from your reading and…we would also like to encourage you to take Professor Owl’s Reading challenge, and if you would like to send us your reviews on the weekly books, we would love to include them in our books of the week. mail them to professorowl@outlook.com
Next month we are taking a break but check back with us throughout the summer for some awesome book reviews and events that will be happening with our favourite organizations every Saturday.
On August 15th. we will be back with our back-to-school edition!  

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Many of you will probably be graduating this summer and are wondering what lies ahead, some of you may go onto University others may have jobs to go to or may be looking for a summer job.

Hopefully you will find some information below to help you on your way.
If not there are also lots of information like this online, even extra courses and books to help you make decision.

College and Alternatives for Students with Disabilities …

https://www.navigatelifetexas.org/en/transition-to-adulthood/college-and-alternatives…

Because of this, and because their right to an education is now better protected than ever, continuing after high school is now a natural next step for many students with disabilities or …

Congratulations to all – Graduating students ~ Everyone at Professor Owl’s Book Corner is hoping you have a wonderful summer and wish you all the very best in the years to come. 

Many of you will probably be graduating this summer and wondering what lies ahead, some of you may go onto University others may have jobs to go to or may be looking for a summer job.

Hopefully you will find some information below to help you on your way.
If not there are also lots of information like this online, even extra courses and books to help you make decision.

Funding: Canada Summer Jobs

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/jobs.html

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market.

Ontario Resources for Persons with Disabilities. | Labour …

https://www.worktrends.ca/resources/ontario-resources-persons-disabilities

Learn about the services available to students with disabilities and special needs at universities and colleges across Canada. Madentec Ltd. Learn about the assistive technology available for people with physical disabilities.

A STUDENT’S GUIDE TO PLANNING FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
www.hdi.uky.edu/ktcp/materials/student_guide_5-22-02.pdf · PDF file

 

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Congratulations to all – Graduating students ~ Everyone at Professor Owl’s Book Corner is hoping you have a wonderful summer and wish you all the very best in the years to come.                                   

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 As we will not be posting to this section until August 15th.2019 for those of you who would like to continue improving their reading, follow the links below for some really good ideas for you to try.

Professor Owl would love to know what is working for you, that way we can introduce new things when we publish again in the fall. professorowl@outlook.com

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https://www.scribd.com/presentation/29854839/The-Laubach-Way-to-Reading

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The Red Labyrinth 

By Meredith Tate.

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To save the hero, she’ll have to team up with the villain. But in the labyrinth, nothing is as it seems.
The massive labyrinth was built to protect Zadie Kalvers’ isolated desert town. Unfortunately, living in the maze’s shadow makes her feel anything but safe. Even without its enchanted deathtraps and illusions, a mysterious killer named Dex lurks in its corridors, terrorizing anyone in his path.
But when Zadie’s best friend vanishes into the labyrinth-and everyone mysteriously forgets he exists- completing the maze becomes her only hope of saving him. In desperation, Zadie bribes the only person who knows the safe path through-Dex-into forming a tenuous alliance.
Navigating a deadly garden, a lethal blood-filled hourglass, and other traps-with an untrustworthy murderer for her guide-Zadie’s one wrong step from certain death. But with time running out before her friend (and secret crush) is lost forever, Zadie must reach the exit and find him. If Dex and the labyrinth don’t kill her first.

This book was a great read, with strong word building, and convincingly flawed charterers. The story had some great action sequences with a twist of a peak that will keep readers wanting more. This is another great book that I could not put down until I finished reading it. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Tate’s books.
I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity of reading and reviewing another great book.

 

Available from http://www.amazon.ca, http://www.amazon.com, http://www.kobo.com and other fine book stores.

About Author

Meredith Tate

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Meredith Tate grew up in Concord, New Hampshire, where she discovered Harry Potter and subsequently fell in love with the many worlds of science fiction and fantasy. In college, Meredith began writing her first novel, which is now in a drawer somewhere where it belongs. Pursuing her love of travel, Meredith spent a semester in London and then backpacked in Europe for a month before earning her master’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire. After graduation, Meredith worked in the field in Boston for a few years before deciding to pursue her true dream of telling stories. Meredith and her husband spent three wonderful years in St. Louis, Missouri. They recently moved to Zurich, Switzerland as expats. Meredith spends her days eating cheese and chocolate by the lake, and writing stories about characters way braver than http://meredithtate.com/

 

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Summer Journal Ideas

 

With summer just around the corner, many young writers will now have time to start or commit to their journaling practice. Here are a few ideas to help spark ideas. 

 Get Outside – Whether you go to a park, camping or even in your own back yard, write down what you discover. Write about the different plants, animals, or other natural elements you find.  Write about the smells, colours and most of all what you think and feel about the experience. Add doodles and you can even tape leaves and other natural elements inside the journal. 

Keep Your Vacation Memories Alive – Travelling this summer or planning to have a staycation right in your hometown? The best way to keep your memories alive is to keep a travel journal.  There is no right or wrong way to keep one, just do what comes naturally to you. 

Personally, I like to write about specific outings and create little sketches of the places I visit. I usually pack a pencil, small watercolour palette and a black pen.  The drawings are nowhere near perfect but just a quick impression of what I saw.  Not into sketching? How about using polaroids or printing off photos when you get home. The great thing about smartphones is that they are usually always on hand and ready to capture the perfect moment.  Write a note or two in your notebook, describe the place using your senses, what do you see, what sounds surround you, do you feel a cool breeze, did you try a new food, how did it taste? Once you get your photos, you can insert them into your journal alongside your thoughts to reinforce your memories. 

I also like to include little things like postcards, ticket stubs or pressed flowers, anything I can to keep that memory fresh when I look back in the colder months. All you need to start is a notebook of some sort, a pen, art supplies (if desired) a keen eye and a sense of adventure and you’re on your way! 

Review a Movie or TV Show – Summers are often filled with trips to the movies or staying home watching reruns on television. What movies have you seen? Would you recommend them? What did you like or dislike about each one? What TV programs do you watch? What is your favourite type, do you like mysteries, comedies, fantasy? What TV shows do you watch in rerun and why don’t you mind seeing them again? Write about what you like about each show and how you feel about some of the situations the characters are put in.   

 Response to a Song – Print out the lyrics to your favourite song and tape it inside your journal.  Write about how you can relate to the song. How do you feel when you listen to it? Does it bring back good or bad memories?  

Review a Book ~ Have you read a book that you enjoyed or even really disliked? Talk about the book and what you thought the strong and weak points were.  You can even create your own rating system so that you’ll be able to recommend books to other readers.  Hey, drop some of your favourite books in our comments section if you like.  

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EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 2019

THE ACCESS EXPO
JOIN US FOR A FREE 2-DAY EXHIBITION!

Discover ability-enhancing products and services, play adaptive sports and attend informative workshops. Register for free today!
This inaugural year will showcase programs and services promoting accessibility, inclusion, healthcare, sport, fitness, and healthy living at a premier accessible facility – Variety Village in Scarborough, Ontario.
In addition to Exhibitors, participants will have access to job fairs, parasport demonstrations, key note speakers, community award presentations and an opportunity for networking in the beer tent. The Access Expo will build upon what is already working for participants and Exhibitors while also creating new opportunities to engage, showcase and learn. This exciting event attracts thousands of prospective individuals, families, students, educators, and community organizations seeking information and resources.

Learn more! Visit www.accessexpo.ca
REGISTRATION IS FREE! Fast-track your admittance into the expo by RSVP-ing online. Phone registration is not available. If attendees are unable to register online, they may come directly to the Expo and register on-site.
BECOME AN EXHIBITOR! ~ Drawing thousands from Toronto and Eastern Ontario, you can showcase your products and services, reach your audience directly, meet other in the industry and hear from thought leaders about the future opportunities for the industry. Not-for-Profit booths available!
• TRY OUT ADAPTIVE SPORTS! There is so much more happening at the Access Expo! Check out the free events for demonstrations of adaptive sports, assistance dogs, and more. Most events include time for attendees to participate!
• CAREER FAIR: The Access Expo will host a designated area for employers to meet prospective candidates and discuss the types of skills and experience required. This event is an ideal opportunity for any employer seeking to recruit qualified candidates to available positions.
• EDUCATION FAIR: Welcoming colleges and universities from across the Province to attract and recruit students of varied ages and abilities seeking academic interests. We are excited to welcome post-secondary institutions to demonstrate their interest in creating inclusive learning experiences.
• SPEAKER SERIES: Join us for an exciting speaker series to promote inclusive healthy active living opportunities and experiences for people of all ages and abilities. Click here to meet the speakers!
• AWARDS: The Access Expo is recognizing individuals that have been leaders in innovation for accessibility. Leading by example, these individuals have been a positive influence for change.
• FOOD & BEER TENT: We’re heating up the barbeque for some hamburgers and hot dogs at the Expo BBQ. Keep an eye for the Brock Street Beer Tent!
• Visit the Access Expo website to check out the nominees including David Onley.

DANCE ABLE

Dance Able

Variety – the Children’s Charity and Substance Cares are excited to announce they are hosting the 3rd annual all-inclusive FREE dance party, DANCE-ABLE. At the 3rd Annual Dance-Able, guests will experience an evening of music, inclusive dancing and some special surprise performances.
The event is about bringing families, businesses, and the greater local community together to create a world that is inclusive and accessible and where people with disabilities are recognized and appreciated.
SAVE THE DATE!
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019
6:00PM-9:00PM

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Get ready for the 11th Annual Walk ‘n’ Roll this June!
People will get active and out in their community by
Walking or Rolling across Ontario and British Columbia
June 1-15, 2019

This year’s annual Walk‘n’Roll fundraiser will be held across Ontario and British Columbia by March of Dimes Canada from June 1 to June 15, 2019, encouraging people with physical disabilities or aphasia, to get active and out in their communities, supporting vital programs that help independence, improved communication, community participation and improves health and fitness as a bonus. We hope you can be a part of it!

About: Participants, volunteers, friends and family members of March of Dimes Canada’s stroke, acquired brain injury, aphasia and communication disabilities, post-polio, and supportive living programs, walk or roll through a designated course in their community and put up displays about support groups to raise awareness and money for vital community programs and services.

Since it’s inception, Walk’n’Roll has raised over $435,000 towards community programs.

For more information go to: www.marchofdimes.ca/walknroll

 

20th Annual March of Dimes Canada’s
Ability & Beyond Dinner
June 11, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Reception & Dinner at

Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto

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On June 11th, 2019, March of Dimes Canada will hold the 20th Annual Ability and Beyond Dinner. Presented by Bell, the evening will include live and silent auctions, and an inspiring presentation by journalist, author and stroke survivor, Mark McEwen.

As a journalist for CBS, Mark McEwen interviewed Presidents and celebrities, and covered everything from the Olympics to the Cannes Film Festival. In 2005, he survived a stroke. Since then he’s made a miraculous recovery and turned his experience into a story of hope and courage that he shares with audiences across the US and now Canada. McEwen has served as Ambassador for the American Heart Association, hosed the National Stroke Associations first annual RAISE awards, and spoke at two International Stroke Conferences. As an advocate for stroke recovery and prevention, we are thrilled to bring Mark McEwen to our Ability & Beyond Dinner.
Presented by Bell, the evening will include live and silent auctions, and an inspiring presentation by journalist, author and stroke survivor, Mark McEwen
For more information on this event ~ Please visit Visit Ability & Beyond 2019 website for more information at www.marchofdimes.ca/Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book of the Week: Romanov by Nadine Brandes #Teens #YA #Historical #Fantasy #NetGalley #BookReview

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Romanov

by Nadine Brandes

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Release date: May 7th, 2019

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Romanov
by Nadine Brandes from NetGalley and Thomas Nelson–FICTION in order to read and give an honest review.

“…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.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book Review of the week ~May 3rd., 2019

 

 

Things That Don’t Make Sense

The Bad Kids in 4B

by Bryan Kelly

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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.

Books are available from www.amazon.com, http://www.amazon.ca

7 Thoughts on how a 13-year-old changed Impossible to I am Possible #WATWB

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The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are:
Lizbeth Hartz,
Peter Nena,
Shilpa Garg,
Eric Lahti,
and Inderpreet Kaur Uppal

Professor Owl’s Book Corner has always been for and about children and young adults who in spite of their illness or disability have turned their lives around and have achieved the impossible. This young man really has made a possible difference to his and others lives.
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