The Learned Owl Book Shop, Mid-November 2016
  Kate's Corner

Happy Thanksgiving! 

2016 has been a doozy so far with cicadas, oak mites, water damage, construction, and a presidential campaign the likes of which have never been seen. As we head towards a new year, I choose to focus on the things I'm thankful for: stores like Target realizing that Thanksgiving is a sacred holiday and staying closed; Main Street construction wrapping up for the winter before (fingers crossed) Thanksgiving weekend; having my brother home for the first time in three years and having our entire immediate family together for the first time in over eight years; my mom's turkey gravy and pumpkin pie; my Learned Owl family that has been working so hard to get the store ready for the holiday season; our amazingly supportive family, friends, and community that allow us to do what we love every day.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday, and looking forward to seeing you in the store soon. Happy reading!
- Kate
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Coming up at
The Learned Owl

Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 AM-noon (at The Owl)
Author Robert J. Roman with his new book Ohio State Football: The Forgotten Dawn.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 1-3 PM
(at The Owl)
Local authors Lana Wayne Koehler and Gloria G. Adams will visit us with their book Ah-Choo! Please call to reserve your spot: 330-653-2252.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 PM
(at The Owl)
Wear your favorite pajamas to The Learned Owl for our Llama Llama Red Pajama storytime! Please bring a pair of new pajamas with you to donate to those in need this winter.  Call to reserve your spot: 330-653-2252.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 PM
(at The Owl)
Join our History Book Club for a discussion about the History of the Rubber Industry with guest author Steve Love ( Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron).

Monday, Nov. 21, 6:30 PM
(at the Hudson Library)
Meet Lindsay Mattick, author of the Caldecott Award winning book Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Please register for this event online at, or call 330-653-6658.

Saturday, Nov. 26, 1-3 PM
(at The Owl)
Tom Wood, author, photographer and self-professed Rustbelt Refugee, will visit with his books, Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology and Trading Steel for Stone.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7 PM
(at the Hudson Library)
Author and researcher Robert K. Elder will discuss his book Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park. Register for this free program online at, or call (330) 653-6658 x1010.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 AM-3 PM (at The Owl)
Drop-in gingerbread house decorating! All supplies will be provided; we ask that those who attend bring something for The Landing, a food pantry in Akron.
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[Arthur A. Levine Books, $24.99]
When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone...
Inspired by the original Hogwarts textbook by Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay marks J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut. A feat of imagination that showcases a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. Whether you're already a fan or you're new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any film lover's or reader's bookshelf.

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[Candlewick Press, $14.99]
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[Simon & Schuster, $16.99]
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Now the only way Jack will ever see his father again is if he finds what the nefarious Clockmaker is after: the Ember, which holds a secret that has been kept since the Great Fire of London. Will Jack be able to find the Ember and save his father, or will his talent for finding things fall short?

by Holly Webb
[Sourcebooks, $16.99]
The only friend Emmie Hatton has ever had at the Craven Home for Orphaned Children is Lucy, the little black kitten that visits her on the fire escape every day. But when the children of Craven Home are evacuated out of London because of the war, heartbroken Emmie is forced to leave sweet Lucy behind. The children are sent to Misselthwaite Manor, a countryside mansion full of countless dusty rooms and a kind, if busy, staff. Emmie even finds a gruff gardener and an inquisitive little robin that just might become new friends.
And soon, in the cold, candle-lit nights at Misselthwaite, Emmie starts discovering the secrets of the house - a boy crying at night, a diary written by a girl named Mary, and a very secret, special garden...
Return to the world of The Secret Garden with this enchanting new tale that will delight fans of the original story and new readers alike!
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[Dial Books, $12.99]
A wonderfully funny tale of heroic adventure. Perfect for princesses of the sparkling-pink variety as well as for those of the monster-slaying variety (and my son liked it, too).

The Best Man
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[Dial Books, $16.99]
I am in awe of Peck's light, deft touch with characters and dialogue; I honestly can't imagine anyone reading this book and not liking it.  This is a story of family, friends, and discovering who you want to be.
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by Jeffrey Brown
[Crown Books for Young Readers, $12.99]
"Lucy & Andy are Stone Age rock stars! I loved this book." -  Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series
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Raymie Nightingale
Raymie Nightingale
by Kate DiCamillo
[Candlewick Press, $16.99]
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[Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99]
From debut author Kate Beasley, and with illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Jillian Tamaki, comes a classic tale of hope and homecoming that will empty your heart, then fill it back up again - one laugh at a time. [read more]
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