January 21, 2016

Bonus Content for “Owls in the Attic”


Owls in the Attic

by DJ Miller


A spoiler occurs when plot elements of a story are revealed too soon.  If you read this website before you read the book, you might know too much too soon.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 


Hi, this is Ella again! I’m guessing you might have read Penguins in the Basement and already learned all that neat information on the Bonus Page about the Cold War, penguins, submarines, sonar, and more.  Well, hold on to your secret spy cameras because there is a lot of new information on this Bonus Page that you won’t want to miss!

I talked Annie into letting me tell you about the cool stuff we learned because well, this is what I like to do, and she was pretty cool about it too. But then, Annie is a pretty cool kid.  She’s had some tough stuff to deal with lately, like losing her Dad and having to move. Life is like that sometimes, you never know what to expect, but she has handled it pretty good, and she has a really caring grandmother to help her, too. It’s always important to find someone that you can talk to when you are going through something like that.  And I have always found it helpful to keep a journal about my feelings.  I should tell Annie about that idea.  I think she would like it, don’t you?  Oh, and Annie has low vision.  It doesn’t seem to slow her down much though.  She always seems to find a way to do what she needs to do, although sometimes it does present challenges. I am proud to have Annie as a new friend, and she has so many gadgets, she’s sort of like a spy!

Annie has barn owls in her attic! They are so cool and have beautiful orange eyes when you shine a flashlight at them.  Believe me, I know. We were all surprised to see what turned up on my camera when I used infrared technology to take pictures in the dark.  I can tell you that it wasn’t just owls!  Jack really wants to get his own surveillance drone but that’s not going to happen until he gets a really, good job.  Oh, and don’t tell anyone, but we helped the Secret Service with a very, important mission! It was so much fun!  Now, I hope you didn’t read all of this BEFORE you read the book.  That would be like eating dessert before your meal! If you did, do the right thing and go read the book now! I have a few more links for you to check out below and remember to be a good spy and let me know if any of the links aren’t working. Thanks!

Kidsaid.com is a safe place for kids to help each other deal with grief and loss like Annie who lost her dad. It’s a place to deal with feelings in an e-mail support group, to share and view artwork and stories, and for parents and kids to ask questions and find answers.

National Eye Institute Understanding why Annie has low vision.

EyeHealthWeb Understanding Low Vision – What You Should Know

Low Vision Devices Low Vision devices range from simple hand-held lenses to electronic devices. Different ones are needed for different visual tasks.

Even Grounds What is a Braille Display and How it is Used

Reader’s Digest 9 Things You Never Knew About the Secret Service

Frank’s Barn Owls… You can see a good picture of barn owl eyes at night here.

The Barn Owl Trust Owl pellet facts & video: Find out all about Barn Owl pellet dissection and how to analyze the contents.

YouTube A video of a barn owl screaming at you!

All About Birds Listen to more barn owl sounds!

Sci-Toys.com Exploring Invisible Light including Infrared

Business Insider Tiny Surveillance Drones

BBC News Drones: What are they and how do they work?

Wikipedia Black Hornet Nano – Drone

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