White Pine Spotlight: Calvin by Martine Leavitt

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Calvin by Martine Leavitt

  • Winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Award (Young People’s Literature – Text)
  • Beautiful, engaging, quirky, lyrical little novel(la) which de-mystifies and de-stigmatises perhaps the most dreaded teen onset mental illness we have to deal with, schizophrenia.
  • For those of us who grew up on Calvin and Hobbes, it’s a journey back to our youth.
  • For contemporary teens it still works.
  • Darkly tragi-comic, yet ultimately hopeful.
  • A must read book.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.

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  • Check out Forest Fridays, virtual visits with featured authors.  We will be hosting a couple of them here at ESA.
  • Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 16th should see Ms. Wray in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.

White Pine Spotlight: The Orange Grove by Larry Tremblay

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The Orange Grove by Larry Tremblay

  • A powerful little novella which attempts to help us understand on-going cycles of violence.
  • A meditation on a family caught up in the violence of retribution.
  • A family forced to choose which of their twin sons to ‘offer’ up to the glory of God, perpetuating violence as the means of resolving political differences.
  • Years later, we witness the surviving son, struggling to come to terms with the fact of being the one left behind.
  • Tremblay leaves us with much food for thought.

Read the review at The Literary Review.

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  • Check out Forest Fridays, virtual visits with featured authors.  We will be hosting a couple of them here at ESA.
  • Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 16th should see Ms. Wray in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.

Students writing exams in the Library…

Important information for students writing exams in the Library…

  • Library exams (mostly) start at 8:30am and 12:30pm.
  • Students are expected to confirm start times on their personalised exam schedule.
  • Please arrive to the Library 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled start time so that you have time to get seated and settled and relax before starting your exam.

Students writing in the Library are welcome to – indeed encouraged to – bring a canteen for water.

  • Refills available in the Library.

Feel free to bring a re-usable (hot) mug as well.

  • There will be hot water and tea available for students writing in the Library.

White Pine Spotlight: A Thousand Nights by EK Johnston

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A Thousand Nights by EK Johnston

  • A solid – and decidedly feminist – take on Sheherazade and the 1,001 Arabian nights.  This is a book that should be read.
  • Girl power rules and, ultimately, the day – indeed, the kingdom – is saved.
  • Also the “blending” of the mystical/religious/political/scientific elements – past and present – is skillfully done (as was similarly done in The Story of Owen, by the same author).

Read the review at Quill and Quire.

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  • Check out Forest Fridays, virtual visits with featured authors.  We will be hosting a couple of them here at ESA.
  • Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 16th should see Ms. Wray in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.

Audition Day today…

Reminder, in case you’re missed all the messaging throughout the school all week…

Have a great day today, but please don’t come to school (unless you’re volunteering at Audition Day!)

*** It’s been such a ridiculously busy week, I’ve not posted about a couple of important events that took place.  I’ll catch up – with photos! – over the weekend.