White Pine Spotlight: Rodent by Lisa J. Lawrence


  • Complex novel addressing complex issues.
  • Poverty, addiction, and generational cycles of abuse are addressed.
  • Isabelle must deal with being bullied at school, while trying to keep her family together.. having to mother her mother, in addition to her two younger siblings.
  • Sympathetic character portrayals abound, drawing the reader into the harsh reality of Isabelle’s world.
  • Despite her reluctance to let outsiders in, Isabelle develops a support network and the reader is reminded that it takes a village.

Read the review at CM Magazine.


  • 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.