White Pine Spotlight

 The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby

  • A light-hearted, fun read. Juby writes with skill and humour about difficult subject matter.
  • Charlie Dean is ABsolutely FABulous.  Charlie’s got chutzpah… but does make some pretty crappy decisions along the way.  John is less likeable but realistically portrayed nonetheless.
  • This book is both a love letter to fashion (and the arts in general), but also to Vancouver!  Another love letter to a city.
  • The ending is one place this book really stands out. Nothing is tied up neatly with a bow. Life is messy after all.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.

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  • Learn more about the Forest of Reading here.
  • Check out Forest Fridays, virtual visits with featured authors (link is to last year).  We look forward to their return. When they do, 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 15th should see Ms. Wray or Ms. Kennedy in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.

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With apologies… I drafted this last weekend but apparently never went back to post it.  This should have gone up on Monday morning.

Ridiculously busy time right now…

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White Pine Spotlight

EXO by Fonda Lee

  • Wow!  SciFi is not my genre of choice, but Wow!  This book is one wild ride.
  • Things to love about this book include: the worldbuilding; the (black) humour (and word play); the imagery; the general believability of it all… the ‘real feel’; the scathing social commentary and appreciation of the complicated morality of life
  • Then there are the characters… both the good, the bad and the ugly (the zhree) – the author does bad guys really well (including parents!)
  • There is nothing predictable about this book, and while there is clearly a sequel to come, this book absolutely stands alone on its own legs and its own merit.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.

White Pine Spotlight

 Everything Beautiful is not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman

  • There are no words to do justice in describing this book.
  • Gorgeous. Beautiful. Sensitive. Compelling.  Funny.  Heartbreaking. This book will make your heart sing.
  • Slow to start, this book will have the tears streaming down your face.
  • I read this book at the cottage surrounded by blackflies and in-between paddles on perfect glassy water… if you can, read it outdoors in the wilderness as it will make the entire experience that much more authentic for you.
  • This book provides so many opportunities for frank and honest conversations about depression, suicide, family, responsibility, expectations, fears, bullying, personal strength… I’m not sure I can even articulate/predict all of the other conversations that could arise…
  • I loved the interplay between the stories and the voices and the letters and the looking back.  I could totally relate to the wilderness trek and thoroughly enjoyed the cast of characters. (I won’t go so far as to include ‘Bob/Peace the slimeball’ in that group though… but I get that he’s ‘real’)
  • I love – and feel for – Ingrid.  I loathe and despise Margot-Sophia – but I get her.
  • The portrayal of depression – hidden depression – may strike many just a little too close to home.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.

Nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature.

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  • Learn more about the Forest of Reading here.
  • Check out Forest Fridays, virtual visits with featured authors (link is to last year).  We look forward to their return. When they do, 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 15th should see Ms. Kennedy or Ms. Wray in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.

White Pine Spotlight

Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

  • Ken Oppel brings us a smart, literate, fresh take on the contemporary western, mixed in with just the right romantic appeal for teens.
  • Great writing, wonderful imagery, and a fast paced narrative – based on solid historical research – make for a compelling read.
  • At heart, this book is about charting your own course in the world, about not being bound by convention or expectation, addressing broad socio-political issues of discrimination and sexism.
  • The science and the exploration and the journey into the uncharted – literally! – territory will keep you reading.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.

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  • Learn more about the Forest of Reading here.
  • Check out Forest Fridays, virtual visits with featured authors (link is to last year).  We look forward to their return. When they do, 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 15th should see Ms. Wray in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.

White Pine 2018 Reading Club

Plan to join us at lunch next Monday, December 4th, for the official launch of our 2018 WHITE PINE reading season.

  • Additional details to follow once we’ve launched.

Drop by the Library to sign up in advance… or fill out this online form.

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The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.

Goals of the Forest of Reading

  • Love of reading: Create a meaningful experience for your readers and create exciting opportunities for reluctant readers to create lifelong readers.
  • A proven head start: The results are in! Children who read for fun have higher literacy scores, have more success in science and math, and are more socially and civically engaged (Reading for Joy, P4E, 2011).
  • Libraries at centre stage: With fun activities, prizes and more, the Forest of Reading puts libraries at the heart of the action!
  • Reading Canadian: Help support and celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators by taking advantage of the Forest’s curated, all-Canadian reading lists for all ages and levels.

 

 

 

 

Festival of Trees @ Harbourfront: Tuesday May 16th

There are a few tickets still available to take part on the field trip to Harbourfront for the Ontario Library Association Festival of Trees.

The Festival of Trees is Canada’s equivalent of a rock concert for young readers!

  • Spend the day with your friends and your favourite Canadian YA authors.
  • Enjoy everything there is to experience on a lovely spring day on the Toronto waterfront.

The initial schedule is available at the Festival of Trees (Toronto) webpage.

  • Keep checking back as additional authors and events keep getting added right up until the day of.

Permission forms are available, in hard copy, from Ms. Wray in the Library.

OR… you may access electronic copies using these links:

Remaining tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

Festival of Trees @ Harbourfront: Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help with the official White Pine ceremony @ 10:00am on Tuesday May 16th.

Volunteers are needed to help out as each of presenters, sign holders and awards announcers.
  • Presenters only need to prepare a very short one minute introduction to their author.
  • Sign holders have to hold a sign to shepherd their author onto the stage, and then stand behind the author holding the sign up during the ceremony.
  • Awards announcers do not need to prepare anything, they only need to each open an envelope and read the card inside, one for the list of finalists and one for the winner.
Any students who are interested in volunteering should contact Ms. Wray ASAP.
  • Community service hours are available.