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.

White Pine Spotlight: The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones

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The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne Jones

  • Tim Wynne-Jones doing what he does best…  gripping the reader from start to finish with a fantastical story
  • Historical fiction – part mystery, part supernatural thriller
  • Set against the backdrop of the final months of the war in the Pacific
  • Two soldiers – one Japanese, one American – find themselves stranded on a remote and seemingly uninhabited island
  • A story about our shared common humanity and the ways in which the costs of war reverberate down through the generations

Read the review at CM Magazine.

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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 are invited to take part in the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 16th.

 

  • Permission forms are now available.

 

 

  • Permission forms are due back by no later than MONDAY MARCH 20th.

 

 

Festival of Trees: Permission Forms available now…

Permission forms for our annual trip to the OLA’s Festival of Trees are available now!

The Festival of Trees is Canada’s equivalent of a rock concert for 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:

Permission forms are due back by  no later than MONDAY MARCH 20th.

White Pine Spotlight: Rodent by Lisa J. Lawrence

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  • 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.

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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: Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

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Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

  • Delightful, fantastical story within a story.
  • The Bronte children – Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne – embedded within their own stories.
  • Beautifully blends the real and the unreal.
  • Based on their own juvenalia, we witness the development of many of our favourite Bronte characters and settings.

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: Fifteen Lanes by SJ Laidlaw

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Fifteen Lanes by SJ Laidlaw

  • Difficult, but sensitive novel about two young girl’s, one of whom was born into life in Mumbai’s red light district.
  • I loved that the focus is fundamentally on Noor and her story.
  • I was worried at first how the author was going to bring the second story – Grace’s – to bear on Noor’s, how to make the reader see the similarities in their situations, but she does it simply and believably.
  • The themes are many: gender status and roles, secrets, hope, privilege and poverty/wealth disparities/juxtaposition, cultural relativism, reproductive choice/access to contraception, the value of human life, HIV/AIDS epidemic, friendship, and so much more.
  • Ultimately though the novel forces to reader to challenge their own assumptions/beliefs/ biases about the nature of sex work, the ‘value’ of sex workers, and western notions of ‘what to do about the situation’…
  • Clearly there are no easy answers.

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.