White Pine Spotlight

Subject to Change by Karen Nesbitt

  • A great debut novel.  Well written with authentic characters and dialogue.
  • The title comes from the lyrics in A Matter of Time by the Foo Fighters.  There are many more appropriate cultural references as well throughout the novel.
  • Set in Quebec, which we don’t see very often, this novel is all about re-interpreting your life… about coming to terms with your life and moving forward.
  • This book addresses the issues of teenage boys… of suppressed male emotions, propensity to physical and emotional violence, and the need for positive male role models.
  • Declan’s family is spinning out of control, completely dysfunctional… the result being that he is overwhelmed and functioning well below his capabilities.
  • At the heart of the book though lies friendship, true friendship, nothing complicated about it, deep and abiding.
  • And then there is the suspense.  More than once you will find your heart in your throat as a result of the dramatic tension.  Be prepared for it!

Read the review at CM Magazine.

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Students are invited to take part in the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 15th.

  • Permission forms are due back by Friday April 13th.

 

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Black History Month Spotlight

Our final spotlight title for Black History Month this year is The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas.

Among many accolades, this debut novel was nominated for both the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and a host of other awards.

  • The Hate You Give explores complicated community relationships in the aftermath of the police shooting of an unarmed black youth.
  • This is my ‘must read’ pick of all of the (American) Young Adult titles from last year.
  • If you have a Netflix account, then I highly recommend that you watch the Netflix documentary 13th after reading this.  They are brilliant companion pieces.

Read the reviews at:

 

The Marrow Thieves: Pre-orders available for pick-up

Anyone who was unable to collect their pre-ordered copy of Cherie Dimaline’s novel The Marrow Thieves on Friday afternoon can drop by the Library anytime to pick up their signed copy.

Didn’t pre-order one but would like one?

  • We have a limited number of extra signed copies available for purchase for $15.
  • See Ms. Wray or Ms. Kennedy in the Library.
  • While supplies last.

White Pine Spotlight

Speed of Life by J.M. Kelly

  • A beautiful book about two sisters, you’ll fall in love with this book right off the bat.
  • Nice easy flow – and conversational style – to the writing.  Well developed character, plot and setting.
  • Wry, witty humour underscores the pretty crappy life situation the two sisters find themselves in.  The girls are living in grinding poverty, their subsidised/free lunch plans the only decent meal of their day, with little parental support to help them out.
  • That one sister ends up as a teen mom could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. But this is where the book shines… They are both incredible, strong, determined young women, supportive of each other and with a clear vision as to how to be more than what they’ve come from.
  • And have I mentioned cars yet? I know nothing about cars, but I do appreciate vintage cars – not that I can tell one from another – and what goes into them.  I enjoyed ‘the car’ as both literal object and as metaphor.

Read the review at CM Magazine.

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  • 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 later this week.

Cherie Dimaline @ ESA

Today is the day!  Join us in the Library….

Cherie Dimaline will be at ESA for the afternoon on Friday February 23rd, 2018.

In addition to being nominated for White Pine, The Marrow Thieves is also:

All members of the ESA Community are invited to join us for this very special event.

  • Students in select classes will be joining us with their teachers during class time.
  • Session One: from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Session Two: from 2:10pm to 3:10pm
  • Students who are participating in our White Pine Club have been invited to join us for an in-school field trip.
  • Any other students who are reading – or have read – The Marrow Thieves have also been invited to attend as an in-school field trip.

Cherie will be signing books while she is at ESA.

Books are available for purchase by all members of the ESA Community.

  • Books that have been pre-ordered using School Cash Online will be available for pick-up starting at NOON on Friday.
  • Books will be available this afternoon… for $15 (including tax).  Cash only.

This event is co-sponsored by:

Can’t make it to ESA during the afternoon hours?

  • Connect with Cherie at A Novel Spot Bookshop later that afternoon at the bookstore (expect approx. 5pm – 6:30pm).

If you have any questions please feel free to send an e-mail to enid.wray@tdsb.on.ca.

White Pine: Lunchtime Get-together

Calling all White Pine readers!  Student and Staff members alike.

Reminder that our first lunchtime get-together – to meet and greet and chat about books – is today at lunch in the Library.

  • Bring your lunch and a mug… the tea will be on.
  • We plan to meet in the Conference Room, but if we have lots of folks arriving then we’ll move out into the main space.

Reminder that you can find the full schedule of our Virtual Author visits in our Shared Google Drive.

  • We’ll get this posted on the White Pine Google Site as well.

Black History Month Spotlight

Today’s spotlight feature shines a light on Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel ‘Beloved.’

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison. (GoodReads)