ESA Poetry Contest: Winners!

After much consideration, discussion and deliberation… We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s ESA Poetry Contest, sponsored by the ESA Library.

  • WINNER:  Paper Thin Walls by Olivia Nitti
  • Second: Past Blue Sky by Laura Kim
  • Third: Love poem/2 by Michaela Yarmol-Matusiak
  • Honourable Mention: Ageing Eyes by Alexandra Lockwood

The winners should please stop by the Library to collect their prizes…

Thank you to everyone who submitted poems to the contest.

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Win Free Books for Your Class

Win Free Books For Your Class!

  • CBC Toronto is giving away Canada Reads books!
  • If you’re a high school student in the GTA, all you need to do is put yourself in the shoes of a Canada Reads panellist for a chance to win copies of the 2018 books for you and your classmates.

How To Enter

Send a one-minute pitch about a Canadian book you think everyone should read to Metro Morning or Here & Now for a chance to win.

  • Maybe you loved one of the Canada Reads contenders, or perhaps there’s another title you prefer.
  • Tell us why in 60 seconds or less and your whole class could enjoy some brand new reads, thanks to you.

Who: High school students in the GTA

What: A chance to win copies of the Canada Reads books for you and your classmates

How: By submitting your own one-minute defence for a book of your choosing — Canada Reads style!

  • You can email a recording (audio or video) of your defence to metromorning@cbc.ca or hereandnow@cbc.ca.
  • You can also leave a recording of your defence on the Metro Morning VoxBox by calling 416-205-5807.
  • All submissions will be randomly entered for a chance to win a classroom set of Canada Reads books.

Festival of Trees @ Harbourfront

Attend Canada’s Rock Concert for Readers!

JOIN US on our field trip to the Ontario Library Association’s Festival of Trees.  We have a few spots remaining…

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

Permission forms are due back ASAP… with payment ($16 per person) to guarantee your spot.

 

Learn more about the Forest of Reading here.

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.

 

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.