An ESA Canada Reads Contest.

The Canada Reads 2018 Longlist was announced mid-week last week.  we hope you saw the posting at ESAInfo… if not use this link to follow through to it.

This year the theme is One Book to Open Your Eyes.

  • It is all about life in our diverse world… and truly opening your eyes to the experiences of others.
  • Many of the titles are heart-breaking, gut-wrenching reads… but they did make sure to get some light-hearted takes in there as well.

We are delighted to announce something new to our Canada Reads experience this year (not at all sure why we didn’t think of this before, but better late than never)…

A CONTEST to GUESS the SHORTLIST!

ALSO, be sure to check your calendars and JOIN US on our FIELD TRIP to the final day of taping of this year’s Canada Reads, on Thursday March 29th.

  • Fill out this Google Form to advise of your intent to join us so that we may book the appropriate number of tickets as soon as ticketing open on Jan 30th.
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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…

Canada Reads 2018!

The season begins!!

Check out the titles on the longlist at the CBC Canada Reads website.

We already have six (6) of the longlisted titles in the collection:

 

Touch base with me next week to find out whether I’ve decided to bring in any of the other longlisted titles.

The Canada Reads shortlist will be announced January 30th.  Stay tuned.

If you are at all connected with the ESA Community, consider joining us on our annual ESA Book Club field trip to the final day of taping of Canada Reads 2018, on Thursday March 29th.

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Canada Reads Field Trip organised by ESA’s Own Book Clubit’s never too late to join… next meeting Wednesday January 17th, where we will be discussing Alison MacLeod’s Governor General Award nominated short story collection All the Beloved Ghosts)

 

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.