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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Canada Reads 2018! Join us for the final day of debate

It’s time to go on a FIELD TRIP!

We settled on our Canada Reads 2018 winner at our March 7th ESA’s Own Book Club meeting.

Our next step is to attend the live studio taping of the final day of debate on Thursday March 29th.

  • All members of the ESA Community are invited to join us.

If you have not already expressed interest in joining us on this exciting adventure…

 

**Members of ESA’s Own Book Club, and those on our e-mail distribution list, have received e-mails under separate cover to e-mail addresses on file…

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.

Poetry In Voice

 Join us after school today in the Library for our in-school finals for the National Stream Competition for Poetry In Voice.

Twelve (12) students will be reciting a diverse collection of poetry in their attempt to become the ESA School Champion… and win a chance to compete for a spot at the National Finals, in Toronto, this April.

  • Tea and treats will be provided.  Bring your own mug.
  • Recitations begin promptly at 3:20pm.

Please note that the Library will be CLOSED last period for set-up… and will remain closed after school for the competition.

White Pine Spotlight

The Pain Eaters by Beth Goobie

  • This book needs to be read by everyone – male and female alike.
  • This book is about the knowledge – the deep and profound sadness – that all women carry with(in) them. Whether it be the result of an individual violation – like Maddy’s rape in this book – or a ‘group’ violation – like the Montreal Massacre – every woman carries the fear of this violence inside them.
  • That this is no different than 40 years ago, when I was Maddy’s age, is perhaps the greatest failure of our social contract.  The war on women is a civil emergency (Charlotte Bunch in After the Montreal Massacre) but no one is treating it as such.
  • And then there is the telling – having to relive the experience – to validate what happened to oneself, and to bring the perpetrators to justice. The victim being victimised again… that there is no safe place for Maddy, or any woman.
  • The things to like about this book include: the literary quality (the imagery, concept, motifs, the intensity of the writing (and of Maddy’s experiences)); the authenticity of Maddy’s reactions to her rapists and the depth of her pain; relevance to the treatment of victims; relevance to the secrets everybody knows but doesn’t talk about (taking on a whole new significance in the wake of Harvey Weinstein et al)
  • The author also makes fabulous use of literary and cultural references, and draws on indigenous wisdom throughout.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.

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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 or Ms. Kennedy  in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.