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.

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

Today in the Library

The wonderful folks from the IBBY Book Project at the Toronto Public Library will be here after lunch to work with the students in the Grade 9 Visual Arts Elective course.

  • IBBY books are special books designed for young people with disabilities.
  • A fundamental goal of the IBBY Book Project is to: give children everywhere access to books with high literary and artistic standards, including young people with disabilities.
  • While IBBY Books come in a variety of formats, today we will be focusing on working with tactile books.

While the Library will not be closed, students on spare are asked to contain themselves to the upper level of the library while the session is taking place.


Black History Month: Spotlight

#28DaysOfBlackCosplay is Happening Now on Twitter

From the folks at BookRiot:

  • Right now on Twitter is one of my favorite parts of Black History Month, which is the #28DaysOfBlackCosplay hashtag. This hashtag is a celebration of black cosplayers and it is both impressive and inspiring. There are a few ways to join in on the fun.

Read the rest of the posting, and learn more, here at BookRiot.

White Pine Spotlight

 The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature.

  • Powerful words and messages for a troubled time.
  • It’s so Canadian right down to the Hudson’s Bay blankets… how ironic!
  • Great promise of going somewhere brilliant when you start off with quotes from  William S  Burroughs and Cormac McCarthy.  And the promise is fulfilled.  What a brilliant concept.
  • Sickness = sadness = stop dreaming… The author brings in Camus – The Plague – to ponder on the nature of humanity and inhumanity, on what makes people tick, on what makes people change.
  • I love the structure of the book: the personal ‘coming-to stories’ interwoven with the story of the group and also the story of indigenous history and mythologies. All of the pieces build nicely on each other to fill in gaps.  The book also – despite being in print – celebrates the oral storytelling traditions.
  • The book takes no prisoners…  a total no holds barred approach. It takes aim at everything: Colonialism; Treaties; Pandemics; Residential schools; Political ignorance; Failure to heed traditional wisdom about stewardship of the land and water…. Water diversion projects, Industrial pollution, Industrial agriculture (dead food), Oil pipelines; Pharmaculture; Reserves; Indigenous Incarceration rates; Cultural appropriation; History repeating itself (looking to indigenous wisdom but then wanting to ‘own’ it (p88)); and, I’ve probably missed some…
  • All this with a wry sense of humour… especially the ‘Apocalyptic Boy Scouts’ and ‘Hunting and Homestead’ duties in the travelling camp.
  • I love the characters: French/Francis; Miig; Rose; Minerva (her self sacrifice… her dreams… her song… she brings it all down… the power of the generations, of the stories, of the elders)
  • And last, but not least, I especially love the environmental message which comes across loud and clear, particularly in the latter part of the book.  Nearer the ending we get this message of faith and hope… When we heal our land, we are healed also… We’ll get there.  Maybe not soon, but eventually (p193).

Read the review at Quill and Quire.

Winner, Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature.

Winner, Kirkus Prize for Young Reader’s Literature.


  • 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.

Throwback Thursday’s

Welcome back to ‘Throwback Thursdays @ ESA‘… where we will feature, each week, one ‘classic’ recording from the ESA Performance Archives.

This week we feature a Play Review of Noises Off by Michael Frayn, written, filmed and produced by Cooper Sanborn and Peter Kuplowsky.

Access the video clip here at the ESA Library YouTube Channel.

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