Well… the last few weeks have been all sorts of cool.
All sorts of exhausting cool.
And, yes, I know… I haven’t blogged a stitch about it. Because the coolness was all-encompassing and ate up all my time and most of my higher brain functions! So to make up for that, I promise a series of posts wherein I get you all caught up. With pictures!
First of all, there was the the White Pine Festival down at Harbourfront. I know I mentioned awhile ago that I was shortlisted for this award and, let me tell you, the students and teachers in schools across Ontario take this thing pretty darn seriously! It’s amazing. The award is student-voted on and at the two-day Festival of Trees celebration, the authors get treated like rock stars. The festivities are held outside and there’s always a huge turn-out of students and teachers and librarians! And much insane cheering and hooting during the ceremony…
(I’m at the very far left)
Aside from the awards themselves, there were weeks of school-visit shenanigans leading up to that. I went to Peterborough, North York, Etobicoke, Oshawa, Scarborough, Bayfield, and Belleville, among others.
Here are some shots from one of my school visits – in Scarborough, at L’Amoreaux Collegiate:
display, complete with a 4-leaf clover pendant!
This particular visit was a lot of fun (who am I kidding – they’re ALL fun!) because Officer Reeve is the School Resource Officer – a real live policeman who is stationed at the school as a community liason and he runs a reading club for the boys at L’amoreaux. Which is very cool, because there often isn’t enough encouragement these days for boys to read. He was my escort for the day and picked me up from the subway to drive me to the school… in the cruiser! 😀
Okay, sure. Maybe I did wind up in handcuffs.
The Supernatural Tour!