Category Archives: New Books

Our visit with Kenneth Oppel

Today was a very special day for us at Saints. We were fortunate enough to have a visit from one of Canada’s premiere children’s writers, Kenneth Oppel! This guy is a BIG DEAL, an internationally bestselling author. And, as it turns out, an all-around nice guy.

Ken gave presentations to the Grade 5s and 7s. The Grade 5s (and two stowaway Grade 6s) who study the Canadian Pacific Railway in Social Studies, learned all about the steampunk world of Ken’s new novel The Boundless, interspersed with readings and historical information. The boys were enraptured, and I’m going to call it: The Boundless will be the hottest item on the holds list for the remainder of the school year. Ken has managed to make Canadian history magical with this novel. It is a surefire hit. (And, it smells good too! He had all the kids sniffing books!)

After presenting to the 5s, Ken moved up to our new Grade 7 neighbourhood to discuss Half Brother with the 7s. They studied this novel in Language Arts, and were fascinated to learn about Ken’s research into sign language experiments with chimpanzees in the 1970s. He even visited a chimp sanctuary in Montreal to learn more about the fallout of experimentation on primates. Having the personal connection with the author of their novel study was a very meaningful experience for the boys, and it will be something they will always remember.

Enjoy the photos from our visit!

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First Editions

Today Mr. Weber overheard an interesting conversation between Ms. Walker and some Grade 6 students:  they were talking about the new Kenneth Oppel book (see post below), and what the term first edition means for a book.  The books that we received from Mr. Oppel are indeed first editions, as is noted inside the books by a special First edition keepsake!

The conversation then turned to how cool it would be to have a first edition of a Harry Potter book.  “How much would one of these be worth?” the student asked.  After a little research, Mr. Weber found a first softcover printing of HPATPS for sale on eBay for almost $5,200!  The original hard cover edition is far more rare – in fact, there are only about 200 collectible copies of this book, and they have sold for between $40,000-$55,000!  Check out this cool article from AbeBooks called The Holy Grail of Harry Potter Books to find out more.  Also check out this video to see if the Harry Potter book that YOU have might be valuable …

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Hot off the presses!

Nothing like a little surprise package to make your morning! We just received three copies of Kenneth Oppel’s new novel The Boundless – a week before its release date!

We are thrilled because Kenneth Oppel is coming to visit in just a few weeks. Time to plunge into this new adventure…


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Ready for a New Book?

Penguin (the book publisher) recently put out this infographic that is a sort of choose-your-own-adventure for selecting a new book to read.  These books are mostly aimed at the middle grade years.  Check them out!

peguinteen(reblogged from cupofletters; originally posted by penguinteen)

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How Are Books Made?

Boys at Saints check out thousands of books every month.  But did you ever wonder how those books were made?  Well, George in 2DP was wondering just that.  Doing search on YouTube, we found some cool videos: one that shows how books were manufactured in 1947, and another one that shows how they’re made today.  Have a look at these cool videos – how has the process changed?  How has it stayed the same?

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World Record

Here’s something that rarely (ever) happens: a brand-spanking-new book is processed and ready to go within 24 hours of publication!

First ones to hold these precious tomes!

First ones to hold these precious tomes!

Rick Riordan’s latest, The House of Hades, just came out yesterday. We got our copies today – and, within minutes, they are cataloged, laminated, labeled and ready to go! Some former students stopped in to say hi and read the blurbs.


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A Questionable Cover

Ms. Walker and Mr. Weber have just finished cataloguing a bunch of new books for our collection.  One of the new books that we just got in is called The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail, by Richard Peck.

Can you notice anything interesting about the cover?  In particular, about what the mouse is wearing?  It’s like he’s St. George’s tiniest pupil!  Come have a look at this or some of the other new titles that are on display.

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