Elementary schools all over Vermont look forward to the annual The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award — the award where the kids choose which book gets the award. Below the cut are summaries for all 30 books nominated this year. These books targeted for students in grades 4-8, though anyone can enjoy them. Most are available through our library’s digital collection, while some are also available here at our library!
Students are generally asked to read at least five of the year’s nominated titles before voting. Voting takes place in the spring, generally beginning in April.
This year’s nominees include:
Have you ever wondered what your dog was thinking? If so, this is the book for you. It’s the story of two children lost and freezing in a winter storm. They are led to safety by a dog named Teddy. He brings them to his person’s cabin – the Poet’s Cabin – but the poet is not there. The children are able to “talk” with Teddy. Teddy and the children take care of one another while the storm rages on outside. We learn of their past struggles, the whereabouts of the poet, and hope for a brighter future for them all.
This story is told with a gentle tone which Patricia MacLachlan is known for. The kindness of the children and Teddy towards one another tugs at the heart strings. Children will be pulled along by the loving relationship that develops between the children and Teddy. There is a touch of magic and mystery woven throughout the story. The importance of the power of our words and of truly hearing others is a central message.
This book is also on the 2018 DCF reading list!
Not all books are small enough to fit on the shelves. Here are some of our coolest oversized books – the ones that sit in weird corners and on top of odd shelves just waiting to go home with someone.
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan and John Rocco
“A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don’t need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.”
So begins Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic—and sarcastic asides—to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who’s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back.
Johnny, forlorn and alone except for his pet chicken, meets a kind woman who gives him seeds that change his fortune, allowing him to speak with animals and sending him on a quest to rescue a stolen prince. In the face of a bullying tyrant king, Johnny and his animal friends come to understand that generosity, empathy, and quiet courage are gifts more precious in this world than power and gold.
Yeah, that Mark Twain. This delightful storybook was pulled from the archives of his unfinished works and completed by the Steads.
This book explains things in the style of Up Goer Five, using only drawings and a vocabulary of the 1,000 (or “ten hundred”) most common words. Explore computer buildings (datacenters), the flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), the things you use to steer a plane (airliner cockpit controls), and the little bags of water you’re made of (cells).
From the delightful writer of the webcomic xkcd comes a picture heavy, delightfully sarcastic explanation of all manner of cool science-y things.
The Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) has been pulled onto three cases at the same time; meanwhile, VBI head Joe Gunther has to take time off to care for his ailing mother.
Those cases are now in the hands of the individual investigators. Sammie Martens is assigned a murder case, Lester Spinney takes over a famous cold case, and Willy Kunkle’s starts with a child’s discovery of three teeth on a railroad track, leading eventually to a case of possible sabotage against critical military equipment.
On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa s dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick and to her horror, she discovers it s not a stick at all but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels.
Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country
Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions—and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation . . . or redemption.
Looking to read the books before the next movie comes out? Check out these upcoming releases from the library!
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…
In Theaters November 10, 2017
Watch the trailer here.
I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
In theaters November 16th
Watch the trailer here.
When Mrs. Rabbit beseeches her four furry children not to go into Mr. McGregor’s garden, the impish Peter naturally takes this as an open invitation to create mischief. He quickly gets in over his head, when he is spotted by farmer McGregor himself.
This rather liberal interpretation of the classic tale comes out on February 9th, 2018
Watch the trailer here.
Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?
In Theaters March 19th, 2018
Watch the trailer here.
Looking for some fun stuff to do in and around Addison County? Here are some events coming up in November:
Sweet Tooth: the art of dessert
Nov – Feb 2017
Open Daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Union Church of Proctor’s 48th Annual Holiday Bazaar
Sat, Nov 4th
10 am – 2 pm
Union Church of Proctor
Getting from Here to There: A History of Roads and Settlements in Vermont
Sun, Nov 15th
Orwell Free Library
The difficulties of traveling in Vermont played a significant role in the state’s settlement, development, culture and politics. But Vermonters weren’t always eager to have good roads. Novelist Deborah Lee Luskin asks, given centuries of opposition, how is it we now drive cars in all seasons, in all weather, in all corners of the state?
POP Goes History: What Coca Cola Tells Us about American History
Sun, Nov 29th
New Haven Town Offices
The Coca Cola logo is the world’s most recognizable trademark. Both the logo and the product are so thoroughly identified with the United States that for many people, Coke is the symbol of America. Castleton professor Sanjukta Ghosh’s multimedia talk will explore how Coke’s advertising has affected not only America, but also places all over the world.
And those are just a handful of the events coming up in our neck of the woods. For more listings, see the Addison Independent’s website, the Vermont Humanities’ Events Calendar, or the Chamber of Commerce’s calendar.