Announcing the 2014 Nutmeg Nominees

Which one will YOU read first?

The 2014 Nutmeg Books arrived on the shelves of the Avon Free Public Library Wednesday May 1st!!!! 

The new Nutmeg Books have titles that are funny, sad, scary and full of adventure.

 The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan Long-Shang

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel by K.A. Holt

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Saving Armpit by Natalie Hyde

Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff 

and Wildfire Run by Dee Garretson.

These ten new titles are for children in grades 4th-6th.

Each book can be found on the Nutmeg Shelf in the fiction section of the Library.

The 2014 nominees were chosen by kids from Connecticut  just like you, we will vote in April of 2014 for the best book and that book will become the 2014 Winner.

On May 15th the 2013 Winner will be announced.

The kids from Avon voted the best book  Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Calling all Nutmeg Voters!!

It’s Nutmeg Time

Let’s VOTE!

Come to the Library and let us know which book

was YOUR favorite…………………..

The Wonder of Charlie Anne by Kimberly Fusco. Charlie Anne's father leaves Massachusetts to find work during the Depression, leaving his family with their miserable cousin Mirabel and a farm full of chores. When another girl moves in next door, Charlie Anne is thrilled, but some townspeople don't feel the same way. Can Charlie Anne and Phoebe help their town overcome prejudice? (Intermediate List)
Was it The Wonder of Charlie Anne (and her Vinegar Pie)?

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick    After Homer's older brother is illegally sold into the Union Army, Homer sets off to rescue him. Along the way he meets tricksters, a snake oil salesman, and a hot air balloonist and finally finds himself at the Battle of Gettsburg. Homer Figg tells the story of his outrageous adventures that will keep you laughing. (Intermediate List)
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg?
Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari. Growing up in Rhode Island in the 1940s, Bird McGill longs to be a pilot. When a young Japanese-American boy joins her class, everyone suspects him of being a spy, but it is up to Bird and Kenji to discover the real spy. (Intermediate List)
Did you enjoy the thrill of Born to Fly?

Powerless by Matthew Cody. Moving into a new neighborhood can be difficult, especially when the neighbors share a secret; they have super powers Daniel learns that his new friends will lose their powers when they turn thirteen and agrees to use his own power, detective work, to figure out what's causing the superpowers to vanish. (Intermediate List)
Were you Powerless over Powerless?
Or perhaps you prefered the challenge of The Potato Chip Puzzles?


Maybe My Life as a Book was the one you loved!

Or was it Baseball Great?

Did because of mr. terupt get you thinking?

Did Where the Mountain Meets the Moon keep you reading?

Or did A Tale Dark & Grimm keep you up all night?

Which book will win?
Which book will YOU pick?
Please stop by the Avon Library and Vote today!

The last page! Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach

Today’s Last Page Entry
features Children’s Specialist Megan 

(“the last page” is a “new” feature on our blog, featuring all the new cool stuff we have just read)

Q. Good Morning Megan.  Is it true you just finished the last page of some really great book? Please share!

A.  Yes of course!  I just finished the last page of this mysterious book, Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach.

Q.  Shakespear’s Secret!  Is that the one about the necklace?

A. Yes! t
he main character is a girl name Hero.  And her sister is Beatrice.  Which is cool because Hero and Beatrice are both named for characters in Much Ado ’bout nothing (which is fancy for Shakespeare stuff)

Q.  Is the book long?

A.  No.  It’s 234 pages with historical facts in the back.

Q. So, who do you think would like this book?

A.  I would say anyone who likes mysteries and surprises! 

Q. Is it set in Shakespeare’s time?

A. No. It is set in present day.  Hero and her friend Danny are trying to find a 500 year old necklace!

A. Do they find it?

A. I can’t tell you!  You have to read the book.

If you want to read Shakespeare’s Secret – look for it at the Avon Library in the Nutmeg Section. 

It’s Nutmeg Time! Let’s Meet Mrs. Moody!

Mrs. Moody is our Nutmeg Expert Extraordinaire.  Let’s find out what she’s been up to:

Q.  Hello Mrs. Moody.  What have you been reading for the Nutmeg Book Discussion?

A. Where the Mountain meets the Moon. It’s about this girl, Minli, who is trying to find the old man in the moon so that she can bring fortune to her family. 

Q.  What kinds of things did you do in your book discussion?

A.  We ate oolong noodles with chopsticks and we drank green tea and ate swedish fish.  We answered round robin trivia based on the book and we had a raffle!

Q. Who is that in the glass bowl?

A. It’s my pet fish –  Jeffrey.  He was at the booktalk. 

Q. Grace Lin is a wonderful author, what other books has she written?

A. She wrote The Year of the Dog, The Year of the Rat, Dumpling Days and now she has a new book called Starry River of the sky.  

Q. Wow, what book will you be discussing next?

A.  We will be discussing The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick. On March 14th we will have our discussion (and pizza too, Jeffrey will be there).

Goodbye Mrs. Moody!