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Jan 17, 2014

The best book I read last year was `1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus.' It's a book by Charles Mann, published in 2005, that dispels many myths about pre-Columbian America.


Phoebe Stone's The Boy on Cinnamon Street has been called a modern-day love story. The protagonist, Louise, has a secret admirer who leaves her anonymous notes and messages.

When Brattleboro Area Middle School Librarian Marry Linney got together with the seventh and eighth graders in her BAMS Book Bunch, she wanted to know if that rang true for these students of the digital age.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:49 a.m. In the midst of the Civil War, a young man named Summerfield Hayes leaves his dear sister Sarah in Brooklyn to join the Union effort. He does so not because of patriotism, but to cure himself of the sexual feelings he has for his sister.

It’s not long before he finds himself injured and abandoned by his brigade, stuck in a hospital, suspected of desertion, for which the punishment is death. That’s the premise of Nostalgia, the new novel by Vermont author Dennis McFarland.

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Seventh graders at Camel’s Hump Middle School in Richmond are reading Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon.  The non-fiction book by Steve Sheinkin is one of 30 nominated for this year's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award.

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The trees are bare, the temperature is dropping… it’s perfect weather to curl up with a  good book. We’ll get a few must-read recommendations from this fall's publishing season.

Also, what's on your holiday book gift list?  Claire Benedict, co-owner of Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, and Linda Ramsdell, owner of The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, will help us to navigate the literary profusion.

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The Expeditioners is the first book in an adventure series featuring three orphaned siblings in a futuristic world where there are no computers or electronic technologies. The book, by Hartland, Vermont author S.S. Taylor, was recently nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award.

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Most people know the famous English literary figure Rudyard Kipling for writing about the British in India and his children’s tales like The Jungle Book. But what many people don’t know is that Rudyard Kipling also had a connection to Vermont.

Mary Hamer spoke with Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb  about her new novel “Kipling and Trix,” which imagines a story centered around Kipling and his sister.


Each school year, thousands of Vermont students read the books nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award. Thirty books make the annual list, and fourth through eighth graders vote for their favorite title in the spring.