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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.