Nominations for the December 20 Capitol Choices agenda will be due at 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 12. Nominations for the 2014 List will still be accepted for the January 17 meeting as long as the books were published in 2013. The last date for any nominations of 2013 books will be on January 9, 2014.
Eleven-year-old Cady, whose baking Talent is evident in the included cake recipes, finally finds her real home in a story as convoluted as the knots tied by a mysterious man in the gray suit who appears at turning points in this magical puzzle. The story lines follow a disparate set of characters, revealing secrets and making connections right up to the happy ending. Ten to Fourteen. K. Isaacs
Billy Miller is just an average Second grader who big aspirations that don't always work out (trying to stay up all night), worries (will he be ready for second grade) and a loving family and supportive teacher. This book is divided into 4 chapters, teacher,Mather, sister, mother. There is no dysfunction, just love and everyday life.. It is just plain lovely, especially the last moments when, quietly Billy accomplishes one more goal. Seven to Ten. Edie Ching
This lovely board book follows little mouse as he is heading home to his family. Oh no! He can't remember the way! With a clever use of die-cuts, little mouse espies eyes in the dark and when the reader turns the page, the creature is identified. The refrain, "Run home, Little Mouse, as fast as you can!" follows as the reader cheers for the mouse. In actually the creatures are predators of mice but that is not shown at all. In fact, the creatures seem friendly and benign so little ones will not make that connection. In the end, little mouse makes it home safe and sound. This is an import from Germany and uses an unusual palette that works beautifully. Little ones will happily cheer for little mouse as he heads home for the night. Up to Seven. Joan Kindig
This is better than the book, the play or the video, thanks to Kate Winslet's inspired narration, going full tilt with various accents and emotional states. Miss Trunchbull sounds stronger and meaner than you can possibly imagine, and Matilda sounds both wise and innocent, sweet and crafty. Each character is fully realized and Winslet so fully pulls you into their world that you just don't want to leave it. An unforgettable listening experience. Audio. Edie Ching
A quirky story about a loving community who helps a young boy, Stanley Potts, come into himself as a daring-do. There are lots of characters here, never fully flushed out but just developed enough to propel the story forward, most of them supporting Stanley is some conventional or unconventional way. Lots of asides to the readers too but in a conspiratorial way rather than a preachy and this creates a feeling of all of us being in this together, watching and cheering Stanley on. There's no resolution to this story,not because a sequel is coming but because life isn't like that, we don't necessarily know how it will all work out and that adds to the genuine nature of this delightful read. Ten to Fourteen. Edie Ching
In his new home Crystal Springs, ME, where "everything was normal, but everything was also a little off" , Ephraim finds friends for the first time, bringing together 6th graders from traditionally feuding families to solve the mystery of the Appledore family's healing waters and, perhaps, healing his own father. Building on the choices offered by Tuck Everlasting (discussed in Ephraim's English class) Blakemore raises the tantalizing possibility that someone chose to drink water that would make them immortal. This is a terrific read, combining science and magic with middle school awkwardnesses, early twentieth-century science, the Peary Arctic expedition and much more. Ten to Fourteen. Kathy Isaacs
This is a sequel that more than measures up! Delphine and her two sisters return, this time back home in Brooklyn where life has changed, including a new girlfriend for their Pa and the return of their beloved uncle from Vietnam. The girls are all growing up and Delphine's grip on her sisters is lessening. Best of all, though Delphine has a relationship with her mother, albeit a long distance one. Williams-Garcia reeates the tenor and the rhythms of the sixties and once again the girls' jaunty personalities and snappy dialogue will endear them to readers again. Ten to Fourteen. Deborah Taylor
Gammell's illustrations bring to life the family that Bonwill creates, disorganized, frenzied but also loveable in their quirkiness. When Aunt Rosemary doesn't bring the help needed all seems lost until just by chance, a solution is found to keep the family on track and a wonderful solution it is. Turns out this might be more than a fun read, it might offer some advice for the disorganized among us. Up to Seven. Edie Ching
At twelve, Fern feels alienated from her siblings—an older brother discovering sexuality, a grumpy sister, and a pesky brother Charlie, 3—while her father works incessantly and her mother meditates. Only family tragedy makes them understand their need for each other.
Mary O'Hara, 12, thinks her great-grandmother is a new neighbor, but Tansy, dead since age 25 from influenza, is a ghost ready to be with her dying daughter, Ember, Mary’s beloved Granny. Those three and Mary’s mother, Scarlett, take an intergenerational midnight journey before their final parting.