Rowayton Library Recommends

Mrs. Bradley Mysteries Complete Season (NR) 317 minutes

May 20, 2017

MRS. BRADLEY MYSTERIES, The Complete Season - SERIES--(NR)--The feel-good factor is high, according to the Independent. The legendary Diana Rigg stars as the irrepressibly inquisitive Adela Bradley in this classic 1920’s whodunit. “Her life appears to be every bit as colorful as those of the wrongdoers she helps to apprehend.” (The Guardian) With the help of her reliable and devoted chauffeur, George (Neil Dudgeon), Mrs. Bradley’s finely honed skills of investigation seek out the truth behind a variety of complex mysteries. Her powers of psychological sleuthing are challenged to the full, but Mrs. Bradley’s charm and guile are triumphant in the end!

Doctor Thorne Mini-Series (NR) 179 minutes

May 20, 2017

DOCTOR THORNE, Miniseries - SERIES--(NR)--It is 1855. When Doctor Thorne's penniless niece, Mary, is excluded from the wedding preparations of her childhood playmate, she probes her uncle for the truth of her birth, devastated to learn that she is the illegitimate child of his late brother. With neither breeding nor fortune, she has a problem, as she and the heir to the Greshamsbury Estate, Frank, have fallen in love. Frank’s over-bearing mother, Lady Arabella, expects him to save his family from financial ruin by marrying money. She schemes to separate the two, encouraging her son to woo the wealthy American heiress, Miss Dunstable. Meanwhile, Doctor Thorne acts as both physician and business advisor to railway millionaire, Sir Roger Scatcherd, in whose hands the fate of Greshamsbury lies and who is rapidly drinking himself into an early grave. Frank finally plucks up the courage to propose to Mary and Doctor Thorne gives him his blessing, after filling him in on the truth surrounding her birth. Lady Arabella continues her persecution of Mary, and is furious when Frank tells her he is set on marrying Doctor Thorne's penniless niece.

Divorce Season 1 (NR) 295 minutes

May 20, 2017

DIVORCE, Season 1 - SERIES--(NR)--An HBO series starring Thomas Haden Church and Sarah Jessica Parker. This is a new comedy series that finds sharp, observant humor even in the tensest situations. Parker stars as Frances, who has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband of ten years and father of their 2 children, Robert (Thomas Haden Church). She soon learns that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.

Jericho of Scotland Yard Season 1 (NR) 376 minutes

May 20, 2017

JERICHO OF SCOTLAND YARD, Season 1 - SERIES--(NR)--Amid the turmoil of changing times, Chief Inspector Michael Jericho (Robert Lindsay) is a famous Scotland Yard detective investi-gating high-profile murders in 1950s London. Aided by his trusted sergeant, Clive Harvey (David Troughton), and the young and eager-to-please DC John Caldicott (Ciarán McMenamin), Jericho solves London’s most heinous crimes, whether they occur in posh homes or illegal gambling dens. Though brilliant at his job and adored by the public, Jericho hides a dark and painful past and will stop at nothing to find justice. This stylish noir boasts fantastic guest stars, including Francesca Annis, Brendan Coyle, Laurence Fox, Peter Bowles, Claire Bloom, Jane Horrocks, James Wilby, Alfie Allen, and Dominic Cooper.

The Bridge + Bron/Broen Season 3 (NR) 580 minutes

May 20, 2017

THE BRIDGE + BRON/BROEN, Season 3 - SERIES--(NR)--When Helle Anker, a gender activist and owner of Copenhagen’s first gender-neutral preschool, is found murdered at a construction site in Malmo, Saga Noren (Sofia Helin) is assigned to the case, together with Hanne (Kirsten Olesen), a new Danish colleague who has difficulty accepting Saga. The murder sparks the beginning of a series of spectacular crimes reaching back into Saga’s own past. With her career at risk and the question of personal responsibility haunting her, it looks as if she might be pulled from the case, When her mother, unexpectedly reenters her life, Saga must also cope with unforeseen and unwanted demands from her.

The Witness For the Prosecution (NR) 122 minutes

May 20, 2017

THE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION - SERIES--(NR)--A thrilling whodunit packed with Christie’s trademark twists set in 1920’s London. When glamorous Emily French (Kim Cattrall) is brutally murdered in her home, all the evidence points to French’s young lover, Leonard Vole (Billy Howie), to whom the heiress left her fortune. Ms. French’s devoted housekeeper (Monica Dolan) proclaims Leonard’s guilt, But Leonard insists that his wife, enigmatic chorus girl Romaine (Andrea Riseborough), can prove his innocence. As the scandalous crime goes to trial, solicitor John Mayhew (Toby Jones) finds that the case may be his undoing. Played to perfection by an illustrious cast, this “absorbing and grimly atmospheric” (Wall St. Journal) drama shows that Christie still has the power.

Veep Season 5 (NR) 294 minutes

May 20, 2017

VEEP, Season 5 - SERIES--(NR)--The 5th season of this outstanding comedy series created by Armando Iannucci and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, continues its sharp, satirical look at the insular world of Washington politics with new show runner and executive producer David Mandel. Onetime VP and now President Selina Meyer find herself in the midst of a tie in the Electoral College. With her presidency on the line, she and her staff in D.C. continue their mission of making her seem presidential (even though she is the president). She’s also fending off the ambitions of her charismatic vice presidential running mate who, through an obscure constitutional procedure, could end up being president. Veep continues to prove that in Washington, even the most banal decisions can have ripple effects, with unexpected and often hilarious consequences.

The Affair Season 3 (NR) 566 minutes

May 20, 2017

THE AFFAIR, Season 3 - SERIES--(NR)--Picking up three years after Noah’s shocking admission of guilt at the murder trial of Scott Lockhart, this season shows Noah (Dominic West) trying to restart his life. However, the damage wrought by his past decisions has made him a ghost of his former self. Alison (Ruth Wilson) has been raising daughter Joanie alongside Cole (Joshua Jackson) and Luisa (Catalina Sandino Merino) in Montauk, but Alison’s past continues to rear its ugly head as Cole and Luisa attempt to build their own future. For Helen (Maura Tierney), life appears to continue on, but just below the surface of a successful business and a bustling home lays uncertainty with her boyfriend Vik (Omar Metwally), instability amongst her children, and an unshakable feeling of guilt.

Monster Trucks Children's Movie (PG) 104 minutes

May 20, 2017

MONSTER TRUCKS - CHILDRENS MOVIE--(PG)--Fun for the whole family! Fasten your seatbelts! In a small town, an oil company is drilling for oil. They discover an ecosystem they could be disturbing, but the business decision it to go on. And something happens! Meanwhile, in town, Tripp is a high school senior with a knack for building trucks who makes an incredible discovery-a gas-guzzling creature named Creech. To protect his mischievous new friend Tripp hides Creech under the hood of his latest creation, turning it into a real-life super-powered Monster Truck. Together, this unlikely duo with a shared taste for speed team up on a wild and unforgettable journey to reunite Creech with his family. A hilarious and heartfelt adventure that never slows down.

The Syndicate All or Nothing Documentary (NR) 366 minutes

May 20, 2017

THE SYNDICATE, All or Nothing- DOCUMENTARY--(NR)--The stately home of Hazelwood Manor has been in the family of Lord Hazelwood (Anthony Andrews) since the 18th century. But the once impressive manor is crumbling, and its owners are burdened with ₤6.5 million in debt. Lord and Lady Hazelwood (Alice Krige,) have been forced to let most of their staff go, and only five servants help maintain the estate. But when the remaining staff wins the lottery, the lines between upstairs and downstairs begin to blur. From BAFTA Award-winning writer Kay Mellor (Playing the Field), The Syndicate: All or Nothing also stars Polly Walker, Lenny Henry, Cara Theobold, Elizabeth Berrington, Melanie Hill, and Richard Rankin.

I Am Not Your Negro Documentary (PG-13) 94 minutes

May 20, 2017

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO - DOCUMENTARY--(PG-13)--Written by James Baldwin and directed by Raoul Peck with the voice of Samuel L. Jackson. Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House and the result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. It is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., a work that challenges the very definition of what American stands for, has been produced.

Buena Vista Social Club Documentary (G) 105 minutes

May 20, 2017

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB - DOCUMENTARY--(G)--A film by Wim Wenders that travels from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie Hall. This revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of Cuba’s brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected encounter with world fame. After winning a Grammy for an album recorded with American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry Cooder, the ensembles members were filmed in a series of illuminating interviews and live performances. The result is one of the most beloved documentaries of the 1990’s, and an infectious ode to a neglected corner of Cuba’s prerevolutionary heritage.

Daughters of the Dust (NR) 112 minutes

May 20, 2017

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST - Movies--(NR)--Winner NY Film Critics Circle Special Award. At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina--former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. Casting a long legacy, this film still resonates today, most recently as a major influence on Beyonce’s video album “Lemonade."  This restored 25th anniversary presentation, with proper color grading, allows audiences to finally be able to see this visionary work as director Julie Dash intended.

Collateral Beauty (PG-13) 96 minutes

May 20, 2017

COLLATERAL BEAUTY - Movies--(PG-13)--When a successful New York ad executive suffers a personal tragedy and retreats from life, his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything. Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways. From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, this thought-provoking drama explores how even the deepest tragedy can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and loss interlock in a life fully lived.

A Dog's Purpose (PG) 100 minutes

May 20, 2017

A Dog’s PURPOSE --Movies--(PG)--Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, and directed by Lasse Hallstrom and with the dog voiced by Josh Gad. Sharing the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog that A dog looks to discover his purpose in life and finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

Hidden Figures (PG) 127 minutes

May 20, 2017

HIDDEN FIGURES - Movies--(PG)--Based on the real story and book by the same name and “uplifting in every way”(Pete Hammond). This incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), brilliant African-American women working at NASA in the early years, who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial lines and inspired generations. Working in the then Virginia based hq of Nasa, their basement offices at the far reaches of the huge campus, they were loaned out to other divisions for short and long term assignments, and had to live with the then racial laws of the state, separate eating areas, separate.

La La Land (PG-13) 128 minutes

May 20, 2017

LA LA LAND - Movies--(PG-13)--Winner of the Academy Awards Best Director, for writer/director Damien Chazelle. This is more that the most acclaimed movie of the year, it is touted as a cinematic treasure for the ages that you’ll fall in love with again and again. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, and actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams--and finding each other--in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.

Fifty Shades Darker (NR) 250 minutes

May 20, 2017

FIFTY SHADES DARKER - Movies--(NR)--Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the second chapter of the Fifty Shades phenomenon. When a wounded Christian tries to entice a cautious Anastasia back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple. Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) stalks Anastasia at work and Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger) tries to warn Anastasia off Grey. Both are determined to destroy the couple’s hopes for a future together.

Split (PG-13) 117 minutes

May 20, 2017

SPLIT - Movies--(PG-13)--James McAvoy stars in this dark original thriller by M. Night Shyamalan, the writer/director/producer. Delving into the recesses of the fractured, gifted mind of Kevin, his psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley) succeeds in revealing 23 personalities. But unknown to her, one personality remains still submerged, set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him as the walls between his compartments shatter apart. When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them

Brief Encounters (NR) 360 minutes

May 20, 2017

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS --Movies--(NR)--In the early 1980s, four British women want to improve their lot in life. Stephanie (Sophie Rundle, The Bletchley Circle, Peaky Blinders) wonders how to make ends meet when her husband loses his job, while her friend Nita (Angela Griffin, Inspector Lewis) tries to keep her teenage son out of trouble. Pauline (Penelope Wilton, Downton Abbey) is a bored and lonely housewife, and Dawn (Sharon Rooney, My Mad Fat Diary) yearns to escape her toxic family life. When Stephanie and Nita answer an ad for a sales job selling exotic lingerie and other “marital aids,” they kick off a sexual revolution in their community. As their business grows, they become savvy professional women, gaining confidence, forging unlikely friendships, and scandalizing the town. But their newfound independence comes at a price as they wrestle with the pressures of husbands, family, and a changing society.

Paterson (R) 119 minutes

May 20, 2017

PATERSON --Movies (R)--Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver who writes poetry, in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Every day he adheres to a simple routine of driving his daily route, where he observes the city as it drifts across his windshield, overhearing fragments of the conversations that swirl around him. He writes poetry into a notebook, walks his dog, and has exactly one beer at a local bar. By contrast, his loving wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), is a dreamer who is constantly inspired by new ideas and ambitious projects, all the while championing Paterson’s gift for poetry. The history and energy of the city of Paterson is a felt presence in the film, unfolding over the course of a single week. Vanity Fair declares this a “wise, winning and moving” film from acclaimed director Jim Jarmusch, the quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry that’s evident in its smallest details.

X: A Novel (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

X: a novel--by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon X is a novelized telling of the growing up years of Malcom Little/Malcom X. His father murdered and his mother put into a mental institution, young Malcom (an A student) goes to live with his sister Boston. There he takes to the world of drinking, drugs, and hustling, and eventually to prison.

 

We Are the Ants (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

We are the Ants--by Shaun David Hutchinson The aliens have given Henry 144 days to decide whether life on earth is worth keeping around. Given the state his own life is in, he's not so sure. The love of his life has committed suicide, his clueless older brother is going to be a teen father, and his grandmother is sinking deeper and deeper into a fog of Alzheimer's. But on the other hand, there's Diego...

The Way I Used to Be (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

The Way I Used to Be--by Amber Smith Eden is a quiet fourteen-year-old band nerd who just entered into her freshman year of high school. But everything changes the night a family friend rapes her and threatens to kill her if she tells anyone. Eden keeps it a secret and finds she acting out to avoid dealing with the pain. The book follows Eden though four years in high school as she tries to deal with what happened and the way she used to be.

Traffick (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

Traffick--by Ellen Hopkins Traffick shows the reader the world of human trafficking, prostitution, and drug addiction as experienced by five teenagers. Is there a way out?

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda--by Becky Albertalli Simon is a sixteen-year-old boy who is gay, but not quite ready to tell the whole world. When an email falls into the wrong hands he worries his secret may not remain a secret for long. Now Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone and tell the truth before he alienates himself from friends or loses his shot with his mysterious crush.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

The Rest of us Just Live Here--by Patrick Ness Mikey, Jared, Mel, and Henna just want to get through high school. They suffer through the usual teen experiences--jealously, unrequited love, term papers--but they have also fought zombies and fallen in love with vampires (not your usual high school experience). Now, they have to face another challenge: one of them is “the chosen one.”

Red Rising (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

Red Rising--by Pierce Brown Darrow, a sixteen-year-old in humanity’s Red caste, willingly spends his days in the mines of Mars, certain that his work is necessary to terraform the planet’s surface. After being caught in a forbidden area, however, his life is torn apart, and he discovers the truth about the caste system he was forced into: the planet’s surface was terraformed long ago, and the Red caste is nothing more than slave labor for the others inhabiting the surface.

More Happy Than Not (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

More Happy Than Not--by Adam Silvera If you could erase your memories would you? What if you could change who you are. Aaron wants to change his life to become someone new, and a new medical procedure is available to allow him to do just that. But can he really escape who and what he is?

Girl in the Blue Coat (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

Girl in the Blue Coat--by Monica Hesse Finding and delivering hard to come by goods for friends and neighbors in 1943 German-occupied Amsterdam is the business that Hanneke is good at. Finding a missing Jewish girl becomes Hanneke’s passion, putting her in the crosshairs of the Nazis.

Dumplin' (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

May 18, 2017

Dumplin’--by Julie Murphy Willowdean Dickson is not your typical beauty queen. Living in Clover City, a town that is home to one of the oldest beauty pageants in Texas, and with a former beauty queen for a mother, Willowdean navigates being a “fat girl” in this world with humor, confidence, and a lot of sass. When that confidence in her is shaken, Willowdean decides participating in the pageant is the only way to get her confidence back. With help from an unlikely group of contestants and Dolly Parton, Willowdean embarks on a journey that will change how she and her town define what makes a beauty queen beautiful.

Thirteen Chairs (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

Thirteen Chairs--by Dave Shelton Thirteen souls at a table, each with a tale to tell. Are you brave enough to pull up a chair?

 

The Seventh Most Important Thing (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

The Seventh Most Important Thing--by Shelley Pearsall After his father’s death, Arthur throws a brick at the local “Junk Man” when he sees him wearing his father’s favorite hat. He is sentenced to community service working with the Junk Man to complete his mysterious project.

Orbiting Jupiter (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

Orbiting Jupiter--by Gary Schmidt Trying to escape his past, Joseph is trying to find his future. Can Jack and his family help Joseph find a home on their family farm? Will Joseph find the one thing from his past that he is looking for?

The Novice (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

The Novice--by Taran Matharu When Fletcher accidentally summons a Familiar, he is forced to leave his home to attend The Academy where he is taught how to use his powers.

The Last Boy at St. Edith's (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

The Last Boy at St. Edith’s--by Lee Gjertsen Malone There used to be 27 boys at St. Edith's Academy, but over time all but one left leaving Jeremy the only boy out of 475 students! In desperation, Jeremy pulls a series of pranks in hopes of getting expelled so he can go to school with his friends.

I Kill the Mockingbird (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

I Kill the Mockingbird--by Paul Acampora In honor of their recently deceased teacher a group of friends hatch a plot to popularize the classic To Kill a Mockingbird,  by creating a controversy surrounding the novel. Their efforts increase demand, but have consequences they don’t expect.

I am Princess X (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

I am Princess X--by Cherie Priest When they were young May and Libby created a princess together. When Libby died the princess died with her. Years later May starts seeing images of the princess around town. Could Libby still be alive?

Goodbye Stranger (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

Goodbye Stranger--by Rebecca Stead Three girls, who promised never to fight, have found their friendship tested. Will their friendship survive the trials of middle school and growing up?

Full Cicada Moon (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

Full Cicada Moon--by Marilyn Hilton All Mimi wants is to be an astronaut, but being a female with Japanese and African- American parents in 1969 Vermont comes with its own challenges. As she makes new friends and overcomes the barriers around her, she realizes what is really important.

The Boy in the Black Suit (2018 Nutmeg Teen Nominee)

May 17, 2017

The Boy in the Black Suit--by Jason Reynolds Matt is trying to cope with his mom’s death from cancer and his dad’s drinking. A job at a local funeral home gives him comfort and then he meets a girl, who helps him share his feelings. This is a story of growing from loss.

A Whole New Ballgame (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

A Whole New Ballgame--by Phil Bildner 5th grade is exciting and unpredictable for best friends Rip and Red. Their new teacher, Mr. Acevedo prefers eccentric out-of-the-box assignments that prove to be the opposite of boring test prep. When Mr. Acevedo turns out to be their new basketball coach, too, the boys realize they’re along for a wild ride.

 

The War That Saved My Life (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

The War That Saved My Life--by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Born with a twisted foot, Ada has never been allowed to leave her small London apartment. As the threat of bombs looms over London during World War II, Ada and her little brother Jamie escapes to the countryside. Ada's world opens up as she gains confidence and learns to trust those around her… but is trust enough to keep her family safe?

Under the Egg (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Under the Egg--by Laura Marx Fitzgerald Theodora Tenpenny's beloved Grandpa Jack has died and left her with a broken heart and a house full of responsibilities. Grandpa Jack's last words, telling Theo to look “under the egg,” lead her and her quirky new allies on a chase from clue to clue across New York City.

Took: A Ghost Story (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Took: A Ghost Story--by Mary Downing Hahn Daniel is the new kid in a small town in West Virginia and isn’t fooled by Brody trying to scare him with creepy ghost stories. When Daniel’s little sister starts acting strange and distant, eventually disappearing into the woods, Daniel knows something is terribly wrong. Could the ghost stories be true? Has Erica been “took”?

The Tapper Twins go to War (with each other) (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

The Tapper Twins go to War (with Each Other)--by Jeff Rodkey It all started with a rumor (someone farted in the cafeteria) and twins Claudia and Reese were at war. Through text messages, interviews, photos, and screenshots, the series of events in the battle are retold. The pranks are all fun and games until they have to deal with the consequences of their actions.

Ratscalibur (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Ratscalibur--by Josh Lieb After being bitten by an elderly rat, Joey finds himself transformed from a 7th grade boy into a rat. After drawing the “spork from the scone,” Joey goes on a quest into Central Park to find Squirrelin the Squagician, battling crows, rats and more with Ratscalibur, his sword, in order to save his new rat friends in this rodent retelling of the classic King Arthur story.

Kinda Like Brothers (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Kinda Like Brothers--by Coe Booth Jarrett’s plans for an amazing summer come crashing down when he realizes he not only has to go summer school, but his mom is fostering a new baby… and the baby comes with an older brother. Now Jarrett has to share his friends, his room, and his life with a complete stranger, Kevon. The two cannot get along: Kevon acts like he’s better than Jarrett, and has been keeping some major secrets. Jarret’s got to do something about it. But what?

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle--by George Hagen When Gabriel rescues a baby raven, he discovers people in his family can bond with ravens in fantastic ways. He goes on a quest with three brave friends and his raven to try to rescue his missing father, solving riddles and avoiding flocks of vicious birds along the way.

Fish in a Tree (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Fish in a Tree--by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Ally was a class jokester to hide the fact that she had trouble reading. When Ally’s teacher goes on maternity leave, the substitute sees through her act and is determined to help her learn differently. As her reading skills improve and Ally’s confidence grows, can the class clown become the class president?

Book Scavenger (2018 Nutmeg Intermediate Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Book Scavenger--by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman Book Scavenger is an online game, which has gone viral. Solving puzzle clues to find books hidden all over the world is the name of the game. When Emily moves to San Francisco, she discovers that the game’s creator has been attacked and his new game is missing! Can she and her new friend James figure out what happened before the attackers find them?

The Year of Billy Miller (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

The Year of Billy Miller--by Kevin Henkes Billy Miller starts second grade with a spectacular bump on his head and full of worries. With the help of family, friends and a few poems, Billy ends up with a year filled with surprises and lessons learned

When the Beat Was Born (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

When the Beat Was Born--by Laban Carrick Hill Think you know all about hip-hop? This is the story of DJ Kool Herc, one of the pioneers of hip-hop music in the 1970s South Bronx. DJ Kool Herc's story is the story of hip-hop.

Wet Cement (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Wet Cement--by Bob Raczka Did you know that poetry could have a physical shape? Check out this fun, varied collection of poems that play with words in more ways than one! (Non-Fiction)

Upside-Down Magic (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Upside-Down Magic--by Sarah Mlynowski, Lau-ren Myracle & Emily Jenkins Nory's magic is a little wonky. She is sent to a special class with other magical misfits. Together they must learn how to best use their "upside-down magic."

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny--by John Himmelman The inspiring Isabel is the best bunjitsu artist in her school. She's not only skilled in punching and kicking, but also outsmarting and out-maneuvering even the toughest foes.

Pugs of the Frozen North (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Pugs of the Frozen North-by Philip Reeve True winter comes once in a lifetime. Shea and Sika, along with 65 pugs, join zany and fierce competitors in a race to the Snowfather's palace at the top of the world for the prize of their heart's desire.

My Pet Human (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

My Pet Human--by Yasmine Surovec Stray cat Oliver loves his nomadic life and doesn't need a "forever home"--or so he thinks! When he meets a little human and begins to trust her, he may not be able to return to his cat-about-town lifestyle.

Miss Mary Reporting (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Miss Mary Reporting--by Sue Macy Petite Mary Garber brought a big revolution to the world of sports reporting in the 1940s. Against many odds, she devoted her life to equality in sports writing.

Mango, Abuela and Me (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Mango, Abuela, and Me--by Meg Medina When Mia's abuela comes to live with her they are unable to com-municate. A trip to a pet store introduces them to a feathery friend who will soon change their lives.

Lindbergh (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Lindbergh--by Torben Kuhlmann A mouse must flee from the dangers of his home city in Europe. Can he create a flying machine that will carry him safely across the ocean to America?

Hippopotamister

May 16, 2017

Hippopotamister--by John Patrick Green Poor Hippo. His zoo is falling apart and no one comes to visit. Will venturing out into the world to get a job find him happiness? (Graphic Novel)

Finding Winnie (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Finding Winnie--by Lindsay Mattick Join Cole and his mom for a cozy bedtime story within a story about Captain Harry Coleburn and his adopted bear cub in 1914. Just who is this special bear?

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas--by Lynne Cox When a 1,000-pound elephant seal takes up residence in a coastal New Zealand city, will citizens welcome the enormous oceanic animal, or will they send her back to sea?

A Dance Like Starlight (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

A Dance Like Starlight--by Kristy Dempsey & Floyd CoopeFollow this inspirational story of one young girl's dream as she watches Janet Collins, the first African American prima ballerina; perform in the spotlight on center stage at the Met in the 1950s.

Blizzard (2018 Nutmeg Elementary Nominee)

May 16, 2017

Blizzard--by John Rocco When a huge blizzard traps the neighbors in their homes for a week, one brave boy uses his knowledge of survival to embark on a memorable adventure to help them all.

Go, Otto Go!

May 15, 2017

Go Otto, Go! by David Milgrim is a ready to read book. Otto the robot is determined to get home and works hard to make that happen. Repetitive phrasing and endearing illustrations make this an enjoyable first reader with a home sweet home message. (Easy-Reader)

King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code

May 15, 2017

King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code by Dori Butler, and illustrated by Nancy Meyers gives the dog King a starring role. It is an early reader with a puzzle at the center involving mysterious letters. King is frustrated in his efforts to get Kayla to understand him and Kayla is frustrated by the nonsensical letters that she and her friend Mason have received. The mystery is solved and the clever code revealed. But can they crack King’s code and get him some cheese?? (Easy-Reader)

Olivia the Spy

May 15, 2017

Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer finds Olivia up to her usual shenanigans. It all starts with an exploding blueberry smoothie. Her mother is at her wits end and wonders if Olivia should be sent away until she develops some sense. Olivia overhears her mother and realizes she needs to keep close tabs on any such discussions, thus the spying that ensues. Have a blast trying to keep up with Olivia! Guaranteed to bring a big smile to everyone’s face.

Thirsty, Thirsty, Elephants

May 15, 2017

Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants by Sandra Markle, illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck is based on the true story of an elephant herd in Tanzania. During a terrible drought the grandmother of the herd is able to lead them to a water source she remembers from long ago. An arduous trek through the dry country shows how the elephants care for each other in hard times, especially the babies. The joy of reaching water they can drink and play in is perfectly captured in the illustrations. (Non-Fiction)

South

May 15, 2017

South by Daniel Duncan is the story of an intrepid fisherman who rescues a skimmer bird on the high seas and nurses it back to health. The detailed illustrations of their journey are magnificent and evocative; you really sense their developing relationship. The trip South to release the healed bird is bittersweet but the way the fisherman will remember his friend is adorable. Highly recommended.

Bertolt

May 15, 2017

Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyp is about an old oak tree that is a best friend to a young boy who enjoys spending time by himself. The tree affords the boy hours of observation, cleverly pictured in the wonderful watercolors, and happiness. The story begins and ends with mittens, which sounds a bit odd but is a perfect thematic circle. Children will enjoy reading about this singular soul and his unique world.

This is How We Do it

May 15, 2017

This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe covers “one day in the life of seven kids from around the world”. Representative children from all over the world are introduced along with their families, houses, schools, activities and meals. It’s fascinating to see what is different and the same, and at the end you get to meet the actual families.

The Treasure Box

May 15, 2017

The Treasure Box by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Freya Blackwood is an excellent book to start a discussion about war, displacement and the importance of a peoples’ culture. Deliberately vague as to time and place, the story unfolds as Peter and his father flee a bombed city, carrying the sole surviving book from the library. It is a treasured work about their people. Ultimately the book must be left behind but when Peter grows up he is able to restore it to its rightful place. This is a very touching book about some hard topics.

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

May 15, 2017

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires addresses the challenge of climbing a tree for the first time. Lou likes her adventures to be down (deep sea diving would be fine), not up (like climbing the tree). Her friends race up and urge her to join them. She finds all kinds of excuses for why she can’t go up the tree but eventually she perseveres and tries. Eventually being the operative word….

Lexi the Word Wrangler

May 15, 2017

Lexi the Word Wrangler by Rebecca Van Slyke, illustrated by Jessie Hartland has a terrific premise. Lexi is a professional word wrangler, helping small letters grow into big words, and generally keeping order on the word ranch. One morning she sees that someone has stolen the “rain” out of the “rainbow”, leaving a big bow in the sky, and the “d” out of “bandana” leaving her with fruit around her neck. She has to catch the word rustler and restore order! Her nemesis becomes her right hand and all is well by the end.

Share, Big Bear, Share!

May 15, 2017

Share, Big Bear, Share! by Maureen Wright, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand is a sweet tale about the virtues of sharing with friends. Bear has a huge tub of beautiful blue berries that he has been gobbling. A big oak tree entreats him to share, but a series of misheard instructions result in mix ups before Bear gets the message. Naturally all ends well, and the bright pictures are a treat.

The Book of Mistakes

May 15, 2017

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Lukyen is literally a page turner. A small mistake is the beginning of a creative process that results in a fanciful, beautiful world brought to life by stunning art work. Each page shows the continuing process of “fixing” a mistake by being flexible and imaginative. The girl who keeps the pages turning is whimsical and funny; children will appreciate her ability to draw her way out of seeming setbacks.

Independence Cake

May 15, 2017

Independence Cake by Deborah Hopkinson and Giselle Potter is a lesson in early American culinary history. Amelia Simmons wrote America’s first cookbook. Very little is known about her and this is a fictionalized account of her life. She was self taught, the first to use local ingredients such as cornmeal, and coin new descriptions such as “cookie”. The lovely illustrations are in a primitive style perfectly suited for the time.

Mud Book--How to Make Pies and Cakes

May 15, 2017

Mud Book--How to Make Pies and Cakes by John Cage and Lois Long is a small masterpiece, originally issued in the mid 1950’s. John Cage, while very famous as a musician, was also a mushroom expert so he knew all about dirt. Their illustrated recipes will enchant any child who likes to play in the mud. This is a deserved classic!

Transit

April 30, 2017

Transit by Rachel Cusk is a superb novel. The writing is close to perfect, to the point where you want to reread sentences just to enjoy her wordsmithing. The story is straightforward. A divorces woman who is a writer moves back to London with her two young sons after 15 years away. Her interactions with the people she meets and works with are the backbone of the plot. That really doesn’t do the book justice as it sounds pedestrian, but if you need a break from thrillers and want to kick back with wonderful prose this is your book. It is the second work in a trilogy but can be easily read as a standalone book.

The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite

April 30, 2017

The Golden Passport; Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite by Duff McDonald are very interesting. It examines the school’s outsized influence since it’s founding on the American economy. It asks the question of whether there is an obligation to “do good” rather than just being good at what you do. The author is a good writer and while there is no question of where he comes down on the questions he raises he lets the enormous power and influence of this iconic institution speak for itself.

Prince Charles

April 30, 2017

Prince Charles by Sally Bledell Smith is a treat for all Anglophiles. This biography is certainly thoroughly researched. The “king in waiting” has been through the proverbial mill but as the book so aptly illustrates he has resolved many of his ongoing issues in his older age. Happy in love after his disastrous first marriage, and able to see many of his interests in areas like the environment become mainstream, he can now focus on waiting for the only “real” job he will ever have.

Minds of Winter

April 30, 2017

Minds of Winter by Ed O’Loughlin is terrific. The setting is the Arctic, and it takes place in two time periods. The doomed Franklin expedition that went in search of the Northwest Passage in the 1850’s with the ships Terror and Erebus is one, and a present day disappearance is another. The sense of place is beautifully detailed, with the unique weather and light patterns described as if they were happening on the page. Like a Russian doll mysteries lead to other mysteries as the beautiful but deadly Arctic environment holds tightly to its secrets.

The Arrangement

April 30, 2017

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn is one more in the long train of “marriage” novels but it’s a particularly good one. Despite the premise it is sure-footed and realistic. The title speaks to an experiment in open marriage, ill advised (unsurprisingly) as it turns out. The characters are fleshed out and realistic and the twists, while not entirely unexpected, keep the pages turning.

No One Cares About Crazy People

April 30, 2017

No One Cares about Crazy People by Ron Powers is a difficult read but an important one of you if you are interested in the mentally ill and the care they receive in this country. Merging a history of the US’s historical response to the mentally ill with the story of his two sons’ battle with schizophrenia creates a powerful narrative arc. Telling his family story gives the tragic statistics even more resonance. He explains the role of incarceration post deinstitutionalization better than anyone to date, and it is a heartbreaking story.

Dinner Chez Moi

April 30, 2017

Dinner Chez Moi by Elizabeth Bard is aptly subtitled 50 French Secrets to Eating and Entertaining. It’s a winning combination of recipes and smart suggestions for how to take pleasure in the rituals of cooking tasty food. Her section on feeding children is great without being hectoring. The whole book is full of original tips and tricks, written with a French flair by a long-term expatriate. (Cookbook)

Find Me

April 30, 2017

Find Me  by J. S. Monroe, set in Cambridge, is different in a good way. The plot sneaks up on you, as the threads grow tighter for Jar, the main character. He has never gotten over the suicide of his great love Rosa; the mysterious circumstances of her death haunt him. As the layers of secrecy unfold it gets increasingly diabolical. As the truth emerges there continue to be more questions than answers. This is an intelligent thriller.

The Loving Husband

April 30, 2017

The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent is a really atmospheric roller coaster ride. The English fen lands are the perfect backdrops for this spooky domestic thriller. The title of course suggests the question of how well you know your spouse. For the heroine this is especially pertinent once the family is moved to the area where he grew up. The author keeps the pages turning without resorting to the by now somewhat tired themes of the “domestic” suspense novel.

Cut Flower Garden--Grow, Harvest and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

April 30, 2017

Cut Flower Garden--Grow, Harvest and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms  by Erin Benzakein will ramp up your spring fever and maybe encourage you to plow up a piece of that front yard so you can have beautiful blooms at your fingertips. This practical book is full of gorgeous photos that will definitely inspire planting, flower arranging and possibly bee keeping. (Non-Fiction)

A New Way to Bake

April 30, 2017

A New Way to Bake is by the editors of Martha Stewart Living. This is a great book for everyone who loves to bake but occasionally cringes at the amount of sugar and butter that are called for in a recipe. They have clearly done their research well as every recipe we tried was delicious. It’s not news that whole grains are tasty, but it is news when a master baker’s team develops so many imaginative ways to integrate them into the “classics." They also work with alternatives to granulated sugar, and there is a large gluten free section. (Cookbook)

Clean My Space

April 30, 2017

Clean My Space by Melissa Maker is accurately subtitled the secret to cleaning better, faster and loving your home every day. Don’t be put off by the twelve pages of cleaning schedules in the back of the book; there is a lot of great information packed in this volume, just in time for spring-cleaning! Expert tips galore covering products, approaches to each room and what busy people can realistically accomplish make this very user friendly. There is bound to be a helpful hint in here even if you hate to clean. (Non-Fiction)

Moana Children's Movie (PG) 107 minutes

April 27, 2017

MOANA - CHILDRENS MOVIE--(PG)--Oscar Nominee for Best Animated Film. Disney’s epic adventure begins in Ancient Polynesia. Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and a spirited teen and only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island’s fisherman can’t catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti’s heart, so Moana answers the Ocean’s call to set off on an epic journey across the Pacific to seek out the Demigod and set things right. Based on stories from Polynesian mythology.

A Monster Calls Children's Movie (PG-13) 109 minutes

April 27, 2017

A MONSTER CALLS - CHILDRENS MOVIE--(PG-13)--Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, and Sigourney Weaver star in this visually spectacular and stunningly emotional drama. Young Conor’s life (Lewis MacDougall) takes a turn after his mother (Felicity Jones) becomes ill and he moves in with his unsympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). As an escape, not only from her but also from bullying at school, Conor turns to his artwork and conjures up a 40-foot-high monster (voice by Liam Neeson) who becomes a most unlikely ally by guiding him on a journey of courage, faith and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.

Sing Children's Movie (PG) 108 minutes

April 27, 2017

SING - CHILDRENS MOVIE--(PG)--Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Buster Moon (Matthew McConnaughey), a dapper koala, presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times, Buster is an eternal (some might even say delusional) optimist, who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. With a stellar cast of voices from actors like Reese Witherspoon, John C. Reilly, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, and more. It is all about finding the music that lives inside all of us.

The Great British Baking Show Season 3 (PG) 600 minutes

April 27, 2017

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, Season 3 - Non-Fiction--(PG--More cake, biscuits, bread, desserts, alternative ingredients, pastry, Victorian Patisserie Chocolate and THE FINAL 12 new amateur bakers don aprons and head for the tent in the British countryside hoping to be named Britain’s best. Judges Mary Berry and Paul Holllywood have created new challenges to test their baking prowess, creativity and skill. Returning judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, join hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc in search of the best all-around-baker among the contestants.

The Great British Baking Show Season 2 (PG) 600 minutes

April 27, 2017

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, Season 2 - Non-Fiction--(PG)--– Season 1’s established team: Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, plus hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, return. Watch more trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers striving to be named the U.K.’s best. Tackling a different and more difficult technical skill each week for 10 episodes the 13 contestants compete in the tent. The 3 categories this year include a Signature Bake, a Technical Bake and the Showstopper Bake, designed to display depth of skill and talent.

The Great British Baking Show Season 1 (PG) 600 minutes

April 27, 2017

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, Season 1 – Non-Fiction--(PG)--This 2010 amateur bakers show follows the trial s and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers whose goal is to be named the U.K.’s best. Each week, the bakers tackle a different skill, the difficulty of which increases as the competition unfolds. Judged by Mary Berry, U.K.’s doyenne of baking and Paul Hollywood, artisan bread-making expert join hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. This first season has 12 bakers facing off in the competition tent. Each episode brings challenges in three categories: a Signature Bake, to test creative flair and baking ability; a Technical Bake, where basic recipes are received with ingredient lists and minimal instruction; and the Showstopper Bake, designed to display depth of skill and talent. Includes 10 episodes full of Cake, Biscuits, Bread, Desserts, Pies and Tarts, Continental Cake, Pasties, Advanced Dough, Patisserie, and The Final!

Eight Hundred (800) Words Season 1 (NR) 363 minutes

April 27, 2017

800 WORDS, Season 1 --(NR)--Successful newspaper columnist George Turner (Erik Thomson) has his world turned upside down when his wife suddenly dies. Looking for a fresh start, George packs up and moves his two teenaged children, Shay (Melina Vidler) and Arlo (Benson Jack Anthony), from the bustle of Sydney to the picturesque seaside town of Weld, New Zealand. But the Turners’ new life doesn’t go as planned when they face a series of setbacks and meet the eccentric townsfolk, including handyman Woody (Rick Donald) and the “women of Weld”—four single ladies who are intrigued by the handsome widower and his offspring. Hailed for its “warmth and inclusiveness” (The Australian), this award-winning series is a heartfelt comedy/drama about a family searching for healing in the midst of tragedy.

Brokenwood Mysteries Season 3 (NR) 360 minutes

April 27, 2017

BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES, Season 3 -(NR)--Despite relishing the leisurely ways and quaint charms of country life, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) knows all is not well in the picturesque but murder-ridden town of Brokenwood. Along with his methodical partner, Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland), and eager young DC Sam Breen (Nic Sampson), Shepherd must confront the violent impulses and roiling passions that can mar even the most serene locales. In these four feature-length mysteries, the detectives face down poisonous spiders, a real-life Clue board game gone wrong, the death of a classic-car enthusiast, and someone killing the Christmas spirit. Filmed on location in New Zealand’s beautiful North Island, The Brokenwood Mysteries is “engaging, full of twists, and will keep you guessing right till the end” (CheeseonToast.co.nz).