The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate was the winner of the Intermediate Nutmeg contest in the state-wide contest. HCS had a different idea. The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson was voted the number one favorite by students in our school. This is a historical fiction novel set in London in 1836 during an outbreak of cholera. At the time, people time believed that bad air caused sickness, but Dr. John Snow had a theory that infected water was causing the disease The author presents the story as a medical mystery that the main characters, Dr. Snow and a young boy named Eel, must solve.
Our fourth graders know this book well. Their teachers read this book to them as part of their historical fiction unit. We also had a Skype visit with the author in the library. Students were able to speak with Deborah Hopkinson and ask her some questions about the book and her life as a writer. Their questions were impressive and they were treated to some insights into the book.
In the Elementary Nutmeg Contest, Star Wars Jedi Academy was the winner both at HCS and in the state-wide election. This is the first title in a graphic novel series. We have recently added more books from this Jedi series to the library collection because they are so popular. Readers can be on the look out for them.