Nutmeg Award

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The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 4-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles. Jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Assoiation of School Librarians (CASL), the Nutmeg Committee is comprised of children’s librarians and school library media specialists who are members of our sponsoring organizations.

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2015 Teen Nutmeg Nominees (grades 7 & 8)

Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

When forced to share a practice room, and a guitar, perfect student, Lyla and loner, Tripp, begin to correspond through a series of heated notes.  A friendship develops as they discover that they truly “get” one another, but can they overcome the differences that others see in them to maybe become more?

The Raft  by S.A. Bodeen

When Robie’s plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean, she must depend on the plane’s co-pilot, Max, and  a life raft for survival.  As their water disappears and the evidence of sharks in the water mounts, Robie isn’t really sure that they’ll make it until a team can resue them. 

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs an agency for underemeployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away.  It seems, though, that Big Magic is brewing in the world again when visions of the death of the world’s last dragon begin.  Stranger still, all signs point to Jennifer being the newest and perhaps, final, Dragonslayer.

Don’t Turn Around  by Michelle Gagnon

When a computer genius, Noa, wakes up on a table in a warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, she starts to wish she had someone on her side.  Enter Peter Gregory, a rich kid and the leader hacker alliance, and he needs people with Noa’s talents on his team.  But what Noa and Peter don’t realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who’d stop at nothing to silence her for good. 

One for the Murphys  by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick.  But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she’s blindsided.  This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed – until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live.

Insignia  by S. J. Kincaid

An elite military academy recruits Tom Raines to train to become a soldier in outer space, and he can’t believe his good fortunre.  As his training begins, though, Tom finds he might have to sacrifice more than he’d ever thought in order to succeed.

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible in her family, where grumpy older sister, Sarah, is working in the family restaurant, her brother, Holden, is dealing with bullies at school, and adorable, three-year-old Charlie is always the center of attention.  When tragedy strikes, the fragile bond holding the family together is stretched almost to the breaking point. 

Eye of the Storm  by Kate Messner

Jaden’s summer visit with her meteorologist father, who has just returned from spending four years in Russia conducting weathere experiments not permitted in the United States, fills her with apprehension and fear as she finds living at her father’s planned community, Placid Meadows, is anything but placid. 

The False Prince  by Jennifer Nielsen

In a country threatened by civil war, four orphans get recruited to compete for the role of imposter.  The winner will play the King’s long-lost son, inherit the Kingdom, and become a puppet for one noble who wants the crown for himself.  Sage knows his life depends on winning this Princely role. 

The Final Four by Paul Volponi

When the heavy favored Michigan Spartans and the underdog Troy Trojans meet in the first semifinal game of March Madness, four players find their fates entwined.  As the teams race to find victory, the stories of how each player arrived there are revealed. 

2015 High School Nutmeg Nominees (grades 9-12)

The Reapers are the Angels  by Alden Bell

Temple is too young to remember a world without zombies.  She has spent her years wandering through a dangerous wilderness in search of isolated groups of “survivors”.  Bell has written a deeply atmospheric and truly frightening futuristic tale in which the real monsters are the ones who are still alive. 

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Flappers, the occult, and a serial killer:  OH MY!  When seventeen-year-old Evie moves to New York City, she finds herself facing a supernatural serial killer whilst reveling in the Roaring 20s.  Will Evie and her newfound friends be able to stop Naughty John from striking again?

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Lucy sets off one night in search of brilliant graffiti artist Shadow and his sidekick Poet.  Along the way she meets a boy who could be her soulmate – if only he were Shadow.  Art, poetry, and identity flow like battery acid through this lyrical novel. 

The Round House  by Louise Erdich 

Thirteen-year-old Joe Coutts is forced to grow up when his mother is assaulted on ground sacred to his Native American trible.  As he and his friends desperately seek the truth of what has happened, his father looks to the law for answers.  Watching the authorities argue over whose jurisdiction the case falls under, Joe must make a choice:  which code does he want to live by?

My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt

Sixteen-year-old Angel is lured into a life of drugs and prostitution, so her heart goes out to the little girl her “boyfriend” Call brings home one day.  This novel in verse is full of pain – and hope.

Every Day  by David Levithan

Imagine waking up not knowing your gender, whether you are rich or poor and who your friends really are.  ”A” faces this quandary as he/she takes over the body and life of a different person every day.  When “A” falls in love, life becomes very complicated. 

Never pall Down by Patricia McCormick

Arn is just a child when the Khmer Rouge seize power in Cambodia.  In this novel based on a true story, he learns to do whatever it takes to survive the Killing Fields. 

Boy21 by Matthew Quick

Basketball is Finley’s only saving grace, and his ticket out of his poor, crime-ridden Pennsylvania town.  Russ was a basketball star until tragedy struck.  Now Finley’s quiet friendship may help Russ come out of his shell.  And Russ’ strange but steadfast friendship may help Finely see a bigger world.  This is a book about troubled souls, athletics as a saving grace, and big-heartedness.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Josie has grown up in a New Orleans brothel, but dreams of attending Smith College in Massachusetts – and in the 1950s, that’s not an easy goal, even for a society girl.  Does the daughter of a French Quarter prostitute have what it takes to get out of the Big Easy?

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

A plane goes down in Nazi-occupied France.  Two British girls, one a pilot, the other a spy, fight for survival.  Code Name Verity is a story of loyalty, courage, and friendship set amid the backdrop of World War II.