Connecticut Nutmeg Book Awards Announced

February 14, 2009

The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 4-8 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 Association of School Librarians (CASL), the Nutmeg Committee is comprised of children’s librarians and school library media specialists who are members of their sponsoring organizations. More than 30,000 students from more than 340 schools and libraries voted in total.

The winner of the Intermediate Level (grades 4-6) is MVP (Magellan Voyage Project) by Douglas Evans.

The winner of the Teen Level– grades 6-8– is Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin.

Other nominees in the intermediate level were:
Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone
Close Encounters of a Third World Kind by Jennifer J. Stewart
Eager by Helen Fox
Free Baseball by Sue Corbett
Golden and Grey by Louise Arnold
Gossamer by Lois Lowry
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach
Three Good Deeds by Vivian Vande Velde

The other nominees for the Teen level were:
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Day of Tears by Julius Lester
Heat by Mike Lupica
The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver