As a quick overview, the Nutmeg Award is a Connecticut-based award, and is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians.

The aim of the contest is to get school-aged kids to read more and better books.  Children in Connecticut choose the winner.

Past winners have included books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Lightening Thief and many more easily recognized titles.

Here is the list of nominees in the new Intermediate category, for grades 4-6.  I’ll post lists of Teen and High School nominees in upcoming posts.  For a list of the Elementary Nominees, click here.

2015 Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate Nominees

Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry – When the Smithfork children move into a Manhattan apartment, they discover clues to a hidden fortune behind the walls of their new home.  Unraveling the mystery leads to a race through New York City to uncover hidden secrets of the past.

White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan – Philip, a boy who will not speak, comes to live with his aunt and uncle, next door to Zoe whose dog-loving parents rescue Great Pyrennes.  Afraid of the larger dogs Philip befriends Jack, the newest rescue.  Will Jack help Philip find his voice and his way home?

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann – When you become Unwanted you die…everyone knows that.  So when Alex is dubbed Unwanted, he expects the same fate.  Alex is brought to Artime where creative talent is shaped into magic.  Alex and the Unwanteds must use their training to protect themselves.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George – Castle is very unusual – it can add rooms or passageways as it wishes.  When the King and Queen go missing, the youngest princess, Celie, teams up with her siblings, the servants and even the castle itself to thwart an evil plot against the royal family.

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs – Ben is a klutzy nerd who is mistakenly accepted into the junior CIA academy where he must uncover a plan that is threatening the school.  The stakes are high, the laughs are loud, the twists are many, and the girl is smart.

Shadow by Michael Morpurgo – Shadow, a British bomb-sniffing dog, is separated from Sergeant Brody, a British soldier serving in Afganistan.  Shadow is adopted by Aman, an Afghan boy who ultimately finds refuge in England.  This is a touching tale of coincidence, courage, friendship and loyalty.

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods – Saint lives in New Orleans and loves the clarinet and the neighborhood dog, Shadow.  When Hurricane Katrina roars through New Orleans, it is up to Saint to save Shadow and his elderly neighbor, Miz Moran, but he wonders if he will ever see his parents again.

King of the Mound by Wes Tooke – Recovering from polio, Nick believes he will never play baseball again.  He spends his summer helping his father, a minor league baseball coach.  A visiting team player, Satchel Paige, one of the greatest pitchers of all time, teaches Nick that the impossible just might be possible.

Joshua Dread by Lee Bacon – The son of supervillains and the daughter of a superhero team up in this action-packed adventure.  As the friends begin to realize their own superpowers, they wonder whether they can win the battle against the mysterious smoke monsters.

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead – Seventh-grader Georges does not have an easy life.  He faces things alone until he meets Safer who “recruits” him to spy on other tenants.  While Georges likes the intrigue, he wonders just how far he should go for a friend.

All descriptions come from the Nutmeg Book Awards website.