The Nutmeg Award is a Connecticut-based award co-sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians. The aim is to get school-aged kids to read more and better books.
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’s strange but steadfast friendship may help Finley see a bigger world. This is a book about troubled souls, athletics as a saving grace, and big-heartedness.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – A plane goes down in Nazi-occupied France. Two British girls, one a pilot and 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.
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?
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.
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.
My Book of Life by Angel by Martinez 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.
Never Fall 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.
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?
The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell – Temple is too young to remember a world without zombies. She has spent 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 Round House by Louise Erdrich – Thirteen-year-old Joe Coutts is forced to grow up when his mother is assaulted on ground sacred to his Native American tribe. 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?
All descriptions come from the Nutmeg Book Awards website.