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The Nutmeg Book Award

Established in 1991, the annual Nutmeg Book Award encourages all Connecticut children in grades four through eight to read great books and vote for their favorite from a list of nominated titles. Jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians, the Nutmeg Committee is comprised of children's librarians, school library media specialists, and student representatives. They read hundreds of books to come up with the two lists which are fairly balanced by gender, reading level, and genre. Books must also meet certain criteria to be considered for the award. These include: being fiction, with appeal for readers in grades 4-6 (intermediate) or 7-8 (teen); copyrighted in the United States and first published no more than five years from date of selection; currently in print and available in paperback; and, obviously, well-written.

We encourage all our students in grades four through six to read as many of these books as possible. Voting takes place in late April. You need not read all ten titles to vote for your favorite book. The book that Chester students select as their favorite is announced on the day our students vote. Their ballot totals are sent to the state's Nutmeg Committee to be tabulated with all the other Connecticut student ballots. The state winner is announced in mid May.

Nutmeg Book Nominees for 2017

BoundlessThe Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

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The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across the country, and first-class passenger Will Everett is about to embark on the adventure of his life!....

HarperCollinsCanada. (2014, April 17). The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel - Book Trailer [Video file]. Retrieved from

Eddie Red

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells

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Sixth-grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename "Eddie Red," has a photographic memory and talent for drawing anything he sees, and when the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case.

Johnson, Rhia. (2016, Jan 28). Eddie Red Undercover - Book Trailer [Video file]. Retrieved from

LemoncelloEscape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

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Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

Harclerode, Michelle. (2014, July 25). Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Book Trailer [Video file]. Retrieved from

GabyGaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

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Gaby Ramirez Howard volunteers at the animal shelter by writing adoption advertisements and would like to adopt a cat named Feather but with her mother deported to Honduras, Gaby has no home herself.

Ahmed, Sultana. (2015, May 9). gaby lost and found wmv - Book Trailer [Video file]. Retrieved from

MastermindsMasterminds by Gordon Korman

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When Eli’s best friend leaves town, Eli begins to suspect that something is very wrong in Serenity, New Mexico. He and his friends investigate further and soon discover that life in Serenity isn’t as it seems, that everything they have been told is a lie and that they can trust no one, not even their parents.

Edgewater Books. (2015, May 23). Masterminds by Gordon Korman - Book Trailer [Video file]. Retrieved from

MisadventuresThe Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

A family with two fathers, four adopted boys, a variety of pets, at least one imaginary friend and a grumpy new neighbor have many adventures. There’s a lot to love about this diverse family as they make new friends, learn new skills, and get into mischief wherever they go.

Red BerriesRed Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas

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After Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese, twelve-year-old Tomi and her Japanese-American family are split up and forced to leave their California home to live in internment camps in New Mexico and Colorado.

Crim, Eliza. (2015, June 19). Book Trailer: Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky [Video file]. Retrieved from

Roller GirlRoller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

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When Astrid signs up for roller derby camp but her best friend of twelve years doesn’t, Astrid begins to realize that she needs to roll on her own two feet.

Scholastic (2015, December 10). Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson [Video file]. Retrieved from

SnickerA Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

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The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.

Space CaseSpace Case by Stuart Gibbs

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Dash is a bored twelve-year-old living on the moon with his scientist parents who are part of a team studying lunar activity. There isn’t enough to do on Moon Base Alpha until Dr. Holtz, a top scientist on the verge of a major new discovery, is found dead and Dash doesn’t think it is an accident.

CottleClassroom. (2015, October 7). Space Case Trailer [Video file]. Retrieved from

Updated on January 30, 2017