2013 Teen Nutmeg Book Award Nominees

The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children and teens 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 our sponsoring organizations.







Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
YA Fiction, ebook
Mena's former friends torment her, and her parents are barely speaking to her, all because of the letter she wrote that enraged them all. Luckily, a new friend and an enthusiastic biology teacher help Mena develop different perspectives on science, religion, and doing what is "right."


Matched by Ally Condie
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks, ebook, downloadable audiobook
Cassia lives in a "perfect" society that controls all aspects of life. She has always trusted every decision that has been made for her by this society until she notices a mistake on the day of her Matching Banquet. Cassia then starts to question everything she always trusted and believed to be true.


The Accidental Genius of Weasel High by Rick Detorie
YA Fiction, ebook
Larkin is a high school kid who deals with unrequited love, school bullies, and an annoying sibling in this often hysterically funny graphic novel.


Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
YA Fiction
When Benny Imura had to get a job, he couldn't think of anything better than killing Zombies. He wishes he had a more exciting teacher than his boring older brother Tom, with whom he has lived since the rise of the Zombies. He would much rather learn from the famous Charlie Pink-Eye. But when Zombies attack his home, he and his brother unite on a mission that tackles good and evil, human vs. Zombie.


Trash by Andy Mulligan
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks, ebook
Raphael, Gardo, and Rat are impoverished children who survive by scavenging items from the dump. One day, Raphael discovers some mysterious items that are wanted by the police. Gardo, his best friend, brings Rat into the picture to help hide their find, and they work together to try and solve the mystery. This is a classic story which shows the disparity between the "haves" and the "have nots" in society.


A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
Salva and Nya share their stories of the horrors of war in Sudan as they search for safety and clean water. Based on a true story.


The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
YA Fiction, ebook
Elizabeth's paper on the history of fairy-tales leads to her new job as a page in the New York Circulating Material Repository, home to the secret Grimm Collection. The Repository stores and lends items such as tea sets, tools, and, straight from the Grimm Collection: the slippers of the 12 Dancing Princesses. Someone is stealing from the Repository and even worse, one of her friends goes missing. Elizabeth wonders whom she can trust as she tries to save her friend.


Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks, ebook
Brewster "Bruiser" Rawlins is a reclusive loner, avoided because of his menacing reputation. That is why 16-year old lacrosse star, Tennyson, decides to stop his softhearted twin sister, Bronte, from dating him. As Tennyson and Bronte get to know Bruiser, they realize that Bruiser is hiding a mysterious and painful secret. What they learn changes their ideas about friendship, love, and the true meaning of sacrifice.


After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
After a battle with leukemia, Jeffery is a survivor and looking forward to high school and life. However, the chemo treatments have left him struggling at school, and his school district has instituted a new policy that might make it difficult to pass 8th grade. Will Jeff be able to attend high school as planned while also trying to help a new friend?


The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks, ebook
Jessica loves running; it defines her. But a devastating accident ends it all. Now, Jessica must find her way in a world where nothing is easy anymore. Can she make a comeback?