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2011 Intermediate Nominees

2011 Nutmeg Winners

Nutmeg Children’s Book Award Announces 2011 Winners

        The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies tops this year’s Intermediate list and Unwind by Neal Shusterman took the Teen level honors for the 2011 Nutmeg Book Award.  This 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 2 teen readers, children's librarians and school library media specialists who are members of our sponsoring organizations.

        Almost 27,000 students from 408 schools and libraries voted in total. 1,536 teens chose Shusterman’s novel as their favorite while 4,215 students picked Davies’ story as their choice.  Gordon Korman's Swindle, and The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, earned second place honors in the Intermediate and Teen categories, respectively. Our thanks goes to all of the schools and libraries who participated in this year's voting. We appreciate the difficulty the librarians had in reaching all the classes due to snow cancellations and delays. We thank you for persevering to get in all the votes.
     Vote totals: Intermediate            21,653


Elephant Run                                    2118

Eleven                                              1563

First Light                                          878

Iron Thunder                                    1130

The Lemonade War                          4215

Night of the Howling Dogs                1508

No Talking                                       2738

One-Handed Catch                           1847

Swindle                                            3579

The Thing About Georgie                 2077

Elephant Run by Roland Smith

Nick Freestone is trying to escape Nazi bombs in London when his mother sends him to stay with his father on a teak plantation in Burma. Unfortunately he arrives in Burma just as the Japanese invade the country and take his father prisoner. Can he and his new friend Mya risk their lives to help POWs escape on elephant back?

Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Just before his eleventh birthday, Sam discovers his own picture in a mysterious newspaper article in his grandfather's attic. Although gifted with woodworking skills, Sam can't read, so he enlists the help of a new girl at school to solve the puzzle of who he really is and where he came from.

First Light by Rebecca Stead

Seven generations ago, a group of people hunted as witches escaped to a sanctuary beneath Greenland's ice cap. When Peter arrives in Greenland with his scientist parents, he discovers Thea and a passage to an underground city. Together the two teenagers must save the underground community and in doing so, discover their hidden connection.

Iron Thunder by Avi

Thirteen-year-old Tom Carroll finds work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on a secret project that may benefit the Northern armies during the Civil War. Pursued by spies from the South, he ends up in the middle of a sea battle. Will he find the courage to survive?

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

When Evan's sister Jessie skips third grade and ends up in his fourth grade class, he is worried she will embarrass him with her school smarts. To settle the question of who is smarter, he challenges Jessie to a lemonade war. Which sibling can run the most successful lemonade stand in a five day competition?

Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury

What would you do if you were camping on an island beach with your boy scout troop and a huge earthquake woke you? What if a tsunami followed the quake and you were trapped against a cliff? What if a bully, and your least favorite person, was the only hope of rescue?

No Talking by Andrew Clements

How will the teachers and principals react when a normally way-too-talkative class nicknamed the "unshushables" suddenly becomes SILENT? Is it because of a student rebellion? A strange disease? Or is it just the result of a contest between the boys and the girls?

One-Handed Catch by M.J. Auch

Losing a hand doesn't mean losing Norm's dreams. It just means it will take hard work and humor to succeed at everything from everyday tasks to playing baseball.

Swindle by Gordon Korman

Griffin Bing is the "man with a plan." After a collector cheats him out of a valuable baseball card, he recruits his diverse group of friends in an adventure that includes vicious dogs, high-tech security, tall trees, and a frozen turkey.

The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff

Everything is a challenge for Georgie, a 42 inch dwarf, including school furniture, running track, and playing an instrument. To add to his worries, his mother is expecting a new baby, he has a fight with his best friend, and he gets paired with "Jeanie the Meanie" for a school project. Can anything else go wrong?