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: Teen 5,266
All of the
Alphabet of Dreams 117
The Disreputable History of
Frankie Landau-Banks 249
Home of the
The Last Dragon 422
The London Eye Mystery 741
The Wednesday Wars 632
All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall
James, Rhondell, Sharice, and Marcel attend the same inner-city school. Their teacher Mr. Collins challenges these diverse students to build the world's biggest Sierpinski tetrahedron in an after-school club. Based on a true story.
Alphabet of Dreams by Susan Fletcher
Mitra and her little brother, Babak, are beggars in the city of Rhagae, but they are not what they seem. They are of royal blood, exiled in poverty. Babak's prophetic visions attract the attention of Melchior the wizard who kidnaps the boy so Babak can dream exclusively for him. Can Mitra save her little brother as they cross the Persian desert?
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Isabel and her sister Ruth were supposed to be granted freedom upon the death of their master. Instead they become the property of a powerful Loyalist family in New York City at the beginning of the American Revolution. A fellow slave encourages Isabel to spy on her master in exchange for her freedom. But who has her best interests at heart?
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Spunky boarding school sophomore Frances "Frankie" Landau-Banks is tired of being underestimated by the men in her life, including her boyfriend Matthew and his wittier-than-thou friends. She discovers Matthews secret male club, and, unbeknownst to them, begins orchestrating their elaborate pranks.
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Kek has traveled from his family home in Africa to a new life in the U.S. As Kek awaits word of his mother's fate, he weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in friendships, strength in his memories, and belief in his new country - America.
The Last Dragon by Silvana de Mari
Imagine being sent into the unknown where magic, elves, dragons, trolls, and humans co-exist. Imagine if you were the last of your kind. Imagine if your name was Yorshkrunsquarklijolnerstrink. Get ready for hardships, unlikely friendships, humor, and love as Yorsh the elf tries to find the last dragon.
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
When his cousin Salim rides the London Eye observation wheel and disappears, a perplexed Ted partners with his crabby teenage sister, Kat, to investigate the mystery. With his uniquely brilliant mind, can Ted convince his parents and aunt Gloria that he can find Salim before it is too late?
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
In this futuristic novel, set after the Second Civil War (Between the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice armies), three teens are trying to escape the Harvest Camp in which teens can be "unwound" and used for transplants and plastic surgery upgrades.
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
Addie wants a normal life. But living in a trailer while her mom disappears for days at a time is anything but normal. Addie dreams of living with her half sisters as a disaster alters her future.
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Holling Hoodhood is sure his 7th grade teacher, Mrs. Baker, hates him. After all, she is forced to supervise him while his Catholic and Jewish classmates attend religious education. Worse yet, she makes him read Shakespeare's plays. Holling realistically and sensitively depicts the confusion of adolescence during the turbulent 1960s.