WEEK 3: Nutmeg Nominee Book Trailers

The nominees for the 2017 Connecticut Nutmeg Books are excellent choices for fiction reading! Click on the Nutmeg Awards link below to learn more about the nominees:

2017 Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate Nominees


by Kenneth Oppel

Aboard “The Boundless,” the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada, teenaged Will enlists the aid of a traveling circus to save the train from villains.



Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

by Chris Grabenstein

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.



Gabby Lost and Found

by Angela Cervantes

Gaby Howard loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. Her mother has been deported to Honduras and Gaby is stuck living with her inattentive dad. She’s confident that her mom will come home soon so that they can adopt Gaby’s favorite shelter cat together. But Gaby worries that her plans for the perfect family are about to fall apart.




by Gordon Korman

Eli has never left Serenity . . . why would he ever want to? Then one day he bikes to the edge of the city limits and something so crazy and unexpected happens, it changes everything. Eli convinces his friends to help him investigate further, and soon it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity. The clues mount to reveal a shocking discovery, connecting their ideal crime-free community to some of the greatest criminal masterminds ever known. The kids realize they can trust no one—least of all their own parents.



The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher

by Alison Dana Levy

Relates the adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets as they make their way through a school year, Kindergarten through sixth grade, and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.



Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile

by Marcia Wells

Art, mystery, fun and friendship, combine in this illustrated middle grade series debut. Sixth grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename "Eddie Red," has a photographic memory and talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case, drawing Eddie deeper into New York's famous Museum Mile and closer to a dangerous criminal group known as The Picasso Gang.



Red Berries, White Clouds, and Blue Sky

by Sandra Dallas

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.



Roller Girl

by Victoria Jamieson

When Astrid signs up for roller derby camp but her best friend of twelve years doesn’t, Astrid begins to realize she needs to roll on her own two feet. Will Astrid’s quirky character see her through this summer of changes, challenges, bumps and bruises while staying true to herself?



A Snicker of Magic

by Natalie Lloyd

Midnight Gulch is a cursed town that once shimmered with magic. When Felicity, her sister, and her nomadic mother arrive, Felicity discovers links to her past and meets a mysterious boy in a wheelchair who is more than he appears. Will the two of them be able to bring the magic back and finally find a place that Felicity can call home?



Space Case

by Stuart Gibbs

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’s an accident.



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The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery.  It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

2016 Medal Winner

Book cover: Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

CJ’s journey with his Nana is not just a simple bus ride; it is a multi-sensory experience through which he discovers that beautiful music, nature and people surround him.  CJ’s questions are familiar, and Nana answers him with gentle wisdom.  Right up until their arrival at the last stop on Market Street, Nana guides CJ to become “a better witness for what’s beautiful.”
“Read it aloud to someone. The use of language to elicit questions, to spark imagination and to make us laugh is at its best when spoken,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Ernie J. Cox.