2018 Nutmeg Books
Blizzard by John Rocco
When a huge blizzard traps the neighbors in their homes for a week, one brave boy uses his knowledge of survival to embark on a memorable adventure to help them all.
A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey & Floyd Cooper
Follow this inspirational story of one young girl’s dream as she watches Janet Collins, the first African American prima ballerina, perform in the spotlight on center stage at the Met in the 1950’s.
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox
When a 1,000 pound elephant seal takes up residence in a coastal New Zealand city, will citizens welcome the enormous oceanic animal, or will they send her back to sea?
Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
Join Cole and his mom for a cozy bedtime story within a story about Captain Harry Coleburn and his adopted bear cub in 1914. Just who is this special bear?
Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green
Poor Hippo. His zoo is falling apart and no one comes to visit. Will venturing out into the world to get a job find him happiness?
Lindbergh by Torben Kuhlmann
A mouse must flee from the dangers of his home city in Europe. Can he create a flying machine that will carry him safely across the ocean to America?
Mango, Abuela, and Me my Meg Medina
When Mia’s abuela comes to live with her, they are unable to communicate. A trip to a pet store introduces them to a feathery friend who will soon change their lives.
Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy
Petite Mary Garber brought a big revolution to the world of sports reporting in the 1940’s. Against many odds, she devoted her life to equality in sportswriting.
My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec
Stray cat Oliver loves his nomadic life and doesn’t need a “forever home”- or so he thinks! When he meets a little human and begins to trust her, he may not be able to return to his cat-about-town lifestyle.
Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve
True winter comes once in a lifetime. Shea and Sika, along with 65 pugs, join zany and fierce competitors in a race to the Snowfather’s palace at the top of the world for the price of their heart’s desire.
Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman
The Inspiring Isabel is the best bunjistu artist in her school. She’s not only skilled in punching and kicking but also outsmarting and out-maneuvering even the toughest foes.
Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle & Emily Jenkins
Nory’s magis is a little….wonky. She is sent to a special class with other magical misfits. Together they must learn how to best use their “upside-down magic.”
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka
Did you know that poetry can have a physical shape? Check out this fun, varied collection of poems that play with words in more ways that one!
When the Beat was Born by Laban Carrick Hill
Think you know all about hip-hop? This is the story of DJ Kool Herc, one of the pioneers of hip-hop music in the 1970’s South Bronx. DJ Kook Herc’s story is the story of hip-hop.
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Billy Miller starts second grade with a spectacular bump on his bead and full of worries. With the help of family, friends and a few poems, Billy ends up with a year filled with surprises and lessons learned.
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
“Book Scavenger” is an online game which has gone viral. Solving puzzle clues to find books hidden all over the world is the name of the game. When Emily moves to San Francisco, she discovers that the game’s creator has been attacked and his new game is missing! Can she and her new friend James figure out what happened before the attackers find them?
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Ally was a class jokester to hind the fact that she had trouble reading. When Ally’s teacher goes on maternity leave, the substitute sees through her act and is determined to help her learn differently. As her reading skills improve and Ally’s confidence grows, can the class clown become the class president?
Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen
When Gabriel rescues a baby raven, he discovers people in his family can bond with ravens in fantastic ways. He goes on a quest with three brave friends and his raven to try to rescue his missing father, solving riddles and avoiding flocks of vicious birds along the way.
Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
Jarrett’s plans for an amazing summer come crashing down when he realizes he not only has to go to summer school, but his mom is fostering a new baby…and the baby comes with an older brother. Now Jarrett has to share his friends, his room, and his life with a complete stranger, Kevon. The two cannot get along: Kevon acts like he’s better than Jarrett, and has been keeping some major secrets. Jarret’s got to do something about it. But what?
Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb
After being bitten by an elderly rat, Joey finds himself transformed from a 7th grade boy into a rat. After drawing the “spork from the scone,” Joey goes on a quest into Central Park to find Squirrelin the Squagician, battleing crows, rats and more with Ratscalibur, his sword, in order to save his new rat friends in this rodent retelling of the classic King Arthur story.
The Tapper Twins go to War (with Each Other) by Jeff Rodkey
It all started with a rumor (someone farted in the cafeteria) and twins Claudia and Reese were at war. Through text messages, interviews, photos, and screenshots, the series of events in the battle are retold. The pranks are all fun and games until they have to deal with the consequences of their actions.
Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
Daniel is the new kid in a small town in West Virginia and isn’t fooled by Brody trying to scare him with creepy ghost stories. When Daniel’s little sister starts acting strange and distant, eventually disappearing into the woods, Daniel knows something is terribly wrong. Could the ghost stories be true? Has Erica been ‘took’?
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Theodora Tenpenny’s beloved Grandpa Jack has died and left her with a broken heart and a house full of responsibilities. Grandpa Jack’s last words, telling Theo to look “under the egg,” lead her and her quirky new allies on a chase from clue to clue across New York City.
The War the Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Born with a twisted foot, Ada has never been allowed to leave her small London apartment. As the threat of bombs looms over London during World War II, Ada and her little brother Jamie escape to the countryside. Ada’s world opens up as she gains confidence and learns to trust those around her…but is trust enough to keep her family safe?
A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner
5th grade is exciting and unpredictable for best friends Rip and Red. Their new teacher, Mr. Accvedo prefers eccentric out –of-the-box assignments that prove to be the opposite of boring test prep. When Mr. Accvedo turns out to be their new basketball coach, too, the boys realize they’re along for a wild ride.