2016 Nutmeg Nominees!

4th - 6th grade readers

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

by Brenda Woods


Violet lives near Seattle, Washington, in a town of mostly white families, including hers. She sometimes feels out of place because of her dark skin - you see, her father was African American. It would be so much better if he had not died in a car accident so she could know him or his side of her family. Maybe this summer she'll get a chance.


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Elvis and the Underdogs

by Jenny Lee


Benji can't remember when he wasn't the smallest, wasn't bullied, wasn't a constant worry for his mom. What Benji does remember is anything you want to know about hospital visits. Then... along comes Elvis, almost by accident, and everything changes. If you ever wanted to bring your dog to school, read about Benji and Elvis and their first adventure.


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Flora and Ulysses

by Kate DiCamillo


Can an ordinary squirrel become a superhero? Flora does her best to help her new friend find out - and shares some crazy adventures with him along the way. This book is told with both words and comic book pictures.


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The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

by Sheila Turnage


This is the second mystery faced by Mo and Dale of the Desperado Detective Agency. According to rumors, the abandoned inn in their small North Carolina town has a ghost. Mo might be afraid of ghosts, or she might not, but when she decides to interview the ghost for her history project, things get personal! Uncover the secrets of a small town with these two adventurous friends - and Dale's dog, Queen Elizabeth II.


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The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel

by Deborah Hopkinson


It's a hot, humid summer in 1854, and the people of London are suffering - in fact, many are dying from a cholera epidemic. A curious doctor wants to find the source of the disease but he's running out of time and he needs help! Eel, an orphan who lives on London streets, might be able to help the doctor, but he is desperate to find answers to his own problems. Can these two team up and make a difference, or will they run out of time?


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Liesl & Po

by Lauren Oliver


Two orphans and a ghost? This unlikely trio join forces in a dangerous quest to bring Liesl's father's ashes home - and to somehow find happiness. There are coincidences galore, unlikely connections, and mysteries throughout this madcap adventure. Join us in exploring the world of Liesl, Po, and Will...


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The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate


Ivan is a Silverback Gorilla who lives in a roadside circus, draws pictures, watches TV, and cares about his friends. His friends are Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. Ivan is comfortable in his cage and doesn't have many worries until he meets Ruby, a baby elephant, who changes everything.


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One Dog and His Boy

by Eva Ibbotson


Hal has always wanted a dog of his own. Fleck has always wanted his own boy. When fate brings them together, it's perfect, and when they are torn apart, they are miserable. Hal will give up everything his wealthy family has if he could just have Fleck, but his parents don't understand. Can Hal and Fleck find a way to be together forever?


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Pie

by Sarah Weeks


Aunt Polly's award winning pies were loved by everyone in town - and everyone wanted to get their hands on her secret pie crust recipe! When Aunt Polly died, she left the recipe to her cranky cat - Lardo - and she left the cat to her niece, . Now niece is trying to save the secret from unscrupulous neighbors and win some pie baking awards herself!


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Winterling

by Sarah Prineas


Fer lives on the edge of a magical realm. The realm has always pulled at her, as it did her father before her, and one day she gives in and dives into the watery window between our world and Winterling. What is Fer's role in this magical world and how does she learn what she needs to know to save it? Join her on this fantastic adventure into a truly magical place.


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