Drumroll, please! The 2013 Nutmeg Book Award winners have been announced. 31,157 students in Connecticut read and voted on their favorite books from twenty nominated titles. The Intermediate Level Award (grades four to six) winner is “Because of Mr. Terupt” by Rob Buyea. In this book, seven students weigh in on Mr. Terupt’s first year as a fifth grade teacher. The students tell their own stories, from the new kid to the bully, about their year together. The Teen Level Award (grades 6 to 9) winner is Jonathan Mayberry’s “Rot & Ruin”, a thrillingly scary zombie tale about two brothers, both working as zombie killers. Announcing the winners also signals that it is time to announce the new nominees. There are now three levels to the Nutmeg Book Awards: Intermediate, Teen, and the new High School level. The Nutmeg Book Awards titles are high quality books, recommended by a panel of teachers, librarians, and student readers from across Connecticut. Students are encouraged to read as many of the titles as they like, then vote for their favorites each April. Ten books are nominated for each level, and the Ridgefield Library has copies of all thirty nominees for your elementary, middle and high school age children to come check out.
Contributed by Geri Diorio, Teen Services Librarian and Head of Children's Services