2025 Nutmeg Nominees - Intermediate

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Book cover for Anybody here seen Frenchie?.
Eleven-year-old Aurora Petrequin's best friend has never spoken a word to her. In fact, Frenchie Livernois doesn't talk. Aurora is bouncy, loud and impulsive. Making friends has never come easily. When Frenchie, who is autistic, silently chose Aurora as his person back in third grade, she chose him back. They make a good team, sharing their love of the natural world in coastal Maine. In the woods, Aurora and Frenchie encounter a piebald deer, a rare...
Book cover for The canyon's edge.
What do you fear? Dying. Are you likely to die in this situation? Yes. Nora's birthday marks the one-year anniversary of the worst day of her life. To distract them both from the memories of the horrible shooting that killed Nora's mom, her dad surprises her with a trip to explore a slot canyon deep in the Arizona desert. Nora hopes they'll find some remnant of the happiness they felt when her mother was still alive. But in the twisting, winding depths,...
Book cover for Chester Keene cracks the code.
Eleven-year-old Chester and his classmate Skye, tasked with a complex puzzle-solving mission, discover the key to their spy assignment is to stop a heist, but cracking the code could mean finding out things are not always what they seem.
Book cover for Cookies & milk.
Eleven-year-old Ellis discovers family secrets, makes new friends, and adjusts to his parents' recent divorce during a hijinks-filled summer helping his father open the world's first chocolate chip cookie store in 1976 Hollywood.
Book cover for Falling short.
"Best friends Isaac and Marco face various challenges in sixth grade, such as Isaac getting better grades, Marco winning a spot on the basketball team, and both seeing their efforts make a change in their respective family lives. They hope their friendship and support for one another will be enough to help them from falling short." --
Book cover for Invisible.
"Can five overlooked kids make one big difference? There's George: the brain, Sara: the loner, Dayara: the tough kid, Nico: the rich kid, and Miguel: the athlete. And they're stuck together when they're forced to complete their school's community service hours. Although they're sure they have nothing in common with one another, some people see them as all the same--just five Spanish-speaking kids. Then they meet someone who truly needs their help,...
Book cover for Loki.
After one prank too many, trickster god Loki has been banished to live as a kid on Earth. If he can show moral improvement within one month, he'll be allowed to return to Asgard. If not? Eternity in a pit of angry snakes. School, fake "parents," and an eleven-year-old Thor's farts are pure misery. But when a bigger threat than Loki's mischief comes to Earth, Loki will have to decide whether he's really a villain, or if he might want to do the right...
Book cover for A rover's story.
Built to explore Mars, Resilience begins to develop human-like feelings as he learns from the NASA scientists who assembled him, and as he blasts off and explores Mars, Resilience must overcome different obstacles as he explores the red planet.

9. Tumble

Book cover for Tumble.
Before she decides whether to accept her stepfather's proposal of adoption, twelve-year-old Adela Ramírez reaches out to her estranged biological father - who is in the midst of a career comeback as a luchador - and the eccentric extended family of wrestlers she has never met, bringing Adela closer to understanding the expansive definition of family.
Book cover for Wayward creatures.
Twelve-year-old Gabe doesn't know where he belongs anymore. His family is caught up in their own lives and his soccer-star friends barely have time for him. In a desperate plea for attention, Gabe sets off fireworks in the woods near his house and causes a small forest fire. In the chaos of the destruction, a coyote named Rill--tired of her family and longing for adventure--finds herself far from home. Already on animal control's watch for snapping...