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Heavy Medal Finalist: THE SEASON OF STYX MALONE by Kekla Magoon

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THE SEASON OF STYX MALONE by Kekla Magoon is up for discussion as today’s Heavy Medal Finalist. In her introduction, Heavy Medal Committee member Sarah says the book is “an excellent example of a beautiful and tender coming of age story that is funny and smart with memorable characters.”

Heavy Medal Finalist – THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang

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Discussion of Heavy Medal Finalists continues today with THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang. In her introduction to the discussion, Heavy Medal Committee Member Maura says that although the book is “a quick read, Jen Wang is able to give us a fully realized story with characters that are both complex and likable…”

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Today’s featured Heavy Medal Finalist is THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Heavy Medal Committee member Courtney introduces the book, noting that the title character “uses her poetry to find a voice for herself that is both strong and emotionally vulnerable. She opens herself up to the judgement of the world around her and is rewarded for it.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE PARKER INHERITANCE by Varian Johnson

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THE PARKER INHERITANCE by Varian Johnson is today’s featured Heavy Medal Finalist. In her introduction, Heavy Medal Committee member Amanda says that “the historical elements, paired with an enticing mystery and well-drawn characters made for a rich reading experience.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME by Kate DiCamillo

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Kate DiCamillo’s LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME is today’s featured Heavy Medal Finalist. Steven notes that “The distinctive style injects a great deal of humor into the book, but the funny parts are always connected to Louisiana’s struggle to find hope and kindness in a world that is not always happy at all.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE NIGHT DIARY by Veera Hiranandani

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Up for discussion as today’s featured Heavy Medal Finalist is THE NIGHT DIARY by Veera Hiranandani. Heavy Medal Committee member Jenn points out that “The language in this book reflects Nisha’s innocence and the maturity that is thrust upon her as her family attempts to make the journey from Pakistan to India.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: JUST LIKE JACKIE by Lindsey Stoddard

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JUST LIKE JACKIE by Lindsey Stoddard is today’s featured Heavy Medal Finalist. Heavy Medal Committee member Mr. H says the book has been “at the top of my ballot. I believe it’s a tightly constructed book with a lot of heart and a great voice…”

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE JOURNEY OF LITTLE CHARLIE by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Today’s Heavy Medal Finalist, now up for discussion, is THE JOURNEY OF LITTLE CHARLIE by Christopher Paul Curtis. In his introduction, Heavy Medal Committee Member Joe says that the book “excels in all Newbery criteria, but is especially brilliant in its delineation of character, setting, and style.

Heavy Medal Finalist: A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano

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The Heavy Medal Finalist discussion continues today with A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano. Heavy Medal Committee member Erin writes that “In a year packed full of outstanding picture books…A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS still feels individually distinct. The lyrical narration conjures up feelings of curiosity, wonder, and just a bit of nostalgia.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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HEY KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is today’s Heavy Medal Finalist. Heavy Medal Committee member Mary Zdrojewski points out that “The dialogue all feels natural, and each line reveals more about the character speaking it. Even portions that don’t seem essential to the plot deepen the characters so that no line is wasted.”