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Survival Stories: from a Middle School Playground to the Streets of India

Two very different novels explore the resilience of kids in challenging circumstances. Does either THE BRIDGE HOME or THE USUAL SUSPECTS (or both) warrant consideration for the 2020 Newbery Medal?

Last, Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles.

What does a platypus, a bendy man, a camera that freezes time, golden hours, and Mrs. Nedra have in common? They are infiltrating the town of Logan County, Virginia, and our heroes the Alston Boys, Otto, and Sheed are on the case to solve a mystery in their city. Is this the end of summer as […]

Current Mock Newbery Nomination Result and a Brief Discussion of DiCamillo, Henkes, and Reynolds

Top 17 Heavy Medal nominated titles are revealed and some of the big names in Children’s Literature: Kelly, Kadohata, DiCamillo, Reynolds, Henkes, are featured on this list, but none are front runners!

Possibly Distinguished “Page-Turners”

One of the scariest children’s books of the year features a deadly plague, fox who kills his children, and a villainous version of Beatrix Potter. Can a scary book win the Newbery?

Pet by akwaeke emezi

Do monsters exist? Jam’s mom, Bitter, convinces her no such things live, particularly following the revolution from long ago, now life is peaceful and safe in the Utopian city of Lucille. When Jam goes into her mom’s art studio with and accidentally cuts her hand on her mother’s razor blade saturated canvas, a few drops […]

Newbery Nominations – 1st Round in October

Heavy Medal readers are invited to nominate their first three titles that they consider strong contenders for the 2020 Newbery.

Coming Soon: The 2020 Heavy Medal Award Committee

This season’s Heavy Medal blog will culminate with in-depth online book discussion and balloting by volunteer participants in the Heavy Medal Award Committee. The HMAC will form in December and here’s a preview of how it all works.

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

Have you read Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut fantasy? If the answer is no, do yourself a favor and read it. Kelly’s novel is inspired by Filipino folklore that resonates as a memorable coming-of-age story about loyalty, friendship, individuality, beauty, and heroism of twelve-year-old Lalani Sarita’s mother falls ill with an incurable illness, Lalani begins on […]

Which “Moon” Book will make the 2020 Newbery List?

How High the Moon, The Moon Within, Over the Moon – three highly regarded books from 2019: what are their chances at a Newbery win?

Where are the Nonfiction Newbery’s?

Nonfiction history books have not fared well in Newbery announcements in recent years. This year’s contenders to break that streak could include a history of the first cross-country women’s air race and a look at a year’s worth of major events from exactly one century ago.