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March Suggestions Cumulated

Here’s the compiled list of March Suggestions.  We’ll post a call for April Suggestions around the 1st of the month….   The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (2) Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters Chasing King’s Killer […]

March Suggestions

Book of Boy

Heavy Medal is on hiatus until September 2018…well, mostly.  This year we’re going to try something different between now and Fall.  Around the 1st of each month we’ll solicit “Suggestions” from Heavy Medal readers.  This is similar to the process followed by the real Newbery Committee.  It’s a way for members to share what they’re […]

What to Watch for in 2018….Plus a Reader’s Poll


For this last post of the season, we’re looking ahead to next year’s Heavy Medal.  Some book possibilities are listed below, but we’re also interested in getting some feedback about this blog.  If you have a few minutes to share what you think, it will help us plan for next year.   We have a quick […]

And the Winner Is….


The Newbery Medal was  announced this morning!   We’ve posted the Newbery results here, and added any other awards won by books we’ve discussed on Heavy Medal in the comments below. Newbery Medal: HELLO UNIVERSE  Newbery Honor: LONG WAY DOWN Newbery Honor: PIECING ME TOGETHER Newbery Honor: CROWN: AN ODE TO THE FRESH CUT  (We didn’t feature this, […]

And the (Other) Winner is…

War I Finally Won

Wow, everyone!  Two hundred and eighty of you voted in our General Heavy Medal poll, choosing your top 3 favorite titles from our long list.  I’m really so pleased to see so much participation! So, what won? THE WAR I FINALLY WON took first place, and is crowned the winner, with 104 votes! Remember that […]

What’s Your Prediction?

We’ve spent the last several months discussing what we think SHOULD win Newbery recognition, and why.  For this post, let’s shift gears and talk about what we think actually WILL emerge as winners.  It’s not as easy as it looks. Though some of my predictions have won Honors over the years, I’m afraid that the […]

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen – 3rd Ballot Results


After a second round of discussion with additional clarification and examples from the books, our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen cast their secret votes again. At this point, 10 out of the original 18 titles received votes.  Many members have shifted their choices so that we could potentially have a winner. Sharon, Steven, and I […]

2nd Ballot Results — Good Work!


The field has been further narrowed. The opinions have been weighed and considered. The votes are more concentrated. But… we still do not have a WINNER! The front runner is I’m Just No Good at Rhyming with SIX 1st Place Votes and total of 31 points. However, it still has not received the necessary EIGHT 1st Place Votes.  […]

2nd Ballot – In Progress…


This post will be updated once all our votes are in.  We’ve received fourteen out of fifteen ballots as of the morning of February 5th, 2018.  We are eager to share the results of the second round with the world. Stay tuned…

1st Ballot Results – Far from the End


The Heavy Medal 15 have cast their first ballots, and the results are below.  There is no winner at this point because a Medal winner needs to receive 8 first place votes (VINCENT AND THEO has 3) and the margin between 1st and 2nd place must be at least 8 (I’M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING leads […]