Follow This Blog: RSS feed
Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog
Inside Heavy Medal

Drum Roll Please

On the eve of Election Day, while we all wait anxiously for the results of not only a presidential election, but important state and local elections, I thought I would give you a small amount of relief from all this anticipation.

I know it may not be as important as  Obama vs McCain, but haven’t you just been going crazy wondering what the first half of our short list might be????  Well, I’m happy to report that your waiting is over.

Drum roll please…..

These books will be included on Oakland’s Mock Newbery discussion in January.  So start reading!
(In alphabetical order by title.)

After Tupac and D Foster – Jacqueline Woodson
Chains – Laurie Halse Anderson
My One Hundred Adventures – Polly Horvath
The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild Wild West – Sid Fleischman
The Underneath – Kathi Appelt

Now all you have to wait for is the rest of the short list coming your way as we get closer to the date.  Oh yeah, and those pesky election results tomorrow. 

This post is brought to you from my sick bed (also known as my couch) where I huddle with my cat and avoid the rain.  Gratuitous photo of aforementioned cat brought on by cold medicine excitement and in honor of The Underneath and Highway Cats (which I’m reading right now).


Sharon McKellar About Sharon McKellar

Sharon McKellar is the Supervising Librarian for Teen Services at the Oakland Public Library in California. She has served on the Rainbow List Committee, the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee, The Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee, and the 2015 Caldecott Committee. You can reach her at


  1. Reader too says:

    Greetings From Nowhere deserves consideration.

Speak Your Mind