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Signing Off

And here’s where Jonathan and I shutter shop at Heavy Medal.  You’ll find Jonathan over at Battle of the Kids Books shortly, and I’m sure you’ll hear from us online elsewhere.  I’ll be speaking at TLA (a Thursday program titled “Join the Online Conversation: Collection Development 3.0”), and you might find us in the crowd […]

2012 Newbery Reading List

I’m still waiting for my hold to come through for MOON OVER MANIFEST.  I’ve moved from 5th to 2nd, but there is only one copy in our county-wide system–until the additional orders are processed.  So I’ll have to save my comments until next year. In the meantime, I’m already looking forward to the great crop […]

What’s My Line?

Jonathan posted earlier this week about his 5 yr  deja vu.  But I’m feeling less deja vu than simply seasonal award-season syndrome…like bad weather, we just seem to forget about it each year. This year, the first days of the award announcements felt different … not only did we have a surprise winner, but when we all […]

Battle of the Kids Books!

Just in time as we embark on our final week of the season here at Heavy Medal… …the Battle of the Kids Books list is up at Monica Edinger’s blog.  Recognize some of those titles?

Five Years Ago

On January 23, 2006, five years ago today, that most awesome of Newbery committees–yes, dear readers, I speak of the 2006 Newbery committee–revealed to the world that Lynne Rae Perkins had won the John Newbery Medal for CRISS CROSS and that WHITTINGTON by Alan Armstrong, HITLER YOUTH by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon […]

Heart of a Samurai

HEART OF A SAMURAI and MOON OVER MANIFEST may have surprised people, but they really shouldn’t have.  HEART OF A SAMURAI earned four starred reviews; MOON OVER MANIFEST got three.  If these debut novels had been released in the spring rather than the fall, I think you would have heard more online buzz about them.  (And, […]

Warm and Fuzzy

Jonathan mentioned feeling “warm and fuzzy” about DARK EMPEROR, and I’ll lay claim to the same feeling…not only do I feel particular affection for it as the dark horse winner of our live Mock Newbery (and of course also for ONE CRAZY SUMMER which pretty handily landed the win in our online voting), but its place among […]

Turtle in Paradise

Everyone thinks children are sweet as Necco Wafers, but I’ve lived long enough to know the truth: kids are rotten.  The only difference between grown-ups and kids is that grown-ups go to jail for murder.  Kids get away with it. We’ve had a running discussion of TURTLE IN PARADISE in the comments these past few […]

Through the Decades

THE 1990s: THE UTILITARIAN NEWBERY For many Newbery fans, this decade remains the zenith of Newbery greatness: one awesome middle grade novel after another: NUMBER THE STARS, MANIAC MAGEE, SHILOH, MISSING MAY, THE GIVER, WALK TWO MOONS, THE MIDWIFE’S APPRENTICE, THE VIEW FROM SATURDAY, OUT OF THE DUST, and HOLES.  It’s an incredibly amazing string […]

ALSC Notables List

The ALSC Notables list is up…currently in a “final uncorrected” status. From the webpage: Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied […]