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Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog
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Affection for a Book

Congratulations to all the hard-working committees!  Some scattered thoughts on the awards . . . ALEX AWARDS: The audience seemed to respond most enthusiastically to ROOM by Emma Donoghue.  I haven’t read it yet, but have heard raves.  The name may ring a bell as Donoghue has contributed to some short story anthologies, namely LOVE [...]

The view from the floor

Wonderful surprises! And really I’m so pleased to be surprised…over this weekend everyone’s been saying what a wide open field this has been, and if there hadn’t been surprises I’d have been gravely disappointed. Hooray to ONE CRAZY SUMMER and DARK EMPEROR, which so many of you have appreciated here. And hooray to those of [...]

Youth Media Awards

ALEX AWARDS THE BOY WHO COULDN’T SLEEP AND DIDN’T HAVE TO BREAKING NIGHT GIRL IN TRANSLATION THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW THE LOCK ARTIST THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE THE RADLEYS THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS ROOM THE VANISHING OF KATHARINA LINDEN SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARDS Picture Book: THE PIRATE OF KINDERGARTEN Middle Grade: AFTER [...]

Twas the Night Before Christmas

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Okay, okay, it’s not the night before Christmas . . . but it sure feels like it.  I can’t shake that breathless sense of childlike anticipation, knowing that the committee is at this moment wrapping my presents and putting them under the tree.  Metaphorically speaking, that is.  On Sunday morning, they are most likely finalizing [...]

Honor Books

I’m back!  I’ve spent the week on the road, presenting “The Best Young Adult Books of the Decade” for the Bureau of Education & Research with stops in Cincinnati, Columbus, Akron, and Chicago.  I managed to keep up in the comments, but wasn’t very successful at posting (obviously).  I’m not in San Diego (in case [...]

Nice surprises?

Though there’s a lot of popular support for certain titles this year, nothing seems “obvious” to me for the Newbery.  And I’m one who’s always happy to have the committee pull a title out of left field. With so many strong atypical-Newbery titles out there this year, I’ll only be surprised if there isn’t something [...]

ALA

Tomorrow I head to San Diego with the many other thousands attending the ALA Midwinter meeting.  Say hi if you see me (clue: I’ll be walking slowly. Hurt my back. Fate is on my side with a mercifully short flight and warm weather). Ask me about becoming an ALSC member if you’re not one….and if [...]

Ballot #2 Results…Well?

Interestingly, our results are not much different. We had 41 voters this time.  The spread (also in Google Docs): Title                              1st        2nd        3rd        Total points FORGE                       4          5          1          33 KEEPER                      5          9          8          63 SUGAR                       0          0          5          10 KKK                           1          3          1          15 KNEEBONE               3          [...]

Poll #2 is now open

Doing the math Kathleen Horning points out the obvious flaws with the math in attempting to apply the Newbery voting criteria (15 people voting on a pool of dozens) to our vote (50 people voting on one dozen titles)….  and suggesting that ONE CRAZY SUMMER has the “landslide” with 34 of our 50 voters casting [...]

Ballot #1…Inconclusive!

Polls are closed, and with 50 voters, we are looking for 25-26 1st place votes, and the same number point spread, to have a winner. Not quite there. The results are in Google Docs for easier viewing, but the long and short is: (TITLE, 1st place votes, 2nd place votes, 3rd place votes, total points) [...]