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Presenting: The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen

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Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen members, thank you all so much for having read all the long listed titles and for volunteering to take part in the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Committee!  Your ballot will be emailed to you tonight. When serving on the real Newbery committee, all members would know each other’s age/age range, […]

Oakland Results

Our maginificant group of participants.

What a wonderful afternoon of book discussion with these amazing people!  I’m excited to do a little bit of a recap for you, and all of the participants have been encouraged to chime in in the comments to share their perspectives, points of view, and any parts of the discussion they think the world should […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – Tumble & Blue

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Long List Title:  TUMBLE & BLUE (Titles on our long list will be included in our online conversation and balloting, alongside the short list titles.) This is the last book we’ll be looking closely at before getting to our short list and long list balloting.  More about those processes is coming soon. TUMBLE & BLUE received […]

Heavy Medal Finalist: Wishtree

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Short List Title: WISHTREE (Titles on our short list will be included in the live Mock Newbery in Oakland.) In Sharon’s earlier post on WISHTREE she writes:  “WISHTREE whispers its message of tolerance and hope.”  That sentence really captures the essence of this book.  The “whispering” is quite an accomplishment.  We have a lot of books […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – The War I Finally Won

War I Finally Won

Long List Title:  THE WAR I FINALLY WON (Titles on our long list will be included in our online conversation and balloting, alongside the short list titles.) As sequels go, The War I Finally Won stands alone quite nicely.  There are brand new characters, intensified situations, and different concerns that make this not just a rehash of the first book […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – Vincent and Theo

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Short List Title: VINCENT AND THEO (Titles on our short list will be included in the live Mock Newbery in Oakland.) Vincent and Theo is not a book that I would casually pick up or leisurely read as entertainment.  It would have been the book that makes me slightly groan, “Oh, really? Now I MUST read it all the way […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – Beyond the Bright Sea

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Long List Title:  BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA (Titles on our long list will be included in our online conversation and balloting, alongside the short list titles.) Lauren Wolk’s BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA seems to be one title that pops up almost every time I see or hear a list of likely Newbery contenders.  Not necessarily on […]

Calling the Newbery 15 (or more)!

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Dear Readers of Heavy Medal, If you would have read all 18 of our long listed titles by February 1st, 2018, please comment below to register for an additional balloting poll that will closely mimic the Newbery Committee voting process. Here are the 18 titles to be voted on by the Heavy Medal Newbery 15 (the number […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – Real Friends

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Short List Title:  REAL FRIENDS (Titles on our short list will be included in the live Mock Newbery in Oakland.) In our earlier discussion of REAL FRIENDS, I mentioned that I struggled to evaluate the book using Newbery criteria.  I was stuck on: “The committee is to make its decision primarily on the text.”  With my recent […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – All’s Faire in Middle School

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Long List Title:  ALL’S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL (Titles on our long list will be included in our online conversation and balloting, alongside the short list titles.) I’ve been a strong supporter of ALL’S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL from the start. I found the plot more compelling, emotionally, than that of REAL FRIENDS, our other […]