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2019 Heavy Medal: Suggestions to Date – March to June


Thank you all for the suggestions this month. Heavy Medal readers, we hope that you now have a substantial list of titles to read and support in the next couple of rounds of suggestions. you

We are thrilled that you have been participating so actively.  See you next month!

Single Suggestion:

  • All the Animals Where I Live by Philip Stead
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  • Burning Maze, The by Rick Riordan
  • Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and
  • Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters
  • Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth
  • Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre
  • Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
  • Hyena Scientist, The by Sy Montgomery
  • In the Past by David Elliott
  • Islandborn by Junot Diaz
  • Last, The by Katherine Applegate
  • Like Vanessa by Tami Charles
  • Love by Matt de la Pena
  • Made for Each Other: Why Dogs and People Are Perfect
  • Partners by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
  • Problematic Paradox, A by Eliot Sappingfield
  • Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, The by Stacey McAnulty
  • Serpent Secret, The by Sayantani DasGupta
  • Sky Full of Stars, A by Linda Williams Jackson
  • Sunny by Jason Reynolds
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
  • United States V. Jackie Robinson, The by Sudipta Barhan-Quallen
  • Wild Robot Escapes, The by Peter Brown
  • Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
  • You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

2 Suggestions:

  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
  • Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  • Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
  • Chasing King’s Killer by James L. Swanson
  • Checked by Cynthia Kadohata
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman
  • Granted by John David Anderson
  • Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley, The by April Stevens
  • Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras
  • Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
  • Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
  • Voices in the Air by Naomi Shihab Nye

3 Suggestions

  • Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard
  • Night Diary, The by Veera Hiranandani
  • Rebound by Kwame Alexander
  • They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

4 Suggestions

  • Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth
  • Penderwicks at Last, The by Jeanne Birdsall

5 Suggestions

  • Parker Inheritance, the by Varian Johnson

6 Suggestions

  • Book of Boy, The by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

7 Suggestions

  • Journey of Little Charlie, The by Christopher Paul Curtis
Roxanne Hsu Feldman About Roxanne Hsu Feldman

Roxanne Hsu Feldman is the Middle School (4th to 8th grade) Librarian at the Dalton School in New York City. She served on the 2002 and 2013 Newbery Committees. Roxanne was also a member of 2008-2009 Notable Books for Children, 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and the 2017 Odyssey Award Committees. In 2016 Roxanne was one of the three judges for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. You can reach her at at


  1. sam leopold says:

    Wanted to wait until I have read all the 40 novels I had set out to explore so far this year……here are my top 7—–a couple were ARCs……And I know I am late to the game and many have already been nominated….but these are the 7 I like the best so far…..

    6. RUN graphic novel that will be released in September

  2. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

    Thanks Sam, we’ll add these to the cumulated list for July. (We’ll post a call for July suggestions on the 1st or so). For our suggestion process, though, we are limiting it to books that have already been published. That keeps us all on the same general reading timeline, since many of us don’t get ARCs. So we won’t add THE FAITHFUL SPY, RUN, or HARBOR ME yet. So just keep those in mind and be ready to submit them as suggestions after their publication date.

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