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2019 Heavy Medal: July Suggestions

newberymedalIt is July!

By this time, member of the real 2019 Newbery committee must be feeling a bit more pressure: half of 2018 has gone by — did they catch all the worthy titles in their suggestions so far?  Many books are yet to be published in the coming months — will they be able to read them all?  Are they agreeing with each other’s suggestions so far?  Are there head-scratchers (titles that you simply couldn’t believe that someone else would consider “distinguished)?

Heavy Medal friends, please post in comments your July Mock Newbery suggestions.  Remember, please only suggest titles that have already been published in 2018, that are original works by American authors (citizens or residents,) that you have not suggested before (but it’s ok if someone else already suggested).  Please suggest between 1 to 5 titles — Title/Author — no justification or explanation needed.

If you wish, please check the Terms and Criteria for details of eligibility and criteria.

The suggestions are due on July 7th.  On the 8th (or shortly after) we’ll post a cumulated list.

Roxanne’s July suggestions:

  • A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh
  • Rebound by Kwame Alexander


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. GHOST BOYS by Jewell Parker Rhodes
    THE JIGSAW JUNGLE by Kristin Levine
    FRONT DESK by Kelly Yang

  2. Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable
    Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietname by Elizabeth Partridge
    Be Prepared by Vera Brosgal

  3. Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable
    The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold
    Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
    Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callendar

  4. Leonard Kim says:

    The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (plus 10 others)

    Also, it looks like my May suggestions got dropped off the June list?

    • The titles didn’t make it to our spreadsheet for some reason — but now they are — Snow Lane & Peter and Ernesto. They will be accounted for when we compile the master list now. Thank you so much for spotting this mistake.

  5. Richelle Wilson says:

    Best reads from 2018 for the summer (and year) so far…Bob (Wendy Maas and Rebecca Stead) and The Ostrich and Other Lost Things (Beth Hautala).

  6. Genevieve says:

    Front Desk by Kelly Yang
    Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
    Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin
    You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

  7. Katrina says:

    The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (Although might be too old.)

  8. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

    They Lost Their Heads by Carlyn Beccia
    Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
    Checked by Cynthia Kadohata

  9. The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
    Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callendar
    Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre

  10. Alessandra says:

    Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
    The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
    The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
    Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai

  11. Angie Costello says:

    *Just Like Jackie
    *The Night Diary
    *You Go First
    *Hope on the Holler

  12. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

  13. Jared Leaman says:

    Front Desk by Kelly Yang
    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
    Breakout by Kate Messner

  14. Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead