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2019 Heavy Medal: Suggestions to Date – March to July

We must thank long-time and new Heavy Medal participants (there are quite a few of you this month) for suggesting titles!

Please also actively read these titles in preparation for the September 2019 Heavy Medal official launch.  Of course we will discuss those with multiple suggestions but we also urge everyone to read those with one or two suggestions. You never know which would grab hold of your reader’s heart and propel it to the top!

1 Suggestion

  • All the Animals Where I Live by Philip Stead
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  • Astonishing Color of After, The by Emily X.R. Pan
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • Breakout by Kate Messner
  • Burning Maze, The by Rick Riordan
  • Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and
  • Cardboard Kingdom, The by Chad Sell
  • Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters
  • Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai
  • Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
  • Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth
  • Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Hyena Scientist, The by Sy Montgomery
  • In the Past by David Elliott
  • Islandborn by Junot Diaz
  • Jigsaw Jungle, The by Kristin Levine
  • Last, The by Katherine Applegate
  • Like Vanessa / Tami Charles
  • Love by Matt de la Pena
  • Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin
  • Made for Each Other: Why Dogs and People Are Perfect Partners by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
  • Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, The / Stacey McAnulty
  • Problematic Paradox, A by Eliot Sappingfield
  • Serpent Secret, The by Sayantani DasGupta
  • Sky Full of Stars, A by Linda Williams Jackson
  • Snow Lane by Josie Angelini
  • Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, The by David Arnold
  • Sunny by Jason Reynolds
  • The Ostrich and Other Lost Things by Beth Hautala
  • They Lost Their Heads by Carlyn Beccia
  • Thousand Beginnings and Endings, A edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie ChapmanTruly 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

2 Suggestions

  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
  • Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  • Chasing King’s Killer by James L. Swanson
  • Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman
  • Granted by John David Anderson
  • Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley, The by April Stevens
  • Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras
  • Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
  • Voices in the Air by Naomi Shihab Nye

3 Suggestions

  • Checked by Cynthia Kadohata
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre
  • Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callendar
  • Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable
  • They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki
  • Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
  • You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

4 Suggestions

  • Be Prepared by Vera Brosgal
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard
  • Penderwicks at Last, The by Jeanne Birdsall
  • Rebound by Kwame Alexander

5 Suggestions

  • Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietname by Elizabeth Partridge
  • Night Diary, The by Veera Hiranandani

6 Suggestions

  • Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
  • Book of Boy, The by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Parker Inheritance, The by Varian Johnson

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. Richelle Wilson says:

    You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly (Another great one!)

  2. Jenn Hartley says:

    I love you guys, but with all the hoops you have to jump through to read articles on SLJ now, I don’t think I will be coming here often anymore. Good luck!

  3. Richelle Wilson says:

    Wow, please read Where The Watermelon’s Grow by Cindy Baldwin. This book will grab your heart.

  4. Been reading a lot and Mad Wolf’s daughter and A girl called Bicycle are two of my 2018 favorites so far.

  5. Thank you for your compilation, too!


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