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The Heavy Medal Book Discussion Schedule

We currently have 13 volunteers for the Heavy Medal Committee. That’s plenty to ensure rich and in-depth discussion of the books on our list…but if you’d like to join us, there’s still time. See last week’s post for details and instructions.

We’ll introduce HM Committee members in a separate post this Friday. Today, though, we present the Book Discussion Schedule. This should help HM Committee members and other Heavy Medal readers to plan and prioritize and be ready to chime in on the books as they come up.

We’ll discuss the books in alphabetical order by title, which is typically how the real Committees approach it (at least it has been when I’ve served). This works especially well this year if, like me, you’re still on the waiting list for THE TOLL (because it’s almost last).

Day Date Title
Thu               Jan 2               Beverly, Right Here
Fri              Jan 3               Genesis Begins Again
MonJan 6               The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown
Tue Jan 7               Lalani of the Distant Sea
WedJan 8               The Line Tender
Thu Jan 9               New Kid
FriJan 10               Other Words for Home
Mon Jan 13               Pay Attention, Carter Jones
TueJan 14               Queen of the Sea
Wed Jan 15               The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
ThuJan 16               Scary Stories for Young Foxes
Fri Jan 17               This Promise of Change
MonJan 20               To Night Owl from Dogfish
Tue Jan 21               The Toll
WedJan 22               Torpedoed

Steven Engelfried About Steven Engelfried

Steven Engelfried is the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon. He served on the 2010 Newbery committee, chaired the 2013 Newbery Committee, and also served on the 2002 Caldecott committee. You can reach him at


  1. Sam Leopold says:

    Are we having one Committee member each introduce one title like before? If so, can I have TORPEDOED?

  2. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

    Yes, we will have HM Committee members introducing one title. We’re in the process of assigning books to members. With a current membership of 15 people and 15 books on the list it works out perfectly…

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