Follow This Blog: RSS feed
Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog
Inside Heavy Medal
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

Final Call for Heavy Medal Readers Poll


287 Heavy Medal readers voted. 127 of you are new Heavy Medal Readers and 160 are returning readers. Here are the results: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge: 22 (7.7%) The Book of Boy: 24 (8.4%) The Faithful Spy: 5 (1.7%) Front Desk: 37 (12.9%) The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: 4 (1.4%) Hey, Kiddo!: 26 (9.1%) The […]

2019 Heavy Medal Award Winner Announcement


After two more rounds (via email and ballot forms) of voting, the 2019 Heavy Medal Award Committee finally came to consensus and picked the winning title published for children in 2018.  We are excited and thrilled to announce that the 2019 Heavy Medal Award goes to Jonathan Auxier for his moving historical fantasy Sweep: The Story of a Girl […]

2019 Heavy Medal Award — Reader Poll


Readers, stay tuned.  We are still in the process of our Third (and might not be the Last) Round of Balloting. As evident from yesterday’s whirlwind of comments (more than two hundred before we closed the comments for the two posts,) our 17 Heavy Medal Award Committee members are taking this task of picking a […]

2019 Heavy Medal Award – Second Ballot Results


This are the results of our second round of voting. A few more books are OFF the table: Front Desk, Just Like Jackie, The Night Diary, Poet X (This one kills me!), and Small Spaces.  So, we are left with the following titles to further examine: [The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge] First x 3 Second x 1 […]

And the Heavy Medal Award Winner Is…. (not yet)


Last night, all 17 members of the Heavy Medal Award Committee cast our votes for the first time.  And we have not yet selected a winner. Here are the guidelines to determine a winning title. A. Each member must cast three separate votes.  One each for First Place, Second Place, and Third Place. B. A First Place […]

Heavy Medal Finalist: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Hey Kiddo

HEY KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is today’s Heavy Medal Finalist. Heavy Medal Committee member Mary Zdrojewski points out that “The dialogue all feels natural, and each line reveals more about the character speaking it. Even portions that don’t seem essential to the plot deepen the characters so that no line is wasted.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES by Joyce Sidman

Girl Butterflies

Today’s Heavy Medal Finalist is THE GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES. Heavy Medal Committee member Susan N. introduces the book, noting how “poet Joyce Sidman elegantly uses the stages of insect development as a metaphor for the transformation of a woman and of the world around her.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE FAITHFUL SPY by John Hendrix

faithful spy

Heavy Medal Committee member Sam introduces today’s finalist: “Though I try to remain neutral in my analysis and discussions, I find myself incapable of such literary integrity in this context. I absolutely love THE FAITHFUL SPY written by John Hendrix.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE BOOK OF BOY by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Book of Boy

In her introduction to Heavy Medal Finalist THE BOOK OF BOY, Deborah says the author Catherine Gilbert Murdock “weaves a mystery about redemption and desire into a world that believed in scraps of wood, bone and dust.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE by M. T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin


The Heavy Medal Newbery discussion begins today. In the next 24 days, 18 books selected as “Heavy Medal Finalists” will be discussed by the 19 members of the Heavy Medal Award Committee, culminating in Mock Newbery balloting on January 25th. Discussion opens with THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE