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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

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 […]

2019 Heavy Medal: Suggestions to Date – March & April

This is the list of suggested titles — Happy Reading! Single Suggestion: All the Animals Where I Live by Philip Stead The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters Granted by John David Anderson The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley […]

2019 Heavy Medal: April Suggestions


This is an invitation for April suggestions from our readers. Please suggest: books that you think could be possible Newbery contenders.   only eligible books.  Check the Terms and Criteria for details.  Basic rules: written by an American citizen/resident; original work; published in the US, in 2018, for children up to age 14.   1 to 5 titles: title/author, […]

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen – 3rd Ballot Results


After a second round of discussion with additional clarification and examples from the books, our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen cast their secret votes again. At this point, 10 out of the original 18 titles received votes.  Many members have shifted their choices so that we could potentially have a winner. Sharon, Steven, and I […]

2nd Ballot Results — Good Work!


The field has been further narrowed. The opinions have been weighed and considered. The votes are more concentrated. But… we still do not have a WINNER! The front runner is I’m Just No Good at Rhyming with SIX 1st Place Votes and total of 31 points. However, it still has not received the necessary EIGHT 1st Place Votes.  […]

2nd Ballot – In Progress…


This post will be updated once all our votes are in.  We’ve received fourteen out of fifteen ballots as of the morning of February 5th, 2018.  We are eager to share the results of the second round with the world. Stay tuned…

Presenting: The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen


Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen members, thank you all so much for having read all the long listed titles and for volunteering to take part in the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Committee!  Your ballot will be emailed to you tonight. When serving on the real Newbery committee, all members would know each other’s age/age range, […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – The War I Finally Won

War I Finally Won

Long List Title:  THE WAR I FINALLY WON (Titles on our long list will be included in our online conversation and balloting, alongside the short list titles.) As sequels go, The War I Finally Won stands alone quite nicely.  There are brand new characters, intensified situations, and different concerns that make this not just a rehash of the first book […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – Vincent and Theo

Vincent and theo

Short List Title: VINCENT AND THEO (Titles on our short list will be included in the live Mock Newbery in Oakland.) Vincent and Theo is not a book that I would casually pick up or leisurely read as entertainment.  It would have been the book that makes me slightly groan, “Oh, really? Now I MUST read it all the way […]

Calling the Newbery 15 (or more)!


Dear Readers of Heavy Medal, If you would have read all 18 of our long listed titles by February 1st, 2018, please comment below to register for an additional balloting poll that will closely mimic the Newbery Committee voting process. Here are the 18 titles to be voted on by the Heavy Medal Newbery 15 (the number […]