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Mock Newbery Early Leaders Revealed

Heavy Medal readers submitted their first lists of potential 2021 Newbery contenders. The early leaders feature a the true story of a famous pilot and a novel about a girl trying to connect with her imprisoned father.

The Search for the 2021 Newbery Winner Begins

The 2021 Newbery winners won’t be announced for 10 months, but on Heavy Medal we’re asking readers to “suggest” early 2020 titles that might just have a shot at being named “the most distinguished” book of the year.

Live from Philadelphia, it’s the Youth Media Awards!

The winners have been announced. It was fun and wonderful to see how HMC were in sync with the Newbery Committee. Great job everyone!

Heavy Medal Readers’ Poll Winner: “Lalani of the Distant Sea”

“Lalani of the Distant Sea” by Erin Entrada Kelly won the Heavy Medal Readers poll by a single vote over Jerry Craft’s “New Kid.”
125 Heavy Medal readers took part in the poll.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Winner: “New Kid”

Announcing the Heavy Medal 2020 Mock Newbery Award winner: NEW KID by Jerry Craft!

HMC Ballot #3 Results:

The results of the Heavy Medal Committee’s 3rd Mock Newbery ballot are in and we still don’t have a clear winner. Results from Ballot #4 will be revealed later today.

Heavy Medal Readers’ Poll

The Heavy Medal Readers’ Poll is now open. Readers vote for one of our 15 Heavy Medal finalists (or write-in another title). Results will be announced late Sunday.

HMC Ballot #3 – Discussion of the Final 7

There are now just six titles remaining as finalists for the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery. Committee Members will continue discussing these titles and submit 3rd ballots soon.

HMC Mock Ballot #2 Results – still not there

2nd Ballots are in, and still no clear winner of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery. Committee members will now decide how many of the contenders should remain on Ballot #3, which will go out soon

HMC Mock Results – No Winner Yet

After weeks of rigorous book discussion, the Heavy Medal Committee has voted for the 2020 Mock Newbery book. And the winner is….not decided. No book emerged as a clear winner, so look for more intense book discussion today, followed by a second ballot.