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March Suggestions – Totals

Looking for early candidates for the 2020 Newbery Medal? Heavy Medal readers have suggested twelve 2019 books that might have Newbery Medal potential and we’ll add to this least each month.

Newbery 2020: Looking Ahead

The announcement of the 2020 Newbery Medal is just 362 days away! Here’s a brief look ahead to some titles that might be early contenders.

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: SWEEP by Jonathan Auxier

Jonathan Auxier’s SWEEP is the final book in our Heavy Medal Finalists discussion. Heavy Medal Committee member DaNae notes that the author “deftly builds instant empathy. He exposes just enough vulnerability to open an itch of dread, yet overlies it with a wisp of hope, assuring us that our hearts are in good hands.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: SNOW LANE by Josie Angelini

SNOW LANE by Josie Angelini is up for Mock-Newbery discussion today as one of the Heavy Medal Finalists. The title is introduced by Heavy Medal Committee member Kari, who notes that “though the story was inspired by Angelini’s life, it has not been reduced to a problem novel, and Annie and her voice and her story are not easy to forget. This is a small book but it is powerful and deserves strong consideration.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: SMALL SPACES by Katherine Arden

SMALL SPACES by Catherine Arden is the featured Heavy Medal Finalist today. In her introduction, Heavy Medal Committee member Katrina points out that “SMALL SPACES is intricately crafted. In just the first chapter, so much groundwork is laid, in ways that are completely necessary to the story…”

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE SEASON OF STYX MALONE by Kekla Magoon

THE SEASON OF STYX MALONE by Kekla Magoon is up for discussion as today’s Heavy Medal Finalist. In her introduction, Heavy Medal Committee member Sarah says the book is “an excellent example of a beautiful and tender coming of age story that is funny and smart with memorable characters.”

Heavy Medal Finalist – THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang

Discussion of Heavy Medal Finalists continues today with THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang. In her introduction to the discussion, Heavy Medal Committee Member Maura says that although the book is “a quick read, Jen Wang is able to give us a fully realized story with characters that are both complex and likable…”

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Today’s featured Heavy Medal Finalist is THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Heavy Medal Committee member Courtney introduces the book, noting that the title character “uses her poetry to find a voice for herself that is both strong and emotionally vulnerable. She opens herself up to the judgement of the world around her and is rewarded for it.”