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Evaluating Graphic Novels for the Newbery: A conversation with Shannon Hale

Author of Real Friends and Best Friends, two graphic novel memoirs, Shannon Hale talks about her writing and collaboration process and her wishes for Newbery committee members when evaluating graphic narratives.

Summer Camp, Sharks, and a School Bus Road Trip

Under consideration for Heavy Medal’s latest mock-Newbery discussion: A school bus road trip novel, a shark-themed coming of age story, and a friendship caper told through emails and texts.

Graphic Novels are here to stay.

Graphic Novels have become an integral part of children’s literature.2015, the Newbery Honor Book was awarded to  El Deafo by Cece Bell, and the following year, the Honor Book went to, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson. After these books received the accolades merited, graphic novels, for teens and middle-grade readers, have been embraced as a true mark of distinguished work of […]

How Fare Poetry Books at the Newbery table?

Kwame Alexander’s powerful picture book The Undefeated, Jo Ann Allen Boyce’s This Promise of Change, and Jasmine Warga’s Other Words for Home are all verse narratives. Given the increasing popularity of verse presentations, all three might have a shot at the 2020 Newbery!

Eventown – Distinguished?

One of the most suggested titles from Heavy Medal readers to-date, Eventown deals with grief, emotions, and love with an alter-reality setting and a suspenseful plot line.

Early Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Picks and September Suggestions

We are so excited to be able to offer even more perspectives this year here at Heavy Medal!  Annisha, welcome welcome welcome! Roxanne: Now that we’ve had been reading the many reader suggestions (more than 60 titles!), perhaps we could each pick 2 or 3 that we would love to see advance far in the […]

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 […]