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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 […]

Newbery Home Stretch: Pre-Announcement Predictions!


The Newbery Award will be announced on January 28th. Heavy Medal Readers are invited to share their predictions of what books are most likely to earn a gold or silver Newbery seal.

In Anticipation…


Happy end of the year, Heavy Medal followers. This is a reminder that on Wednesday, January 2nd, our Heavy Medal Award Committee deliberation will commence.  The nineteen members on HMAC will introduce and debate the eighteen finalists following the schedule below.  All Heavy Medal readers are invited to share your opinions as well.  However, the official […]

Introducing the 2019 Heavy Medal Award Committee (HMAC)


We are so happy that 19 Heavy Medal readers have volunteered their time and energy to discuss the finalists.  News Flash: after a round of email “voting” Just Like Jackie and Snow Lane are both on the discussion table and we are going to have 18, instead of 16, titles to ballot for in late January. The official […]

Amal the Inspiring


Although the Newbery Committee will meet at the end of January, 2019, to choose the most distinguished books for children published in the United States in 2018, the full Committee has already convened twice in 2018: once at the Midwinter Conference to meet each other and be briefed of what to expect for their year-long service, and […]

Finally, the Finalists!


After many emailed, texted, and phoned conversations, we finally made our choices. In compiling the list, we try to balance between reader support: many of the titles have received strong HM reader support; critical success: winning other awards, making multiple end-of-the-year best lists, etc.; and the HM bloggers’ personal picks: since even one nomination could put a book on the table during the […]