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Heavy Medal Finalist – All’s Faire in Middle School


Long List Title:  ALL’S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL (Titles on our long list will be included in our online conversation and balloting, alongside the short list titles.) I’ve been a strong supporter of ALL’S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL from the start. I found the plot more compelling, emotionally, than that of REAL FRIENDS, our other […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – Orphan Island


Short List Title:  ORPHAN ISLAND (Titles on our short list will be included in the live Mock Newbery in Oakland.) There is maybe no more controversial title on our list, and I really look forward to the discussion of this title, here, and in person in Oakland.  For the purposes of this post, I’m going to […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – Princess Cora and the Crocodile

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Long List Title:  PRINCESS CORA AND THE CROCODILE ( (Titles on our long list will be included in our online conversation and balloting, alongside the short list titles.) PRINCESS CORA received three starred reviews and made one “Best Books of 2017” list (PW).  It’s been mentioned here on Heavy Medal, but not extensively.  I’m certainly glad to have […]

I’m Still Here, and I’m Not Alone

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Happy July!  Can you even believe it’s already approaching the end of July?  Well, I’m interupting your regularly scheduled summer of ignoring this blog to give you a little bit of an update about what’s happening with us. As you know, Jonathan has moved on from Heavy Medal and we will miss him dearly.  I’m happy, […]

Grand Knowing You

It’s been grand knowing you Grand knowing you Grand being your friend. You’ve been kind, loyal, and so generous Right down to the end. Please don’t grieve watching me leave That would be much too painful to stand. It’s been fun Now I must run But it’s been grand, perfectly grand! After much careful thought […]

2018 Newbery Reading List


Here are some of the books on my radar for 2018 consideration.  Some of them already have great reviews; some of them are by favorite authors; many of them are nonfiction!  Please weigh in if you’ve read any of them already.  Please also feel free to recommend additional titles in the comments now and throughout […]

Over the Moon


When a committee only recognizes a small handful of books, it goes without saying that various people will be surprised and disappointed by the books that did not get selected.  Nevertheless, when I consider the books this committee did recognize, I’m over the moon. First and foremost, there is THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON.  I loved this […]



I’m up at 5am watching!  Did you watch, in person, or online? Honor Books:     Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk Winner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by […]

Online Mock Newbery Results


MEDAL                   HONOR BOOKS                                     These three books clearly distinguished themselves from the pack.  Here are their stats. WOLF HOLLOW . . . 40 (1st) + 20 (2nd) + 22 […]

Online Mock Newbery


We’re doing things a bit differently this year then we have in years past.  Rather than having people post their votes in the comments, we are using an online ballot and you can vote here.  We dithered between two rounds, but opted for a decisive single one.  Voting will close on Friday night, so get […]