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2nd Ballot – In Progress…

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This post will be updated once all our votes are in.  We’ve received fourteen out of fifteen ballots as of the morning of February 5th, 2018.  We are eager to share the results of the second round with the world. Stay tuned…

1st Ballot Results – Far from the End

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The Heavy Medal 15 have cast their first ballots, and the results are below.  There is no winner at this point because a Medal winner needs to receive 8 first place votes (VINCENT AND THEO has 3) and the margin between 1st and 2nd place must be at least 8 (I’M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING leads […]

It’s Time to Vote

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The announcement of the 2018 Newbery Medal is just 12 days away.  You can watch the announcements of all of the ALA Youth Media Awards on February 12th.  Meanwhile, here at Heavy Medal we have two separate mock-awards going on: As Roxanne announced yesterday, the Heavy Medal 15, consisting of 15 people who have read […]

Presenting: The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen

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Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen members, thank you all so much for having read all the long listed titles and for volunteering to take part in the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Committee!  Your ballot will be emailed to you tonight. When serving on the real Newbery committee, all members would know each other’s age/age range, […]

Oakland Results

Our maginificant group of participants.

What a wonderful afternoon of book discussion with these amazing people!  I’m excited to do a little bit of a recap for you, and all of the participants have been encouraged to chime in in the comments to share their perspectives, points of view, and any parts of the discussion they think the world should […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – Tumble & Blue

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Long List Title:  TUMBLE & BLUE (Titles on our long list will be included in our online conversation and balloting, alongside the short list titles.) This is the last book we’ll be looking closely at before getting to our short list and long list balloting.  More about those processes is coming soon. TUMBLE & BLUE received […]

Heavy Medal Finalist: Wishtree

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Short List Title: WISHTREE (Titles on our short list will be included in the live Mock Newbery in Oakland.) In Sharon’s earlier post on WISHTREE she writes:  “WISHTREE whispers its message of tolerance and hope.”  That sentence really captures the essence of this book.  The “whispering” is quite an accomplishment.  We have a lot of books […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – The War I Finally Won

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Long List Title:  THE WAR I FINALLY WON (Titles on our long list will be included in our online conversation and balloting, alongside the short list titles.) As sequels go, The War I Finally Won stands alone quite nicely.  There are brand new characters, intensified situations, and different concerns that make this not just a rehash of the first book […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – Vincent and Theo

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Short List Title: VINCENT AND THEO (Titles on our short list will be included in the live Mock Newbery in Oakland.) Vincent and Theo is not a book that I would casually pick up or leisurely read as entertainment.  It would have been the book that makes me slightly groan, “Oh, really? Now I MUST read it all the way […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – Beyond the Bright Sea

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Long List Title:  BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA (Titles on our long list will be included in our online conversation and balloting, alongside the short list titles.) Lauren Wolk’s BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA seems to be one title that pops up almost every time I see or hear a list of likely Newbery contenders.  Not necessarily on […]