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Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Scheerger

Author, Sarah Scheerger has written a timely relatable story told in diary form with eight diverse students writing their experiences as the school year advances. That story begins at White Oak Elementary School. Ms. Graham is a teacher with unconventional teaching methods; one of them involves having a class frog named Kermit. The pacing is […]

The Toll! The Toll! The Toll!

The highly anticipated final installment of the Arc of a Scythe series, The Toll, hit the street just two weeks ago and delivers a strong finish of a stellar series. Will Heavy Medal readers support it for our own Mock Newbery selection? Read the analysis and the comments!

November Nominations – Choose Two More

It’s time for November Nominations! Heavy Medal readers are invited to submit two more Newbery-worthy titles to our list of nominated books.

Music, Race, and the American Dream: Female voices will not be silenced.

Who knew that when THE HATE U GIVE debuted two years ago, it will generate a film and numerous accolades to be on the New York Times Bestsellers List for more than 80 weeks. After I finished reading THUG, the first words out of my mouth was, what’s next? And watching many interviews with Ms. […]

Survival Stories: from a Middle School Playground to the Streets of India

Two very different novels explore the resilience of kids in challenging circumstances. Does either THE BRIDGE HOME or THE USUAL SUSPECTS (or both) warrant consideration for the 2020 Newbery Medal?

Last, Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles.

What does a platypus, a bendy man, a camera that freezes time, golden hours, and Mrs. Nedra have in common? They are infiltrating the town of Logan County, Virginia, and our heroes the Alston Boys, Otto, and Sheed are on the case to solve a mystery in their city. Is this the end of summer as […]

Current Mock Newbery Nomination Result and a Brief Discussion of DiCamillo, Henkes, and Reynolds

Top 17 Heavy Medal nominated titles are revealed and some of the big names in Children’s Literature: Kelly, Kadohata, DiCamillo, Reynolds, Henkes, are featured on this list, but none are front runners!

Possibly Distinguished “Page-Turners”

One of the scariest children’s books of the year features a deadly plague, fox who kills his children, and a villainous version of Beatrix Potter. Can a scary book win the Newbery?

Pet by akwaeke emezi

Do monsters exist? Jam’s mom, Bitter, convinces her no such things live, particularly following the revolution from long ago, now life is peaceful and safe in the Utopian city of Lucille. When Jam goes into her mom’s art studio with and accidentally cuts her hand on her mother’s razor blade saturated canvas, a few drops […]

Newbery Nominations – 1st Round in October

Heavy Medal readers are invited to nominate their first three titles that they consider strong contenders for the 2020 Newbery.