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HMC Ballot #3 Results:

The results of the Heavy Medal Committee’s 3rd Mock Newbery ballot are in and we still don’t have a clear winner. Results from Ballot #4 will be revealed later today.

Heavy Medal Readers’ Poll

The Heavy Medal Readers’ Poll is now open. Readers vote for one of our 15 Heavy Medal finalists (or write-in another title). Results will be announced late Sunday.

HMC Ballot #3 – Discussion of the Final 7

There are now just six titles remaining as finalists for the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery. Committee Members will continue discussing these titles and submit 3rd ballots soon.

HMC Mock Ballot #2 Results – still not there

2nd Ballots are in, and still no clear winner of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery. Committee members will now decide how many of the contenders should remain on Ballot #3, which will go out soon

HMC Mock Results – No Winner Yet

After weeks of rigorous book discussion, the Heavy Medal Committee has voted for the 2020 Mock Newbery book. And the winner is….not decided. No book emerged as a clear winner, so look for more intense book discussion today, followed by a second ballot.

Heavy Medal Finalist #15: Torpedoed by Deborah Heiligman

Nonfiction titles seldom win the Newbery. Here at Heavy Medal, we always include a few nonfiction on our top contenders list. Will Torpedoed, a finely crafted and suspenseful historical account, win over 15 Heavy Medal Award Committee members’ hearts and take home the gold medal? Read Sam Leopold’s introduction and join the conversation.

Heavy Medal Finalist #14: The Toll

Heavy Medal Committee member Alissa describes Neal Shusterman’s “The Toll” as”a novel that combines all of the elements of an award-winner…” Is this highly popular fantasy a true Newbery contender?

Heavy Medal Finalist #13: To Night Owl from Dogfish

Could a light-hearted tale in emails and other communication methods be the strongest contender of the 2020 Heavy Medal Award? Read the introduction and tell us what you think about the odds.

2020 Newbery Predictions

What are your predictions for Newbery 2020? I have mine ready.

Heavy Medal Finalist #12: This Promise of Change by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy

In her introduction to “This Promise of Change,” Heavy Medal Committee member Molly Sloan dives deep into this important part of American History that is true, timely and unforgettable. Please join the discussion.