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A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”- James Baldwin Some debut novels are written and go overlooked, never to be heard from again. This post I would like to discuss author Lisa Moore Ramee’s beautifully crafted story and timely work of middle-grade fiction, A GOOD […]

Summer Camp, Sharks, and a School Bus Road Trip

Under consideration for Heavy Medal’s latest mock-Newbery discussion: A school bus road trip novel, a shark-themed coming of age story, and a friendship caper told through emails and texts.

How Fare Poetry Books at the Newbery table?

Kwame Alexander’s powerful picture book The Undefeated, Jo Ann Allen Boyce’s This Promise of Change, and Jasmine Warga’s Other Words for Home are all verse narratives. Given the increasing popularity of verse presentations, all three might have a shot at the 2020 Newbery!

Early Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Picks and September Suggestions

We are so excited to be able to offer even more perspectives this year here at Heavy Medal!  Annisha, welcome welcome welcome! Roxanne: Now that we’ve had been reading the many reader suggestions (more than 60 titles!), perhaps we could each pick 2 or 3 that we would love to see advance far in the […]

Heavy Medal Is Back!

Heavy Medal returns for a 12th year of book discussion and Newbery predictions. Here’s a quick look at what the next several months of our Mock Newbery blog will look like…

A Couple More Heavy Medal Readers’ Mock Newbery suggestions – August Compilation

This latest round of reader suggestions saw two new titles (marked with *) and additional support for those already on the list. (The list is now 66 titles long.) . The fall publication season will come fast and furious – keep your reading eyes peeled for worthy titles. I’m personally excited about a few August […]

What Do We Read Next? – Add Your Newbery Picks to the List

Read any great kids’ books in the last month? Now’s your chance to add your suggestions for possible Newbery Medal contenders to the Heavy Medal blog. Add your recommendation between August 5 – August 12th.