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Heavy Medal Finalist: SWEEP by Jonathan Auxier

Jonathan Auxier’s SWEEP is the final book in our Heavy Medal Finalists discussion. Heavy Medal Committee member DaNae notes that the author “deftly builds instant empathy. He exposes just enough vulnerability to open an itch of dread, yet overlies it with a wisp of hope, assuring us that our hearts are in good hands.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: SNOW LANE by Josie Angelini

SNOW LANE by Josie Angelini is up for Mock-Newbery discussion today as one of the Heavy Medal Finalists. The title is introduced by Heavy Medal Committee member Kari, who notes that “though the story was inspired by Angelini’s life, it has not been reduced to a problem novel, and Annie and her voice and her story are not easy to forget. This is a small book but it is powerful and deserves strong consideration.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: SMALL SPACES by Katherine Arden

SMALL SPACES by Catherine Arden is the featured Heavy Medal Finalist today. In her introduction, Heavy Medal Committee member Katrina points out that “SMALL SPACES is intricately crafted. In just the first chapter, so much groundwork is laid, in ways that are completely necessary to the story…”

Newbery Home Stretch: Pre-Announcement Predictions!

The Newbery Award will be announced on January 28th. Heavy Medal Readers are invited to share their predictions of what books are most likely to earn a gold or silver Newbery seal.

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE SEASON OF STYX MALONE by Kekla Magoon

THE SEASON OF STYX MALONE by Kekla Magoon is up for discussion as today’s Heavy Medal Finalist. In her introduction, Heavy Medal Committee member Sarah says the book is “an excellent example of a beautiful and tender coming of age story that is funny and smart with memorable characters.”

Heavy Medal Finalist – THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang

Discussion of Heavy Medal Finalists continues today with THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang. In her introduction to the discussion, Heavy Medal Committee Member Maura says that although the book is “a quick read, Jen Wang is able to give us a fully realized story with characters that are both complex and likable…”

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Today’s featured Heavy Medal Finalist is THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Heavy Medal Committee member Courtney introduces the book, noting that the title character “uses her poetry to find a voice for herself that is both strong and emotionally vulnerable. She opens herself up to the judgement of the world around her and is rewarded for it.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE PARKER INHERITANCE by Varian Johnson

THE PARKER INHERITANCE by Varian Johnson is today’s featured Heavy Medal Finalist. In her introduction, Heavy Medal Committee member Amanda says that “the historical elements, paired with an enticing mystery and well-drawn characters made for a rich reading experience.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME by Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo’s LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME is today’s featured Heavy Medal Finalist. Steven notes that “The distinctive style injects a great deal of humor into the book, but the funny parts are always connected to Louisiana’s struggle to find hope and kindness in a world that is not always happy at all.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: THE NIGHT DIARY by Veera Hiranandani

Up for discussion as today’s featured Heavy Medal Finalist is THE NIGHT DIARY by Veera Hiranandani. Heavy Medal Committee member Jenn points out that “The language in this book reflects Nisha’s innocence and the maturity that is thrust upon her as her family attempts to make the journey from Pakistan to India.”