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Mock Newbery Early Leaders Revealed

Heavy Medal readers submitted their first lists of potential 2021 Newbery contenders. The early leaders feature a the true story of a famous pilot and a novel about a girl trying to connect with her imprisoned father.

The Search for the 2021 Newbery Winner Begins

The 2021 Newbery winners won’t be announced for 10 months, but on Heavy Medal we’re asking readers to “suggest” early 2020 titles that might just have a shot at being named “the most distinguished” book of the year.

Heavy Medal Readers’ Poll Winner: “Lalani of the Distant Sea”

“Lalani of the Distant Sea” by Erin Entrada Kelly won the Heavy Medal Readers poll by a single vote over Jerry Craft’s “New Kid.”
125 Heavy Medal readers took part in the poll.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Winner: “New Kid”

Announcing the Heavy Medal 2020 Mock Newbery Award winner: NEW KID by Jerry Craft!

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.

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.

Heavy Medal Finalist #11: Scary Stories for Young Foxes

In her introduction to “Scary Stories for Young Foxes,” Heavy Medal Committee member Courtney Hague describes how “eight scary stories… are deftly strung together to give the reader an overarching tale of two young foxes fighting for their lives, their families, and each other. ” This novel by Christian McKay Heidicker is up for discussion on today’s Heavy Medal’s Mock Newbery.