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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.

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.

Heavy Medal Finalist #10: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

One of the early front runners in this year’s Heavy Medal Mock Newbery selection, will The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise retain the enthusiastic support and continue to gain momentum? Join the conversation here.

Heavy Medal Finalist #9: Queen of the Sea

Introduced by Heavy Medal Committee Member Earl Dizon “A queen does not abandon her people. If that pathetic shrew wants the crown, our father denied her; she’ll have to take it by force.” “What if she takes your head along with it?” “My people won’t allow that to happen!” “The people aren’t here, Your Majesty.” […]

Heavy Medal Finalist #8: Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Gary D. Schmidt’s “Pay Attention, Carter Jones” is today’s featured Mock -Newbery title. In her introduction to our discussion, Heavy Medal Committee member Jen Bartkus notes that she was “wonderfully surprised with a much deeper, richer story detailing the realization that the loss of a loved one, no matter what the circumstances, is tremendously difficult and hard to express.”

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist #7: Other Words for Home

“We’re in a period of human history where empathy is needed more than ever. As the mother of two little girls, I’m constantly trying to teach them the idea that no one ever grows poor from giving. That sharing what you have does not make what you have worth any less. I guess that’s what […]

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist #6: New Kid

Jerry Craft’s “New Kid” is the featured title on today’s Heavy Medal Mock Newbery discussion. This graphic novel is funny, insightful, and explores powerful themes in a variety of creative ways.