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The Newbery Search Continues

Though the past month’s events have made it challenging to keep up with current children’s literature for many readers, Heavy Medal continues to build our list of contenders for the 2021 Newbery Medal. Readers are invited to contribute to our April list of recommended worthy titles through April 12th.

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.

Farewell – The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Process of 2020 Is Officially Over

The 2020 Newbery season is behind us and the 2021 Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award process is about to start!

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!

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 #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.