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The Heavy Medal Reader’s Poll is Open

The 2022 Heavy Medal Reader’s Poll is now open. Choose your top three titles from our list of 15 finalists. You can also write-in your top choice. Cast your ballot by Saturday, June 22nd.

Newbery 2022 Predictions

There are so many strong titles and possibilities for the 2022 Newbery. Here are some predictions in many different categories.

THE FINAL FIVE: Heavy Medal Mock Newbery 2022 Contenders

The votes were tight and the discussion was strong, but we finally have a final five Heavy Medal Book List. They are, in alphabetical order: AMBER AND CLAY JUST LIKE THAT OPHIE’S GHOSTS STARFISH WATERCRESS These are the five we will discuss in our live Zoom conversation on Friday, January 21 at 1 p.m. EST. […]

Last Chance for Comments on the 15 Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Books

Our discussion of the 15 books on our Heavy Medal Book List winds up this week. Now’s your chance to add any final thoughts to our Mock Newbery discussion before our Final 5 is decided this weekend.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist- Watercress by Andrea Wang

Andrea Wang’s WATERCRESS is a gorgeous picture book with exemplary prose and juxtaposition says Heavy Medal Award Committee member Stephanie Saggione in her introduction. Join our Mock Newbery discussion of this picture book.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: TOO BRIGHT TO SEE by Kyle Lukoff

Next up in our Mock Newbery discussion: TOO BRIGHT TO SEE by Kyle Lukoff, described by Heavy Medal Award Committee member Amanda Bishop as “a tender and beautiful book about identity, grief, and growing up.”

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: STARFISH by Lisa Fipps

Lisa Fipp’s STARFISH is an “incredible novel in verse,” says Heavy Medal Award Committee member Aryssa Damon in her introduction. Join our Mock Newbery discussion of this debut novel.

Sign Up Now for the 2022 Mock Newbery Live!

Don’t forget to sign up for our live discussion and voting for the 2022 Heavy Medal Mock Newbery on Friday January 21st at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist- RED, WHITE, and WHOLE by Rajani LaRocca

One of the most loved books on Heavy Medal this season was Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca. Heavy Medal committee member Andrea Tyler introduces its’ strengths.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist- PITY PARTY by Kathleen Lane

PITY PARTY is the quintessential story for middle school students. It’s a party no one wants to go to, but we have all been there. The interpretation of the theme is well done throughout the book and presented in different ways.