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HMACHappy end of the year, Heavy Medal followers.

This is a reminder that on Wednesday, January 2nd, our Heavy Medal Award Committee deliberation will commence.  The nineteen members on HMAC will introduce and debate the eighteen finalists following the schedule below.  All Heavy Medal readers are invited to share your opinions as well.  However, the official HMAC members’ responsibilities are to each other and they might or might not respond to non-HMAC commenters.

Our goal is to vote and choose the Heavy Medal Award winners and honor titles on Thursday/Friday, January 25/26.   We hope to hear from many of you and please share Heavy Medal with your colleagues, students, library patrons, family and friends.

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, Jan 2 The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
Thursday, Jan 3 The Book of Boy
Friday, Jan 4 The Faithful Spy
Monday, Jan 7 Front Desk
Tuesday, Jan 8 The Girl Who Drew Butterflies
Wednesday, Jan 9 Hey, Kiddo
Thursday, Jan 10 A House That Once Was
Friday, Jan 11 The Journey of Little Charlie
Saturday, Jan 12 Just Like Jackie
Monday, Jan 14 Louisiana’s Way Home
Tuesday, Jan 15 The Night Diary
Wednesday, Jan 16 The Parker Inheritance
Thursday, Jan 17 The Poet X
Friday, Jan 18 The Prince and the Dressmaker
Saturday, Jan 19 The Season of Styx Malone
Monday, Jan 22 Small Spaces
Tuesday, Jan 23 Snow Lane
Wednesday, Jan 24 Sweep
Thursday – Friday
Jan 25 – Jan 26
Roxanne Hsu Feldman About Roxanne Hsu Feldman

Roxanne Hsu Feldman is the Middle School (4th to 8th grade) Librarian at the Dalton School in New York City. She served on the 2002 and 2013 Newbery Committees. Roxanne was also a member of 2008-2009 Notable Books for Children, 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and the 2017 Odyssey Award Committees. In 2016 Roxanne was one of the three judges for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. You can reach her at at


  1. Roxanne gave us Avatars. This is a test run that I accomplished tricky computer stuff.

  2. Just testing to see if my avatar uploaded…

  3. I can’t wait!

  4. Did this work?

  5. It’s so cool to see the Official HMAC members badge populating the Comments area! Awaiting for others to test it out!

  6. Courtney Hague says

    Hi all – I wanted to see if my avatar worked as well.

  7. Testing mine too.

  8. Can’t wait to talk about all these books!

  9. Testing to make sure my avatar works. Excited to get started tomorrow!

  10. I believe I have changed my picture, and I’m excited to get started!

  11. Cherylynn5691 says

    Here is my test

  12. Cherylynn5691 says

    Another test


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