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Final Call for Heavy Medal Readers Poll

287 Heavy Medal readers voted. 127 of you are new Heavy Medal Readers and 160 are returning readers.


Here are the results:
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge: 22 (7.7%)
The Book of Boy: 24 (8.4%)
The Faithful Spy: 5 (1.7%)
Front Desk: 37 (12.9%)
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: 4 (1.4%)
Hey, Kiddo!: 26 (9.1%)
The House That Once Was: 0 (0%)
The Journey of Little Charlie: 13 (4.5%)
Just Like Jackie: 3 (1%)
Louisiana’s Way Home: 29 (10.1%)
The Night Diary: 24 (8.4%)
The Parker Inheritance: 23 (8%)
The Poet X: 6 (5.6%)
The Prince and the Dressmaker: 6 (2.1%)
The Season of Styx Malone: 13 (4.5%)
Small Spaces: 3 (1%)
Snow Lane: 3 (1%)
Sweep: 36 (12.5%)

So the Heavy Medal Readers Choice Award Goes to:

FRONT DESK by Kelly Yang

the runners up – those having received more than 20 votes – are:


Louisiana’s Way Home

Hey, Kiddo!

The Book of Boy

The Night Diary

The Parker Inheritance

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

The optional Write-In Titles and Vote Counts are:

Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse x 1
Amal Unbound x 2
Be Prepared x 2
Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead x 1
Cardboard Kingdom x 1
Endling by Katherine Applegate x 1
Finding Langston x 1
Genesis Begins Again x 1
Ghost Boys x 5
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson x 2
Merci Suarez Changes Gears x 1
My Year In The Middle or The Dollar Kids x 1
OUT OF LEFT FIELD by Ellen Klages x 1
The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden x 2
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle x 12
Until Tomorrow, Mr marsworth x 1



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. Leonard Kim says

    It looks like Front Desk actually won? And Book of Boy is >20.

  2. This just to show you how one makes mistakes in haste! CONGRATS to FRONT DESK!!!!

    I updated/corrected the info. Thanks Leonard, eagle eye!

  3. samuel leopold says

    Excellent choices!

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