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The Final Finalist List

The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
      To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
      Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
      And whether pigs have wings.’

The Walrus and the Carpenter – BY LEWIS CARROLL

Yes, the time has come to announce the final list. The votes are in, and now, the two front running titles to be added to the 13

  1. Other Words for Home
  2. The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown

It was a pretty close vote, and we do mean super close. If you don’t believe me, look at the tally of votes: (Thank you, Roxanne!)

Here is the complete list:

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Book List 2020

Beverly, Right Here  by Kate DiCamillo
Genesis Begins Again  by Alicia Williams
The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown  by Mac Barnett
Lalani of the Distant Sea  by Erin Entrada Kelly
The Line Tender  by Kate Allen  
New Kid  by Jerry Craft
Other Words for Home  by Jasmine Warga
Pay Attention, Carter Jones  by Gary Schmidt
Queen of the Sea  by Dylan Meconis
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise  by Dan Gemeinhart
Scary Stories for Young Foxes  by Christian McKay Heidicker
This Promise of Change  by Jo Ann Allen Boyce & Debbie Levy
To Night Owl from Dogfish  by Meg Wolitzer & Holly Sloan
The Toll  by Neil Shusterman
Torpedoed  by Deborah Heiligman
Annisha Jeffries About Annisha Jeffries

Annisha Jeffries is the head of the youth services department at Cleveland Public Library. She was a member of the 2007 ALSC Board and served on several selection committees, including the 2018 Caldecott Committee. A 2000-2001 Spectrum Scholarship recipient, Jeffries is currently the Chair of the Norman A, Sugarman Children's Biography Award.
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