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Mock Newbery Reader’s Poll Winner: FIGHTING WORDS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

155 participants cast a vote in the Heavy Medal Reader’s Poll, and FIGHTING WORDS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the winner. Three other titles are grouped fairly closely following the leader, so these would earn Honors.

  • Winner: FIGHTING WORDS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Honor: EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE by Daniel Nayeri
  • Honor: WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed
  • Honor: ECHO MOUNTAIN by Lauren Wolk

The Reader’s Poll included a write-in option, where 13 books were named. Two of these received two write-in votes: A WISH IN THE DARK by Christina Soontornvat and WE DREAM OF SPACE by Erin Entrada Kelly. Reader’s Poll results are listed below.

One day before the Reader’s Poll closed, the Heavy Medal Award Committee selected a different winner. Details of their live discussion and balloting are in this post.

And of course, the actual Newbery Medal winner will be announced on January 25th during the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards presentation, which starts at 9:00 am EST / 6:00 am PST.

TitleVotes  %
FIGHTING WORDS2417%
EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE2014%
WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED1611%
ECHO MOUNTAIN1511%
SHOW ME A SIGN107%
SNAPDRAGON107%
KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES96%
PRAIRIE LOTUS86%
A GAME OF FOX AND SQUIRRELS75%
SKUNK AND BADGER75%
CHANCE54%
THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE43%
WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER32%
THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH21%
OVERGROUND RAILROAD00%
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Steven Engelfried About Steven Engelfried

Steven Engelfried is the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon. He served on the 2010 Newbery committee, chaired the 2013 Newbery Committee, and also served on the 2002 Caldecott committee. You can reach him at sengelfried@yahoo.com.

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