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Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: SKUNK AND BADGER by Amy Timberlake

“Amy Timberlake’s SKUNK AND BADGER is a hilarious and poignant tale about compromise,” according to Heavy Medal Award Committee Member Meredith Burton. Read her introduction and join our Mock Newbery discussion.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: SHOW ME A SIGN by Ann Clare LeZotte

SHOW ME A SIGN by Ann Clare LeZotte joins our Mock Newbery Discussion today. Heavy Medal Award Committee member Aud Hogan notes that “Lezotte’s ability to capture a time, place, community, and individual in writing make this book distinguished.”

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH by Candace Fleming

THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH “explore[s] a difficult and complex individual,” notes Heavy Medal Award Committee member Emily Mroczek (Bayci) as she introduces this biography into our Mock Newbery conversation.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: PRAIRIE LOTUS by Linda Sue Park

Next up in our Mock Newbery discussion: PRAIRIE LOTUS by Linda Sue Park. Heavy Medal Award Committee member Courtney Hague finds this historical novel “distinguished in many ways…from the development of the plot and delineation of the characters to appropriateness of the style.”

Mock Newbery LIVE on Zoom: Registration now open for this free event on January 22

Registration is now open for the Mock Newbery LIVE Zoom Event on January 22nd at 1:00 pm (EST). Check out the details and click on the link to register for this free event sponsored by School Library Journal.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: OVERGROUND RAILROAD by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Lese Cline-Ransome’s OVERGROUND RAILROAD is the only picture book on our Mock Newbery list. Heavy Medal Award Committee member Emily Mroczek-Bayci notes that “strong writing, presentation, and setting made [it] a true Newbery contenter.”

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE by Rebecca Stead

Join the Mock Newbery discussion of THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE by Rebecca Stead. Heavy Medal Award Committee member Nadia Salomon notes how well this novel explores “family bonds, forming relationships, and the realization that families can be created.”

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES by Kacen Callender

Today’s Mock Newbery Finalist is KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES by Kacen Callender, which Heavy Medal Committee member Charlotte Chung describes as “a tender, affecting, and hopeful story of grief, belonging, and transformation.”

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: A GAME OF FOX AND SQUIRRELS by Jenn Reese

In A GAME OF FOX AND SQUIRRELS, author Jenn Reese “perfectly marries the realistic with the magical,” according to Heavy Medal Award Committee member Sara Beth West. Our Mock Newbery discussion of this unique novel begins today.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: FIGHTING WORDS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s FIGHTING WORDS introduces two sisters dealing with the aftermath of abuse. Join the Mock Newbery discussion of this powerful novel.