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Heavy Medal Award Committee Live Zoom Results

There were more than 400 attendees at Heavy Medal’s live Zoom Mock Newbery webcast where STARFISH won the Heavy Medal Mock Award and AMBER and CLAY claimed an honor.

The Heavy Medal Reader’s Poll is Open

The 2022 Heavy Medal Reader’s Poll is now open. Choose your top three titles from our list of 15 finalists. You can also write-in your top choice. Cast your ballot by Saturday, June 22nd.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist- Watercress by Andrea Wang

Andrea Wang’s WATERCRESS is a gorgeous picture book with exemplary prose and juxtaposition says Heavy Medal Award Committee member Stephanie Saggione in her introduction. Join our Mock Newbery discussion of this picture book.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: TOO BRIGHT TO SEE by Kyle Lukoff

Next up in our Mock Newbery discussion: TOO BRIGHT TO SEE by Kyle Lukoff, described by Heavy Medal Award Committee member Amanda Bishop as “a tender and beautiful book about identity, grief, and growing up.”

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: STARFISH by Lisa Fipps

Lisa Fipp’s STARFISH is an “incredible novel in verse,” says Heavy Medal Award Committee member Aryssa Damon in her introduction. Join our Mock Newbery discussion of this debut novel.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist- RED, WHITE, and WHOLE by Rajani LaRocca

One of the most loved books on Heavy Medal this season was Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca. Heavy Medal committee member Andrea Tyler introduces its’ strengths.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist- PITY PARTY by Kathleen Lane

PITY PARTY is the quintessential story for middle school students. It’s a party no one wants to go to, but we have all been there. The interpretation of the theme is well done throughout the book and presented in different ways.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist – OPHIE’S GHOSTS by Justina Ireland

Heavy Medal Award Committee member Emily Joan Smith Introduces OPHIE’S GHOSTS by Justina Ireland, noting the “vivid settings” and “universal themes” that help to make it a contender in our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery discussions.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: MILO IMAGINES THE WORLD by Matt de la Peña

In MILO IMAGINES THE WORLD, Matt de la Peña’s writing “excels with beautiful imagery, metaphors, and alliteration,” says Heavy Medal Award Committee member Megan Howes. Could this be one of the rare picture books to earn Newbery recognition?

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: THE LEGEND OF AUNTIE PO by Shing Yin Khor

Let’s talk about the one graphic novel on our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery list this year. THE LEGEND OF AUNTIE PO by Shing Yin Khor is a historical graphic novel with a bit of a reimagining of the Paul Bunyan tall tale thrown in.