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THE FINAL FIVE: Heavy Medal Mock Newbery 2022 Contenders

The votes were tight and the discussion was strong, but we finally have a final five Heavy Medal Book List. They are, in alphabetical order: AMBER AND CLAY JUST LIKE THAT OPHIE’S GHOSTS STARFISH WATERCRESS These are the five we will discuss in our live Zoom conversation on Friday, January 21 at 1 p.m. EST. […]

Last hours to submit your opinions and applications!

I wanted to do a final call for our two forms that are closing at 5pm today. If you want to make your voice heard on what titles should make our final list of 12-15, fill out this form. If you want to take a bigger part in our discussions and join the Heavy Medal […]

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: 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.

September Suggestions now open for Heavy Medal’s Mock Newbery

Children’s books readers are invited to contribute “Suggestions” to Heavy Medal’s list of potential contenders for the 2021 Newbery Medal.

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Major Impossible

This action-packed adventure graphic novel is book 9 in the series. It revolves around adventurer John Wesley Powell, who would come to be known as one of the most heroic adventurers in American History. As a young man, he wandered all over the United States exploring. In 1869 he organized the Colorado River Exploring Expedition, […]

Rick Riordan Presents: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

When I found out bestselling author Rick Riordan was creating his unique imprint for middle-grade readers; I was very excited. Since the imprint’s launch, one of these latest debut novels: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia, is such a fantastic, remarkable story. It is a blend of African folklore, African […]

Music, Race, and the American Dream: Female voices will not be silenced.

Who knew that when THE HATE U GIVE debuted two years ago, it will generate a film and numerous accolades to be on the New York Times Bestsellers List for more than 80 weeks. After I finished reading THUG, the first words out of my mouth was, what’s next? And watching many interviews with Ms. […]

Survival Stories: from a Middle School Playground to the Streets of India

Two very different novels explore the resilience of kids in challenging circumstances. Does either THE BRIDGE HOME or THE USUAL SUSPECTS (or both) warrant consideration for the 2020 Newbery Medal?