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Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: ECHO MOUNTAIN by Lauren Wolk

In today’s Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award discussion we consider Lauren Wolk’s ECHO MOUNTAIN, a powerful historical novel set in the mountains of Maine during the Great Depression.

A Mountain in Maine, a City of Light and the USSR: Distinguished Settings

Our Mock-Newbery discussion continues with a look at distinguished settings from this year’s children’s books. We’ll examine the ways in which authors create memorable worlds that include the tenuous environment of the post-Chernobyl Soviet Union, a mountaintop in Depression-era Maine, and a mysterious city filled with magical light.