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Last Chance for Comments on the 15 Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Books

Our discussion of the 15 books on our Heavy Medal Book List winds up this week. Now’s your chance to add any final thoughts to our Mock Newbery discussion before our Final 5 is decided this weekend.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: STARFISH by Lisa Fipp

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.

Sign Up Now for the 2022 Mock Newbery Live!

Don’t forget to sign up for our live discussion and voting for the 2022 Heavy Medal Mock Newbery on Friday January 21st at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: THE LAST CUENTISTA by Donna Barba Higuera

THE LAST CUENTISTA is “an incredible novel that underscores the power of storytelling,” says Heavy Medal Award Committee Christy Brennen. Join our discussion of the latest title in our Mock Newbery.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: JUST LIKE THAT by Gary Schmidt

Our second week of Heavy Medal Mock Newbery discussion opens up with Just Like That by Gary Schmidt, introduced by Heavy Medal Award Committee member Louie Lauer.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: HARRY VS. THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL by Emily Jenkins

Now up for discussion in our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery: HARRY VERSUS THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL by Emilyl Jenkins, who brings readers into “a classroom with first graders each day, using children’s daily conversations.”

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: THE GENIUS UNDER THE TABLE by Eugene Yelchin

In THE GENIUS UNDER THE TABLE, Eugene Yelchin’s “carefully crafted descriptions, along with his illustrations, paint a vivid picture of a mundane yet harrowing life,” according to Heavy Medal Award Committee member Dawn Dvorak. This unique memoir is now up for discussion as part of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery.