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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: 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.

Introducing: The Heavy Medal Award Committee

Meet the members of this year’s Heavy Medal Award Committee! These 14 readers will discuss 15 of the year’s best children’s books, culminating in a live Zoom Discussion and a ballot to select our 2021 Mock Newbery Winner.

It All Starts December 28th: The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Book Discussion Schedule

Discussion of the 15 books on our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Book List begins on December 28th. Check out the schedule of titles, and mark your calendar for the final Live Zoom Discussion on January 22nd.

The List is Final: The 15 books that will be part of Heavy Medal Mock Newbery ballot

Announcing the final Heavy Medal Book List. These are the 15 titles that will be read, discussed, and voted upon by the Heavy Medal Award Committee, starting on December 28th.

Volunteers Wanted, Second Call: the HMAC is now full

The Heavy Medal Award Committee Still Needs Volunteers! The original list of volunteer committee members was lost, so this is a second chance for any volunteers willing to read, write about, and discuss 15 of the best children’s books of the year.

Heavy Medal Award Committee: Reminder to RE-SUBMIT

If you signed-up for the Heavy Medal Award Committee last week, please re-submit your volunteer form this weekend, due to a technology error.

Heavy Medal Award Committee Volunteers: PLEASE RE-SUBMIT FORMS

Due to an unfortunate error, the names of all 18 Heavy Medal Award Committee members who just volunteered have been lost. If you were one of these 18 volunteers, please resubmit the form as soon as possible.

Volunteers Wanted: Help select our Mock Newbery winner by joining the Heavy Medal Award Committee

The volunteer request for the Heavy Medal Award Committee went out today…and all spots have already been filled. The HMAC will begin discussing the Mock Newbery Finalists in late December.

The Almost-But-Not-Quite-Final Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Book List

A dozen titles have been selected for Heavy Medal Book List. These twelve excellent children’s books, plus three more that will be added later, will be discussed and voted on in January in the culmination of our 2021 Mock Newbery Award process.