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Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES by Kacen Callender

Today’s Mock Newbery Finalist is KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES by Kacen Callender, which Heavy Medal Committee member Charlotte Chung describes as “a tender, affecting, and hopeful story of grief, belonging, and transformation.”

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: FIGHTING WORDS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s FIGHTING WORDS introduces two sisters dealing with the aftermath of abuse. Join the Mock Newbery discussion of this powerful novel.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri

Now up for discussion in Heavy Medal’s Mock Newbery deliberations: EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE, Daniel Nayeri’s thought-provoking and humorous story of a twelve-year-old immigrant from Iran.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: CHANCE: ESCAPE FROM THE HOLOCAUST by Uri Shulevitz

The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award discussion begins with CHANCE: ESCAPE FROM THE HOLOCAUST, Uri Shulevitz’s memoir of his family’s flights for survival during World War II.

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.

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.

Final Nominations: 52 titles to consider for the 2021 Newbery Medal

The last of our three nomination periods is closed, resulting in a list of over 52 titles that could be Newbery Medal contenders. We’ll narrow it down soon to the 12-15 titles that will make up the Heavy Medal Book List.

The “Early Six”: Creating the list for our Mock Newbery Medal discussion

We’re just 10 week away from the announcement of the 2021 Newbery Award. On Heavy Medal, it’s time to select six sure-fire books to appear on our Mock Newbery discussion list. Share your thoughts about what those six should be, and we’ll complete the list in December.