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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.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: OVERGROUND RAILROAD by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Lese Cline-Ransome’s OVERGROUND RAILROAD is the only picture book on our Mock Newbery list. Heavy Medal Award Committee member Emily Mroczek-Bayci notes that “strong writing, presentation, and setting made [it] a true Newbery contenter.”

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: 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: 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.

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: 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.

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.