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Frequently Asked Questions: About the Newbery Committee Experience

The Heavy Medal bloggers received many thoughtful questions during their live Mock Newbery discussions and answered some of them in on Heavy Medal.

The 2022 Newbery Medal goes to: THE LAST CUENTISTA

The winner of the 2022 Newbery Medal is THE LAST CUENTISTA by Donna Barba Higuera! Share your reactions to this and other Youth Media Awards that were just announced this morning.

Reader’s Poll Mock Newbery Results

Nearly 150 readers participated in the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Reader’s Poll. Check out the full results here.

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: TOO BRIGHT TO SEE by Kyle Lukoff

Next up in our Mock Newbery discussion: TOO BRIGHT TO SEE by Kyle Lukoff, described by Heavy Medal Award Committee member Amanda Bishop as “a tender and beautiful book about identity, grief, and growing up.”

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: STARFISH by Lisa Fipps

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.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist- RED, WHITE, and WHOLE by Rajani LaRocca

One of the most loved books on Heavy Medal this season was Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca. Heavy Medal committee member Andrea Tyler introduces its’ strengths.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist- PITY PARTY by Kathleen Lane

PITY PARTY is the quintessential story for middle school students. It’s a party no one wants to go to, but we have all been there. The interpretation of the theme is well done throughout the book and presented in different ways.

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?