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Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER by Tae Keller

The last book on our Mock Newbery Award list is WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER by Tae Keller. Heavy Medal Award Committee member Barbara Rohrer cites the author’s “magical command of literary devices, voice, and revisionist Korean folktales” as distinguished elements to kick off discussion of this unique novel for children.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed worked together to create WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED, a graphic novel that is “important, relevant, and relatable,” according to Heavy Medal Award Committee member Tegen Beese. Will this unique collaborative effort contend for our Mock Newbery award on Heavy Medal?

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: SNAPDRAGON by Kat Leyh

In Kat Leyh’s SNAPDRAGON, “it is the moments and conversations that the characters have with each other that truly bring this story to life,” according to Heavy Medal Award Committee member Amanda Bishop. This unique graphic novel is now up for discussion as our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery process continues.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: SKUNK AND BADGER by Amy Timberlake

“Amy Timberlake’s SKUNK AND BADGER is a hilarious and poignant tale about compromise,” according to Heavy Medal Award Committee Member Meredith Burton. Read her introduction and join our Mock Newbery discussion.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: SHOW ME A SIGN by Ann Clare LeZotte

SHOW ME A SIGN by Ann Clare LeZotte joins our Mock Newbery Discussion today. Heavy Medal Award Committee member Aud Hogan notes that “Lezotte’s ability to capture a time, place, community, and individual in writing make this book distinguished.”

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH by Candace Fleming

THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH “explore[s] a difficult and complex individual,” notes Heavy Medal Award Committee member Emily Mroczek (Bayci) as she introduces this biography into our Mock Newbery conversation.

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: 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.”