Heavy Medal Readers’ Poll Winner: “Lalani of the Distant Sea”
125 Heavy Medal readers cast one vote each in our Readers’ Poll, and the winner is: Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly. The book won by just a single vote over Jerry Craft’s The New Kid, which was the Heavy Medal Committee’s winner, announced yesterday.
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Here are the full results of the Heavy Medal Readers’ poll:
|Lalani of the Distant Sea||21||19.4%|
|Other Words for Home||12||11.1%|
|The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise||12||11.1%|
|Pay Attention Carter Jones||11||10.2%|
|Queen of the Sea||5||4.6%|
|Genesis Begins Again||4||3.7%|
|The Line Tender||4||3.7%|
|Scary Stories for Young Foxes||3||2.8%|
|This Promise of Change||3||2.8%|
|Beverly Right Here||3||2.8%|
|To Night Owl from Dogfish||2||1.9%|
|The Important Thing About MW Brown||1||0.9%|
Thirteen books also received write-in votes on the Readers’ Poll. Three of these received two votes each: A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata, Free Lunch by Rex Ogle, and The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman.
About Steven Engelfried
Steven Engelfried was the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon until he retired in 2022 after 35 years as a full-time librarian. He served on the 2010 Newbery committee, chaired the 2013 Newbery Committee, and also served on the 2002 Caldecott committee. You can reach him at email@example.com.
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