And Then There Were Five: Announcing the finalists for the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award
We’ve been discussing the best books of 2020 on Heavy Medal since September. And focusing on 15 titles over the past few weeks. Now the Heavy Medal Award Committee (HMAC) has selected five finalists. These are the books that the HMAC will discuss and vote upon during our live Zoom discussion on Friday, January 22nd at 1:00 pm EST / 10:00 am PST.
You can sign up for the free webcast of What’s It Really Like? Join the 2021 Mock Newbery Live on the School Library Journal website. Registrants can pose questions or comments during the webcast, and we’ll have two separate ballots: one for the HMAC members and another for everyone else. Here are the titles we’ll be looking at:
- ECHO MOUNTAIN by Lauren Wolk
- EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE by Daniel Nayeri
- FIGHTING WORDS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES by Kacen Callender
- WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed
The HMAC chose these titles from the list of 15, based on the past weeks’ discussion and their assessment of the relative excellence of each book based on the Newbery Terms and Criteria. During the live Zoom discussion, members will take another hard look at each book’s strengths and weaknesses, then submit weighted ballots that will determine this year’s 2021 Heavy Medal Mock Newbery winner.
And just three days later, we will learn what books the real Newbery Committee has selected. We can all watch the ALA Youth Media Awards live, starting at 9:00 am EST / 6:00 am PST on January 25th.
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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