What are we missing 2.0 Heavy Medal sleepers?
I’m back again with my foreseen paranoia that I am going to miss important titles that I need to read. (This never goes away, even years when I’m unaffiliated with any committees, blogs, etc.) #childrenslibrarianproblems
Last “What Are We Missing Post” I did a broad focus on genres, etc, etc. I will make a shout out to say I’m still hunting for the strong nonfiction, picture books, and graphic novels. That being said, this post I did a scour of other Mock Newbery’s (any whose list I could find online, to see what titles we were missing).
There were 42 titles on other Mock Lists not nominated by Heavy Medal readers (you can see my not-well-formatted spreadsheet here). However for the below list, I highlighted only titles on more than one Mock Newbery list (and an additional criteria was if a title received at least two suggestions on Heavy Medal).
Mock Newbery Sites Consulted
- Goodreads Mock Newbery 2022 Discussion Titles
- Heavy Medal Suggestion List (two or more suggestions)
- Anderson’s Bookshops Mock Newbery
- Rhode Island Mock Newbery
- Newbery Book Club Northport Library
- Berkeley Mock Newbery
- Osage Beach Mock Newbery Club
Possible 2022 Contenders
BORN BEHIND BARS by Padma Venkatraman. Published 9/7/2021, Juvenile fiction, varying thoughts on audience age.
CLUES TO THE UNIVERSE by Christina Li. Published 1/12/2021. Historical fiction.
CUBA IN MY POCKET by Adrianna Cuevas. Published 9/21/2021. Historical Fiction.
DEAD WEDNESDAY by Jerry Spinelli. Published 8/3/2021. Magical Realism.
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM by Holly Goldberg Sloan. Published 3/2/2021. Realistic Fiction.
THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF AIDAN S by David Levithan. Published 2/2/2021. Magical Realism.
THE ONE THING YOU’D SAVE by Linda Sue Park. Published 3/16/2021. Juvenile Fiction, Verse, past Newbery Medal author.
THE YEAR I FLEW AWAY by Marie Arnold. Published 2/2/2021. Magical Realism.
Of these eight titles, the four I finished were Aidan, Elephant, Dead Wednesday, and Year I Flew. The only title I seriously considered nominating was ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, but some of the details seemed too inconsistent for me. The other three did not hold up against the high quality of books published this year. And the four I didn’t read? I should probably get to reading those.
Have you read any of the above eight books? What are your thoughts? Are they worth your final two nominations?
Filed under: Book Discussion
About Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Emily Mroczek (Bayci) is a freelance children’s librarian in the Chicago suburbs. She served on the 2019 Newbery committee. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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