January 24, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
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.
January 23, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
Nearly 150 readers participated in the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Reader's Poll. Check out the full results here.
January 21, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
There were more than 400 attendees at Heavy Medal's live Zoom Mock Newbery webcast where STARFISH won the Heavy Medal Mock Award and AMBER and CLAY claimed an honor.
January 12, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Andrea Wang's WATERCRESS is a gorgeous picture book with exemplary prose and juxtaposition says Heavy Medal Award Committee member Stephanie Saggione in her introduction. Join our Mock Newbery discussion of this picture book.
January 11, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
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."
January 10, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
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.
January 8, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
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.
January 7, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
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.
January 6, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
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.
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