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.
Don't forget to sign up for our live discussion and voting for the 2022 Heavy Medal Mock Newbery on Friday January 21st at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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.
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.
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.
In MILO IMAGINES THE WORLD, Matt de la Peña's writing "excels with beautiful imagery, metaphors, and alliteration," says Heavy Medal Award Committee member Megan Howes. Could this be one of the rare picture books to earn Newbery recognition?
Let’s talk about the one graphic novel on our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery list this year. THE LEGEND OF AUNTIE PO by Shing Yin Khor is a historical graphic novel with a bit of a reimagining of the Paul Bunyan tall tale thrown in.
THE LAST CUENTISTA is "an incredible novel that underscores the power of storytelling," says Heavy Medal Award Committee Christy Brennen. Join our discussion of the latest title in our Mock Newbery.
Our second week of Heavy Medal Mock Newbery discussion opens up with Just Like That by Gary Schmidt, introduced by Heavy Medal Award Committee member Louie Lauer.
Now up for discussion in our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery: HARRY VERSUS THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL by Emilyl Jenkins, who brings readers into "a classroom with first graders each day, using children's daily conversations."