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Kate DiCamillo's LOUISIANA'S WAY HOME is today's featured Heavy Medal Finalist. Steven notes that "The distinctive style injects a great deal of humor into the book, but the funny parts are always connected to Louisiana's struggle to find hope and kindness in a world that is not always happy at all."
Up for discussion as today's featured Heavy Medal Finalist is THE NIGHT DIARY by Veera Hiranandani. Heavy Medal Committee member Jenn points out that "The language in this book reflects Nisha’s innocence and the maturity that is thrust upon her as her family attempts to make the journey from Pakistan to India."
JUST LIKE JACKIE by Lindsey Stoddard is today's featured Heavy Medal Finalist. Heavy Medal Committee member Mr. H says the book has been "at the top of my ballot. I believe it’s a tightly constructed book with a lot of heart and a great voice..."
Today's Heavy Medal Finalist, now up for discussion, is THE JOURNEY OF LITTLE CHARLIE by Christopher Paul Curtis. In his introduction, Heavy Medal Committee Member Joe says that the book "excels in all Newbery criteria, but is especially brilliant in its delineation of character, setting, and style.
The Heavy Medal Finalist discussion continues today with A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS by Julie Fogliano. Heavy Medal Committee member Erin writes that "In a year packed full of outstanding picture books...A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS still feels individually distinct. The lyrical narration conjures up feelings of curiosity, wonder, and just a bit of nostalgia."
HEY KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is today's Heavy Medal Finalist. Heavy Medal Committee member Mary Zdrojewski points out that "The dialogue all feels natural, and each line reveals more about the character speaking it. Even portions that don’t seem essential to the plot deepen the characters so that no line is wasted."
Today's Heavy Medal Finalist is THE GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES. Heavy Medal Committee member Susan N. introduces the book, noting how "poet Joyce Sidman elegantly uses the stages of insect development as a metaphor for the transformation of a woman and of the world around her."
FRONT DESK by Kelly Yang is today's Heavy Medal Finalist. Heavy Medal Committee member Alys highlights the strong character development in the novel: "Mia...is action-oriented, and that's reflected in everything from the recurring imagery to the book's pacing to the event-focused plot lines."
Heavy Medal Committee member Sam introduces today's finalist: "Though I try to remain neutral in my analysis and discussions, I find myself incapable of such literary integrity in this context. I absolutely love THE FAITHFUL SPY written by John Hendrix."
In her introduction to Heavy Medal Finalist THE BOOK OF BOY, Deborah says the author Catherine Gilbert Murdock "weaves a mystery about redemption and desire into a world that believed in scraps of wood, bone and dust."