Teen Librarian Toolbox
March 9, 2019 by Steven Engelfried
Looking for early candidates for the 2020 Newbery Medal? Heavy Medal readers have suggested twelve 2019 books that might have Newbery Medal potential and we'll add to this least each month.
February 1, 2019 by Steven Engelfried
The announcement of the 2020 Newbery Medal is just 362 days away! Here's a brief look ahead to some titles that might be early contenders.
January 28, 2019 by Steven Engelfried
MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS won the 2019 Newbery Medal! Heavy Medal readers share reactions to the Newbery results, as well as the announcements of other award winners.
January 23, 2019 by Steven Engelfried
Jonathan Auxier's SWEEP is the final book in our Heavy Medal Finalists discussion. Heavy Medal Committee member DaNae notes that the author "deftly builds instant empathy. He exposes just enough vulnerability to open an itch of dread, yet overlies it with a wisp of hope, assuring us that our hearts are in good hands."
January 22, 2019 by Steven Engelfried
SNOW LANE by Josie Angelini is up for Mock-Newbery discussion today as one of the Heavy Medal Finalists. The title is introduced by Heavy Medal Committee member Kari, who notes that "though the story was inspired by Angelini’s life, it has not been reduced to a problem novel, and Annie and her voice and her story are not easy to forget. This is a small book but it is powerful and deserves strong consideration."
January 21, 2019 by Steven Engelfried
SMALL SPACES by Catherine Arden is the featured Heavy Medal Finalist today. In her introduction, Heavy Medal Committee member Katrina points out that "SMALL SPACES is intricately crafted. In just the first chapter, so much groundwork is laid, in ways that are completely necessary to the story..."
January 20, 2019 by Steven Engelfried
The Newbery Award will be announced on January 28th. Heavy Medal Readers are invited to share their predictions of what books are most likely to earn a gold or silver Newbery seal.
January 19, 2019 by Steven Engelfried
THE SEASON OF STYX MALONE by Kekla Magoon is up for discussion as today's Heavy Medal Finalist. In her introduction, Heavy Medal Committee member Sarah says the book is "an excellent example of a beautiful and tender coming of age story that is funny and smart with memorable characters."
January 18, 2019 by Steven Engelfried
Discussion of Heavy Medal Finalists continues today with THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang. In her introduction to the discussion, Heavy Medal Committee Member Maura says that although the book is "a quick read, Jen Wang is able to give us a fully realized story with characters that are both complex and likable..."
January 17, 2019 by Steven Engelfried
Today's featured Heavy Medal Finalist is THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Heavy Medal Committee member Courtney introduces the book, noting that the title character "uses her poetry to find a voice for herself that is both strong and emotionally vulnerable. She opens herself up to the judgement of the world around her and is rewarded for it."
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