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William C. Morris YA Debut Award
Starting in 2009 it honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. Here are the nominees and winners. About the Morris Award
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Cover Art: Crossing the Tracks Stuber, Barbara
Crossing the Tracks
In Missouri in 1926, fifteen-year-old Iris Baldwin discovers what family truly means when her father hires her out for the summer as a companion to a country doctor's invalid mother. 258 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Wonder Show Barnaby, Hannah Rodgers
Wonder Show
A striking historical fiction YA debut about a wayward girl amid the freaks and sideshows of a late 1930s traveling circus. [2013 finalist]
274 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Curse Dark as Gold Bunce, Elizabeth C.
A Curse Dark as Gold
Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price. The folklore and folk magic illustrated here is partly based on tradition and the story of Rumpelstiltskin. [2009 Award Winner]
395 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Love and other Perishable Items Buzo, Laura
Love and other Perishable Items
A fifteen-year-old Australian girl gets her first job and first crush on her unattainable university-aged coworker, as both search for meaning in their lives. [2013 finalist]
243 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Girl of Fire and Thorns Carson, Rae.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic. [2012 Finalist]
423 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Graceling Cashore, Kristin
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. [2009 Finalist]
471 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Hush Chayil, Eishes
After remembering the cause of her best friend Devory's suicide at age nine, Gittel is determined to raise awareness of sexual abuse in her Borough Park, New York, community, despite the rules of Chassidim that require her to be silent. [2011 Finalist]
359 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: After the Snow Crockett, S. D.
After the Snow
Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl as he journeys in search of his family, who mysteriously disappeared from the freezing mountain that was their home. [2013 finalist]
288 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Miseducation of Cameron Post Danforth, Emily M.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center. [2013 finalist]
470 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Beautiful Creatures Garcia, Kami
Beautiful Creatures
In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday. [2010 Finalist]
563 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Seraphina Hartman, Rachel.
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents. [2013 winner]
465 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Guardian of the Dead Healey, Karen
Guardian of the Dead
Eighteen-year-old New Zealand boarding school student Ellie Spencer must use her rusty tae kwon do skills and new-found magic to try to stop a fairy-like race of creatures from Maori myth and legend that is plotting to kill millions of humans in order to regain their lost immortality. [2011 Finalist]
345 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Paper Covers Rock Hubbard, Jenny
Paper Covers Rock
In 1982 Buncombe County, North Carolina, sixteen-year-old Alex Stromm writes of the aftermath of the accidental drowning of a friend, as his English teacher reaches out to him while he and a fellow boarding school student try to cover things up. [2012 Finalist]
183 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Everafter Huntley, Amy
The Everafter
After her death, seventeen-year-old Maddy finds a way to revisit moments in her life by using objects that she lost while she was alive, and by so doing she tries to figure out the complicated emotions, events, and meaning of her existence. [2010 Finalist]
144 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Charm & Strange Kuehn, Stephanie
Charm & Strange
A lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy must either surrender his sanity to the wild wolves inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying.[2014 Award Winner]
216 pages 2013
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Hold Still LaCour, Nina
Hold Still
Ingrid didn't leave a note. Three months after her best friend's suicide, Caitlin finds what she left instead: a journal, hidden under Caitlin's bed. [2010 Finalist]
229 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Absolute Brightness Lecesne, James
Absolute Brightness
In the beach town of Neptune, New Jersey, Phoebe's life is changed irrevocably when her gay cousin moves into her house and soon goes missing. [2009 Finalist]
472 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Ash Lo, Malinda
In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves. [2010 Finalist]
264 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Flash Burnout : a Novel Madigan, L. K.
Flash Burnout : a Novel
Telephoto lens. Zoom. In a shutter release millisecond, Blake's world turns upside down. The nameless woman with the snake tattoo is not just another assignment. 'That's my mom!' gasps Marissa. Saturated self-portrait: Blake, nice guy, class clown, always trying to get a laugh, not sure where to focus. Contrast. Shannon, Blake's GF. Total. Babe. Marissa, just a friend and fellow photographer. Shannon loves him; Marissa needs him. How is he supposed to frame them both in one shot?--Jacket. [2010 Award Winner]
332 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer McBride, Lish
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead. [2011 Finalist]
342 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Under the Mesquite McCall, Guadalupe Garcia
Under the Mesquite
Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. [2012 Finalist]
224 p. 2011
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