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The William C. Morris Award Finalists

9 Feb

Check out all the finalists for the William C. Morris Award, an award given each year to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

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The William C. Morris Award

4 Feb

Each year the William C. Morris Award is given to a debut book written by a first-time author writing for teens. Check out the 2016 winner below! Stay tuned for the list of finalists.


2015 Morris Finalists Announced

27 Dec

The five finalists for the 2015 Michael C. Morris award have been announced. This award is given to the year’s best book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. The winner will be announced on February 2. Check these titles out now and see for yourself which book you think should win the award.

1. The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

In 1993, the grunge movement is at its height and Maggie Lynch is living comfortably in Chicago, near Nanny Ei and Uncle Kevin, her musical guru. After her impulsive mother marries and moves the family to a tiny Irish village, Maggie struggles to adjust to the changing world around her.

2. The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

Owen is training to be a dragon slayer, a crucial job in a world where dragons bring death and destruction. With help from their friends and family, Owen and his bard Siobhan seek the source of a growing dragon threat.

3. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Aspiring poet Gabi Hernandez is having a complicated senior year: One of her best friends is pregnant, and the other just came out. Even as her mother worries that she will become a “bad” girl, Gabi adds romance and the quest for college to her already full plate.

4. The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

In a college admission essay, Harry Jones reveals the physical and psychological scars of his childhood and the solace and self-confidence he found in friendship and punk music.

5. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Born with a pair of wings, sixteen-year-old Ava Lavender inherits a rich family history and a legacy of heartbreak. After a young man becomes convinced she is an angel, can Ava survive his obsession intact?

2014 William C. Morris Award Winners

19 Feb

The winner and finalists for the William C. Morris award for 2014 have been announced! This award honors a book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

2014 Winner:


Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Drew, also known as “Win,” has been isolated in a New Hampshire boarding school since he was 12. Though he excels at both academics and athletics, he is concealing a horrific secret that has driven him to the brink of madness. With the help of his friends, can Win confront the beast within him before it’s too late?

2014 Finalists:

Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Evan Carter bounces from school to school—he has no friends and views girls as nothing more than a means to sexual release. When a brutal attack leaves him physically and mentally broken, Evan must evaluate what matters in his life and learn how to “accept responsibility, but not blame.”

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets  by Evan Roskos

James has a lot on his plate: strained relationships, a fractured family, and an all-consuming anxiety. He deals with depression by hugging trees, “yawp”-ing at the world like his idol Walt Whitman, and conversing with his imaginary therapist—a pigeon named Dr. Bird.

Belle Epoque  by Elizabeth Ross

When Maude Pichon moved to Paris, she never dreamed she would end up working for the Durandeau Agency as a “repoussoir”—a foil for society’s elite who believe a plain face alongside them makes them look more beautiful. A countess hires Maude as a companion for her daughter, Isabelle, but as the girls’ friendship grows, Maude finds herself torn between her integrity and her livelihood.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds  by Cat Winters

At the height of the Spanish flu pandemic, WWI, and the Spiritualism movement, outspoken Mary Shelley Black is adrift in a fear-ravaged San Diego. While her childhood friend Stephen challenges her heart, his antagonistic spirit-photographer brother, Julius, represents everything her scientific mind abhors. When the unthinkable happens, how will Mary Shelley endure the unbearable losses, not to mention the evolution of her supernatural abilities?

William C. Morris Award Winner Announced!

30 Jan

The 2013 winner of the William C. Morris Award has officially been announced! This award goes to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and showing an impressive new voice in young adult literature.

The winner is Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Click here to view the book trailer we posted earlier this month.

Plot: When the death of a royal prince threatens the fragile peace between humans and dragons in Goredd, court musician Seraphina is drawn into the murder investigation. But even as she aids Prince Lucian in his mission to uncover the murderer, Seraphina conceals a dangerous secret of her own—her half-human, half-dragon heritage.

Here are the other four finalists:

1. Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

2. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

3. After the Snow by S.D. Crockett

4. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

After the Snow, Book Trailer

12 Jan

One of the 2013 William C. Morris Award finalists…the winner will be announced at the end of this month!

William C. Morris award finalists for 2013 announced!

8 Jan

Each year a winner is selected for the William C. Morris award for a teen book written by a new author who has never been published before. The five finalists for 2013 have been announced, and the winner will be chosen at the end of January. Check out the finalists below so you can see for yourself what you think of these new authors.

1. Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

Stories come easily to motherless Portia, and a good thing, too. They sustain her when her mother leaves her and when her aunt abandons her to the ghastly McGreavey Home for Wayward Girls. When she escapes, they win her a place with Mosco’s Traveling Wonder Show, where she hopes to find her father again somehow, where “freak,” “normal” and “family” mean something altogether different–and where Portia begins to take charge of her own story.

2. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

Amelia meets Chris when he trains her for her brand-new job at the local supermarket. Smart and witty, they are perfect for each other. She is smitten, but he, on the rebound from his first, lost love, is preoccupied with the pursuit of booze and sex–and his college degree on the side. More importantly, she is 15, and he is 22. It just can’t happen, can it?

3. After the Snow by S.D. Crockett

In a future where winter lasts nearly all year, Willo returns from hunting to discover his family has been kidnapped. Skilled at surviving in the wild, he sets off from their remote farm, determined to locate them. But when his journey brings him to a corrupt city, full of strange and unfamiliar perils, Willo is swept up by events he doesn’t fully understand.

4. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

On the same day that 12-year-old Cameron kisses her best friend, Irene, her parents are killed in a car accident. Nearly crushed with guilt, Cameron spends the next several years in self-imposed gay-movie therapy with her VCR or drinking and smoking pot with her track- and swim-team friends, gradually coming to terms with her sexuality. It’s not easy being gay in rural 1990s Montana, and it’s harder still when your aunt drags you to an evangelical church every weekend–where you meet the girl of your dreams.

5. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

When the death of a rural prince threatens the fragile peace between humans and dragons in Goredd, court musician Seraphina is drawn into the murder investigation. But even as she aids Prince Lucian in his mission to uncover the murderer, Seraphina uncovers a dangerous secret of her own–her half-human, half-dragon heritage.

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William C. Morris Award finalists

4 Jan

The William C. Morris Award is given to a first-time author writing for teens that celebrates impressive new writing. The 2012 winner will be named on January 23rd. Have you read any of the five finalists? Check out the titles and authors below.

1. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
-Elisa bears the Godstone. She is a chosen one. What she is chosen to do is unclear, but perhaps her journey to marry the king of a neighboring country in the midst of war will provide some of the answers. Carson weaves together religion, politics, prophecy, and more in this fast-paced fantasy that brings Elisa to a destiny no one could have anticipated.

2. Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
-Alex, a junior at an exclusive boarding school, uses his journal (neatly hidden inside a copy of Moby Dick) to relate the disturbing events that led to the drowning of a classmate. Hubbard’s literary references, her creation of Alex’s poems and journal entries, and her storytelling skills combine in a story about the code of silence that often compromises the code of honor.

3. Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
-This novel in verse tells the story of Lupita, the oldest of eight children. When Lupita’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, it is up to Lupita to step into a role she never considered taking in her drama class: surrogate parent. McCall’s chapters are exquisite poems with language that sings and stings. Finding hope amidst despair, finding the chance to laugh, and finding the incredible power of family make this a memorable reading experience.

4. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
-In lyrical prose, Sepetys introduces readers to 15 year old Lina and her family as they are evicted from their home in Lithuania and transported to Siberia as prisoners during Stalin’s reign of terror in the 1940s. The journey is perilous. Not all will survive. Lina is determined to document it all in her art and her journal. Sepetys shines a light on a corner of history not often seen in this type of novel. The juxtaposition of lyricism in the midst of the horror underscores Lina’s indomitable spirit.

5. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
-Lily, Arkansas, seems like a sleepy town where it would be unlikely for anything of note to the outside world to happen. But Cullen’s seventeenth summer is marked by the overdose death of a relative, his brother’s disappearance, and the discovery of a woodpecker thought to be extinct. These seemingly disconnected events collide in this novel that demonstrates that nothing is random. Whaley’s story will absorb readers as they follow Cullen through his journey on an unforgettable summer.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, Book Trailer

18 Nov

This book was one of the 2011 finalists for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, given to a first-time author writing for teens who celebrates impressive new voices in literature.