You've heard of the Newbery and the Printz, so what's this Morris award thing all about? It's a newbie for newbies! In other words, it's a new award for new authors, given to the never-been-published author of a young adult book. Check out the 2009 finalists:
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
A dark retelling of the Rumpelstilskin tale, complete with spun gold and goblins. Check out what Reading Rants has to say about this one!
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The absolute most awesome book on this list IMHO (which you totally already know if you're a regular reader!), this is the story of Katsa, a seriously kick butt girl who is part of world where a feared and explotited few are Graced with a special talent, and Katsa is Graced with killing.
Madapple by Christina Meldrum
I haven't read this one yet, but it's on my list! Aslaug, raised in isolation, must cope with the sudden influx of society on her world following the death of her mother... including the charges of murder she must face. Who is she accused of murdering? And did she do it? Read it to find out! Reading Rants has a great review of this one too.
Absolute Brightness by James Lescesne
When Phoebe's uber-flamboyant cousin Leonard (platform flipflops, anyone?) vanishes without a trace, she sets out on a quest to discover what really became of him.
Me, the Missing and the Dead by Jenny Valentine
Also on my list of to-be-reads, this one follows Lucas Swain as he tries to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance with the help of Violet, who just so happens to be dead.
The winner will be announced January 26!
(who did nothing but read Generation Dead by Daniel Waters on Sunday and as a result has a ginormous pile of unfinished Christmas cards and a scary heap of laundry that really, really needs to get done!)