The William C. Morris Award might just be my favorite award given by the American Library Association! Given to one first-time author of a debut book for teens each year, the Morris Award honors newbies for compelling writing and/or illustrations, integrity of the writing, and teen appeal. Last year, A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce took home the 2009 award, and the four runners-up provided some pretty serious competition!
This year, the five titles in the running for the 2010 Morris look like real stunners. So, without further ado, the nominees for the 2nd annual William C. Morris YA Debut Award are...
Ash by Malinda Lo, a Cinderella story with a twist.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the gothic tale of a girl haunted by an ancient curse, and a boy haunted by dreams of a girl he has never met.
The Everafter by Amy Huntley, a story that begins with a dead girl surrounded by all the things she lost in life, things that give her the power to live, and even change, a few moments again.
Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
When you have a girlfriend and a best friend who's a girl, what happens when one needs you more than the other?
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
How do you go on living, when the person you love most chooses to die?
For more info on the titles, check out the Morris Award page. The winner will be announced during the American Library Association's Midwinter Youth Media Awards in January!
(who can't wait to start my copy of Beautiful Creatures!)