Saturday, January 15, 2011

2011 Morris YA Debut Award Winner

The William C. Morris YA Award honors a debut book published by a first-time authhor writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

The 2011 Morris Award Winner is:

The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston
Suffering from a crippling case of post-traumatic stress disorder, sixteen-year-old Loa Lindgren tries to use her problem solving skills, sharpened in physics and computer programming, to cure herself.


2011 Finalists:

Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber
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..

Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride
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.

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Eighteen-year-old New Zealand boarding school student Ellie Spencer must user 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.

Hush by Eishes Chayil
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.

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