William C. Morris Debut YA Award

About the William C. Morris Debut YA Award
The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

The award's namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. Bill Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens.

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award celebrates the achievement of a previously unpublished author, or authors, who have made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers. The work cited will illuminate the teen experience and enrich the lives of its readers through its excellence, demonstrated by:

  • Compelling, high quality writing and/or illustration
  • The integrity of the work as a whole
  • Its proven or potential appeal to a wide range of teen readers

Administered by:

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2010 Winner(s)

Flash Burnout

by L.K. Madigan, published by Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Blake’s life is way too complicated. He’s a sophomore with a girlfriend and a friend who is a girl. One loves him. One needs him. Can he please them both? The voices of the characters are accurate, evocative and humorous capturing the everyday adolescent stresses and misunderstandings that are so hard to live through.

2010 Finalist(s)

Ash

by Malinda Lo, by published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Beautiful Creatures

by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Everafter

by Amy Huntley, published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

hold still

by Nina LaCour, published by Dutton Children's Books, a Division of Penguin Young Readers Group