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Book cover for Rez Ball by Byron Graves featuring a young person holding a basketball

2024 Morris Award Winner

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

This year's winner is "Rez Ball", written by Bryon Graves and published by Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

“Rez Ball impressed us with its authentic voice, well-developed characters and exciting action scenes as it explored grief, prejudice, friendships, family and community.” said Morris Award Chair Kim Keown Farnsworth.

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Additional Collection Development & Reading Resources

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YALSA is part of the American Library Association, which develops additional recommended reading resources of interest to library staff, educators and afterschool providers who serve teens: