About the Morris Award
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. The winner is announced annually at the ALA Youth Media Awards, with a shortlist of up to five titles named the first week of December. 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.
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Written by Byron Graves
Published by Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Ojibwe teen Tre works towards his dream of making the high school varsity basketball team and winning the state tournament, all while navigating friendships, romance, and the grief of losing and living in the shadow of his late older brother.
“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.
“All the Fighting Parts”
Written by Hannah V. Sawyerr
Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS
“Once There Was”
Written by Kiyash Monsef
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
“Saints of the Household”
Written by Ari Tison
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC
“She Is a Haunting”
Written by Trang Thanh Tran
Published by Bloomsbury YA, a division of Bloomsbury Publishing Inc., part of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
Members of the 2024 William C. Morris Award Committee are: Chair Kim Farnsworth, Carmichael, California; Todd Cates, Winder, Georgia; Molly Dettmann, Norman, Oklahoma; Sondra Eklund, South Riding, Virginia; Sarah Flowers, Morgan Hill, California; Jillian Hommert, Chesterfield, Missouri; Paula Langsam, Washington DC; Laura Pearle, East Boston, Massachusetts; and Maria Vivar-Guzman, Lanham, Maryland.
View a complete list of previous Morris Award winners and finalists.