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William C. Morris YA Debut Award

Given annually by the Young Adult Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, to a previously unpublished author or authors who have made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers. The work cited illuminates the teen experience and enriches the lives of its readers through its excellence. Named for William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for books for children and young adults.

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      Darius the Great Is Not Okay

      by Adib Khorram

      Nov 2018

      Young Adults

      2019 Winner
      Afterword with resources. Darius, who’s half Persian, has never fit in at home in Oregon. He’s sure things will be the same in Iran; but then he meets Sohrab and everything changes.

      Check Please!: # Hockey

      by Ngozi Ukazu

      Oct 2018

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      2019 Finalist
      Eric Bittle is a former Georgia junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and amateur pâtissier. But as accomplished as he is, nothing could prepare him for his freshman year of playing hockey at the prestigious Samwell University in Samwell, Massachusetts. It's nothing like co-ed club hockey back in the South! For one? There’s checking. Second, there is Jack—his very attractive but moody captain.
      A collection of the first half of the mega-popular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: # Hockey is the first in a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.
      Foreword. Extra comic strips. Character tweets. Full-color illustrations.

      What the Night Sings

      by Vesper Stamper

      Jul 2018

      History High

      2019 Finalist
      Debut author/illustrator Vesper Stamper presentsa lushly illustrated novel about a teen Holocaust survivor, who must come to terms with who she is and how to rebuild her life.

      Blood Water Paint

      by Joy McCullough

      Apr 2018

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      2019 Finalist
      Rome, 1600s. After her mother dies, twelve-year-old Artemisia Gentileschi suddenly has a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint. She chooses paint. Afterword. Black-and-white artwork reproduction.

      Starfish

      by Akemi Dawn Bowman

      Jan 2018

      Young Adults

      2018 Honor
      Kiko Himura,a half-Japanese teen grapples with social anxiety and her narcissist mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from art school.
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