The Morris Award is handed out each year for excellent YA literature written by a debut author (debuting in the YA genre, that is.) Finalists are announced early, giving the committee time to reread and mull over their favorites. “This year’s Morris Committee had the distinguished task of finding the strongest voices from a quantitatively and qualitatively exceptional field of debut writers,” said Robin F. Kurz, chair of YALSA’s Morris Award committee. (ALA News)
The 2015 Morris Award finalists are:
- “The Carnival at Bray” written by Jessie Ann Foley, published by Elephant Rock Books.
- “The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim” written by E.K. Johnston, published by Carolrhoda Lab™, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group.
- “Gabi, a Girl in Pieces” written by Isabel Quintero, published by Cinco Puntos Press.
- “The Scar Boys” written by Len Vlahos, published by Egmont Publishing.
- “The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender” written by Leslye Walton, published by Candlewick Press.
Hmmm...now I must run out and see if I can locate copies of The Carnival at Bray and The Scar Boys. Finalists for the Morris Award are usually quite good and are worthy of a spot in my library.
The Morris Book Awards will be announced at the conclusion of the ALA Midwinter meeting, Feb. 2nd.