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The William C. Morris YA Debut Award is a list created by YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association), a division of the American Library Association.

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AWARD WINNERS: Morris Award Winners and Finalists

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award is a list created by YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association), a division of the American Library Association.


Gabi, a girl in pieces Teen Book Gabi, a girl in pieces

Quintero, Isabel.
TEEN QUINTER

Aspiring poet Gabi Hernandez is having a complicated senior year: One of her best friends is pregnant, and the other just came out. Even as her mother worries that she will become a "bad” girl, Gabi adds romance and the quest for college to her already full plate.

2015 Finalist



The Scar Boys : a novel Teen Book The Scar Boys : a novel

Vlahos, Len.
TEEN VLAHOS

In a college admission essay, Harry Jones reveals the physical and psychological scars of his childhood and the solace and self-confidence he found in friendship and punk music.

2015 Finalist



The strange & beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender book The strange & beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender

Walton, Leslye J. (Leslye Jo Anne), author.
FIC WALTON

Born with a pair of wings, sixteen-year-old Ava Lavender inherits a rich family history and a legacy of heartbreak. After a young man becomes convinced she is an angel, can Ava survive his obsession intact?

2015 Finalist



The Carnival at Bray Teen Book The Carnival at Bray

Foley, Jessie Ann
TEEN FOLEY

In 1993, the grunge movement is at its height and Maggie Lynch is living comfortably in Chicago, near Nanny Ei and Uncle Kevin, her musical guru. After her impulsive mother marries and moves the family to a tiny Irish village, Maggie struggles to adjust to the changing world around her.

2015 Finalist



The story of Owen : dragon slayer of Trondheim Teen Book The story of Owen : dragon slayer of Trondheim

Johnston, E. K., author.
TEEN JOHNSTO

Owen is training to be a dragon slayer, a crucial job in a world where dragons bring death and destruction. With help from their friends and family, Owen and his bard Siobhan seek the source of a growing dragon threat.

2015 Finalist



Charm & strange Teen Book Charm & strange

Kuehn, Stephanie.
TEEN KUEHN

Drew, also known as “Win,” has been isolated in a New Hampshire boarding school since he was 12. Though he excels at both academics and athletics, he is concealing a horrific secret that has driven him to the brink of madness. With the help of his friends, can Win confront the beast within him before it’s too late?

2014 Winner



Dr. Bird's advice for sad poets Teen Book Dr. Bird's advice for sad poets

Roskos, Evan.
TEEN ROSKOS

James has a lot on his plate: strained relationships, a fractured family, and an all-consuming anxiety. He deals with depression by hugging trees, "yawp"-ing at the world like his idol Walt Whitman, and conversing with his imaginary therapist—a pigeon named Dr. Bird.

2014 Finalist



In the shadow of blackbirds : a novel Teen Book In the shadow of blackbirds : a novel

Winters, Cat.
TEEN WINTERS

At the height of the Spanish flu pandemic, WWI, and the Spiritualism movement, outspoken Mary Shelley Black is adrift in a fear-ravaged San Diego. While her childhood friend Stephen challenges her heart, his antagonistic spirit-photographer brother, Julius, represents everything her scientific mind abhors. When the unthinkable happens, how will Mary Shelley endure the unbearable losses, not to mention the evolution of her supernatural abilities?

2014 Finalist



Belle epoque Teen Book Belle epoque

Ross, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Anne)
TEEN ROSS

When Maude Pichon moved to Paris, she never dreamed she would end up working for the Durandeau Agency as a “repoussoir”—a foil for society’s elite who believe a plain face alongside them makes them look more beautiful. A countess hires Maude as a companion for her daughter, Isabelle, but as the girls’ friendship grows, Maude finds herself torn between her integrity and her livelihood.

2014 Finalist



Seraphina : a novel Teen Book Seraphina : a novel

Hartman, Rachel.
TEEN HARTMAN

When the death of a royal prince threatens the fragile peace between humans and dragons in Goredd, court musician Seraphina is drawn into the murder investigation. But even as she aids Prince Lucian in his mission to uncover the murderer, Seraphina conceals a dangerous secret of her own—her half-human, half-dragon heritage.

2013 Winner



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