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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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Between shades of gray Teen Book Between shades of gray
In lyrical prose, Sepetys introduces readers to 15 year old Lina and her family as they are evicted from their home in Lithuania and transported to Siberia as prisoners during Stalin’s reign of terror in the 1940s. The journey is perilous; not all will survive. Lina is determined to document it all in her art and her journal. Sepetys shines a light on a corner of history not often seen in YA literature. The juxtaposition of lyricism in the midst of the horror underscores Lina’s indomitable spirit.

2012 Finalist

Sepetys, Ruta.
TEEN SEPETYS

Paper covers rock Teen Book Paper covers rock
Alex, a junior at an exclusive boarding school, uses his journal (neatly hidden inside a copy of Moby Dick) to relate the disturbing events that led to the drowning of a classmate. Hubbard’s literary references, her creation of Alex’s poems and journal entries, and her storytelling skills combine in a story about the code of silence that often compromises the code of honor.

2012 Finalist

Hubbard, Jenny.
TEEN HUBBARD

The girl of fire and thorns Teen Book The girl of fire and thorns
Elisa bears the Godstone. She is a chosen one. What she is chosen to do is unclear, but perhaps her journey to marry the king of a neighboring country in the midst of war will provide some of the answers. Carson weaves together religion, politics, prophecy, and more in this fast-paced fantasy that brings Elisa to a destiny no one could have anticipated.

2012 Finalist

Carson, Rae.
TEEN CARSON

The Freak Observer Teen Book The Freak Observer
Loa, a strong, intelligent, hardworking sixteen-year-old girl experiences a year of loss. While trying to take care of her family and make it through school, she ponders the laws of physics as she tries to understand what can never make sense.

2011 Winner

Woolston, Blythe.
TEEN WOOLSTO

Hush Teen Book Hush
Growing up in her insular Chassidic Jewish community has always made Gittel feel secure and given her a sense of belonging. But when her best friend, Devory, hangs herself after being sexually abused, her faith in the group is challenged and only gradually does she find ways to express her desire for the community to deal with the issue.

2011 Finalist

Chayil, Eishes.
TEEN CHAYIL

Crossing the tracks Teen Book Crossing the tracks
In the 1920s, Iris' emotionally distant father sends her to rural Missouri to act as a companion to an elderly woman while he heads to Kansas City with his fiance. Iris' mother died when she was five, and it takes her some time to learn to care for Mrs. Nesbitt and see her own future with optimism.

2011 Finalist

Stuber, Barbara, 1951-
TEEN STUBER

Guardian of the dead Teen Book Guardian of the dead
Seventeen-year-old Ellie Spencer is just trying to make it through her last year of high school, but a chance interaction with the school's weirdo, Mark Nolan, puts her on a very different path filled with Maori legends come to life.

2011 Finalist

Healey, Karen.
TEEN HEALEY

Hold me closer, necromancer Teen Book Hold me closer, necromancer
Sam thinks his life working in a fast food restaurant is awful. But when he's confronted by a powerful necromancer, he learns that everything he thought was true about his life — isn't.

2011 Finalist

McBride, Lish.
TEEN MCBRIDE

Flash burnout : a novel Teen Book Flash burnout : a novel
Blake’s life is way too complicated. He’s a sophomore in high school with a girlfriend and a friend who is a girl. One of them loves him. One of them needs him. Can he please them both?

2010 Winner

Madigan, L. K.
TEEN MADIGAN

Ash Teen Book Ash
Consumed with grief after the death of her father, Ash's only escape from her harsh life and cruel stepmother comes from re-reading the fairy tales that her mother once told her and hoping against hope that the fairies will appear to her. When the fairy Sidhean appears, Ash hopes that he will steal her away to his enchanted world; but when she meets the King's Huntress, Kaisa, she realizes that staying in her own realm can also lead to beauty, romance, and perhaps even love.

2010 Finalist

Lo, Malinda.
TEEN LO

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