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William C. Morris YA Debut Award 2012


William C. Morris YA Debut Award 2012

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award celebrates the achievement of a previously unpublished author, or authors, who have made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers.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, demonstrated by compelling, high-quality writing and/or illustration, the integrity of the work as a whole, and its proven or potential appeal to a wide range of teen readers. 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.

-The winner of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award is WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley.

-Four other books were finalists for the award: BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys, GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson, PAPER COVERS ROCK by Jenny Hubbard, and UNDER THE MESQUITE by Guadalupe Garcia McCall.

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley - Fiction


As Cullen navigates a summer of finding and losing love, holding his fragile family together, and muddling his way into adulthood, a young, disillusioned missionary in Africa searches for meaning wherever he can find it. Soon, these two seemingly-divergent stories are brought face-to-face.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys - Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+


It's 1941, and Lina is just like any other 15-year-old Lithuanian girl. That is, until Soviet officers barge into her home. Separated from her father, Lina, her mother and her brother travel north on a crowded train to a camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here, under Stalin's orders, they are forced to dig for beets --- and fight for their lives --- under the cruelest conditions.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson - Fantasy/Action & Adventure


On her naming day, Elisa was marked for an act of great heroism. A blue sapphire-like stone has hummed in her navel for the past 16 years, a constant reminder that she’s mastered nothing but reading ancient texts and raiding the kitchens. And then her father marries her off to the king of a neighboring country. What kind of queen can a fearful, untried teenager be?

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard - Young Adult Fiction


At the beginning of his junior year at a boys' boarding school, 16-year-old Alex is devastated when he fails to save a drowning friend. When questioned, he and his friend Glenn, who was also at the river, begin weaving a web of lies. Plagued by guilt, Alex takes refuge in the library, telling his tale in a journal he hides.

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall -


Lupita, a budding actor and poet in a close-knit Mexican American immigrant family, comes of age as she struggles with adult responsibilities during her mother's battle with cancer in this young adult novel in verse.