Friday, January 29, 2010

Fresh Voices

This year was the first year that the American Library Association presented the William C. Morris YA Debut Author award. This is a pretty cool award because it goes to first time novelists.
Here's what ALA says about the award:

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award celebrates the achievement of a previously unpublished author, or authors, who have made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers.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 will illuminate the teen experience and enrich 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
  • Its proven or potential appeal to a wide range of teen readers
What was especially neat about this new award is that, unlike the other youth awards, with this one they released a list of the nominees a little while before the awards were given out. This way you could read the books and make your own opinions before you saw who the winner was. (If you read really fast, I only made it through three of the five before the winner was announced.)

The winner of the first ever Morris Award Winner was:

Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

Blake is a fantastic narrator, who will crack you up in his quest to do the right thing. Here's a book trailer we made to give you a taste of this awesome debut:

The honor books for this award are also worth checking out, these authors will be ones to keep your eye on in the future because their first titles are great!

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Here are some equally awesome trailers we've found around the web:
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The Ever After by Amy Huntley

Ash by Malinda Lo

Have you had the chance to read any of the Morris award books? What did you think of them? Also, if you like Beautiful Creatures, stay tuned because it's the first in a series of five and there's rumors that a movie deal is in the works!

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