ALA Morris Award

There's a new sticker in town--the William C. Morris YA Debut 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The William C. Morris YA Debut Award celebrates the achievement of a previously unpublished author, or authors, who have made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers.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

An award for debut authors. I like this.

Also: we get a shortlist. Yes! The Carnegie had it right all along.

And the 2008 shortlist is:

A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne
Madapple by Christina Meldrum
Me, the Missing, and the Dead by Jenny Valentine

Follow the buzz at Librarian by Day. Winner announced January 26th.

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