William C. Morris Debut YA Award

The William C. Morris Debut YA Award honors a book written by a first time author for young adults. First awarded in 2009 it is designed to honor impressive new voices in young adult literature.

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Becky Albertalli. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed.
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Isabel Quintero.  Gabi, A Girl in Pieces
Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.
2014
Stephanie Kuehn.  Charm & Strange
A lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy must either surrender his sanity to the wild wolves inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying.
2013
Rachel Hartman. Seraphina
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
2012
John Corey Whaley. Where Things Come Back
Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.
2011
Blythe Woolston. The Freak Observer
Suffering from a crippling case of post-traumatic stress disorder, sixteen-year-old Loa Lindgren tries to use her problem solving skills, sharpened in physics and computer programming, to cure herself.

2010

L. K. Madigan.  Flash Burnout
In this debut novel, Madigan captures her photo-prone protagonist with balanced wit and seriousness as he navigates crucial moments in his adolescence. In a tangle of life and death, love and loyalty, 15-year-old Blake emerges with a more sharply defined snapshot of himself.

2009

Elizabeth C. Bunce.  A Curse Dark as Gold
Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price.