William C. Morris Award

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.  The award is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.
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. Bill Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens.
Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

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Ace of Spades Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250800817
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 1st, 2021

2022 Finalist


Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534474574
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 24th, 2021

2022 Finalist


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Me (Moth) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250780362
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 17th, 2021

2022 Finalist


What Beauty There Is: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250268099
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 6th, 2021

2022 Finalist


If These Wings Could Fly Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062885029
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 3rd, 2020

2021 Winner


Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250309853
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 14th, 2020

2021 Finalist


The Black Kids Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534462724
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

2021 Finalist


It Sounded Better in My Head Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250219268
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 7th, 2020

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Woven in Moonlight Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781624148019
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Published: Page Street Kids - January 7th, 2020

2021 Finalist