2019 Morris Award

Morris

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’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.

2019 Winner

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Marked by depression and high-school unpleasantness, Darius’ lackluster existence takes an unexpected turn when he travels to Iran to meet his grandparents for the first time. There, a meaningful friendship opens up new possibilities to Darius, whose sensitive soul-searching will resonate with many teens.

2019 Finalists

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (#Hockey, Book One)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper

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