Morris Award Winners / Teen Reads

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The Morris Award honors a book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrates 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.

'The Weight of Feathers' by Anna-Marie McLemore

"The Weight of Feathers" by Anna-Marie McLemore

Teen Book For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find. Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pur ...

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'The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly' by Stephanie Oakes

"The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly" by Stephanie Oakes

Teen Book ★★★★★ When the reader first meets Minnow Bly, she is being arrested for beating a homeless man. From that moment on, we are swept into the world of Minnow Bly. When Minnow was young, her family joined a the Cult of Kevin. Being a Kevinian meant believing the stories that the Prophet told about God and the outside world, including the fact that the those on the outside are waiting to kill any member of the cult. Minnow, who prowls the woods, happ ...

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'Because You'll Never Meet Me' by Leah Thomas

"Because You'll Never Meet Me" by Leah Thomas

Teen Book Finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Award An Indie Next List selectionNominated for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie MedalIn a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak h ...

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'Conviction' by Kelly Loy Gilbert

"Conviction" by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Teen Book Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn’t fall apart the way he feared.But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden’s father, a well-known Christian radio host, has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son’s hands; Braden ...

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'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda' by Becky Albertalli

"Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli

Teen Book Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. ...

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'Gabi, a Girl in Pieces' by Isabel Quintero

"Gabi, a Girl in Pieces" by Isabel Quintero

Teen Book ★★★★★ Entering her senior year of high school, Gabi, a Mexican-American girl, tries to make sense of her teenaged world. Gabi's life is not short of drama: her best friend Cindy is pregnant, her other best friend Sebastian just got kicked out of his parents house after coming out, her dad is addicted to meth, and Gabi feels shamed for being a girl by her over-bearing Mexican mother. The book is told through Gabi's journal entries and is hilariou ...

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'Sex & Violence' by Carrie Mesrobian

"Sex & Violence" by Carrie Mesrobian

Teen Book AT FIRST YOU DON'T SEE THE CONNECTION.Sex has always come without consequences for seventeen-year-old Evan Carter. He has a strategy--knows the profile of The Girl Who Would Say Yes. In each new town, each new school, he can count on plenty of action before he and his father move again. Getting down is never a problem. Until he hooks up with the wrong girl and finds himself in the wrong place at very much the wrong time.AND THEN Y ...

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'Belle Epoque' by Elizabeth  Ross

"Belle Epoque" by Elizabeth Ross

Teen Book When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive. Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter ...

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'In the Shadow of Blackbirds' by Cat Winters

"In the Shadow of Blackbirds" by Cat Winters

Adult Book ★★★★★ This powerful debut from Cat Winters is unforgettable! Set in 1918 during the peak of the Spanish influenza pandemic, the story follows Mary Shelley Black, who moves to San Diego after her father's arrest. Mary Shelley moves in with her widowed aunt, who is fascinated by séances and a local spirit photographer. Mary Shelley struggles with the constant fear of the flu, her conflicting feelings about her father's arrest for his anti-war vie ...

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'Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets' by Evan Roskos

"Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets" by Evan Roskos

Teen Book “I hate myself but I love Walt Whitman, the kook. Always positive. I need to be more positive, so I wake myself up every morning with a song of myself.” Sixteen-year-old James Whitman has been yawping (à la Whitman) at his abusive father ever since he kicked his beloved older sister, Jorie, out of the house. James’s painful struggle with anxiety and depression—along with his ongoing quest to understand what led to his self-destru ...

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'Charm & Strange' by Stephanie Kuehn

"Charm & Strange" by Stephanie Kuehn

Teen Book When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . . Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself. He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.He’s part Drew, the angry young ...

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'Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)' by Rachel Hartman

"Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)" by Rachel Hartman

Teen Book Librarian Note: Alternate cover edition for ISBN 9780375866562In her New York Times bestselling and Morris Award-winning debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, "Some of the most interesting dragons I've read in fantasy."Four decades of peace have done little to ease the ...

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'Where Things Come Back' by John Corey Whaley

"Where Things Come Back" by John Corey Whaley

Teen Book Just when seventeen-year-old Cullen Witter thinks he understands everything about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town, it all disappears. . . . In the summer before Cullen's senior year, a nominally-depressed birdwatcher named John Barling thinks he spots a species of woodpecker thought to be extinct since the 1940s in Lily, Arkansas. His rediscovery of the so-called Lazarus Woodpecker sparks a flurry of press and woodpecker-mania. ...

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'The Freak Observer' by Blythe Woolston

"The Freak Observer" by Blythe Woolston

Teen Book The Freak Observer is rich in family drama, theoretical physics, and an unusual, tough young woman Loa Lindgren. When her younger sister dies, 16-year-old Loa's clockwork galaxy collapses. The Freak Observer is a startling debut about death, life, astrophysics, and finding beauty in chaos. ...

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'Flash Burnout' by L.K. Madigan

"Flash Burnout" by L.K. Madigan

Teen Book Winner of the 2010 William C. Morris Award!Fifteen-year-old Blake has a girlfriend and a friend who’s a girl. One of them loves him; the other one needs him.When he snapped a picture of a street person for his photography homework, Blake never dreamed that the woman in the photo was his friend Marissa’s long-lost meth addicted mom. Blake’s participation in the ensuing drama opens up a world of trouble, both for him and for M ...

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'A Curse Dark as Gold' by Elizabeth C. Bunce

"A Curse Dark as Gold" by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Teen Book This ravishing winner of the ALA's William C. Morris YA Debut Award is a fairy tale, spun with a mystery, woven with a family story, and shot through with romance.Charlotte Miller has always scoffed at talk of a curse on her family's woolen mill, which holds her beloved small town together. But after her father's death, the bad luck piles up: departing workers, impossible debts, an overbearing uncle. Then a stranger named Jack Spinner off ...

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