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The William C. Morris Award

I was completely and totally blown away to learn that The Scar Boys is a finalist for the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award. The Award “honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.” I mean, holy cow!!!!

Here, including The Scar Boys, are the five finalist books:

The Carnival at Bray
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley (Elephant Rock Books)

The Story of Owen
The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim written by E.K. Johnston, published by Carolrhoda Labâ„¢, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group.

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces written by Isabel Quintero, published by Cinco Puntos Press.

The Scar Boys
The Scar Boys written by Len Vlahos, published by Egmont Publishing.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender written by Leslye Walton, published by Candlewick Press.

I’ve already purchased the other four books from WORD Bookstores (Jersey City and Brooklyn) and am looking forward to reading them and to getting them signed at the Awards Ceremony on February 2 in Chicago.

Woohoo!!!