When you’re looking for a good book or building an order for your collection, it’s easy to stick with the tried-and-true authors in the YA Lit world. But how aware are you of new authors publishing their debut novels in 2011? Giving them a chance not only broadens your reading, but also gives you a heads up on those who will be worth watching and talking about with your teens.
Two valuable resources for learning about upcoming authors include The Elevensies LiveJournal and the Class2k11 site. Both will give you a taste of what’s to come, including author interviews and profiles, book summaries and trailers, release information, details on getting in contact with authors via Skype or chat, and in the case of the Class2k11 site, there are even contests for teens to enter (a great book club opportunity, for sure).
And keep your eyes right here at the Hub, where I’ll introduce a handful of debut titles each month, including brief summaries, readalikes, and links to blog reviews and author websites. And remember, when you find a debut novel that you believe is worthy of YALSA’s William C. Morris YA Debut Award, you can nominate it here! The Morris Award is awarded annually to a book published by a first time author. Introduced in 2009, the first three recipients are Elizabeth C. Bunce for A Curse Dark as Gold (2009), L.K. Madigan for Flash Burnout (2010), and Blythe Woolston for The Freak Observer (2011.) You can view all the finalist titles here, and don’t miss this post about this year’s finalists.
– Kelly Jensen, reading Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard — a book you’ll hear all about soon!