Did you know you have until the end of November to get your field suggestions to YALSA’s Morris Award Committee for your title to be considered? If you haven’t yet suggested a favorite debut read this year, get on it.
November brings a far shorter list of debut novels than the previous few months have, but there is a nice array of genres represented. All descriptions come from WorldCat.
Rootless by Chris Howard (Scholastic, 9780545387897)
In a world devastated by war and disease, a young tree builder searches for the last trees on earth.
Black City by Elizabeth Richards (9780399159435)
Ash, a sixteen-year-old twin-blood who sells his addictive venom, “Haze,” to support his dying mother, and Natalie, the daughter of a diplomat, discover their mysterious — and forbidden — connection in the Black City, where humans and Darklings struggle to rebuild after a brutal war. This is the first book in a series.
Sacred by Elana Arnold (Delacorte/Random House, 9780385742115)
Since her older brother died Scarlett has felt emotionally cut off from everyone on Catalina Island except for her horse, and she has become anorexic — but when she meets a strange boy named Will Cohen she begins to rediscover herself.
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill (Delacorte/Random House, 9780385741774)
During an educational trip to London, away from her friends and the boy she thinks she is fated to love, Massachussets high school junior Julia Lichtenstein is paired with her nemesis, Jason, and begins seeing many things differently. This sounds like it might be a great next read for fans of Stephanie Perkins.
— Kelly Jensen, currently reading Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia and This is Not a Drill by Beck McDowell