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December debut novels

Mark your calendars for Monday, December 10. That’s when this year’s Morris Award finalists will be revealed. Even though it’s too late to submit a nomination for this year’s consideration, there are two debut novels coming out this month worth checking out. The first is a contemporary/realistic Australian import and the second, a great pick for fans of high fantasy and/or Game of Thrones. Both descriptions come from WorldCat.

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (Knopf/Random House, 9780375870002)

A fifteen-year-old Australian girl gets her first job and first crush on her unattainable university-aged co-worker as both search for meaning in their lives.




Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (Razorbill/Penguin, 9781595145840)

A fantasy about three kingdoms on the brink of war and the destiny of one princess. This is the first book in a series.




If you’re already gearing up for 2013, you can get your forthcoming debut novels on the radar, too. Check out the Class 2k13, Lucky 13s, and Friday the 13ers blogs — they’ll be priceless in introducing you to the new books and authors who’ll make a debut next year.

— Kelly Jensen, currently reading Then You Were Gone by Lauren Strasnick

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