YALSA’s 2015 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge Final Check-In

yalsa morris nonfiction sealsThis is it, readers– we’re closing in on the final hours of the 2015 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge. ALA’s Youth Media Awards will be announced tomorrow morning, and our reading challenge wraps up officially at 7:45 am CST on Monday, February 2.

We hope you’ve had fun participating in this year’s challenge. How many books did you end up reading? Did any titles surprise you? Do you have any predictions for the titles that will take away the gold medals?

Remember, if you finished the Morris/Nonfiction Challenge, you have a head start on with the 2015 Hub Reading Challenge that will start the week after the Youth Media Awards. Thanks for participating, and be sure to fill out the finisher form at the end of this post if you’re all done!

-Allison Tran, currently reading Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

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12 thoughts on “YALSA’s 2015 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge Final Check-In”

  1. These were both top notch lists. I can hardly wait to find out who wins tomorrow. I’m still hoping for Owen or Gabi. I am curious to see the Nonfiction winner because I am a Round 2 Cybils judge for YA nonfiction. There are some YALSA nonfiction books on the Cybils list and we are still deliberating. I am curious to see how this panel goes.

  2. Adrienne, I loved these lists too! Great titles, writing, and such a great cross section of genres! I enjoyed all the nonfiction books and loved Shane and Maya’s voices – YAs will love all of these these books!

  3. Done! I turned in the form for the Morris finalists a little while ago, and I just finished the nonfiction ones! So both lists done, at the last minute. :) Of the five nonfiction, the Port Chicago 50 is my favorite, followed closely by Laughing at My Nightmare. Can’t wait till the Hub challenge starts!

  4. Sadly, with the start of school and the reading list I had to do for my lit classes, I only got to finish the Morris nominees instead of doing both lists but I thoroughly enjoyed them and I can’t wait to see what the next challenge has in store and who the Morris Award winner is going to be tomorrow.

  5. I’m excited that I actually finished! Just the nonfiction list, but I wasn’t sure I could get even that done. The Family Romanov was definitely my favorite, but I think Port Chicago 50 was just as well done, and I was VERY impressed with the writing in Popular, for such young writer. Now I feel geared up to take on the Hub challenge!

  6. Am looking forward to the Hub Challenge list later today. Finished the non-fiction list, but only got 3 of the fictions ones read as I started a month late. My favorite non-fiction was Popular. So talented for a teenager. Finished Owen (3/5), Scar Boys (5/5) and Ava Lavender (3.5/5) of the fiction titles. Have the other 2 ready to start tonight.

  7. Didn’t finish the challenge, but got several books read:
    Family Romanov
    Scar Boys
    Port Chicago
    Laughing at My Nightmare

    Can’t wait until the Hub Challenge starts! I’ve been putting off some books with the hope that they’ll make a list!

  8. Hooray! I finished the final Morris nominee last night, so I managed to complete the challenge by the skin of my teeth. My favorite was The Carnival at Bray (excited to see it got Printz Honors today) followed by Ava Lavendar, third place goes to Gabi followed by Scar Boys and Owen.

    I did not complete the non-fiction challenge, but I did read 3 of the 5 (Popular, Port Chicago 50 and The Family Romanov) . Popular was my favorite. I was glad to see that it ended up winning!

    Can’t wait to start the Hub Challenge. I feel like I have a real shot at completing it this year (which would be a first).

  9. Finished the last one last night, but didn’t have time to fill out the survey till I got home from Midwinter this afternoon. That was a great group of books and I do not envy the committees that had to make such a tough decision (while, I envy them a little bit).

  10. I didn’t finish the challenge but I finished Ida M. Tarbell, so 4 non-fiction completed. Looking forward to the Hub Challenge!

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