CINCO PUNTOS is delighted to be one of the hosts of the 2015 Morris Award blog tour, celebrating the best in YA by debut novelists. The bloggers are dedicated YA enthusiasts who know books, especially books in the YA catagories. Over the course of the blog tour, each blogger will highlight each of the five finalists with reviews, guest posts, and author Q&A’s leading up to the award ceremony on Feb. 2. All five finalists this year are from indie presses, so you may not have seen them in your local bookstore but they are definitely worth seeking out. Please, please, ask your local bookstores to carry and celebrate these rising stars of YA fiction. These are all very different stories (they feature a girl with wings, a burned punk rocker, a poet trying to put the pieces of her life together, a dragon slayer, and a grunge fan in Ireland) but they all talk to the hearts and minds of young people.
The 2015 Morris finalists are:
If you're going to the ALA Mid-Winter in Chicago, join all five of the finalist at the Children's Plus, booth 4826, for a book-signing and animated conversation. Celebrate YA Literature by supporting these writers and their books.
Lucy Tonkin at THE READING DATE starts us off with an introduction to the MORRIS AWARDS and to each of the books.
Lyn Miller-Lachmiller at The Pirate Tree interviews Isabel Quintero, author of GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES.
Heidi at THE YA BIBLIOPHILE reviews THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by Leslye Walton.
THE STORY OF OWEN: DRAGON SLAYER OF TRONDHEIM gets aDay 1 two-fer. First, at EDUCATING ALICE, author E.K. Johnson writes about her own book, and then at WRITERS' RUMPUS guest reviewer Joyce Audy Zarins talks about this witty adventure novel.