Five novels for teens are finalists for the American Library Association's first-ever William C. Morris YA Debut Award.
The prize is given for books that "illuminate the teen experience and enrich the lives of its readers through its excellence."
The nominees are:
• A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce
• Graceling by Kristin Cashore
• Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne
• Madapple by Christina Meldrum
• Me, the Missing and the Dead by Jenny Valentine
The winner will be announced Jan. 26.