Each year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) gives out several awards for young adult literature. We won’t find out most of the nominees until next week when the honor books (runners up) and winners are announced at a big conference that’s taking place in Boston. (That morning is the librarian equivalent of the Oscars…I’ll be live streaming the awards in the library that day.)
Two exceptions to this are the Non-fiction Award and the Morris Award. The nominees for those two awards are announce early in December. Which means I have a heads up on some awesome new books to order.
Today I’m featuring one of the Morris nominees. This is the award given for best debut book by a new author.
Leah Thomas’s Because You’ll Never Meet Me sounds fascinating. (I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it’s high on my list.) The story is about the friendship between Ollie and Moritz. Ollie lives in a secluded forest, away from the world because he is deathly allergic to electricity. Moritz lives in the city, but wishes there were fewer people around. He also has a weak heart and is kept alive by a pacemaker. So, he and Ollie can never meet. Instead, they write letters (real letters…on paper and everything).
The story is told in alternating perspectives. And I can’t wait to read it.