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Five finalists announced for William C. Morris book award

This combination of photos released by the American Library Association (ALA) shows, from left, The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe, Frankly in Love by David Yoon, Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams and There Will Come a Darkness written by Katy Rose Pool, which were selected as finalists for the 2020 William C. Morris Award. (Scholastic Press/Balzer + Bray/ Atheneum-Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Henry Holt via AP)

NEW YORK, NY – Ben Phillippe's “The Field Guide to the North American Teenager” and David Yoon's “Frankly in Love” are among the finalists for the William C. Morris Award, given for young adult books by a debut author.

The finalists were announced Wednesday by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. The winner will be announced January 27, during the library association's annual midwinter meeting.

The other nominees are Nafiza Azad's “The Candle and the Flame,” Alicia D. William's “Genesis Begins Again” and Katy Rose Pool's “There Will Come a Darkness.”

Awards committee chair Terry Young said in a statement that "A plethora of genres were represented in the submitted titles. The selected finalists will captivate and enthrall readers all the way through with a diversity of characters that readers will want to connect with.”