A Curse Dark as Gold Wins Inaugural William C. Morris Award

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A Curse Dark as Gold Wins Inaugural William C. Morris Award


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A Curse Dark as Gold, written by Elizabeth C. Bunce and published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., won the inaugural William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a first-time, previously unpublished author. The award was announced by YALSA at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver on January 26.

At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, Charlotte Miller strikes a bargain with the malevolent Jack Spinner, who can transform straw into gold, to save her family's mill. With masterly writing and vivid characterization and setting, Bunce weaves a powerfully seductive tale of triumph over evil.

"Bunce has crafted a story that superbly embodies the criteria for this award. Her work is compelling and has broad teen appeal," said Chair Bonnie Kunzel. "Thoughtful reflection and spirited discussion characterized this outstanding committee's work as its members selected a shortlist that honors the influence of William C. Morris on the field of young adult publishing."

In her spare time, Elizabeth is an accomplished needleworker with an interest in embroidery and historical costuming. Elizabeth lives near Kansas City, Mo. (in Lenexa, Kans.) with her husband and dogs. Visit her Web site at www.elizabethcbunce.com.

The award is named for William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. William "Bill" Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children's and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens. …

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