The 2011 Morris shortlist has been announced! The finalists are:
Hush by Eishes Chayil
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber (read my review)
The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston
This might be one of the most balanced shortlists I've ever seen. There's a little something for anyone: historical fiction, contemporary, fantasy/paranormal, humor. There's some talked-about books and some relative unknowns. Big publishers and small.
I want to congratulate the Morris committee: they did a great job! I can't wait to find out who the winner is.
Due to my responsibilities on the Printz committee, it's unlikely I'll be able to do a Morris Award review roundup as I have done in the past--at least not in the depth as I have done. It's possible that reviews of some of these titles will appear this month. I definitely encourage everyone to give these a read and form your own opinions!