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YALSA's Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.

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Pure book Pure
In a post-apocalyptic world, Pressia, a sixteen-year-old survivor with a doll's head fused onto her left hand meets Partridge, a "Pure" dome-dweller who is searching for his mother, sure that she has survived the cataclysm.

2013

Baggott, Julianna.
FIC BAGGOTT

Where'd you go, Bernadette : a novel book Where'd you go, Bernadette : a novel
When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

2013

Semple, Maria.
FIC SEMPLE

One shot at forever : a small town, an unlikely coach, and a magical baseball season book One shot at forever : a small town, an unlikely coach, and a magical baseball season
In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370 teams to become the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final, a distinction that still stands. There, sporting long hair, and warming up to Jesus Christ Superstar, the Ironmen would play a dramatic game against a Chicago powerhouse that would change their lives forever.

2013

Ballard, Chris.
796.3576 BALLARD

The round house book The round house
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.

2013

Erdrich, Louise, author.
FIC ERDRICH

Tell the wolves I'm home : a novel book Tell the wolves I'm home : a novel
It is 1987, and only one person has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus -- her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn's company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June's world is turned upside down. But Finn's death brings a surprise acquaintance into June's life -- someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

2013

Brunt, Carol Rifka.
FIC BRUNT

My friend Dahmer : a graphic novel book My friend Dahmer : a graphic novel
You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer, the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper, seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, 'Jeff' was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides.

2013

Derf.
364.1523 DERF

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore book Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore
After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.

2013

Sloan, Robin, 1979-
FIC SLOAN

Girlchild book Girlchild
Rory Hendrix is the least likely of Girl Scouts. She hasn't got a troop or even a badge to call her own. But she's checked the Handbook out from the elementary school library so many times that her name fills all the lines on the card, and she pores over its surreal advice for tips to get off the Calle: that is, the Calle de las Flores, the Reno trailer park where she lives with her mother, Jo, the sweet-faced, hard-luck bartender at the Truck Stop. Rory's been told that she is one of the "third-generation bastards surely on the road to whoredom." But she's determined to prove the county and her own family wrong.

2013

Hassman, Tupelo, 1973-
FIC HASSMAN

Caring is creepy : a novel book Caring is creepy : a novel
Suspecting that her overworked nurse mother has been enmeshed in a boyfriend's petty criminal schemes, fifteen-year-old Lynn Marie engages in online flirtations and hides a troubled AWOL soldier in the storage space of her home.

2013

Zimmerman, David.
FIC ZIMMERM

Big girl small book Big girl small
With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, Judy should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town? A scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and profound. 2012

DeWoskin, Rachel.
FIC DEWOSKI
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