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AWARD WINNERS: Alex Award Winners

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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The Sea of Tranquility : a novel book The Sea of Tranquility : a novel

Millay, Katja.
FIC MILLAY

Nastya has barely survived a brutal attack. Josh has lost his entire family. The two isolated teens are drawn together as they deal with their emotional and physical damage.

2014




Relish : my life in the kitchen book Relish : my life in the kitchen

Knisley, Lucy, aut, art.
BIO KNISLEY KNISLEY

This poignant graphic novel is a wonderful journey of cartoonist Lucy Knisley’s transition from childhood, to adolescence, to adulthood, framed by the food that shaped her worldview. Through colorful vignettes she tackles complex issues with humor and unique family recipes.

2014




The universe versus Alex Woods book The universe versus Alex Woods

Extence, Gavin, 1982-
FIC EXTENCE

It all begins when Alex is hit in the head by a meteorite and it all ends when he is arrested trying to re-enter England with several grams of marijuana, lots of cash, and the ashes of Mr. Peterson.

2014




Golden boy : a novel book Golden boy : a novel

Tarttelin, Abigail, 1987-
FIC TARTTEL

Max, an intersex teen, is confused about who he is and who he is meant to be. After one shattering night, he is faced with a choice that no boy should ever have to make.

2014




Help for the haunted book Help for the haunted

Searles, John, author.
FIC SEARLES

Sylvie has been dealing with taunting classmates, her erratic older sister and the unsolved murder of her ghost-hunting parents. But perhaps more problematic are the cursed remnants of her parents’ work still lingering in the basement.

2014




The lives of Tao book The lives of Tao

Chu, Wesley.
FIC CHU

Couch potato Roen Tan becomes host to the alien Tao who has lived millennia inside some of the most famous people in history. With Tao on board, Roen enters a war to save mankind.

2014




Mother, mother : a novel book Mother, mother : a novel

Zailckas, Koren.
FIC ZAILCKA

Why did Rose run away? Did Violet really stab her little brother? Is her alcoholic father really having an affair? In this chilling novel about family dysfunction, does mother really know best?

2014




The death of bees : a novel book The death of bees : a novel

O'Donnell, Lisa, 1972-
FIC ODONNEL

With their parents dead and buried in the backyard, Scottish teens Marnie and Nelly are finally free from a childhood wracked with abuse. If only the neighbor’s dog would quit digging in the garden.

2014




Lexicon book Lexicon

Barry, Max, 1973-
FIC BARRY

In this fast-paced, cutthroat story, words are weapons and poets are the ones who wield the swords. Teen prodigy Emily may be the finest poet ever until she makes the catastrophic mistake of falling in love.

2014




Brewster : a novel book Brewster : a novel

Slouka, Mark.
FIC SLOUKA

Feeling stifled and powerless, high school friends Ray Cappicciano and Jon Mosher yearn for change and plan for freedom from their blue-collar town and dysfunctional homes, even while knowing they can never truly escape.

2014




Pure book Pure

Baggott, Julianna.
FIC BAGGOTT

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




Where'd you go, Bernadette : a novel book Where'd you go, Bernadette : a novel

Semple, Maria.
FIC SEMPLE

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




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

Ballard, Chris.
796.3576 BALLARD

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




The round house book The round house

Erdrich, Louise, author.
FIC ERDRICH

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




Tell the wolves I'm home : a novel book Tell the wolves I'm home : a novel

Brunt, Carol Rifka.
FIC BRUNT

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




My friend Dahmer : a graphic novel book My friend Dahmer : a graphic novel

Derf.
364.1523 DERF

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




Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore book Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore

Sloan, Robin, 1979-
FIC SLOAN

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




Girlchild book Girlchild

Hassman, Tupelo, 1973-
FIC HASSMAN

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




Caring is creepy : a novel book Caring is creepy : a novel

Zimmerman, David.
FIC ZIMMERM

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




Big girl small book Big girl small

DeWoskin, Rachel.
FIC DEWOSKI

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




In Zanesville : a novel book In Zanesville : a novel

Beard, Jo Ann.
FIC BEARD

Jo Ann Beard shows readers that in the seemingly quiet streets of America's innumerable Zanesvilles is a world of wonders, and that within the souls of the overlooked often burns something radiant. 2012




The lover's dictionary book The lover's dictionary

Levithan, David.
FIC LEVITHA

A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship. 2012




The new kids : big dreams and brave journeys at a high school for immigrant teens book The new kids : big dreams and brave journeys at a high school for immigrant teens

Hauser, Brooke.
373.18 HAUSER

Freelance writer Hauser tracks the staff and students at the International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, N.Y., providing their personal histories as well as their day-to-day experiences. 2012




Salvage the bones : a novel book Salvage the bones : a novel

Ward, Jesmyn.
FIC WARD

Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups. 2012




Robopocalypse : a novel book Robopocalypse : a novel

Wilson, Daniel H. (Daniel Howard), 1978-
FIC WILSON

Two decades into the future humans are battling for their very survival when a powerful AI computer goes rogue, and all the machines on earth rebel against their human controllers. 2012




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