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Alex Awards 2017


Alex Awards 2017

The 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. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.
The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book FAIR GARDEN AND THE SWARM OF BEASTS and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

THE QUEEN OF BLOOD by Sarah Beth Durst, published by Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
THE REGIONAL OFFIC IS UNDER ATTACK! by Manuel Gonzales, published by Riverhead, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: A Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford, published by Henry Holt and Co.
BUFFERING: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart, published by Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.
ARENA by Holly Jennings, published by Ace Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
EVERYHEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire, a Tor Book published by Tom Doherty Associates.
ROMEO AND / OR JULIET: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North, published by Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
DIE YOUNG WITH ME: A Memoir by Rob Rufus, published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
THE WASP THAT BRAINWASHED THE CATEPILLAR by Matt Simon, published by Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
 THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach, published by St. Martin’s Press.
The Queen of Blood: Book One of The Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst - Fantasy

September 20, 2016

Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow,” but the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. Queens are still  only human, so young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness.

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales - Science Fiction/Fantasy

April 12, 2016

In a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, one organization --- the Regional Office --- and its coterie of super-powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation. At its helm, the mysterious Oyemi and her oracles seek out new recruits and root out evil plots. Then a prophecy suggests that someone from inside might bring about its downfall. And now, the Regional Office is under attack.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero and Michelle Burford - Memoir

May 3, 2016

Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit "Orange is the New Black" and "Jane the Virgin," was just 14-years-old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family. IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country.

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart - Essays

October 18, 2016

Hannah Hart, wildly popular YouTube personality and author of the New York Times bestseller MY DRUNK KITCHEN, is stirring up tales from her past with a collection of narrative essays about family, faith, love, sexuality, self-worth, friendship and fame.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire - Fantasy

April 5, 2016

In Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, children have always disappeared under the right conditions and emerged somewhere else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things. No matter the cost.

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach - Fiction

September 19, 2017

Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement. Until Polina arrives. She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her. Soon, he cannot help being drawn to her, and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. Before, he survived by being utterly detached from things and people. Now, Ivan wants something more: he wants Polina to live.

Arena by Holly Jennings - Science Fiction

November 1, 2016

The RAGE tournaments --- the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a fight to the digital death. Every kill is broadcast to millions. Every player leads a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses. And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real. Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world --- until one of her teammates overdoses. Now she’s stuck trying to work with a hostile new teammate who’s far more distracting than he should be.

Die Young With Me: A Memoir by Rob Rufus - Nonfiction

September 20, 2016

Punk’s not dead in rural West Virginia. In fact, it blares constantly from the basement of Rob and Nat Rufus --- identical twin brothers with spiked hair, black leather jackets, and the most kick-ass record collection in Appalachia. To them, school (and pretty much everything else) sucks. But what can you expect when you’re the only punks in town? When the brothers start their own band, their lives begin to change: they meet friends, they attract girls, and they finally get invited to join a national tour and get out of their rat box little town.


The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon - Nonfiction

October 25, 2016

On a barren seafloor, the pearlfish swims into the safety of a sea cucumber’s anus. To find a meal, the female bolas spider releases pheromones that mimic a female moth, luring male moths into her sticky lasso web. The Glyptapanteles wasp injects a caterpillar with her young, which feed on the victim, erupt out of it, then mind-control the poor (and somehow still living) schmuck into protecting them from predators. These are among the curious critters of THE WASP THAT BRAINWASHED THE CATERPILLAR a jaunt through evolution’s most unbelievable.