Alex Awards

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Alex Award
Awarded forAdults books with "special appeal" for adolescents
CountryUnited States
Presented byYoung Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association
First awarded1998

The Alex Awards annually recognize "ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults ages 12 through 18".[1] Essentially, the award is a listing by the American Library Association parallel to its annual Best Books for Young Adults, a longer list of recommended books that have been promoted in the YA category. YALSA also names several other "Top Tens" annually.[2]

The awards, named after the dedicated Baltimore librarian Margaret Alexander Edwards, who was known as "Alex," are sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust and Booklist magazine.[3] The list of books published during the previous year serves to provide the choice of titles selected for the awards, which were initially bestowed in 1998 and, since 2002, have been administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Alex recipients[edit]

Alex Award book lists, 1998 to present[1]
Year Author Title Reference
2019 P. Djèlí Clark The Black God’s Drums [1]
2019 Meghan MacLean Weir The Book of Essie
2019 Madeline Miller Circe
2019 Tara Westover Educated: A Memoir
2019 Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
2019 Sam Graham-Felsen Green
2019 David Small Home After Dark
2019 N. K. Jemisin How Long ’Til Black Future Month?
2019 Jonathan Evison Lawn Boy
2019 Naomi Novik Spinning Silver
2018 Martha Wells All Systems Red [4]
2018 Daniel H. Wilson The Clockwork Dynasty
2018 Seanan McGuire Down Among the Sticks and Bones
2018 Eve L. Ewing Electric Arches
2018 Melissa Fleming A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea
2018 Joey Comeau Malagash
2018 Jeff Lemire Roughneck
2018 Jordan Harper She Rides Shotgun
2018 Tasha Kavanagh Things We Have in Common
2018 Kat Howard An Unkindness of Magicians
2017 Sarah Beth Durst The Queen of Blood [5]
2017 Manuel Gonzales The Regional Office is Under Attack!
2017 Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford In the Country We Love: My Family Divided
2017 Hannah Hart Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded
2017 Holly Jennings Arena
2017 Seanan McGuire Every Heart a Doorway
2017 Ryan North Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure
2017 Rob Rufus Die Young with Me: A Memoir
2017 Matt Simon The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar
2017 Scott Stambach The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko
2016 Ryan Gattis All Involved [6]
2016 Ta-Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me
2016 Camille DeAngelis Bones & All
2016 David Wong Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
2016 Sara Nović Girl at War
2016 Joe Abercrombie Half the World
2016 Brandon Stanton Humans of New York: Stories
2016 Liz Suburbia Sacred Heart
2016 Dan-el Padilla Peralta Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League
2016 Keija Parssinen The Unraveling of Mercy Louis
2015 Anthony Doerr All the Light We Cannot See [7]
2015 Kate Racculia Bellweather Rhapsody
2015 James A. Levine Bingo's Run
2015 Kanae Minato Confessions
2015 Celeste Ng Everything I Never Told You
2015 John Scalzi Lock In
2015 Andy Weir The Martian
2015 Zak Ebrahim The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice
2015 Michael Koryta Those Who Wish Me Dead
2015 John Darnielle Wolf in White Van
2014 Mark Slouka Brewster [8]
2014 Lisa O’Donnell The Death of Bees
2014 Abigail Tarttelin Golden Boy
2014 John Searles Help for the Haunted
2014 Max Barry Lexicon: A Novel
2014[8] Wesley Chu Lives of Tao
2014 Koren Zailckas Mother, Mother
2014 Lucy Knisley Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
2014 Katja Millay The Sea of Tranquility
2014 Gavin Extence The Universe Versus Alex Woods
2013 David Zimmerman Caring is Creepy [9]
2013 Tupelo Hassman Girlchild
2013 Richard Ross Juvenile in Justice
2013 Robin Sloan Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
2013 Derf Backderf My Friend Dahmer
2013 Chris Ballard One Shot at Forever
2013 Julianna Baggott Pure
2013 Louise Erdrich The Round House
2013 Carol Rifka Brunt Tell The Wolves I'm Home
2013 Maria Semple Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
2012 Rachel DeWoskin Big Girl Small [10]
2012 Jo Ann Beard In Zanesville
2012 David Levithan The Lover's Dictionary
2012 Brooke Hauser The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens
2012 Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus
2012 Ernest Cline Ready Player One
2012 Daniel H. Wilson Robopocalypse
2012 Jesmyn Ward Salvage the Bones
2012 Caroline Preston The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures
2012 Roland Merullo The Talk-Funny Girl
2011 DC Pierson The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To [11]
2011 Liz Murray Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
2011 Jean Kwok Girl in Translation
2011 Peter Bognanni The House of Tomorrow
2011 Steve Hamilton The Lock Artist
2011 Aimee Bender The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
2011 Matt Haig The Radleys
2011 Alden Bell The Reapers Are the Angels
2011 Emma Donoghue Room
2011 Helen Grant The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
2010 William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope [12]
2010 Meg Rosoff The Bride’s Farewell
2010 Ron Currie Jr. Everything Matters!
2010 David Finkel The Good Soldiers
2010 Diana Welch and Liz Welch The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir
2010 Lev Grossman The Magicians
2010 Peter Rock My Abandonment
2010 Gail Carriger Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
2010 David Small Stitches: A Memoir
2010 Kevin Wilson Tunneling to the Center of the Earth
2009 David Benioff City of Thieves [13]
2009 Michael Swanwick The Dragons of Babel
2009 Zoë Ferraris Finding Nouf
2009 Hannah Tinti The Good Thief
2009 Stephen King Just After Sunset: Stories
2009 Hillary Jordan Mudbound
2009 Todd Tucker Over and Under
2009 Stephen G. Bloom The Oxford Project
2009 Toby Barlow Sharp Teeth
2009 Theresa Rebeck Three Girls and Their Brother
2008 Matthew Polly American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China [14]
2008 Matt Ruff Bad Monkeys
2008 Jeff Lemire Essex County Volume 1: Tales from the Farm
2008 Conn Iggulden Genghis: Birth of an Empire
2008 Aryn Kyle The God of Animals
2008 Ishmael Beah A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
2008 Lloyd Jones Mister Pip
2008 Patrick Rothfuss The Name of the Wind
2008 Thomas Maltman The Night Birds
2008 Lisa Lutz The Spellman Files
2007 John Connolly The Book of Lost Things [15]
2007 Ivan Doig The Whistling Season
2007[15] Michael D'Orso Eagle Blue: A Team, A Tribe, and A High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska
2007 Sara Gruen Water for Elephants
2007 Pamela Carter Joern Floor of the Sky
2007 John Hamamura Color of the Sea
2007 Michael Lewis The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
2007 David Mitchell Black Swan Green
2007 Ron Rash The World Made Straight
2007 Diane Setterfield The Thirteenth Tale
2006 Judy Fong Bates Midnight at the Dragon Café [16]
2006 Kalisha Buckhanon Upstate
2006 Neil Gaiman Anansi Boys
2006 Gregory Galloway As Simple As Snow
2006 Kazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me Go
2006 A. Lee Martinez Gil's All Fright Diner
2006 Susan Palwick The Necessary Beggar
2006 Nancy Rawles My Jim
2006 Julia Scheeres Jesus Land: A Memoir
2006 Jeannette Walls The Glass Castle: A Memoir
2005 Steve Almond Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America [17]
2005 Lynne Cox Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer
2005 Brendan Halpin Donorboy
2005 Robert Kurson Shadow Divers
2005 Kent Meyers Work of Wolves
2005 Ann Patchett Truth & Beauty: A Friendship
2005 Jodi Picoult My Sister's Keeper
2005 Kit Reed Thinner Than Thou
2005 Jim Shepard Project X
2005 Robert Sullivan Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants
2004 Amanda Davis Wonder When You'll Miss Me [18]
2004 Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
2004 Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner
2004 Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler's Wife
2004 ZZ Packer Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
2004 Mary Roach Stiff
2004 Mark Salzman True Notebooks
2004 Marjane Satrapi Persepolis
2004 Jacqueline Winspear Maisie Dobbs
2004< Bart Yates Leave Myself Behind
2003 Lynda Barry One! Hundred! Demons! [19]
2003 Pat Conroy My Losing Season
2003 Timothy Ferris Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril
2003 Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair
2003 Mary Lawson Crow Lake
2003 Brian Malloy The Year of Ice
2003 Julie Otsuka When the Emperor was Divine
2003 Ann Packer The Dive from Clausen's Pier
2003 Martha Southgate The Fall of Rome
2003 Joseph Weisberg 10th Grade
2002 Geraldine Brooks Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague [20]
2002 William Doyle An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi
2002 David Anthony Durham Gabriel's Story
2002 Barbara Ehrenreich Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in Boom-Time America
2002 Leif Enger Peace Like a River
2002 Kobie Kruger The Wilderness Family: At Home with Africa's Wildlife
2002 Donna Morrissey Kit's Law
2002 Mel Odom The Rover
2002 Vineeta Vijayaraghavan Motherland
2002 Rebecca Walker Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self
2001 Darin Strauss Chang and Eng: A Novel [21]
2001 Larry Colton Counting Coup
2001 Juliet Marillier Daughter of the Forest
2001 Alan Watt Diamond Dogs
2001 James Bradley and Ron Powers Flags of Our Fathers
2001 Tracy Chevalier Girl with a Pearl Earring
2001 Nathaniel Philbrick In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
2001 Ben Sherwood The Man Who Ate the 747
2001 Gillian Bradshaw The Sand Reckoner
2001 June Jordan Soldier: A Poet's Childhood
2000 David Breashears High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places [22]
2000 Orson Scott Card Ender's Shadow
2000 Breena Clarke River, Cross My Heart
2000 Esmé Raji Codell Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year
2000 Jonathon Scott Fuqua The Reappearance of Sam Webber
2000 Neil Gaiman Stardust
2000 Linda Greenlaw The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey
2000 Elva Trevino Hart Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child
2000 Kent Haruf Plainsong
2000 Connie Porter Imani All Mine
1999 Caroline Alexander The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition [23]
1999 James Finney Boylan Getting In
1999 Andie Dominick Needles
1999 John Gilstrap At All Costs
1999 Jesse Lee Kercheval Space
1999 Steve Kluger Last Days of Summer
1999 Robert Silverberg Legends: Stories by the Masters of Modern Fantasy
1999 Kim Stanley Robinson Antarctica
1999 Esmeralda Santiago Almost a Woman
1999 Danzy Senna Caucasia
1998 David Bodanis The Secret Family: Twenty-four Hours inside the Mysterious Worlds of Our Minds and Bodies [24]
1998 Rick Bragg All Over but the Shoutin'
1998 Rebecca Carroll Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America
1998 Karin Cook What Girls Learn
1998 Pete Hamill Snow in August
1998 Sebastian Junger The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men against the Sea
1998 Jon Krakauer Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
1998 Velma Maia Thomas Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation
1998 Dawn Turner Trice Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven
1998 Connie Willis To Say Nothing of the Dog; or, How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

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