Alex Award 2010

Adult Books for Teen Readers

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

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Author: William Kamkwamba
2010 Alex Award - Selection

This immensely engaging tale relates how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.

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Author: Meg Rosoff
2010 Alex Award - Selection
Pell, a young woman in 1850's rural England, runs away from home on horseback the day she's to marry her childhood sweetheart. But as she rides, Pell's feelings for her parents--and her fianc--surprise her with their strength and alter the course of her travels.
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Author: Ron Currie
2010 Alex Award - Selection
In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is encoded with a prophesy: a comet will obliterate life on Earth in 36 years. Alone in this knowledge, he comes of age in rural Maine grappling with the question: Does anything I do matter?
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Author: David Finkel
2010 Alex Award - Selection
In the tradition of "Black Hawk Down," The Good Soldiers takes an unforgettable look at the heroes and the ruined soldiers fighting in the Iraq War.
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Author: Diana Welch
2010 Alex Award - Selection
The poignant, harrowing story of four siblings--Amanda, Liz, Dan, and Diana Welch--who despite their wrenching loss and subsequent separation, retained the resilience and humor that both their mother and father endowed them with--growing up as lost souls, taking disastrous turns along the way, but eventually coming out right side up and being together again.
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Author: Peter Rock
2010 Alex Award - Selection
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Author: Gail Carriger
2010 Alex Award - Selection

Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Jane Austen in this wickedly funny debut novel, which kicks off Carriger's new series set in an alternate 19th-century London that not only knows about vampires and werewolves, but accepts them into the upper tiers of society.